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REVIEW: PETER TORK – ‘THIS STUFF NEVER GETS OLD’ 7A RECORDS EP

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Peter Tork all the time had a particular place in my coronary heart. He was the primary member of The Monkees that I bought to know when he reemerged onto the music scene within the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, taking part in small golf equipment, together with the notorious CBGB’s in 1977. Peter was making appearances on native cable TV exhibits, together with the native UHF New Jersey tv Uncle Floyd Present the place he made about 6-7 appearances by which he all the time had a good time.

I first bought to see Peter carry out at his outdated stomping grounds of Greenwich Village in New York Metropolis when he performed dates on the very intimate Speakeasy Membership whose capability was almost 200, one of many exhibits that I attended was a memorable New 12 months’s Eve present. At these exhibits Peter carried out quite a lot of totally different types of music, from his beloved Folks and Blues to 50’s-60’s Rock together with some Monkees tunes, and arduous core/Heavy Steel Rock. He at instances carried out alone or with a band of like-minded musicians who swung to his groove. Three songs from these memorable Speakeasy performances have lastly been formally issued on the brand new 7a Data EP launch ‘This Stuff By no means Will get Previous’.

The title music was written by Michael A. Levine, who wrote the EP’s liner notes, and was initially submitted for The Monkees 2016 album ‘Good Occasions!’ however was handed over by the late producer Adam Schlesinger. The demo is a rollicking Rock & Roll quantity which has a George Harrison-like groove to it with a really tasty guitar solo, wonderful instrumentation and good vocal harmonies. It’s too dangerous it didn’t make ‘Good Occasions!’ or was a bonus observe, it’s a enjoyable quantity and you’ll hear Peter actually having fun with himself on it.

The following three tracks have been recorded dwell throughout Peter Tork’s residency at Speakeasy’s from November 25-27 1988, exhibits which I personally attended. Peter appeared together with his band which consisted of members Michael A. Levine on electrical violin, Mal Stein on drums, the late Jerry Renino on bass and Peter on piano, banjo, keyboards and electrical guitar. The primary Speakeasy observe is ‘Sea Change’ that begins with a playful intro earlier than launching straight into the music that has an important rolling, rhythm beat with a superb electrical violin solo by by Michael Levine.

The following Speakeasy observe ‘Vagabond John’ has all the time been a private favourite of mine and for the followers who have been lucky sufficient to listen to Peter carry out it. Written by Derek Lord, it’s a cautionary story of a buddy who tries to be the lifetime of the get together and finally ends up a lonely loser. I’ve all the time felt that Peter referenced folks he knew because the music’s protagonist like Keith Moon, John Bonham and Peter himself who on the time was a recovering alcoholic. ‘Vagabond John’ has an epic really feel to it with glorious musicianship, harmonies and solos which elevates the music’s message, particularly with Peter’s poignant, heartfelt vocals. For me that is the perfect music on the gathering, listening to it once more brings again recollections of sitting within the darkness of the Speakeasy Membership watching Peter Tork on stage performing it with nice emotion. Whereas it’s a pity this music was by no means launched throughout Peter’s lifetime, I’m so grateful that it’s lastly formally accessible for a lot of followers to listen to and revel in.

The ultimate dwell Speakeasy observe is ‘Miracle’ with Peter on electrical guitar and the band giving it a Onerous Rock edge that actually hits the candy spot. Peter was an unbelievable lead guitar participant and he actually shines on this observe with the band giving him nice assist. On all of the songs Peter is in superb voice, he Rocks on the more durable songs and is kind of emotive on the marginally slower ones. The performances deliver again nice recollections of magical evenings sitting with the followers within the intimacy of the Speakeasy Membership in Greenwich Village the place Peter earned his chops as a gifted musician.

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The 7a Data EP is a restricted version of 500 CD’s and 800 in 10″ Blue vinyl. The EP will likely be accessible digitally as a obtain and on streaming providers like Apple Music/iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify on December ninth, 2022.

For fan’s of Peter Tork, ‘This Stuff By no means Will get Previous’ is a pleasant little sampler of Tork’s multi-instrumental skills as a musician and performer. For the lucky followers like myself who had the uncommon pleasure of attending one in all Peter’s legendary Speakeasy exhibits, I dare say fond recollections will come flooding again. Hopefully, an entire Speakeasy efficiency will flip up within the close to future. Many because of 7a Data for issuing this EP and bringing again to mild somewhat piece of the musical legacy of Peter Tork.

Vinyl/CD Observe Itemizing:

1. This Stuff By no means Will get Previous (Michael A Levine)
2. Sea Change (Peter Tork)
3. Vagabond John (Derek Lord)
4. Miracle
(Peter Tork)

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Fred Velez, 2022

Fred Velez is the writer of the books ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You: The Monkees From A Fan’s Perspective’ and ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You 2: The Monkees From Worldwide Fan Views’
and The Monkees themed CD ‘A Little Bit Christmas’.

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