Today is a bit of a special day here
in Grouchland. Why you ask? Well,
today’s review is of an album of
songs, most of which were com-
posed solely by one of my favorite
musicians, Gar Francis. For those
who do not know, Gar is a wizard
of musical creativity. Over the
years I have heard many songs from
Gar’s colossal body of work and I
can honestly say I have not heard
anything by Gar that I disliked.
This is an album of songs com-
posed either solely by Gar or in col-
laboration with other talented musi-
cians. This album. at least in my
opinion, further solidifies Gar’s po-
sition among other behind-the-
scene greats such as Bob Ezrin and Mutt Lang.
Track 1 - Baby Let's Go - Tom Vicario 2:42 - This is classic Country Gar and Tom delivers a
great rendition. I am a sucker for that twangy guitar. Tom’s voice fits well with this style of mu-
sic. When the solo kicks in the listener is reminded that Rock and Roll is basically a fusion of
African inspired soul and Country. This track reminds me of old Roy Orbison or anyone one of
the first-generation rockers. All in all, this is a good song that is played flawlessly by Tom Vi-
Track 2 - Come On Come On - The Easy Outs 3:10 - The raunchy 60s sound is alive and well in
this track performed by the Easy Outs. The music grinds and the old-school licks blister as the
organ adds some groove around the edges. This is a dancer’s track for sure. The vocals are spot
on as the old time Rock and Roll vibe fills the air. What’s not to love, with wicked guitar licks, a
funky bass, a rock-solid drummer and lyrics that state “You make a monkey crazy! Come on
come on!” I really like this band!
Track 3 - I Won't Cry Anymore - Genya Ravan (of Ten Wheel Drive) - 4:35 - This is a massive
blues jam that I can’t get enough of. Listen to this song and tell me you can’t feel the soul. Genya
has a great voice and the backup singers just add to the magic. There is a massive amount of Mo-
town goodness in this track. I want to give a special nod to Genya’s drummer, Bobby Chen.
Amazingly, he stands out despite being behind a truly wicked guitar player and some of the most
soulful vocals I have ever heard. This is without a doubt a great song.
Track 4 - Satisfied - Tyce Green 4:17 - This track is from the 80s influenced Pop-Metal Gar.
The track is performed by Tyce Green and reminds me of the stuff that was popular back in the