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Allan Thomas - Two sides to every story

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Ola Gränshagen Format: Album
Year: 2018
Label: Black Bamboo
Genre: Westcoast
Producer: Allan Thomas
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Hawaiian artist ALLAN THOMAS released his first solo album already in 1971. My first acquaintance with his music, though, was the 1989 CD “The island”, which is a nice recording with some westcoast vibes.

This is a 15 track CD which takes us into both light instrumental jazz/fusion songs as well as songs with vocals. The opener “15 minutes” is like DONALD FAGEN meets PAUL SIMON. The same STEELY DAN and Fagen vibes in “Good to go”! And there are other songs in more or less the same nice style, like “Dating game”. Nice and soft rock/soul/pop, with some westcoast hints.

“Aquadesiac” is one of the instrumental ones, with vibes of YELLOWJACKETS. Lovely saxophone by SYLVAIN CARTON. And take “El Sueno De Repitido” which reminds me a bit of SPYRO GYRA.

“Could’ve been worse” brings some DIRE STRAITS spices, and some of CHRIS REA as well. Good stuff!

On the instrumental side, again, the soft “Still life” and “There are no words” (well, the latter has some humming) are very nice tunes. The song “In search of” though is too mellow for my taste. And “Geezer talk”, well I could live without the talking/rapping…

Some of the artists included on the album: JIMMY JOHNSON (bass on all songs!), MICHAEL RUFF (lots of keyboards!), RUSSELL FERRANTE (keyboards), CHARLES JUDGE (keyboards), KEITH CARLOCK (lots of drums!) and WILLIAMS KENNEDY (drums).

A cool album, quite close to a 4 in grading too.




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