Vinyl

Vinyl

by Dramarama
     
 
Finding itself on a major label for the first time in its career, Dramarama maintained the overall course of its career with Vinyl, combining smart pop
ock kicks and a sense of hip cool for grand overall results. With Brian Macleod taking over the drum duties from departed sticksman Jesse and keyboard/guitar player

Overview

Finding itself on a major label for the first time in its career, Dramarama maintained the overall course of its career with Vinyl, combining smart pop
ock kicks and a sense of hip cool for grand overall results. With Brian Macleod taking over the drum duties from departed sticksman Jesse and keyboard/guitar player Tommy T stepping in on a track or two, the otherwise still-in-one-piece group creates and performs up to the best of its considerable abilities. Guest help doesn't hurt either, most often coming from Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench, but Vinyl is still clearly Dramarama's vision rather than anything else. "Haven't Got a Clue" keeps up the winning streak of brilliant first singles from the band's releases, starting with a sample from the legendary Tube Bar crank call series and hitting a great mid-paced groove with a gently descending glam melody. "I've Got Spies" is equally brilliant, a nugget of romantic paranoia that rivals the Who's "I Can See for Miles," with delicious singing from Easdale and a great main melody. Another great moment comes with "Classic Rot" -- a knowing trashing of groups that have lasted way too long, it draws the line clearly between simply re-creating and re-listening to the same old hash and, as the band itself does, taking inspiration from the past and creating their own sound. Even tastier is the identity of the guest guitar player -- as the liner notes proudly say, "THE Mick Taylor, of Rolling Stones fame." The Stones themselves -- or more accurately Mick Jagger -- are the beneficiaries of the cool cover version this time out, in this case a fine take on "Memo From Turner." All in all, Vinyl shows Dramarama still in rude creative health, right down to the neat artwork and the bold Marc Bolan song lyric on the back of the CD booklet: "John Lennon knows your name/and I've seen his."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1991
Label:
Chameleon / Wea
UPC:
0737056124229
catalogNumber:
61242

Tracks

  1. Until the Next Time
  2. Haven't Got a Clue
  3. What Are We Gonna Do?
  4. Classic Rot
  5. Memo from Turner
  6. Train Going Backwards
  7. I've Got Spies
  8. In Quiet Rooms
  9. Ain't It the Truth
  10. Tiny Candles
  11. (I'd Like to) Volunteer, Please

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dramarama   Primary Artist
Mick Taylor   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
John Easdale   Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Peter Wood   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lisa Haley   Fiddle
E.   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
Tommy T.   Acoustic Guitar
Pete Wood   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Carter   Bass,Background Vocals,Shaker
Brian Macleod   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Shawn Berman   Engineer
John Easdale   Producer
Don Smith   Producer,Engineer
Robert Salcedo   Engineer
Chris Carter   Producer

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