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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Friday, June 8, 1990
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Asbury Park PressFriday, June 8, 1 990 B 1 1 After 3 years, Fairlanes album finally here LISTENING ROOMLIVELY ARTS By ROBERT SANTELLI Pfess Correspondent There are three good reasons why "All the Way Live," the latest alburn by Billy Hector and the Fairlanes, was recorded nearly three years ago, but is being released only now. Reason No. 1: Finances. "It takes money to put out your own album," said guitar player-vocalist Suzan Lasto-vica, Spring Lake Heights. "And that was something we didn't have as a band until this year." , . Although lead guitarist-vocalist Hector, Spring Lake Heights, and his Fairlanes, which include Ms. Lastovica, plus harmonica player Bill Lilley, Asbury Park, and part-time drummer Van Rbmaine, New York and bass player Tm Tindall, Union City, work more than most metropolitan area blues-rock bands, financing a self-produced, independently released album can cost thousands of dollars. !"A lot of people don't realize that wfc're full-time musicians," Ms. Lastovica said. "Billy (Hector) and I don't have day jobs. We pay our bills and live off the money we make as musicians. Sometimes that can be hard to do." - Blues rock groups such as the THE FAIRLANES are scheduled to perform at 1 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. Admission is $10. Fairlanes might make as little as $250 for a night's work or as much as $700, depending on the venue. But from that gross comes traveling and performance expenses as well as equipment rental, repairs and other incidentals. Reason No. 2: Fan demand. Ever since the Fairlanes' first album, "Hit the Road," was released in the summer of 1987, supporters of the band, said Ms. Lastovica, have asked for a follow-up record. "We thought we owed it to our fans to release something. The Fairlanes have been around for five years. Some of our fans have been with us that long. 'All the Way Live' is for them." Reason No. 3: Historical documentation. The drums heard on "All the Way Live" were played by Ernest "Boom" Carter, one of the Shore's most respected drummers. The performance at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, where "All the Way Live" was recorded, was Carter's last with the Fairlanes. Two days later he moved to San Francisco to patch up a broken marriage and start his career anew. . Before Carter's tenure with the Fairlanes, he played with Tone, the Shore's premier jazz-fusion band in the 1970s, which featured the guitar and keyboard wizardry of David Sancious. Carter was also a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. It is Carter who performed the now legendary drum roll that leads off the song "Born to Run." "When Boom was in the band we had a particular sound that we don't quite have anymore," Hector said. "Putting this record out was a good way to capture that part of the band's history." "All the Way Live" contains nine songs all of them blues standards. From the rollicking rendition of Jimmy Vaughan and Kim Wilson's "Jumpin' Bad," to the cool swagger of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me," the Fairlanes give new blood to old songs, and in the process, prove what many blues fans believe that they're the best blues-rock band in New Jersey. The Fairlanes were nominated for a Garden State Music Award in the Best Unsigned Band category at last week's awards show at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. Record labels such as the Chicago-based Alligator Records have expressed interest in the band. And tomorrow night the Fairlanes headline the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival's Great Guitar Jam at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. "We still play the songs that make up 'All the Way Live,' " Hector added. "So in one way the record isn't as old as it might seem. It's still a good example of what this band is all about live." What the Fairlanes have accomplished as a band since the recording of "All the Way Live" is even more impressive when you consider that the group has been minus a full-time steady rhythm section since Carter's departure. "It's been difficult to get a bass player and drummer to commit to the band and fit in," Ms. Lastovica said. "The people we do find are mercenaries mostly out of New York. They play with a lot of bands so they can make a living. What we're really looking for are a couple of local musicians who believe in the music we play and who want to make the Fairlanes their full-time gig." "A lot of people might think that playing with different bass players and drummers is a bad thing," added Lilley. "There are some nights when it's tough, but most of the time the musicians that play with us are of such a high quality that they fit right in." Of all the drummers who have played with the Fairlanes after Carter left, Van Romaine has logged the most time. He'll be with the Fairlanes for most of "mm r. mi DEBRA L. ROTHENBERGAsbury Park Prau The Fairlanes (from left) Bill Lilley, Suzan Lastovica and Billy Hector self-produced and financed their latest album, "All the Way Live." the summer. But he's expected to go out on tour again with guitarist Steve Morse, formerly of the Dixie Dregs, in the fall. Romaine will play with the Fairlanes tomorrow night as will bass player Tim Tindall. Tindall was the Fairlanes' bass player during the recording of "All the Way Live." "I miss having a full band," said Ms. Lastovica. "That's one of our top priorities to fill out the Fairlanes with full-time members." Mew Recordings Peace, love, funk from Soul H Soul $oul II Soul's hippie funk music slowly percolating electronic drum beajs and vague messages of peace, love arid optimism was one of the major success stories of 1989, and there's no reason to believe the band's second album, "Vol. II 1990 A New Decade" (Virgin 91367), isn't going to be blasting out of cars and on the beaches this summer. Though more laid back than the debut, "Keep On Movin'," it's generally more of the same, with the band's two full-time members, producers Jazzie B. and Nel-lee Hooper, recording a variety of singers in various soul-music styles and laying pumping beats beneath them. Among their finds this time around are a singer named Lamya who provides the sultry lead vocal to "Love Come Through," and Kym Mazelle, who sounds like a cross between Aretha Franklin and Maria Muldaur on the simmering "Missing You." And there are at least four songs that sound like easy hits, from the opener, "Get A Life," which is already a hit, right through "Missing You," the album's fourth song. After there, though, things get kind of thin, with one song featuring saxophonist Courtney Pine soloing over an extended piece of filler, and others regurgitating the by-now familiar Soul II Soul message. "The future for Soul II Soul," someone sings on the album closer, "still is, and always will beA Happy faceA thumping bassFor a loving race." That hippie optimism is repeated all over the record, and it still is, and maybe always will be, no more deep than the current hit's urge to "Elevate yotir mind and free your soul." It's great music for relaxing, for chilling out, on a sweltering summer day, sort of the flip side-of Public Enemy's music to make a hot Summer day seem even hotter. , Matty Karat Asbury Park Press . POP JOHN DOE, "Meet John Doe" (DGC 24291) After ExeneCervenka's wimpy solo ,'debut last summer, this debut by her fprmer husband and partner in the -, band X (a band that Doe says is still -tbgether but "on vacation") is a 'welcome reminder of the prowess of one of the 1 980s' best rock bands. But it doesn't answer the question of who '.supplied the punk-rock firepower in X. Ms. Cervenka debuted with a country-Tock album; Doe's, despite an all-star ., band that includes guitarists Richard Lloyd from Television and Jon Dee .Graham from the True Believers, paints him as a country-tinged singcr-'songwriter. Cry all you want about that; Meet John Doe" is still a mostly great record. There was always a strong honky-tonk edge to Doe's singing in X, and on "Dyin' to Get Home" and his cover of Hank Cochran's "It's Only Love" (with the hook, "It's only love, it'll go away"), he sings, and the band "plays, with enough pain to suggest a .heavenly vision of honky-tonk hell. Most of the songs, which also include a iover of John H iatt's majestic "The Real One," are twisted or tormented lakes on romance, and one of the most twisted and tormented is the amusing "'.Take 52, " which Doe wrote from an "flld lyric by Ms. Cervenka. SAFFIRE, "The Uppity Bluet Women" Alligator 4780) What do three musically minded, middle-aged women do when they get the blues? They form blues trio, that's what. You can hear -their story in "Middle Aged Blues floogie," the sassy opening songon this delightful debut album. Gaye Adegbalola (guitar), Earlene Lewis Jbass) and Ann Rabson (piano) play and sing the blues with as much passion and soul power as any other trio making records these days. Their sound might be somewhat slicker and less raw Jhan, say, the gritty push of Koko Taylor. But these blues mamas can be , Incredibly clever when it comes to destroying blues sexism and satirizing tocial trends. 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