The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors

by Brendan Croker

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Overview

The Great Indoors

Between his first album for Silvertone Records in 1989, (Brendan Croker & the 5 O'Clock Shadows), and 1991's The Great Indoors, British-born Brendan Croker would reach his commercial peak, charting as a member of the Mark Knopfler one-off, the Notting Hillbillies (number 52), as well as appearing with the group on Saturday Night Live. With the aid of such notables as Knopfler and his sometimes collaborator, guitar legend Chet Atkins, as well as Tony Joe White and the record's producer, Barry Beckett, the Nashville recorded The Great Indoors looked to broaden Brendan Croker's audience. This time, minus the 5 O'Clock Shadows, Croker expands on the American roots mix of his previous effort with pretty much the same results both musically and in the marketplace, failing to capitalize on his newfound visibility. Croker is an engaging singer whose husky baritone is well-suited to the eclectic mix of material here, which can be moving and memorable, or just miss, bordering on being merely genre exercises. As was the case with his Silvertone debut, it's the more laid-back, country-tinged cuts that are most successful on The Great Indoors. Tracks such as the opener, "Heart and Home," the uncertainty of "Darlin'," and the resigned solitude of "I Guess That Says It All" are terrific, unassuming charmers, while the more R&B-based "Send Me to New Orleans," the thumping rocker, "What It Takes" (covered by Wynonna), the roadhouse blues of "Anything I Can Say" and the zydeco-flavored, "Take Me Back Baby," while containing all the right ingredients and not without their appeal, can leave you somewhat unfulfilled. Still, with a stellar supporting cast which includes Knopfler and Atkins' singular playing, a voice that can redeem even questionable material and a handful of first-rate songs, The Great Indoors shouldn't disappoint those who came to Brendan Croker via the Notting Hillbillies.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/1992
Label: Jive
UPC: 0012414147127
catalogNumber: 41471

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brendan Croker   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chet Atkins   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Hurst   Accordion
Tony Joe White   Background Vocals
Troy Seals   Background Vocals
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Organ,Piano
Thomas Cain   Background Vocals
Steve Davis   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Michael Haynes   Horn
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Charles Rose   Horn
Denis Solee   Horn
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Lonnie Wilson   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Brendan Croker   Artwork
Barry Beckett   Producer
Rob Feaster   Engineer
Jon Langford   Title Lettering
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Ben Wilson   Artwork

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