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MP3 Rock City - Who Can Find The Dreamer?

More music from Rock City, the band that was the immediate precursor to Big Star. This concept album, which really sounds unique unto itself, has influences found in the music of Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, U2, David Bowie, The Cars and The Beatles.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (44:43) !
Related styles: ROCK: Album Rock, POP: Pop/Rock

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Rock City

Following the disappointment of the first Rock City studio recordings with Chris Bell that immediately preceded the formation of Big Star by Chris Bell and Alex Chilton not being picked up by a record label; Thomas Dean Eubanks spent years depressed and wandering the mean back streets and alleyways of Memphis Tennessee; seemingly with no purpose in life. Eubanks had become caught up in the revolving door of being in and out of various rehabilitation centers due to his having become hooked on phonics at an early age. The addiction to phonics was exacerbated by his not being able to hold a steady job due to chronic restless leg syndrome which would cause him to break into fits of uncontrollable improvisational dancing. This would occur at inopportune and inappropriate times during the work day and would inevitably result in termination of employment.

Over a period of several years, aided by experimental treatments involving the judicious application of aroma therapy and the wearing of copper bracelets; Eubanks was able to manage his addiction to phonics and control his restless leg syndrome. As a result, he was ready to once again become a functioning member of society; although somewhat broken in spirit and ever mindful that a relapse could occur at any time. Anxious to resume his musical career, Eubanks went abroad to seek out guitarist Jeff Smith, who had for years been living a reclusive existence in a monastery in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains as an acolyte of a certain well known mystic and shaman in Nepal. These two old friends had previously worked together on the few Thomas Dean Eubanks solo efforts recorded for Terry Manning’s short lived Privilege Records label, which was distributed by Stax Records.

Thomas Dean Eubanks and Jeff Smith returned to Memphis and proceeded to form a songwriting partnership similar to the partnership that had previously existed between Eubanks and Chris Bell. Eubanks and Smith spent months writing the bulk of the material found on “Who Can Find The Dreamer?” in the spring and summer of 1983; recording the material in the fall of 1983 and winter of 1984 with Terry Manning at the helm as engineer at Ardent Studio and Cognito Studio.

All songs on “Who Can Find The Dreamer?” were co-written by Eubanks and Smith with Eubanks ( bass guitar and lead vocals), Smith ( guitar), and Manning (engineering, keyboards and drum programming).

As with the original Rock City recordings, once again there was no record label interest.

Years passed.........

Fast forward to 2003. The 1st Rock City CD is released to critical acclaim. Eubanks, who had always thought the material recorded with Smith in 1984 to be outstanding but mishandled; set in motion the arduous and expensive process of re-establishing Cognito Studio as a base of operations from which to transform the 1984 recordings from a somewhat undistinguished mess into a unique rock classic.

The true story of “The Dreamer?” can now be told to all who care to listen! These long dormant recordings; which clock in at anywhere from 6 minutes plus to over 10 minutes per song; have now been reworked in beautiful vibe drenched Memphis, Tennessee, at Ardent Recording Studio and Cognito Studio. Utilizing his powers of mysticism honed during his years in Nepal; Jeff Smith was able to channel the presence of “The Dreamer?”; whose message was captured via a telephone answering machine. The happy circumstance of obtaining this recording of the message from the beyond accounts for the eerie, some might say, disturbing message from “The Dreamer?” found at the end of the song “Who Can Find The Dreamer?” and the raw, unadulterated version of the message found on the “Final Message.”

The CD is titled “Who Can Find The Dreamer?” by Rock City. Rock City is the name that Chris Bell bestowed upon the first studio project recording by Chris Bell and Thomas Dean Eubanks in the year just prior to Chris Bell, Alex Chilton, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens forming the legendary band Big Star.

A Review Of The 1st Rock City CD

Rock City - Rock City
Rock City - Rock City
Released: Recorded 1969-70, released 2003
Label: Lucky Seven Records / Rounder Records
Cat. No.: 9209
Total Time: 43:43

Reviewed by: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck, September 2003

T-Rex, The Beatles, Eagles, The Guess Who … those are a few of the bands that came to mind while listening to this classic rock ‘n’ roll music. To evaluate any band while mentioning any of those all-time greats is quite a tribute. The self-titled album Rock City is the subject of my adulation. It is finally seeing the light of day after over thirty years of sitting on the shelf collecting dust. Recorded during 1969-70 under the guidance of legendary Big Star collaborator Chris Bell and his partners Terry Manning, Jody Stephens and Thomas Dean Eubanks, this great rock album was a precursor to the Big Star venture and subsequent recordings from that great band. It became more than obvious to me immediately why Alex Chilton became interested in what this group had to offer.

The original Memphis sound is part of the grand scheme of things, and that is the very factor that enables this music to travel on such an open road. The recording is broken down into three segments, Rock City, Thomas Dean Eubanks (whom wrote most of the songs) and Icewater. There is so much to offer on this one album, not to mention the stellar liner notes and the interviews with some of the original band members.

I think power pop is the operative word when summarizing what this music sounds like, although it is not that cut and dried. I heard rock, country, blues, and rhythm and blues sprinkled with pop. Every aspect of this recording was handled expertly by the then budding masters of pop rock, it will totally amaze you how good it all sounds. It is so vitally engaging absorbing music that it will never grow old. The magic of music like this has an uncanny ability to transcend time and to sound fresh every time you hear it, no matter what decade it is. Rock music does not get any more pure or honest than this. With 14 killer unrestrained tracks, this is a necessary album for anyone that enjoys great music. It is a crime that it took this long for this album to come out.

Rating: 5/5

More about Rock City:

Track Listing: Rock City: Think It''s Time to Say Goodbye (4:02) / I Lost Your Love (3:16) / The Wind Will Cry for Me (3:07) / My Life Is Right (3:07) / Lovely Lady (3:12) / The Answer (3:32) / Introduction (1:50) / Sunday Organ (3:16) / The Preacher (3:38) / Shine On Me (2:30) / Try Again (3:46) / Thomas Dean Eubanks: Oh Babe (2:39) / Try A Little Harder (3:59) / Icewater: Feel (3:41)

Alex Chilton - Guitar (Steel), Vocals
Terry Manning - Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Piano (Electric), Vocals (bckgr), Moog Synthesizer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Photography, Cover Photo
John Boyd - Saxophone
Bill Cunningham - Bass, Horn Arrangements
Fred Prouty - Drums
Jody Stephens - Drums
Chris Bell - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
Jeff Smith - Guitar
Thomas Dean Eubanks - Bass, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer


* Rock City (2003)

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