Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Call - Reconciled (1986)

Until recently, I was only vaguely familiar with this group through their 1983 single, The Walls Came Down, which only reached #74.   Then, about two years ago, I heard another one of their songs on the "80s on 8" station on XM satellite radio.  It caught my ear and I thought I should give the group another chance.  I'm a little late to the show, but good music is good music regardless of when you discover it.  I've since added this CD as well as 1989's Let The Day Begin to my collection.  I'll add The Call to a growing list of '80s acts (Echo and the Bunnymen, Clash, Marshall Crenshaw, etc) I should have listened to in the '80s but didn't.

Singer/songwriter/bassist Michael Been (1950 - 2010) was a devout Christian and while The Call wasn't a Christian rock band, the group's vaguely spiritual lyrics made them a crossover band in many areas of the country, but if you don't listen to them with a spiritual mindset, they just come across as socially conscious but optimistic.  The music is guitar-based anthemic rock in the same vein as U2 and Simple Minds.  In fact, Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr makes an appearance on the album as do Peter Gabriel and Robbie Robertson.  Many consider this to be the group's best album.  At under 40 minutes, it's a bit too brief, but the songs are so similar that any more would have most likely seemed like overkill. Probably due to poor promotion from Elektra, the group never cracked the Top 40 with any singles. That's a shame since more people would have enjoyed this music if they'd been given a chance to hear it, myself included.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #82

Tracks:  This album starts off with a great 1-2 punch of Everywhere I Go and I Still Believe (Great Design).  Also good are The Morning, Oklahoma, and Tore The Old Place Down. 

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

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