In 1971, with the coaxing of friend James Taylor, she released her legendary solo album Tapestry which produced four number one singles, & remained number one on the album charts for 15 straight weeks. It’s the longest amount of time any female solo artist’s album remained at the top of the charts. The album stayed on the charts for six years & has now sold well over 25 million copies. King has won four Grammy awards & is a member of the songwriters section of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Perfectly in line with the probable throwback theme of After the Disco, “Holding on for Life” is catchy, dance-worthy and brings out the best falsetto Mercer has to offer. Remarkably reminiscent of Barry Gibb, the chorus repetitiously soars over the reliable bass-line. Throw in the late-track, guitar breakdown and all of the Broken Bells staples are there.
01 – Voyage of the Trieste [3.40]
02 – In the Past [3.08]
03 – Inner Mystique [5.37]
04 – I´m Not Like Everybody Else [3.45]
05 – Medication [2.08]
06 – Let´s Go [2.19]
07 – It´s All Over Now Baby Blue [3.14]
08 – I Ain´t No Miracle Worker [2.51]
From the archives of Randy California/Spirit comes this 2 CD re-mastered set. Disc 1 features 25 previously unreleased songs and instrumentals recorded between 1983 and his final recording session in late 1996, while disc 2 features more Spirit treasures with unreleased material and alternative takes from the California Blues and Cosmic Smile albums.
Wheel features strings by Grammy award winning violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony And The Johnsons), brass accompaniment from Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire, David Byrne and St. Vincent), and was produced and mixed by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Frightened Rabbit, Real Estate).