Lauren “Lern” Colvin started at KSHE 95 in 2008. Listen to her on the KSHE Morning Rock Show from 6a – 9a with John Ulett, and from 10a – 1p for her own show. Lern is from St. Louis and enjoys going to concerts, supporting local establishments and interacting with people as much as possible.
6am Klassic: Michael Stanley
8/1/2012 6:01:00 AM
Michael Stanley "Promises" from his Greatest Hints LP in our closet --
1979 - "Greatest Hints" - MSB is now a six-piece rock band, with newly added members Kevin Raleigh and Michael Gizmondi, and apparently everyone had ample access to the percussion cabinet for this album. Michael called this his "Phil Spector Wall of Everything" period - "if it clanged or chimed... it's on there." The added percussion is nice, but what separates this album from previous efforts is the cohesive sound of the band, something Stanley has repeatedly attributed to the virtuosity of Michael Gizmondi on bass.
The next thing that jumps out at you are the background vocals of Kevin Raleigh. Hired as an extra keyboard player, it didn't take long to figure out he was much more than that. "Last Night" was the only song ever co-written by Raleigh/Stanley, and Kevin made major writing contributions with "Promises" and "Hold Your Fire".
"Beautiful Lies", "We're Not Strangers Anymore" and “Lights Out" further established the song writing team of Stanley/Pelander. A cover of the Supremes’ classic "Back In My Arms Again" features a great sax solo from Mr. Gizmondi, as does Stanley's "Down To The Wire".
It was produced by Harry Maslin, who had just finished David Bowie’s “Young Americans” album.
DON'T LEAD WITH YOUR LOVE
DOWN TO THE WIRE
NO TURNING BACK
BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN
HOLD YOUR FIRE
WE'RE NOT STRANGERS ANYMORE
10 out of 10 -- I love Michael Stanley.