Timeless Flight

Timeless Flight

by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
     
 

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Steve Harley followed up the ambitious fusion of pop and artsy glam rock he perfected on The Best Years of Our Lives with this even more ambitious and artsy outing. Unfortunately, Timeless Flight neglects the strong pop hooks that made The Best Years of Our Lives so appealing. Much of Timeless FlightSee more details below

Overview

Steve Harley followed up the ambitious fusion of pop and artsy glam rock he perfected on The Best Years of Our Lives with this even more ambitious and artsy outing. Unfortunately, Timeless Flight neglects the strong pop hooks that made The Best Years of Our Lives so appealing. Much of Timeless Flight finds Harley getting bogged down in deliberately impenetrable wordplay ("Black or White (And Step on It)") and songs that, despite slick arrangements, are rather hookless vehicles for the verbose lyrics ("Don't Go, Don't Cry"). As a result, the album has a self-consciously obscure feel that is rather off-putting. However, a few highlights shine through for the patient listener: "Red Is a Mean, Mean Colour" benefits from a hypnotic melody that combines fluid electric piano lines and woozy vocal harmonies to create a compelling ebb-and-flow effect, and "Understand" is a lovely ballad that weaves a lush soundscape from a judicious combination of delicate piano lines, Spanish guitar, and lilting background vocals. That said, the appeal of these occasional gems isn't enough to make the album consistently engaging, and Timeless Flight can only be recommended to Steve Harley completists as a result.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2002
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261205742
catalogNumber:
574
Rank:
178220

Tracks

  1. Red Is Mean, Mean Colour  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  2. White, White Dove  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  3. Understand  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  4. All Men Are Hungry  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  5. Black or White  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  6. Everything Changes  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  7. Nothing Is Sacred  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  8. Don't Go, Don't Cry  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  9. Throw Your Soul Down Here  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  10. Mad, Mad Moonlight  -  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel   Primary Artist
Steve Harley   Indexed Contributor,Vocals
Madeline Bell   Vocals
Duncan Mackay   Keyboards
Pete Clarke   Vocals
Jim Cregan   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lindsey Elliott   Percussion
Stuart Elliott   Percussion,Drums
George Ford   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Yvonne Keely   Vocals
Patricia Paay   Vocals
Barry St. John   Vocals
Larry Steele   Vocals
Liza Strike   Vocals
Leroy Wiggins   Vocals
Joy Yates   Vocals

Technical Credits

Seamus Egan   Liner Notes
Chris Blair   Master Cut
Tony Clark   Remixing
Steve Harley   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Mick Rock   Art Direction,Cover Design

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