Thursday, March 10, 2005

I'm either innocent or just plain stupid

Terry Hall started making music back in the early 80's, with the Specials. When he left the Specials, he went on to form and participate in a number of bands. Fun Boy Three, The Colourfield, Terry, Blair and Anouchka, and Vegas. More recently, he's worked with Tricky and the Gorillaz. His last full length collaboration was Terry Hall and Mushtaq, an excellent album with a heavy Arabic influence.

But for the moment, let's focus on Vegas, an album he did back in 1992 with Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics. Apparently, Dave had a contractual obligation to produce one more album for RCA /BMG and he convinced Terry to work with him on it. In some ways, it's not that surprising how the album turned out. Heavy on the synthesised sound of the time, about the most surprising thing about it is that it wasn't a lot better. There are some great moments on it, but there are also quite a few let-downs, especially lyrically. It doesn't sit high on my list of favorite Terry Hall related works, but I do continually go back to it, it captures the time pretty well, and vocally, there are a couple of tracks on which Terry stretched himself a bit more than normal. He isn't a strong vocalist, his style is much too cool to imply any sort of effort on his part. It's more about his delivery than anything else.

Vegas - Possessed REMOVED
Vegas - Theme/Wise Guy REMOVED

As usual, it looks like your best bet for purchasing this album is going through the used market, as it's no longer available new. Here's an Amazon link to Terry Hall related projects, though.


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