You Can Make It if You Boogie

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cramer
James Kirk's long overdue debut solo album was finally released in 2003, and the guitarist finally displayed the frontman flare that eluded him for the early parts of his musical career. As a founding member of Orange Juice, Kirk had already cemented his name into rock history, but with You Can Make It if You Boogie, he clearly shines in the limelight on his own. Having left Orange Juice after the band's stunning debut, You Can't Hide Your Love Forever, in 1982, Kirk's solo debut came as a surprise to many, as his musical output since then was sporadic. "Get on Board" opens the disc with a bright, orchestral sound, while Kirk slows down the pace on the folksy "Nilsson." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cramer
James Kirk's long overdue debut solo album was finally released in 2003, and the guitarist finally displayed the frontman flare that eluded him for the early parts of his musical career. As a founding member of Orange Juice, Kirk had already cemented his name into rock history, but with You Can Make It if You Boogie, he clearly shines in the limelight on his own. Having left Orange Juice after the band's stunning debut, You Can't Hide Your Love Forever, in 1982, Kirk's solo debut came as a surprise to many, as his musical output since then was sporadic. "Get on Board" opens the disc with a bright, orchestral sound, while Kirk slows down the pace on the folksy "Nilsson." The album's diversity continues with the lush grooves of "Rehab," the sly coolness of "Cardboard Castles," and the subdued art rock of "Outre." By this time, Kirk has already made a noteworthy impression, and the disc isn't even half over. The clean, jangly guitars stand out on each track, while Kirk's vocals are as crisp as ever on songs like "Krach Auf Wiedersehen." "Houston, Texas" includes a mini-rap by Kirk, while "Liggin' Round Again" might be the grooviest track of the disc, and "Fruitier Than Thou," like much of the disc, seems to flow out of Kirk with a simple and graceful ease. A new, relaxed version of the Orange Juice classic "Felicity" is featured, and includes a new bridge with the title line prominently featured. The restrained coolness of "Western Pier" rounds out the 13-track disc. Guest musicians on the disc include Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake, Aztec Camera's Campbell Owens, and guitarist Mick Slaven. In the end, with You Can Make It if You Boogie, Kirk extended his already far-reaching influence even further. It's an impressive effort for old and new fans alike. Produced by Mick Slaven at Glasgow's Riverside Studios, Germany's Marina Records released the disc in August 2003.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Efa Imports
  • UPC: 718750676825
  • Catalog Number: 6768

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get on Board (4:13)
  2. 2 Nilsson (2:34)
  3. 3 Rehab (3:13)
  4. 4 Cardboard Castles (3:37)
  5. 5 Any Old Iron (Pt. 1) (4:01)
  6. 6 Outre (4:18)
  7. 7 Krach Auf Wiedersehen (3:56)
  8. 8 Houston, Texas (4:41)
  9. 9 Liggin' Round Again (4:05)
  10. 10 Fruitier Than Thou (3:05)
  11. 11 Felicity (2:31)
  12. 12 Old Soak (4:17)
  13. 13 Western Pier (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Kirk Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Norman Blake Background Vocals
Kevin McDermott Background Vocals
Justin Currie Background Vocals
Michael Hamilton Background Vocals
Campbell Owens Bass
David Scott Background Vocals
Andy Alston Organ, Piano, Clavichord, Keyboards
Michael Slaven Guitar, Melodica
Frank Reader Background Vocals
Skip Reid Percussion, Drums
Davy McClean Keyboards
Technical Credits
Duncan Cameron Engineer
Johnny Cameron Engineer
Kirk Composer
Michael Slaven Producer
Stefan Kassel Executive Producer, Art Direction
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