Charlie Peacock - West Coast Diaries Vol 2

Saturday 1st June 1991
Charlie Peacock - West Coast Diaries Vol 2
Charlie Peacock - West Coast Diaries Vol 2

STYLE: Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2750-296
LABEL: Sparrow SPD1263
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Between 1984 to 1989 brilliantly gifted singer/songwriter Charlie Peacock cut many demos in his effort to land a recording contract after his release from Island Records. Yet the record deal never happened and finally in 1988, to fulfil a promise he'd made to his fans at the Cornerstone Festival, Charlie released the first privately produced volume of The West Coast Diaries'. Of such things record-collecting legends are born and the album, and the two that followed, are absorbing insights into the creative development of a man who put more song writing craft and rock arrangement expertise in his pitch-for-a-deal demos than most artists managed in big budget masters. Vol 1 of West Coast Diaries' is an excellent set featuring much tasty guitar from Charlie's long-time sidekick Jimmy Abegg and the 77's Mike Roe with several songs eventually to appear on the classic '1990 album The Secret Of Time'. Volume 2 was recorded live, with the exception of two songs, with Jimmy A, Vince Ebo and Charlie performing as a raw and superbly soulful acoustic trio. Volume three are more studio demos with some curiosities too like a rendition of Simon & Garfunkle's "Mrs. Robinson". These albums, helpfully presented to a wider public through Charlie's deal with Sparrow, aren't simply collectors items for super-fans and completists. They each contain fine performances and songs from one of Christendom's richest talents

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Nobody's Gonna Bring Me Down [Listen]
2. The Way Of Love [Listen]
3. Down In The Lowlands [Listen]
4. Psalm 51 [Listen]
5. No Place Closer To Heaven [Listen]
6. Don't Have The Power [Listen]
7. Unchain My Soul [Listen]
8. Big Man's Hat [Listen]

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