Saturday, September 17, 2016

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Revisits Classic Albums From Peter Case And Game Theory

American singer/songwriter Peter Case has had a successful 30 year solo career after breaking away from his punk band The Nerves. His self-titled debut solo album was produced by T Bone Burnett and features quite the cast of guests, including Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney) just to name a few. Case also received his first Grammy nomination for his song "Old Blue Car."

To celebrate the album's 30th anniversary, Omnivore Recordings is re-releasing the album on CD, stacked with seven bonus tracks. Peter Case places all of his cards on the table, from the folk-style battle cry of "Echo Wars" to the pop/rock of "Steel Strings" to blues of "Small Town Spree," he displays his talents for creating iconic songs in every genre. His words paint the perfect picture in "Walk In The Woods" and he projects the emotions in the stark delivery of "Icewater." The original twelve track album gets beefed up with seven bonus tracks, featuring acoustic versions of his songs "Steel Strings" and "I Shook His Hand." Two of the bonus tracks were taken from his 1986 promo EP and the other five have been previously unreleased. This new re-issue of the album also includes a new essay from Case along with new photos from around the time of the original release of the album. To find out more about the 30th anniversary re-release of Peter Case's debut solo album, please visit omnivorerecordings.com 

Omnivore Recordings has been passionate about re-releasing the music catalog of 80's rockers Game Theory. They reissued the band's debut album, "Blaze Of Glory," two years ago and still continue with their latest re-release, Game Theory's fifth studio album "The Big Shot Chronicles." This album expanded the band's underground, alternative rock sound and features the modern rock staple "Erica's Word."

The raw energy of the band in 1986 is heard in the opener "Here It Is Tomorrow" as they mix in a punk-like rawness with their college radio sound. Game Theory still reach for that radio hit single with the pop tones of "Where You Going Northern" and the acoustic ballad "Regenisraen," but after five albums, they continue to evolve into an exciting band full of energy as their music helped define the eighties underground rock scene. This new reissue of "The Big Shot Chronicles" gets expanded with thirteen bonus tracks, more than doubling the original length of the album. Some of the bonus tracks include a surf-guitar style version of "Linus And Lucy" along with a live version of Velvet Undergound's "Sweet Jane." The CD also features rough mixes of songs featured on the original album, many of them unreleased, along with a new 28-page booklet featuring a new essay from music writer Jason Cohen (Rolling Stone, Spin) and an interview with drummer Gil Ray and producer Dan Vallor. To find out more about this latest re-issue of Game Theory's "The Big Shot Chronicles" album, please visit omnivorerecordings.com 

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