You Haven't Been Where I've Been

You Haven't Been Where I've Been

by Edward Rogers
     
 

There are literally tens of thousands of musicians who owe the Beatles a debt of influence, but it's one thing to borrow a bit of beat or jangle here or there and something else again to conclude your album with a reasonably accurate re-creation of Ringo Starr's drum solo from Abbey Road. Edward Rogers…  See more details below

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There are literally tens of thousands of musicians who owe the Beatles a debt of influence, but it's one thing to borrow a bit of beat or jangle here or there and something else again to conclude your album with a reasonably accurate re-creation of Ringo Starr's drum solo from Abbey Road. Edward Rogers is clearly not your average Anglophile popmeister, but he's also good enough at what he does that his second album, You Haven't Been Where I've Been, manages to work despite its laundry list of stylistic appropriations. Rogers, a former member of the Bedsit Poets, produced You Haven't Been Where I've Been in collaboration with George Usher (whose résumé includes work with Beat Rodeo, Richard Barone and the Schramms), and they persuaded some A-list talent to join them for the sessions. That Byrds-style jangly guitar on "Blind Man's Blue" was played by Roger McGuinn himself, Marty Willson-Piper of the Church lends some potent guitar to "Graveyard Voices" and the epic-scale "What Happened to Manfred, What Happened to Jane," Pete Kennedy of the Kennedys also plays on the latter track, Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken keeps time on several numbers, and Mitch Easter lent his expertise to the final mix. But none of this would mean much if Rogers didn't have a way with a melody, and thankfully he can emulate the grace, force, and allure of mid-'60s U.K. pop with an impressive skill; the melancholy beauty of the string-infused "Far Reflection," the grooving garage-flavored undertow of "I Hear This Place Is Haunted," and the Burt Bacharach-influenced classicism of "Commodore Hotel" show he can actually add something to the musical traditions he follows, and his vocals walk a line between strength and vulnerability that suits these songs. The 17-minute closer "What Happened to Manfred, What Happened to Jane" (which closes with the aforementioned Ringo Starr homage) reveals Rogers biting off more than he can chew, but otherwise You Haven't Been Where I've Been is smart pop with a sense of both style and history, and it's bold, well-crafted stuff.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Zip Records
UPC:
0614511753227
catalogNumber:
56
Rank:
221751

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Edward Rogers   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dennis Diken   Percussion,Drums
Guy Finley   Percussion,Drums
Pete Kennedy   Guitar
Roger McGuinn   Banjo,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Marty Willson-Piper   Guitar
Mark Sidgwick   Bass,Vocals
George Usher   Guitar,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals
Garo Yellin   Cello
A.J. Lambert   Vocals
Claudia Chopek   Violin
Doug Larcey   Guitar
Wylie Wirth   Percussion
Mark Sidwick   Bass Guitar,Vocals
A.J. Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Andy Burton   Engineer
George Marino   Mastering
Joe McGinty   Engineer
George Usher   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Houghton   Engineer
Edward Rogers   Composer,Producer
Shawn Kimon   Engineer

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