on 18 January 2004
Quite simply put,this is one of the best albums I have in my collection,and over the years I've bought a few!!!!I first bought it in '89 on cassette and even today it gets a regular listening on my system. All the tracks are brilliant,but have you ever heard a song like 'Walkin on ice'.Coould never see why the one cover ,'California Dreaming' was the single here as ,although a damn good cover,its probably the weakest in the collection.
Go out and buy!!!!
on 20 November 2005
River City People consisted of two brothers Tim and Paul Speed (guitars and drums respectively)and Dave Snell (bass) who in 1987 were all studying at Liverpool Polytechnic. Vocalist Siobhan Maher had previously worked with Snell in a band called Peep Show and had also achieved some fame as a TV presenter in the mid-eighties. The band's break came in 1989 when they received funding from the pop programme 'The Chart Show' to make a video and were subsequently signed to EMI.
The band's debut album (producd by Don Gehman who had worked with REM) was perhaps out of its time; had it been released ten years earlier on the heels of Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours', it may have fared better. Although the band's melodic style owed something to other great stylists (for example U2 and Simple Minds in addition to Mac), they were in the grand tradition of pop-rock mainstream with some killer hooks, riffs and melodies. A cover of 'California Dreamin' only served to further their pop credibility and actually achieved a UK Top 20 slot when released as a single.
Sadly, after releasing the "difficult" second album in October 1991 internal bitching about the direction of the band led to an impasse and they were dropped the following year by EMI. Maher found short-lived work with ex-Bangles drummer Debbi Peterson under the name of Kindred Spirit whilst the Speed brothers returned to the 'Pool. They later surfaced in a band appropriately named Speed who released one dreadfully marketed album in 1998. Dave Snell went into band management.
Siobhan Maher, married briefly to Snell, subsequently sought her fortune in the States and, newly-married to top Nashville producer Ray Kennedy, released an excellent solo album in March 2002.
Don't miss: River City People: Say Something Good (reissued version includes the single, California Dreamin')
on 30 December 2012
As a fan of rock and metal music never really paid much attention to mainstream music but ive always had a love of female fronted folk/rock type music All About Eve, The Sundays etc.
I remember having this on vinyl back in the day just bought the cd copy and still love it as much as i did then. The beautiful Siobahn Mayer has a gorgeous voice and this album is stunning. The big hit was california dreamin but songs like Under the Rainbow and Walking on Ice (my favourite) are even better.After not hearing this album for years i can't stop playing it and even though its over 20 years old it still sounds fresh unlike a lot of music from late 80s early 90s does. I bought the cd for less than a £1, i would say treat yourself sit back relax and enjoy a great album full of melody and sang beautifully. I also recommend the follow up album This is the world not as good as this but still worth owning.
on 10 February 2010
Whilst the CD is excellent, as expected, as I have the album on vinyl, I would have appreciated knowing in advance that it was in a cardboard sleeve, rather than a plastic case, as this may have influenced my purchase.