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  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B002NPUCQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One More Mile
2. Parachute
3. Friday Night
4. Ella Jean
5. White Boy From Sacramento
6. Compassion
7. Downtime
8. Melancholy
9. I Don't Mind
10. Secular Praise
11. A Good Day

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Expando is legendary Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit's first solo album for eight years. Written and produced by Schmit, and recorded entirely at his home studio near Los Angeles, the album features a hand-picked selection of legendary musicians, including Graham Nash, Keb' Mo', The Blind Boys of Alabama, Garth Hudson (The Band), Dwight Yoakam, Benmont Tench (The Heartbreakers), Kid Rock, Van Dyke Parks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Schmit's own son, Ben.

Timothy B. Schmit is one America’s most prolific musicians, with a solo recording career that has produced four albums prior to Expando: Playin’ It Cool (1984), Timothy B. (1987), Tell Me The Truth (1990) and Feed The Fire (2001). He has appeared on a multitude of other artists’ recordings including Steely Dan, Vince Gill, Dan Fogelberg, Clint Black, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett, Ringo Starr, Elton John, and Warren Zevon, as well as his contributions to Poco and the Eagles (for whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).

BBC Review

Though he’s released solo records in the past, only now is The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmit really taking to the single life, having only recently embarked on a debut tour ‘alone’. His first collection of solo material since 2001’s Feed the Fire is an instrumentally insouciant affair that builds its arrangements from a basic acoustic structure upwards. Which isn’t to say Expando lacks spirit, or its share of sparkly songwriting; but its loose and relaxed feel is conducive to slipping into a mid-afternoon daydream.

As an acclaimed session musician with credits on records by the likes of Boz Scaggs and Don Henley, Schmit’s playing is perfectly perfunctory, in a complimentary sense – his may not be the most showy style you’ll hear, but it gets the job done efficiently. In places the fusion of the man’s abilities across a number of instruments does a good job of presenting a full-band vibe; elsewhere he’s ably backed by an array of contributors, including Van Dyke Parks who provides accordion on Secular Praise. Consistency is achieved, and that Expando can induce a little welcomed lethargy is primarily the product of a purposefully dynamic flatlining. Arrangements are accomplished, for sure; but only the most fervent fan is going to immediately identify absolute stand-out selections, rewinding them before moving on.

With repeat plays, though, the nuances become that bit clearer, Expando becoming something more than the pleasing background fare it feels like first and second time around. Parachute packs a foot-tapping pop melody into its fidgety frame, coming across something like a grittier, grizzlier Crowded House. The lyrical imagery might be fairly transparent, metaphors as decidedly clichéd as any X Factor finalist’s ‘it’s the taking part that counts’ speech, but Schmit is a player first and a poet second. Though, mercifully, he never overdoes the schmaltz.

Not that he doesn’t flirt with sentimentality – Friday Night is perhaps a little too sugary for some tastes, but you can’t fault the sincerity in the man’s delivery, which never lacks conviction. You believe him when he’s telling you he used to dig surf music, or that all he really needs is a little compassion. There’s something particularly reassuring about Schmit’s limited-range vocals, which infuse this record with an attractively warm glow.

Which ultimately has you returning for more, leading to the discovery of the facets that make this Schmit’s most satisfyingly complete solo offering yet. --Mike Diver

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Boleyncastle on 12 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bought this as a present for my partner who loves Schmits' voice since hearing him sing with the Eagles. Having been lucky enough to see the Eagles live, she decided he was their best singer! Anyway, Schmit does have a great voice that is so easy on the ear, and that is what makes this such a pleasant album to listen to. If you enjoy the softer side of the Eagles, you should enjoy this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. A. Smethurst on 5 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
To be honest I didn't know what to expect with this cd. I am an Eagles fan but have not followed the individual exploits of band members. This disc had everything and its easy to see where the Eagles "sound" comes from. I recommend this to everyone with a taste for Tequilla Sunrise at the Hotel California.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Freer on 23 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Timothy Schmit is best known as a bass player with Poco and The Eagles, and with this album, he just about establishes his credentials as a solo artist. He will never write like Henley/Frey, and I wish he had absorbed a little more influence from Joe Walsh whilst playing with the Eagles, but there are still some excellent songs on this album. Parachutes is as good a piece of country rock as I have heard, and there are no really weak tracks. The caveat is that, apart from Parachutes, there are no long-term memorable tracks - very good, but not brilliant. This is classic 'Friday evening with a glass of wine' music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin S on 15 April 2010
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Timothy B Schmit is in so many way the underated member of the Eagles and is a fine artist in his own right. A silky smooth vocalist

Expando is for me the best of his albums to date and carries some really lovely tracks. Over the album hits the mark with my highlights being Ella Jean, Friday night and the sublime parachute.

If you are an Eagles fan this should be in your collection, His talent shines through here.

Enjoy.
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Format: Vinyl
TBS's latest album is his best to date. Saw live performance in Birmingham which was a small intimate venue. Musicianship of all performers was outstanding!
Standout tracks (difficult to choose)on album: White Boy From Sacramento and One More Mile. Information for vinyl fans, the album consists of two discs, three sides with three tracks and last one with two. As this allows plenty of room the tracks are in no way compressed and sound fantastic! The pressings are very good with very low surface noise. Enjoy, Paul
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Flynn on 20 Sept. 2013
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I found this to be a very simple and personal collection of songs. Beautifully sung, nice arrangements. And I can sing along with it too!
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I really enjoyed this album and think it would rate as good as any Poco or Eagles album. His first album was a disappointment so I was a little bit hesitant to buy this album but now I'm happy I did. I've now ordered his 2001 album which has a glowing rating. There's only one track, track 5 "White Boy From Sacramento" which I don't like at all.
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Having followed his carreer from the early days in Poco to the Eagles, his solo album "Feed the Fire" was Good but In my opinion "Expando" showed a vast improvement.
As with all of my music reviews I recommend that you listen to the album yourself. Personal taste counts for everything!!!!!!!!
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