Arrgghhh! So many great under-rated albums, so little time. `Ghost Stories' (Expanded version) is a slow simmering gem. Steve Wynn's lonely voice and beautiful lyrics have fully matured, evolving from an earlier punk sound to a great musician. His wavy Jim Morrison-Lou Reed-Tom Petty voice projects through with full, rich sound and emotion (and matched with a very talented band!).
Some picks: The slow "When the Curtain Falls" resonates with echoing guitar riffs and hints of John Lennon; it remains one of the great under-appreciated songs from the `80s. Or something more palatable for a mass audience such as the poppy "Carolyn" or the country/celtic "Darlin' They Know." Jeez, if Springsteen had penned and sang "See That My Grave is Kept Clean" (aka "There's Two White Horses Following Me") it would've no doubt become a mega-hit. The album wraps up with a rowdy "I Ain't Living Long Like This" and then a cool take on War's classic "Spill the Wine." Hopefully the Web will provide the audience this album deserves. Steve Wynn has paid his dues and (IMHO) joins the ranks of iconic (living) artist's club of Springsteen, Petty, Jagger, Davies, Young, and of course, Dylan.