New England - Comments

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New England - Personal View

Andy Powellís "Collectorís Guide" describes the change between the previous record and this: "After the aptly titled Locked In, we felt the need to record in a much more home-grown environment ...". And what a change once again. After the rock bottom of Locked In, once again a great album (talk about some rollercoaster ride...).

Mother Of Pearl

Starting with a rough riff that says a lot of the whole album. Hereís some energetic playing by the whole group and what a soft sound on Martinís bass.

(In All Of My Dreams) You Rescue Me

Romantic lyrics (collaborated by Jill Stuart) combined with some peaceful guitars, bass and drums. The double lead solos are once again perfect for the mood of the song. Martinís bass "leads it own life" during the solos (meant as a positive comment!). As the song fades out, all that is left is the sound of crickets (recorded live at Martís place during the recording of the basic tracks of the record).

Runaway

The first start scared the sh*t out of me! Powerful guitars churning the riff after the peaceful voices of crickets. The song stops as abruptly as it started.

Lorelei

Laurie Wisefield is responsible for the main parts of the solos in this song. Not bad, not bad at all. The drum solo accompanied by Nelson "Flaco" Padronís percussion could have lasted longer...

Outward Bound

Locked In missed the "necessary" instrumental song. Here we have one and what a driviní one. I especially like the short guitar-licks that Andy and Laurie play - each in his turn - between the main riff. The live version, that can be heard on Archives II shows this is a song well suited for live performances. A tasty bit!

Prelude

Interesting idea! The double lead solo of the next song is a reworked version of this one. As a more peaceful version, this is perfectly suited for what it is, a prelude!

When You Know Love

The name of the song and the lyrics are on the romantic side. The way it is performed makes it more energetic than one might expect. Still, thereís no contradiction between the lyrics/melody and the arrangement. The arrangement suits the song well. In a solo by Laurie Wisefield, thereís something typical for him (I usually hum something like "do-do-doo-do do-do-doo-do" while I listen to it). As Iíd never seen the group live (in 1997 I saw them for the first time), I somehow have try to "deduct" whoís playing. Thatís why some "mannersims" is partly the way you find out whoís playing.

Lonely Island

The "jazzyish" Wishbone Ash that you can hear on this song is something that becomes more and more unusual as the amount of Wishbone Ash albums increase. I wouldnít be sorry if there were some more of this kind of songs. Maybe the way this album was recorded - "at home" - contributed to the addition of this song. By the way this would have been interesting to hear as a live song. If Iíve understood it right (Gary Carterís article in "Collectorís Guide") it hasnít been played at gigs.

Candlelight

One more "home made" song with only one fault; it could have lasted longer! The acoustic guitar paired with the slide guitar makes a perfect combination. What a peaceful ending for an album with a "rough" start. Something to listen to by the open fire (or candlelight, of course) after a hot Finnish sauna. *SIGH*

 

Written by: Rainer Frilund - Last update: Apr, 1999