Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Sullivan - Songs From An Imaginary Life
|Guitarist Steve Sullivan, supported by Billy Beleca - bass, and Tim Browne - drums, have cut several cassettes of material before. This latest effort sports some pretty nice tracks, mostly country oriented. Of particular note is the spaghetti western flavored "Days Of Heaven."|
Picks: The Wizard, Days Of Heaven, Dead Man's House, Where Have All The Frogs Gone?, Bish Bash Or Bash Bish?, Miracle In Milan
Track by Track Review
Many good ideas, good changes, and infectious drums to be found here. Unfortunately, the concept seems under developed. "The Wizard" ends up being a fairly average rock instro progression, interesting for a bit, but just not melodic enough to work for long. More suited for a backtrack.
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)
Pretty Spanish bad guy instro sounds, bluesy riffs, and placid village scenes. "Days Of Heaven" is an enjoyable adventure into vacation territories. By the time it develops into a full band composition, it has settled into your subconscious. Friendly, warm, and just waiting for pasta sauce. I like this a lot.
Delicate pluckery, balanced lead-rhythm work, mysterious ambiances, and slightly dangerous sounds... all in one track that is ripe for a TV theme. It's got that sorta sub-Eddie Angel sound, slightly detective, slightly spy. A very cool tune.
Where Have All The Frogs Gone?
The song that answers "Where Have All The Frogs Gone?" the question with amphibious aplomb and webbed toes. Sorta country, sorta not.
This is an infectious tune, full of cow pies and swell melodic riffs. It has a bit of the Paul Johnson feel to it, maybe some Dire Straits, as well as warm open air country.
Afternoon Rock (Instrumental)
Beautiful ringing tone, peaceful afternoon fluidity, and warm sun. Pleasant.