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The opening track, In Time, sounds rather distant and spacey, and is very relaxed. The lyrics are really interesting and imaginative, and show the really gentle personality of their creator.
Reborn, the next track, sounds very much like you what you'd hear in an 80s club, especially in terms of instrumentals. Once again, there are some really good lyrics here and some interesting analogies and mental images.
Rollin' Tide is a really relaxing piece which has a large instrumental section at the beginning before launching into some really powerful, moving lyrics which are delivered with real soul.
Night Walker has a really cool middle section of instrumentals. It reminds me a bit of Phil Collins or Sting. It's got a sort of funk blues feel to it.
Hard Labour reminds me of Bob Dylan and sounds quite similar; raw vocals, slightly religious, country blues feel and harmonica addition with lyrics about hardship.
Misty Mountain is the most commercial sounding song so far on this release. It's still country blues but more upbeat and modern sounding, and of course, still has the lyrics that speak to you.
Fanfare has very steady soundss although the lack of tonal variation in the vocal performance makes it slightly weaker for me. It's a laid back, interesting track nonetheless though.
Within Walls is more commercial than Misty Mountain; it sounds like something you'd hear on the radio but without selling out; Denny Laine makes the music he wants to rather than what will pander to anyone. I really love this song and it's the easiest one to sing along to; it's catchy and has some great lyrics (as do all his songs, it seems!)
Eternal Quest is another commercial sounding track and although instrumentally it's pretty commercial, the lyrics are rather introverted, and spiritual, which makes it a thought provoking song.
Phoenix is really delightful; another favourite on this album, with an upbeat, commercial, accessible sound and great vocal delivery.
Go Now is Denny's most famous contribution to his erstwhile band, The Moody Blues; this is a nice, pared down version but very recognisable and lovely. It's pretty much as you'd hear if you came to any of his live shows these days.
Time To Hide is a Wings track, and as is the case with Go Now, it's pretty much the version he plays live these days. Lovely pared down version of an underrated Wings gem.
Again & Again & Again, another Wings track (see my comment on Time To Hide).
Mull Of Kintyre is the closing track, and it is also the most famous Wings track, a massive hit in 1977, when Britain was on the cusp of the Punk phenomenon; this track was the antithesis. As for Denny's version, it's really sweet and touching, and well performed.
I think this is the best album to buy if you're just starting out getting into Denny Laine's music as it has a very small overview of some of his toher musical projects (Moody Blues and Wings), and of course, it has alternative versions of these than the ones you'll already know.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 In Time
3 Rollin' Tide
5 Hard Labour
6 Misty Mountain
8 Within Walls
9 Eternal Quest
11 Go Now
12 Time To Hide
13 Again And Again And Again
14 Mull Of Kintyre