Unsound, Vol. 1: Pop!

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Unsound series was initiated, according to the liner notes, "to make great home-recorded music available to the general public." So what you have here are 24 home demos, from all over North America and in one case beyond, of '90s pop tunes that have no chance of actually being played on pop radio, and not much chance of even getting airplay on college radio. The recording quality is, at worst, just below the usual level of fidelity on most "proper" album releases, and often at about the same level of fidelity as you'd hear on most contemporary rock discs. Most artists get a song apiece, and some get two or three; none are well-known even in the indie scene, with ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Unsound series was initiated, according to the liner notes, "to make great home-recorded music available to the general public." So what you have here are 24 home demos, from all over North America and in one case beyond, of '90s pop tunes that have no chance of actually being played on pop radio, and not much chance of even getting airplay on college radio. The recording quality is, at worst, just below the usual level of fidelity on most "proper" album releases, and often at about the same level of fidelity as you'd hear on most contemporary rock discs. Most artists get a song apiece, and some get two or three; none are well-known even in the indie scene, with the possible exception of Shane Faubert formerly in the Cheepskates, and one of the executive producers of the compilation. It's usually pleasant, and not astounding, retro-style pop
ock. Guitars, harmonies, and bittersweet love songs are usually the main elements, but there's a fair bit of diversity, even if some specific influences -- John Lennon, Cheap Trick, Brian Wilson, the Byrds, the Monkees a very obvious inspiration on Ray Carmen's "Save My Soul" -- are pretty easy to pinpoint. Some of the better tracks are Martin Dibbs' "I Don't Need to Know," with its catchy Merseybeat flavor, and the Breetles' "Restaurant Scene" with its nods to Brian Wilson and Michael Brown; and Pet the Pig!'s "Talk Show" gets a little beyond the usual lyrical parameters with its song about a weirdo girlfriend.
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  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • Label: TO M'LOU MUSIC
  • UPC: 650245030326
  • Catalog Number: 3

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Actor (2:00)
  2. 2 Party at Joe's - Ed James (3:36)
  3. 3 Tattered and Frayed - The Welcomats (1:58)
  4. 4 I Don't Need to Know - Martin Dibbs (2:07)
  5. 5 To the Kiss - The Joe Ward Trio (2:37)
  6. 6 Susie's Song - Aaron Skye (4:04)
  7. 7 Frustration (3:39)
  8. 8 Seagirl (3:03)
  9. 9 This Girl of Mine (2:27)
  10. 10 She Gets Around - The Welcomats (3:21)
  11. 11 Hurts - Robin Stanley (3:11)
  12. 12 Where Were You - Jeremy (2:51)
  13. 13 Save My Soul - Ray Carmen (1:59)
  14. 14 Living in a New World (3:09)
  15. 15 I Still Don't Know (3:03)
  16. 16 Restaurant Scene (3:35)
  17. 17 Talk Show - Pet the Pig (3:46)
  18. 18 Anybody Like You - The Skyecats (2:18)
  19. 19 Outside Looking In - Scott Finter (2:33)
  20. 20 Brand New Favorite Song (3:39)
  21. 21 Betsy Jean (3:08)
  22. 22 Goodbye to Greatness - Gary & The Portastudio (3:11)
  23. 23 Turn It Around - Ed James (4:05)
  24. 24 Emerald City - The Welcomats (1:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott MacDonald Applause
Ricky Harper Vocals
Michael McKay Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Shane Faubert Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Mike Turner Bass
Lane Steinberg Vocals
Steve "Spaz" Schnee Background Vocals
Jeremy Morris Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Carl Gustafson Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mick Hargreaves Vocals
Chris Breetveld Vocals
Gary Pig Gold Guitar, Vocals
Scott Lloyd Bass
Technical Credits
Ricky Harper Composer, Instrumentation
Chris Richards Composer
Joe Ward Instrumentation
Shane Faubert Composer
Gary Gold Composer
Lane Steinberg Composer, Instrumentation
Karyn Klingensmith Composer
Chris Price Composer
Jeremy Morris Composer
Mick Hargreaves Composer, Instrumentation
Chris Breetveld Composer, Instrumentation
Ed James Composer
Robin Stanley Composer
Ray Carmen Composer
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