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  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B0000011WZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Scare Myself
2. Irony
3. Guilt
4. More Money
5. Till The Doctor Gets Back
6. Broken English
7. Times Square
8. Over Here (No Time For Justice)
9. Give Me Love
10. The Bold Fenian Men

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Barry Reynolds wrote some of their most memorable songs for artists like Marianne Faithfull and Grace Jones. On this album there are three songs co-written by Faithfull: Irony, Broken English and Over Here. Reynolds' contributions to her albums Broken English and A Child's Adventure are particularly noteworthy. No wonder this album contains his versions of songs like Guilt and Times Square.

There's plenty of musical variety, from the buoyant little reggae ditty Irony where Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt contribute backing vocals, to his solemn interpretation of Guilt, whilst the title track and More Money are reminiscent of the work of reggae legends Sly and Robbie, who play on the album, along with Wally Badarou. An appealing blend of atmospheric electronica and reggae, the lilting and melancholy Till The Doctor Gets Back is a highlight of the collection.

Reynolds' uptempo version of Broken English is very different from Faithfull's, nervous or jittery rather than resigned and gloomy, whilst Times Square is a solemn and melancholy ballad, like her interpretation. On this song, Reynolds' vocals are the most soulful and the guitar is sublime. Mowatt and Griffiths also do the backing vocals on the catchy ditty Over Here with its serious message.

Give Me Love is another soulful gem with music that reminds me of Brian Eno in his more accessible moments and the album concludes with The Bold Fenian Men, a slow, tender ballad. This is a great collection of tuneful songs with innovative and appealing arrangements. It's a pity that this exceptional album is so obscure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Adamson on 10 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a great record. Barry Reynolds seems to have been some sort of in house songwriter for Island in the 70's and early 80's. He wrote I Scare Myself whuich was covered by Thomas Dolby, Broken English for Marianne Faihfull and several songs for Grace Jones. The style is acoustic on these recordings with a slight reggae feel: not dissimilar to Jack Johnson. Well due a reissue.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Singer/songwriter on a reggaebase, top-level! 23 Jan. 1999
By Bart Timmers (btimmers@worldonline.nl) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a music seller, amazone won't like that I tell you i bought this record in a sale for the price of a pack of coffee. But that was my first encounter with "I scare myself" by Barry Reynolds. Ofcourse I should have heard of him because he wrote great songs for other people, especially Marianne Faithfull, who also contributes to this album. So maybe it's the cheapest album I own, but it's also one of the best! If I write down the genre you probably will think: well, not my cup of tea, but singer-songwriter, or reggae, or ballad are just keywords, not genre. There is no genre for this music, just a rating: The highest rating I have in my music collection. I've listened to this record hundreds of times (I own more than 2000 titles and are always in lack of time, so it's not because I don't have anything else to do!) and it's always nice to hear. Songs, sometimes very slow ballads sung with a barely heard voice, sometimes with a reggae-rhythm (Sly & Robbie!)on which it's hard to stand still, but always songs with a high craftmansship (if that's the correct word in English) for songwriting. Well, the conclusion is obvious. You don't know me, so you don't know who to believe, but I can recommand this album to you with my heart and soul.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The "Irony" Of It All! 5 Dec. 1999
By Ralph Quirino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Reynolds achieved a little notoriety as a session player for Marianne Faithfull on her Island albums, most notably BROKEN ENGLISH (a song Reynolds wrote). This first solo album (originally released in 1981) shows off his talent as a superb songwriter. From "Times Square" (where the song's hero checks into a hotel with a "pistol in my suitcase") to "Irony", "Bold Fenian Men" to a great remake of Dan Hicks' "I Scare Myself", this neglected album blended singer-songwriter, reggae and new wave styled pop effectively and enjoyably. Big thumbs up to Edsel U.K. for FINALLY releasing it on disc!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have 24 July 2001
By Wendy C. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Often the best music goes unpromoted and therefore unnoticed by music lovers; this is the sad truth for Barry Reynolds' "I Scare Myself." Reynolds is a superb songwriter, having written tunes covered by Marianne Faithfull, Grace Jones and Joe Cocker. Check out these artist's releases in which Reynolds was involved and you'll hear the signature Reynolds rhythm that will hook you every time. "I Scare Myself" contains some of the best-written pop songs ever. Reynolds is a minimalist: the lyrics are deep while being spare, the melodies get the job done without filler. Listen to Reynolds'guitar solo on the single "I Scare Myself" for a good example of this; the man says more with a few notes than other guitarists have said with thousands. While some of the songs contain the infectious Sly and Robbie Jamaican beat they are not necessarily dance songs. Wouldn't you feel silly dancing to "Broken English?" This collection of tunes will transport you to a place inside yourself that needs visiting. And you will wish Barry Reynolds had recorded again despite the lack of commercial support. Buy this disc.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First solo album by Barry Reynolds hints at a lot of potential-I'd love to see a second 5 Mar. 2011
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First let's get this out of the way at the start-Barry Reynolds' first and only solo album (to date) "I Scare Myself" isn't a masterpiece but it is still a very good album with strong material. The album features both songs that Reynolds wrote while working with Marianne Faithful on her first three albums for Island Records ("Broken English", "Dangerous Acquaintances", "A Child's Adventure")and solo for this album. Reynolds the former lead singer/songwriter and guitarist for Pacific DriftFeelin Freemoved from session player to co-writer and a member of Faithful's backing band before this album.

It's a pity that Reynolds hasn't made another solo album becuase "I Scare Myself" demonstrated a lot of potential. Reynolds has also been Faithful (and Grace Jones) best songwriting collaborator. Here he demonstrates that he still has solo/front man potential. I bought this back in 1982 (probably one of the few who did) simply based on the fact that Reynolds had co-written some of my favorite songs by Faithful.

The material itself is extremely strong with "Irony", "Times Square" (also recorded by Faithful), "Broken English" (Faithful did the definitive version on her album but Reynolds version is an interesting, even more New Wave influenced arrangement)and Reynolds cover of the Dan Hicks song "I Scare Myself" among the highlights. Featuring the rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespheare on bass and drums along with other members of the "Compass Point" band, the playing is top notch throughout and Reynolds does a terrific job as lead singer/guitarist.

The Edsel reissue has been remastered from the original mastertapes (I'm not sure who did it but Ted Jensen is credited although if I recall correctly he was the original mastering engineer on the vinyl version)and sounds quite nice. The liner notes include a background on Reynolds musical career as well as the lyrics and original album credits.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By skwertball - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't say enough... The guy wrote most of Marianne Faithfull's come-back songs (including "Times Square"), is a tremendous studio musician, and why people are not flocking to hear this one album has ALWAYS been beyond me. I promote him whenever I get a chance; I love him and rave about his poetry, and recently I stumbled across an unknown singer doing his "I Scare Myself," I thought, what crazed, mad world is this, when Barry, who sings so well, gets outsted from his own music?

(Later -- oops, that's one song he does a COVER on...thanks for the correction. Dan Hicks wrote it.)

Terrific musician, songwriter, love the album, had it since it came out, can't recommend it highly enough. Barry Reynolds. Remember him. I do.

(I wish I could get this on CD. I have the original LP record. Amazon thought they found a seller, but it never happened.)

Also, since I wrote this review on September 13, 2003, apparently Thomas Dolby (whom I really like and was there working at the record store when he first came out in 1979) did a cover of it. I look forward to hearing it. Man, things have changed since 2003!
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