Midnight Mission [2015] [Bonus Tracks]

Midnight Mission [2015] [Bonus Tracks]

by Carla Olson


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Midnight Mission [2015] [Bonus Tracks]

The Textones were one of the better bands to rise from the Los Angeles club scene in the late '70s and early '80s, but they were held back by what, paradoxically, was one of their most admirable qualities -- they were awfully hard to pigeonhole. The Textones were too beholden to rock tradition to fit in with the town's new wave scene, and too polished and poised for the speedy punk crowd; it's significant that original guitarist Kathy Valentine, a bit out of place in the Textones, would fare much better as a member of the Go-Go's. But they also sounded too lean and wiry to sit comfortably next to L.A.'s aging rock royalty, and leader Carla Olson's widely acknowledged enthusiasm for less celebrated rock heroes like Gene Clark and Mick Taylor (both of whom would eventually collaborate with her) made her seem too idiosyncratic for the mainstream audience. Add in some fervent leftist populism and an instrumental approach that sounded like an efficient, intelligent variant on heartland rock (complete with saxophone in the Springsteen manner by Tom Junior Morgan), and you get a group that could move a crowd without conveniently fitting any one particular demographic. The Textones' first full-length album, 1984's Midnight Mission, is also their best, the most effective blend of Carla Olson's impassioned vocals and principled songs with her bandmates' sleek but muscular attack that embraced folk rock and roots rock while adding a tuneful veneer that could have rocked the arenas if they'd had the right breaks. With the exception of the Bob Dylan cover "Clean Cut Kid," Olson penned the best songs on Midnight Mission, and her jangly guitar work meshed well with George Callins' chunkier sound, and Phil Seymour not only was a solid drummer and half of a fine rhythm section with bassist Joe Read, he was a superb harmony vocalist with Olson. A fine example of how the concision of the new wave helped inform other rock styles as well, Midnight Mission was also the album that made Carla Olson one of the cult heroines of the L.A. roots rock scene, and she's rarely merged form and content as well as she did on this album. Midnight Mission has also been credited to "Carla Olson & the Textones." [In 2015, Omnivore Recordings issued a remastered and expanded edition of Midnight Mission, including three bonus tracks from the original sessions -- two unreleased numbers, "It's OK" and "Just a Matter of Time," and an alternate take of "Number One Is to Survive" -- along with a pair of live performances of "Running" and "No Love in You." New liner notes by Mark Leviton round out the most satisfying CD release of this album to date.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2015
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651010400
catalogNumber: 101040
Rank: 127526

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carla Olson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Seymour   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Read   Bass Guitar
George Callins   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Tom Junior Morgan   Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Textones   Arranger,Producer
Barry Goldberg   Composer,Original Album Producer
Phil Seymour   Composer
Carla Olson   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Bob Bridges   Remixing
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Producer,Engineer,Original Album Producer
Mark Leviton   Liner Notes
Cheryl Pawelski   Reissue Director
Joe Read   Composer
Mentor Williams   Arranger
George Callins   Composer,Remixing
Saul Davis   Reissue Director
Gary Nichamin   Art Direction
Peter Greco   Logo Design
Joe Russo   Composer
Tom Junior Morgan   Composer
Michael Anderson   Composer
John Boghasian   Engineer

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