Friday, March 18, 2016

80. Glenn Frey - Soul Searchin'

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Upon hearing news of his death on 18 Jan 2016, I decided to abandon my list of "things to do" on this blog to insert a kind of tribute to one of my idols in music.
This is the album cover art design I chose to work on. As a solo album, critics have said that this is not his best, but for a tribute, this one fits best. 

On this work, the original album cover art design is at left. Some of its parts have been converted to negative and the processed image is positioned at
lower right. Strips of colour were added to fit the new image into an 18X10 resolution screen. It was then processed in sepia and texturized. 

Live on, Glenn Frey. Take another shot of courage.

"Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It's another tequila sunrise, this old world
Still looks the same
Another frame."
from "Tequila Sunrise" genius

Don Henley says: "I believe that was a Glenn title. I think he was ambivalent about it because he thought that it was a bit too obvious or too
much of a cliché because of the drink that was so popular then. I said, 'No - Look at it from a different point of view. You've been
drinking straight tequila all night and the sun is coming up!' It turned out to be a really great song.'"

Henley said that Frey came up with changes for the bridge, and that "take another shot of courage" refers to tequila because they used
to call it "instant courage." He said: "We very much wanted to talk to the ladies, but we often didn’t have the nerve, so we’d
drink a couple of shots and suddenly it was, "Howdy, ma’am?"" Wiki

This is the original album cover art design.

Eight years after the demise of the Eagles, Glenn Frey had settled into a career that involved writing the occasional movie
theme song, taking the occasional acting role, and, every four years, turning out another album of light soul-pop tunes
written with Jack Tempchin. Soul Searchin' showed him to be more interested in body building than record making
(he was also  appearing in health  club before-and-after  ads at this time),  and the songs here were so inter-
changeable  with those on  his first two albums  he apologized for  it in his note about "True Love," which
became the album's sole Top 40 hit. The music was pleasant, but inconsequential, and suggested that
Frey, living off his Eagles royalties, had come to think of his solo career as a hobby.
William Ruhlmann for AllMusic

When Frey was asked about his musical direction, he said "In a sense I'm working my way back home, Though I left
Detroit and went to  California to cut my  teeth on country-rock,  I've remained obsessed with  the music of my
adolescence,  the great  soul hits  of the 60's  and early 70's.  It's a  style that  most  black musicians  have
abandoned for dance music and rap. There are a whole lot of people who miss the sound of Sam & Dave,
and Wilson Pickett. It's left a gap that is being filled by people like Steve Winwood." Wiki

Information wanted for original album cover art design and photo.
Album produced by Glenn Frey, Barry Beckett & Elliot Scheiner. MCA 1988.

(A) Livin' Right - Some Kind of Blue - True Love - Can't Put Out This Fire - I Did It for Your Love

(B) Let's Pretend We're Still in Love - Workin' Man - Soul Searchin' - Two Hearts - It's Your Life

"True Love" live from negipin on YouTube.