MCAD-10033 Red Moon
Produced by Michael Been and The Call, Co-Produced by Jim Scott
Released on September 18, 1990
no chart information
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W hat happened to The Call? Red Moon is red belly roots revival music and not the anthemic U2 too of Reconciled. This despite the fact that U2’s Bono makes an appearance on the opening track. (You won’t spot him any more than Peter Gabriel; The Call seem to have perfected the art of the invisible cameo.) The album is a departure and a revelation. Michael Been sounds ragged and re-energized at the same time, more Van Morrison than anything you’d find in new wave’s angry undertow. And the rest of The Call give it their all too, dropping palpable guitar licks, battle-worn beats and robust keyboard accompaniment. Red Moon is so real, so genuine, you have to wonder why they didn’t make music like this in the beginning. Then you notice that it didn’t chart, and you have your answer. Michael Been may have dropped the mask, but the walls didn’t come tumbling down in reaction to his emergence as a mature, serious and (yes) spiritual artist. Albums like this are called principled, and the radio wasn’t ready to be lectured by The Call. Had the radio been ready, it would have learned something from “What’s Happened To You,” “You Were There” and “Family.” Instead, it ignored Red Moon, and The Call slipped back (still kicking) into the great gray beyond known collectively as the ‘80s. Critics have taken a kinder view, calling it some of the best music of their career (I agree). It’s not new wave or Christian rock or alternative folk-rock, but an amalgam of them played with an intensity and honesty too often missing in rock and roll. Let the records show that at last call, the band stood tall.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. WHAT'S HAPPENED TO YOU    4:18
  2. RED MOON    3:46
  3. YOU WERE THERE    4:04
  4. FLOATING BACK    3:25
  5. A SWIM IN THE OCEAN    3:51
  6. LIKE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN LOVED    4:14
  7. FAMILY    3:41
  8. THIS IS YOUR LIFE    4:09
  9. THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU    3:33
  10. WHAT A DAY    (Jim Goodwin/Michael Been)    4:12

    All songs written by Michael Been unless noted

CREDITS

MICHAEL BEEN -- bass, guitar, keyboards and lead vocals, art direction
TOM FERRIER -- guitar and vocals
JIM GOODWIN -- keyboards, saxophones and vocals
SCOTT MUSICK -- drums, percussion and vocals
Bono -- background vocal (1)
T-Bone Burnett -- background vocal (6), production help
Jim Scott -- engineer, mixing
Rob Eaton -- engineer (10)
Dan Russell -- production associate
Jeff Adamoff -- art direction
Joel Russell and John Flynn for F2 Design -- design
Dennis Keeley -- photography
Jeff Katz -- cover photo
Jim Blue -- cover wood carving

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 18, 1990 MCA LP/CD/CS MCA/MCAD/MCAC-10033 lyric sleeve

Did you know...

...the two guitars on "Floating Back" are played backwards? That is, the guitar parts were recorded normal and then the tape was played backwards. According to Michael Been, playing them backwards was Tom Ferrier's idea because it fit the song title. (Source: The Call FAQ.)

 

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