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JIM BASNIGHT AND THE MOBERLYS - Seattle – New York – Los Angeles

CD / BigBang14 / 2001

1.I Wanna Be Yours
2.Rest Up
3.Lose Me
4.I Love You So
5.What I Would’nt Do
6.Bare My Soul
8.Genius Of Love
9.Your Fool
10.Blood Beach
11.You Came And You Conquered
12.She Don’t Rock
13.Love So True
14.The Rebel Kind
15.She Always Smiled
16.Alone With Her
18.Summertime Again
19.Ugly Side
20.I Need Your Love
21.Wherever You Take Me
22.Ain’t It Funny
23.We Rocked And Rolled
This is the best release ever by Jim and his classic power pop band! The CD contains 23 tracks of mostly songs appearing for the first time on CD. Think of a marriage of Beatles / Plimsouls / Stones! A marvelous collection and his best overall work in my opinion! Never heard him? Start here!
Jam Rds – USA

This collection is drawn from songs recorded throughout the 80s following the break-up of the first incarnation of The Moberlys and the release of their self title album in 1980. There are some craking songs here, in particular “I Wanna Be Yours”, “Alone With Her”, “The Rebel Kind” anf the Peter Buck-produced “Your Fool”. If you’re interested in 80s US power pop of the down’n’dirty guitar-driven kind (The Beat, Romantics, etc), you’ll appreciate most, if not all, of these 23 rockers.
Bucketfull Of Brains – UK

The majority of the songs found on this CD compilation were recorded for the band’s second album in 1983 while the remaining tracks are taken from a variety of sessions in LA between 1985 – 1989, including several produced by REM’s Peter Buck and many are previously unreleased. The songs are uniformly strong, which makes it hard to pick any standouts put I can’t go past the rollicking “Tonight” (classic title and all), the more pure pop strains of “Lose Me”, or the classic riff os “What I Wouldn’t Do”. Anybody who likes 80’s power pop should track down this CD.
Pop On Top – USA

Il suffit de rappeler que le premier album des Moberlys date de 79 pour bien comprendre que chez Jim Basnight, âme du groupe, la persévérance n’est pas un vain mot. L’homme et son groupe, originaires de Seattle, ont tout traversé, du punk au grunge, sans jamais perdre une étincelle qui fait de leurs trop rares enregistrements une vraie bénédiction pour quiconque est un peu versé dans la pop de qualité. “Seattle, New York, Los Angeles“ compile divers travaux studios des eighties effectués ça et là dont certains sous la houlette de Peter “REM“ Buck, fan de la première heure, ce n’est pas rien. 22 compos plus une reprise de “Rebel Kind“ où Jim Basnight se hisse au niveau de gens comme Peter Case ou Paul Collins. On parle ici de haut de gamme. Faites que ce disque lui rende enfin justice.
Alain Feydri – Abus Dangereux – France

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