Title - 'Something New: Unreleased Gold' [RSD CD]
Artist - Andrew Gold
For those not in the know, Andrew Gold was an American singer, songwriter, musician and arranger whose works included the US Top 10 single 'Lonely Boy' (1977), as well as 'Thank You for Being a Friend' (1978) and the UK Top Five hit 'Never Let Her Slip Away' (1978).
He had further international chart success in the 1980's as the lead singer of Wax, a collaboration with English musician and songwriter Graham Gouldman.
In the mid-’80s and early ’90s, Andrew’s song 'Thank You for Being a Friend' was used as the theme for the hugely successful NBC-TV sitcom The Golden Girls and from 1992–1999, Andrew was the TV theme voice of the Paul Reiser-Helen Hunt comedy star 'Mad About You'.
Gold was a multi-instrumentalist who played guitar, bass, keyboards, accordion, synthesizer, harmonica, saxophone, flute, drums and percussion, and more arcane musical instruments such as ukulele, musette, and harmonium.
He was also a producer, sound engineer, film composer, session musician, actor, and painter.
For the upcoming Record Store Day 2020, Omnivore Recordings has announced the release of Something New: Unreleased Gold, a collection of sixteen previously-unissued tracks by Andrew Gold from 1973.
For this musical journey begins way back in 1973, where, and like so many singer songwriters in Los Angeles, Andrew Gold was just another talented guy looking for a record deal.
Brought to Clover Recorders by producer Chuck Plotkin (Bruce Springsteen), Gold set out to lay down the many songs he had written that he’d hoped would land him a recording contract.
Over a period of many months, Plotkin and Gold recorded numerous songs that would ultimately land him a deal with Asylum Records who would release his first album in the fall of 1975.
Interestingly, none of the songs recorded in 1973, save for reworked versions of 'Resting In Your Love' and 'A Note From You' would appear on any of Andrew’s four solo albums over the next several years ... until now!
1. 'SOMETHING NEW' (Band Version)
2. 'COME DOWN TO ME' (Solo Demo)
3. 'WHAT YOU DO IS WHAT YOU SEE' (Solo Demo)
4. 'THE WORLD TOMORROW BRINGS' (Solo Demo)
5. 'YOU ARE SOMEWHERE WITHIN ME' (Solo Demo)
6. 'SOMETIMES WHEN A MAN’S ON HIS OWN' (Solo Demo)
7. 'PRISONER' (Band Version)
8. 'TEN YEARS BEHIND ME' (Solo Demo)
9. 'TIMOTHY COREY' (Solo Demo)
10. 'ALMOST LOVE' (Solo Demo)
11. 'PENNY ARCADE' (Solo Demo)
12. 'DON’T BRING ME DOWN' (Solo Demo)
13. 'RESTING IN YOUR LOVE' (Band Version) [CD/DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS]
14. 'JOSEPH' (Solo Demo) [CD/DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS]
15. 'A NOTE FROM YOU' (Alternate Band Version) [CD/DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS]
16. 'TO BE SOMEONE' (Solo Demo) [CD/DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS]
Andrew Gold was one of those people that appeared behind the scenes in so many ways that most people have heard, but not everyone knew it.
Personally, I have long stood in awe of his multi-instrumental and vocal talent, being most impressed, initially, by the fact that he played every instrument on Linda Ronstadt's smash 'You're No Good' back in 1975!
He was just so capable and so versatile and whether it be lead and rhythm guitar, piano, bass, drums, or simply wearing the cap of producer, arranger, or composer, Gold was the epitome of a musical genius; and a class act to boot.
This newly-released album is a true treasure trove to be explored for all his fans, and even those curiously passing on by. Furthermore, these 16 tracks offer an insight into a musical mind that was just exploding with creativity.
Even though these songs, for the most part, have never been released before, making them a pure, unadulterated delight to behold here and now, there still is not one bad song on this impressive collection.
Opening with the Beatles-esque 'Something New, the song reveals perfectly what kind of a musical experience you are in for, and blends seamlessly into both the piano-led ditty 'Come Down To Me' and the acoustic guitar work of 'What You Do Is What You See.'
Gold is back at the piano for the lovely 'The World Tomorrow Brings,' which is backed here by more acoustic guitar on 'You are Somewhere Within Me,' the tuneful piano storytelling within 'Sometimes When A Man's On His Own,' and both the mind-tempo rock guitar of 'Prisoner' and the lo-fi acoustic guitar of vibe of 'Ten Years Behind Me.'
Next up we get some funky piano work for 'Timothy Corey' before Gold once again relaxes and brings forth the lo-fi pop elegance of 'Almost Love.' Another couple of turns at the piano brings us 'Penny Arcade' and then he raises the tempo somewhat for 'Don't Bring Me Down' (and no, it's not a cover of the famous ELO song, sorry!).
This quite beautiful album of lost gems then rounds out with the pop bounce of 'Resting In Your Love,' the feisty piano playing of 'Joseph,' the funky, upbeat guitar of 'A Note From You,' and then comes to a close with one more turn at the piano providing us with the beautiful 'To Be Someone.'
“There’s so much that even Andrew’s fans don’t know about him,” says Leslie Kogan, the person in charge of every aspect of her late husband’s considerable catalog. “For instance, being the Beatles freak that he was, Andrew released a great, trippy album called Greetings From Planet Love, by his one-man band, Fraternal Order Of All."
"He also had a terrific Techno-Pop group, called Wax, with (10cc pop genius) Graham Gouldman and Andrew wrote songs for artists like Wynona Judd and Celine Dion."
From the liner notes by two-time Grammy® Award-winning producer Peter Asher: "I suppose the science of genetics made it incredibly unlikely that Andrew could have been born without musical talent."
"His father was Ernest Gold, the Academy Award-winning composer and his mother was Marni Nixon, who provided the singing voice for West Side Story, The King And I, and My Fair Lady."
So, take a listen to Something New, a look back into the beginning of the musical artistry of Andrew Gold, truly a hidden gem waiting to shine.
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