Tell Me the Truth

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The voice behind the Top Ten 1980 hit for the Eagles' "I Can't Tell You Why" should have been a big star after his third solo album. Everything that was wrong on Don Felder's Airborne effort goes right on Schmit's Tell Me the Truth album, his charming voice gliding over charming songs like "In Roxy's Eyes" and "Something Sad." Having Rita Coolidge and Siedah Garrett on backing vocals is part of the artistically successful formula here, but the other key is that six producers converge to manufacture a very smooth and very polished affair. Danny Kortchmar, John Boylan, Don Felder, and the singer all contribute to the album's sound, and all separately or in combinations on ...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The voice behind the Top Ten 1980 hit for the Eagles' "I Can't Tell You Why" should have been a big star after his third solo album. Everything that was wrong on Don Felder's Airborne effort goes right on Schmit's Tell Me the Truth album, his charming voice gliding over charming songs like "In Roxy's Eyes" and "Something Sad." Having Rita Coolidge and Siedah Garrett on backing vocals is part of the artistically successful formula here, but the other key is that six producers converge to manufacture a very smooth and very polished affair. Danny Kortchmar, John Boylan, Don Felder, and the singer all contribute to the album's sound, and all separately or in combinations on different tracks. It begins with "Tell Me the Truth," and that '80s ambience that permeated solo recordings by Glen Frey, Don Felder, and Don Henley is certainly present on the Henley/Kortchmar production. Side two gets a lot heavier, with a bent toward '90s techno, not only on "Let Me Go" but more so on "Perfect Strangers," both produced by David Cole and co-writer Bruce Gaitsch. Could the Eagles have been listening to Deep Purple? And borrowing Barry Manilow songwriter Will Jennings for three songs in the process? "All I Want to Do" has an immaculate production by Gaitsch and Timothy B. Schmit, an Everly Brothers-type folk number with flamenco-style leads that borrow heavily from a folky George Harrison. It's very pretty and very pleasant, and the kind of breakthrough that could appeal even to the detractors of the Eagles' homogenized sound. It's so innocent that another dimension is added to this unique music mix. "Tonight" is pure pop, somewhat removed from Poco, or maybe it's Poco meets the Raspberries. The jangling guitars and bouncy drums have keyboards slinking in and out while Timothy B. Schmit just knocks this one right on the head. Having landed in the Top 25 with 1987's "Boy's Night Out," this album should have had multiple hits. Schmit's sincerity comes through in a way that makes Henley's ten solo hits and Glen Frey's seven as overbearing as they were overplayed. "For the Children" is another revelation with a beautiful choir-type chorus closing out a superb effort which deserved so much more attention. Pretty amazing when one considers how big the Eagles are and how this one got away.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/1990
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076732642023
  • Catalog Number: 6420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tell Me the Truth (3:47)
  2. 2 Was It Just the Moonlight (4:25)
  3. 3 Something Sad (5:08)
  4. 4 Down by the River (4:30)
  5. 5 In Roxy's Eyes (4:10)
  6. 6 Let Me Go (5:05)
  7. 7 Perfect Strangers (3:50)
  8. 8 All I Want to Do (2:24)
  9. 9 Tonight (3:47)
  10. 10 For the Chldren (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Timothy B. Schmit Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Primary Artist
Rita Coolidge Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals, scat
Don Henley Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
David Lasley Background Vocals
Marilyn Martin Background Vocals
Rick Vito Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Michael Baird Percussion, Drums
Bruce Gaitsch Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Danny Kortchmar Keyboards
Stan Lynch Percussion, Drums
Gene Miller Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Bill Payne Piano, Keyboards
Scott Plunkett Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Daniel Timms Organ
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Frank Simes Guitar
Jai Winding Keyboards
Technical Credits
Don Henley Producer
Rick Vito Contributor
Michael Baird Contributor
John Boylan Producer, Basic Track
David Cole Producer, Engineer
Bruce Gaitsch Producer, Engineer, Basic Track
Paul Grupp Engineer
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Danny Kortchmar Producer
Stan Lynch Contributor
Jeff Porcaro Contributor
Bill Payne Contributor
Scott Plunkett Contributor
John "J.R." Robinson Contributor
Timothy B. Schmit Producer
Jeddrah Schmit Contributor
Daniel Timms Contributor
Wally Traugott Mastering
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Contributor
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Frank Simes Contributor
Brittney Cole Contributor
Bruce Gritsch Contributor
Jeff Adamoff Art Direction
Jai Winding Contributor
Audra Duda Contributor
Michele Giglio Contributor
Owen Faye Schmit Contributor
Anthony Taibi Contributor
Joseph Taibi Contributor
Lucy Walsh-Recor Contributor
Josh Young Contributor
Amy Boylan Contributor
Dylan Young Contributor
Whitney Wagner Contributor
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