Harsh Light of Day [Japan Bonus Track]

Harsh Light of Day [Japan Bonus Track]

by Fastball
     
 

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When a band breaks through the way Grammy-nominated Fastball did with 1998's platinum All the Pain Money Can Buy and its two hit singles "The Way" and "Out of My Head," it's easy for music critics and cynics to write the group off as a one-album wonder. However, with the expansive The Harsh Light of Day, Miles Zuniga (on guitar and vocals), Tony Scalzo…  See more details below

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When a band breaks through the way Grammy-nominated Fastball did with 1998's platinum All the Pain Money Can Buy and its two hit singles "The Way" and "Out of My Head," it's easy for music critics and cynics to write the group off as a one-album wonder. However, with the expansive The Harsh Light of Day, Miles Zuniga (on guitar and vocals), Tony Scalzo (on bass and vocals), and Joey Shuffield (on drums) show enormous growth as musicians and songwriters. To release an album with rock songs this tight in a year of boy bands, pop rap, and teen nymphs is brave, but when you need to live up to the album's predecessor as well, the move might even be considered foolish, but Fastball pulls the trick off with vastly different songs that are able to stand on their own but also form a cohesive unit. With each multi-layered cut, the trio shows pop songwriting skills not often seen in such cookie-cutter times -- especially in the particularly staid field of alt-rock. Employing piano courtesy of Billy Preston (on "You're an Ocean") and a mariachi orchestra courtesy of Jose Hernandez and guitar courtesy of Brian Setzer (on "Love Is Expensive and Free"), this bold album takes you on an aural adventure of strings, guitars, and hooks paired with intelligent lyrics and taut instrumentation. It's nice to see a band that is more than a one-trick pony. Fastball may just be the harsh light of day the alternative market needs. [The Japanese release adds two tracks: "Love Doesn't Kill You" and "Black Rain."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2000
Label:
Avex Trax Japan
UPC:
4988064130184
catalogNumber:
13018

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fastball   Primary Artist
Billy Preston   Piano
Brian Setzer   Electric Guitar
Phil Ayling   English Horn
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Kim Bullard   Organ,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Loops,Synthesizer Bass
Reggie Burrell   Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion,Conga
Randy Kerber   Piano
Julian Raymond   Background Vocals
Marty Rifkin   Lap Steel Guitar
Bennett Salvay   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Electric Piano
Michael Ward   Slide Guitar
Evan Wilson   Viola
Angelica Garcia   Background Vocals
Miles Zuniga   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Tony Scalzo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Joey Shuffield   Percussion,Drums
Kudisan Kai   Background Vocals
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello

Technical Credits

John Aguto   Engineer
Alan Estes   Vibe Master
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Greg Goldman   Engineer
Julian Raymond   Producer
Bennett Salvay   Orchestral Arrangements
Fastball   Producer
Miles Zuniga   Composer
Jeff Chonis   Drum Technician
Tony Scalzo   Composer
Brett Allen   Guitar Techician
Enny Joo   Art Direction

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