Warmer/Terraform

Warmer/Terraform

by Randy VanWarmer
     
 

Like Collector's Choice's 2007 disc before it, Edsel's 2012 two-fer of Warmer and Terraform pairs Randy VanWarmer's first two albums for Bearsville, but this adds the bonus track "Stay Young." "Just When I Needed You Most," the single from Warmer and VanWarmer's only true hit, doesn't really represent Warmer well. It suggests that RandySee more details below

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Like Collector's Choice's 2007 disc before it, Edsel's 2012 two-fer of Warmer and Terraform pairs Randy VanWarmer's first two albums for Bearsville, but this adds the bonus track "Stay Young." "Just When I Needed You Most," the single from Warmer and VanWarmer's only true hit, doesn't really represent Warmer well. It suggests that Randy VanWarmer is an unrepentant soft rock simp along the lines of Dan Hill, and while the singer/songwriter certainly isn't macho -- he frequently delves into soft, sweet ballads throughout this debut -- he is, unsurprisingly for somebody signed to Bearsville, cut from the Todd Rundgren cloth, containing a heavy power pop bent and a will for experimentation, elements that are just hinted at on Warmer, yet it's enough to make this a fairly compelling record. Apart from that sappily sad hit and its cousin "The One Who Loves You," the pop on is sprightly and even those moments of melancholy are exquisitely arranged. That attention to detail has a better showcase on propulsive numbers like "Gotta Get Out of Here" and "Forever Loving You," or the relaxed gait of "Deeper and Deeper," and those layered productions pointed the way toward what VanWarmer would do next. Instead of picking up the thread of "Just When I Needed You Most," Randy VanWarmer ran away from its sweet balladry on his nifty, neo-new wave sophomore set Terraform. He hints at sci-fi in the album's title and follows through on its promise with the mini-epic title track, a futuristic suite that gets seriously silly well before it reaches the midway mark on its ten-minute run time. The rest of Terraform looks toward the future in a very new wave way: it's bright, colorful, and cleanly lit, filled with gilded guitars and steely synths, and punctuated by handclaps along with the occasional hint of reggae. In other words, it's pretty much the opposite of whatever "Just When I Needed You Most" is, containing none of that ballad's soft rock solipsism: Terraform is punchy, propulsive, and imaginative, a weird little pop gem caught partway between AOR and new wave that deserves to be discovered.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
Edsel Records Uk
UPC:
0740155107130
catalogNumber:
5510713
Rank:
36317

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Tracks

  1. Losing Out On Love  - Randy VanWarmer
  2. Just When I Needed You Most  - Randy VanWarmer
  3. Your Light  - Randy VanWarmer
  4. Gotta Get Out of Here  - Randy VanWarmer
  5. Convincing Lies  - Randy VanWarmer
  6. Call Me  - Randy VanWarmer
  7. Forever Loving You  - Randy VanWarmer
  8. Deeper and Deeper  - Randy VanWarmer
  9. I Could Sing  - Randy VanWarmer
  10. The One Who Loves You  - Randy VanWarmer
  11. Whatever You Decide  - Randy VanWarmer
  12. I Discovered Love  - Randy VanWarmer
  13. All We Have Is Tonight  - Randy VanWarmer
  14. I'm Gonna Prove It  - Randy VanWarmer
  15. Doesn't Matter Anymore  - Randy VanWarmer
  16. Down Like a Rock  - Randy VanWarmer
  17. Terraform: Falling Free/I've Got a Ticket/21st Century/Terraform  - Randy VanWarmer
  18. Farther Along  - Randy VanWarmer
  19. Stay Young  - Randy VanWarmer

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy VanWarmer   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Tropea   Guitar
John Sebastian   Autoharp
Warren Bernhardt   Keyboards
Brian Briggs   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Chris Thompson   Background Vocals
Ralph Carney   Horn
Mick Barakan   Guitar
George Carnell   Percussion
Johnny Christopher   Guitar
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Shane Keister   Keyboards
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Artie Funaro   Guitar
Mick Hodgkinson   Keyboards
John Holbrook   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Ian Kimmet   Percussion
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Stevie Lange   Background Vocals
Tony Levin   Bass
Kenny Malone   Drums
Billy Mundi   Percussion
Del Newman   Conductor
Gary Osborne   Background Vocals
Eric Parker   Percussion,Drums
John Richardson   Background Vocals
Jack Williams   Bass
Mike Ruff   Keyboards
Roger Powell   electronic percussion
Steve Jordan   Drums
Allan Williams   Background Vocals
Roger Moss   Background Vocals
Stan Saltzman   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Randy VanWarmer   Composer,Lyricist
Mick Barakan   Composer
George Carnell   Engineer
Richard Dodd   Engineer
John Holbrook   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Additional Production
Ian Kimmet   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Scott Litt   Engineer
Brent Maher   Engineer
Paul Myers   Liner Notes
Del Newman   Producer,String Arrangements
Peter Rynston   Mastering
Aaron Rapoport   Design Photography
Tom Wilkes   Creative Assistance
Desmond Strobel   Art Direction
Barry Feinstein   Art Direction
Stan Watts   Paintings
Traditional   Composer
Jools Williamson   Packaging
Jess Hendrikson   Engineer

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