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Love Can Change Everything: Demos [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Import
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Over the 24 tracks starting in 1967, when he was signed by Curt Boettcher¡¦s Mee-Moo Publishing, you can hear the budding young songwriter maturing and hear him grow from a quite timid singer & strummer to a self-confident singer and a more than adequate guitarist. If there were a special catagory for demos CDs this one would get the full *****

If you ever needed proof of Michael Fennelly¡¦s talent, just listen to the 8 tracks that ended up on Crabby Appleton¡¦s s/t debut and hear the arrangements all but fully formed, merely played on a Gibson 12-string with multi-tracked vocals and the occasional extra guitar dubbed-in.

Michael Fennelly¡¦s the real deal. What a waste that, after the demise of Crabby Appleton, he never got the opportunity to develop his skills beyond his 2 solo albums: Lane Changer ( the last 4 tracks here are demos for that album ) & Stranger¡¦s Bed . And we are waiting way too long already for someone to release those 2 albums on CD, preferable on a 2fer of course.

The tracklisting:

1. Try to Understand (2:28)
2. I Couldn't Find the Words (3:09)
3. I Don't Think That I'll See That Time Again (1:56)
4. I've Been Found (3:18)
5. Dancing Dandelions (2:12)
6. Breakdown (2:24)
7. Iris Please (3:37)
8. Love Can Change Everything (2:47)
9. Leanna (3:44)
10. Don't Need a Map (2:13)
11. Under the Trees and Moonlight (2:12)
12. Hunger for Love (3:45)
13. The Other Side (2:44)
14. Some Madness (2:26)
15. Peace by Peace (3:31)
16. How Long Will It Take (2:16)
17. Can't Live My Life Without You (2:22)
18. Never Met a Girl (2:27)
19. Go Back (3:23)
20. Try (2:20)
21. Over My Dead Body (2:32)
22. You're a Good Girl (2:40)
23. Dark Night (2:49)
24. Flyer (2:47)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Songwriter and Singer 25 Oct. 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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I had never heard of Michael Fennelly before buying this CD a few months ago, but after reading about this reissue, seeing that it was released on the Sundazed label (I've enjoyed many of their reissues), plus, having it pop up on my Amazon "recommended" list --- I was intrigued enough to order it. I'm very happy that I took a blind chance (well, an unheard one, anyway) with this CD. It may be categorized as "demos" but the tunes I hear on this CD are fully realized ones, some of them masterpieces of pop songwriting. Fennelly clearly has a knack for melody and writing songs with hooks.

Fennelly later formed the band Crabby Appleton (a band I'd heard of, but I've never heard an entire album by them) in the early 1970s, and some of these songs were later covered by that group. What he has done since those hazy 70s days, other than to continue songwriting, I have no idea, but judging from the high quality of these songs, he should have plenty of more gems for us to hear. The closest musical comparison I can make when I hear these songs is Emmit Rhodes, yet another underrated pop maestro from the early 70s. Like Rhodes, you can hear the influence of Brit bands such as the Beatles, Badfinger, and Zombies in some of these songs. But the acoustic nature of these demos and the sound of his vocals still makes me think of Emmit Rhodes more often than not.

The CD includes a fold-out booklet with liner notes by Domenic Priore, and notes on each track by Fennelly himself. Another very impressive obscure recording reissued by Sundazed. Fennelly is an artist that deserves to be heard by fans of late 60s and early 70s melodic pop-rock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "THERE WAS A SCENE GOING ON THAT WAS REALLY ENTICING." 23 Nov. 2015
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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"I had a bunch of songs, and was singing them and playing guitar in the coffeehouse...not in any formal manner." Michael Fennelly.

If you're a fan of the band Millennium and their album "Begin" you're no doubt familiar with Michael Fennelly's work. So this review is aimed more at the people who might not have heard that unique album. More people should hear this wonderful set (67+ minutes) of demos (in good sounding mono) Sundazed has collected. I've always had a soft spot for the album "Begin", by Millennium from the late '60s which included Michael Fennelly. It was a great example of one of the many different sounding types of music that was in L.A. during that era. These demos are all from 1967-1972, recorded in L.A. with a bare-bones rhythm section which morphed into Millennium. But listening to these songs (except for a couple of tracks) you'd be hard-pressed to think these are demos, recorded to hopefully gain some attention (and money) from artists/labels looking for songs.

Fennelly has a nice light voice (plus dig the harmony vocals here and there) along with his guitar work. And the stripped down band and the tight arrangements fits these tunes perfectly. For a bunch of demos this is a pretty seamless collection of performances. Some may hear some (or most) of these songs as a bit fey sounding. But they're good examples of that late '60s/early '70s/L.A./soft-rock/sunny-pop sound/folk-rock. From Byrds-like songs ("I've Been Found"), to Simon & Garfunkel ("Dancing Dandelions"), to sunshine-pop ("Never Met A Girl"), to slightly harder guitar-rock ("Breakdown"), to something reminiscent of a Love/"Forever Changes" song "Some Madness", and other cross-genre arrangements, this set of performances is a bit of a surprise--try "Over My Dead Body"--definitely not all that "sunny". Some of these tunes ("Peace by Peace", "Go Back", "Try") are loosely reminiscent (to my ears at least) of Brewer & Shipley's great "Down In L.A." album, with that same period feel.

Using mostly acoustic guitars with a sprinkling of electric guitar for definition, Fennelly's voice floats above his songs. The harmonies are suitably gorgeous making the very best of these songs Millennium-like, and that's a good thing. "Leanna" is a nice example of laid back, L.A. rock-pop circa late '60s. "I Don't Need A Map" is L. A. folk-rock with 12-sttring guitar courtesy of Fennelly. And here I have to say that the rhythm section is pretty stellar all through these tracks, backing Fennelly with a solid yet unobtrusive sound.

Hopefully people new to Millennium/Michael Fennelly will give this set of songs a listen. One after another--these early working recordings will impress you with how good they sound--vocally and instrumentally. Fennelly would go on to join Millennium, and after they split up, form the band Crabby Appleton and record for L.A.'s Elektra label. But it's here, with these demos, that Fennelly was honing his songwriting chops and the refreshing, bare sound makes these tunes stand out as prime examples of a certain sound and approach from that period when L.A. was full of a number of different sounds. What an era.

If you like this album, check out Fennelly's album (reissued on Wounded Bird) "Lane Changer", from '73. Recorded in England, the rhythm section is The Zombies along with Rod Argent and Russ Ballard helping out occasionally on background vocals. This album has Fennelly plugging in his guitar with amp on full and smokin'. There's just a couple of songs that hark back to his earlier work. But for something different it's another side of Fennelly that people might want to hear. He's a good electric guitarist, and his vocals still have that same tone--just not as quietly delivered. And don't forget Millennium's "Begin" and "Pieces", which is, as the title suggests, just that.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Fennelly/Lane Changer/Millenium/Crabby Appleton ICON 2 Feb. 2014
By Greg 'Stackhouse' Prevost - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the greatest singer-songwriter-guitarists of our time--the material here is an amazing collection-I highly recommend if you like great harmonies, a hard-edge rhythm and a powerhouse lead vocal-anyone familiar with Crabby Appleton or their hits will love this album-presented beautifully by Sundazed--sound is pristine and the packaging is stellar--Greg 'Stackhouse' Prevost
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Oct. 2016
By David L. Buerster - Published on Amazon.com
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3.0 out of 5 stars What if.... 1 Oct. 2015
By Scott Lennan - Published on Amazon.com
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Always thought the Crabby Appleton single "Go Back"/"Try" was one of the best power-pop 45s ever. Had the single way back when and played both sides till the thing gave up.

I lost track of Crabby AND Michael's solo stuff after, but on hearing this collection I keep thinking this:

Chris Bell left Big Star in 1972. Crabby disbanded that year. What would have happened if Michael Fennelly had bumped into Alex Chilton back then? Listen to "I've Been Found" and tell me I'm crazy.
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