FANS OF PAUL COLLINS & THE PLIMSOULS, listen up! While looking through boxes in his climatized garage, Paul Collins discovered the master tapes for The Breakaways` recordings. The songs on this album include earlier versions of future classics for both of their future bands. This is porn for music geeks, a very, very cool find!
"The recordings vary in quality, but the enthusiasm of power-pop pals playing and singing their hearts out easily transcends moments of mono muddiness and under-mixed vocals.
The thirteen songs include a few that had been recorded by the Nerves such as "One Way Ticket" and "Working Too Hard," as well as originals that would become staples for the Plimsouls ("Everyday Things") and Beat ("I Don`t Fit In," "Let Me Into Your Life," "USA" and "Walking Out on Love"). Even more interesting to fans are the originals that didn`t make it past these rough demos. "Radio Station" features the deep reverb guitar and impassioned vocal Case would perfect with the Plimsouls, "Will You Come Through?" has the ringing guitar of a P.F. Sloan folk rocker, and "House on the Hill" shows off Case`s rock `n` soul sound...Case and Collins approached these sessions with the unbridled passion and total dedication of musicians without masters - no label, no audience, no radio stations, no managers or agents, just the muse of pop music. The recordings may be fuzzy in spots, but the invention is clear as a chiming bell." - Hyperbolium.com
"Due to budgetary concerns and multiple locations, the fidelity is all over the place - it`s only by the grace of the songs and performances that tracks like "I Don`t Fit In" and "Will You Come Through" are salvageable at all. But there`snot a duff tune in the bunch - Collins obviously agreed, as many of his tunes (including the popular "Walking Out On Love" and "Working Too Hard") ended up in the Beat`s repertoire. Case`s songs, strangely, were never re-recorded, not even with the Plimsouls, whose catalog seems to be the natural repository for a song like "House On the Hill." While that means Case diehards definitely need this, arguably any power pop fan, especially of the late 70s/early 80s variety, would love to add this to his or her library." - Big Takeover.
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