Saturday 15 October 2022

Barrie Alan Wilson - Barrie Alan Wilson (1981)

We don't know anything about Barrie Alan Wilson other than the note he left us on the back of this album: 

As you can see, I had a great time making this record, which is the result of 10 fun-filled months of  playing or otherwise listening to the same songs over and over and over and over again. Though most of my inspiration comes from the music of the masters, some also comes from classical music such as the 'Flintstones Theme', so I think you will find lots of variety on this album. (Something for everyone!) 

I toyed with all kinds of titles for the disc, first was "LADIES & GENTLEMEN WILL YOU PLEASE WELCOWS BARRIE ALAN WILSON, but that was too long, "SOUTHERN GOSPEL" was fine, but I live too far north, "BARRIE ALAN WILSON SINGS GOSPEL FAVORITES", but hat that simply wasn't true and "STAMPEDE CITY" had too much local colour or something. So I gave up on a title, satisfied to have a debut album that sounds like a debut album, a faithful rendition of my style of bargain basement rock. Hey, "BARGAIN BASEST ROCK", Yah, that might make a good title, but then again... 

Anyway, these are my roots, this is my testimony. I hope it will inspire you, and I hope to meet you soon.

Unlike a lot of the religious and gospel records that came out of the city, this one has a definite garage rock slant to it, with a bit of boogie baked in for good measure. We get echoes of Roky Erickson in parts of this, which is definitely a cool thing - and definitely worth checking out

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