Welcome to the Gonzo UK and European web site.
Your IP address indicates that you are browsing from: United States.
Although you can purchase from here in UK Pounds (£) you may wish to check out our US site with prices in $ at www.gonzomultimedia.com
Review: Joey Molland Review
This Way Up / Demos Old And New
“This Way Up” is actually very enjoyable, and it’s one that a lot of Badfinger fans would relate to. If they missed it when it came out in 2001, they should do themselves a favour and catch up with some excellent tuneage such as ‘Happy’, the very Beatlesbandey ‘This Must Be Love’ and the fabulous closer ‘Isn’t That a Dream’. Seriously, it’s good.
“Demos Old And New”, however, is a different beast, and one for those who have to have absolutely everything. With songs from the seventies, eighties and nineties, it ranges all over the place in genre, quality and sound. But stick with “This Way Up” , and you’ll be fine.
Review: Joey Molland review
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Joe Molland This Way Up Gonzo 2014
The bad boy of Badfinger re-releases a hard to find gem!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Badfinger was a band that was somewhat haunted by misfortune, it happens. Joe Molland has recently released the critically acclaimed Return To Memphis. Going deeper into the vault the long appreciated and even harder to locate This Way Up from 2002 is now being made available. Some of questioned the strength of Molland's voice and while time takes a toll on any vocalist, I call this character. The release itself includes the smoker "Three Minute Warning" and "Moonlight" which highlights the long forgotten if not ignored versatility of the Badfinger legend.
Badfinger fans should flock to this release and those that like their rock to go just a little deeper than what you are force fed on what is left of commercial radio should give this a shot as well. Badfinger may have been a rock and roll casualty but Joe Molland is a survivor!
Tracks: Mirrors; Happy; A Way To Be; The Bust; This Must Be Love; Moonlight; Another Honeymoon; When I Was A Boy; Angels Like Us; What Else; Tell Me; Three Minute Warning; Isn't That A Dream.
Review: Joey Molland reviews
To find out more about these two new releases in the Joey Molland catalog, please visit gonzomultimedia.com.
Review: Belgium review translated
Molland, Joe - This way up/ Published on 26-08-2014 /
Review: Portugal review translated
Review: Molland; Joey: This Way Up
Molland; Joey: This Way Up
Now this is more like it (check out the Demos Old And New review elsewhere for details...); This Way Up an excellent reissue of the 2001 album from the onetime Badfinger man Joey Molland. It finds him in fine form.
Renowned for his early session work with the Beatles, no less, there have been claims that This Way Up rivals any of the solo efforts from the members of that revered outfit. That's a bold claim and one this album could never live up to. However that doesn't stop This Way Up being a considered collection of tracks that could, in style, happily sit somewhere on albums by Harrison, Lennon or McCartney. From that you'll have no doubt that we're in the realms of classy rock with hooks, poignancy and melody. Indeed the likes of "This Must Be Love" could have, with the right exposure, been a chart hit; a gentle Lennon like lilt and considered vocal offering a fine balance between heartfelt emotion, pop hooks and melancholy. While "When I Was A Boy" has more Harrison about it, a slightly edgier feel still revelling in an easy pace and jaunty outlook. As with all of the songs on this album, a sing along chorus is also guaranteed. By modern standards there's little doubt that the area within which Molland works is tame in the extreme and yet for listeners of a certain age (and those with interest in more than the "current" scene) the gentle sway and fragile vocal of "What Else (Nothing)", the rock n' roll sway of "Three Minute Warning" and jangly good times of "A Way To Be" will bring a smile to face.
The advice in my review for Demos Old And New is that it is for dedicated Joey Molland fans only. However with This Way Up I'd suggest the opposite is true. This is solo Molland near his best and there are many songs here that will appeal to those whose memories hark back to simpler, less genre defined days. Fans of Joey Molland and Badfinger will enjoy this album hugely, as will those of the Beatles and their offshoots. Or indeed those simply with a penchant for straight ahead vintage rock with pop sensibilities.
3. A Way To Be
4. The Bust
5. This Must Be Love
7. Another Honeymoon
8. When I Was A Boy
9. Angels Like Us
10. What Else (Nothing)
11. Tell Me
12. 2 Minute Warning
13. Isn't That A Dream
Review: US Review
|Artists | Issues | CD Reviews | Interviews | Concert Reviews | DVD/Video Reviews | Book Reviews | Who We Are | Staff | Home|
Review: US Review
Joe Molland – This Way Up
Review by G. W. Hill
First off, this album is actually released under the name “Joe Molland.” It’s the same guy, though, just a slight variant on his name. Rather than set things up under a separate artist page and create confusion, and since “Joey Molland” is already in, we’ve put this one under that name. With that out of the way, how is this album? It’s great. It’s a blend of classic rock sounds and other things. It’s catchy and quite entertaining. If you’ve liked Joe Molland’s work (either with Badfinger or solo) you should enjoy this. It would also be a great introduction.
Track by Track Review
After a cool introduction, we’re taken into a catchy pop rock song. This is very Beatles-like, but with older rock and roll in the mix, too. The background vocals add a lot, but the whole song is just cool.
I love the little riff that opens this. This is an energetic rocker that has a lot going for it. The vocal hooks are great and the whole tune just rocks.
A Way To Be
Although there is still a lot of classic rock in the mix here, this has a more modern sound. This has a very positive vibe and it’s energetic and catchy.
While I love the whole song structure here, it’s the organ sound that really adds a lot of style. This is another great pop rock tune with classic elements.
This Must Be Love
I like this one a lot, too. It almost has a space rock element to it, and perhaps some hints of surf music. There is definitely a bit of an ELO vibe on the chorus. It’s catchy and quite tasty.
A mellower tune, this is very much a Beatles-like pop rock tune.
I love the bouncy vibe of this number. The bits of piano are great, too. This is just so catchy and so cool. It’s possibly my favorite piece here.
When I Was a Boy
There is a lot of drama and magic on this cut. It’s another that has some hints of ELO, too. It’s a great cut, but everything here fits under that hat. The trippy closing section is very psychedelic and very cool.
Angels Like Us
This one has more of an old time rock and roll sound going on for it.
What Else (Nothing)
Here we get another Beatles-esque ballad. It reminds me a bit of Rod Stewart at times, too. Later segments really make me think of David Bowie, too.
Old time rock and roll and a bit of country are blended on this balladic number. This is very old fashioned in sound. It again has definite Beatles elements. It’s good, but not one of the better tunes here.
Three Minute Warning
Complete with a bit of a honky tonk piano solo, this is old time rock and roll through and through. There is some great slide guitar built into this, too.
Isn't That a Dream
This rocker is good, but definitely the weakest tune on display here. It’s not the best choice for closer for that reason. I think the set would have worked better if this had been placed somewhere in the middle.
Review: German review translated
Joey Molland occurs on this production from 2001 as Joe on. Taken was this - his third - solo album in Minneapolis and now published again. Already at that time not appreciated by many buyers, it is probably now more likely to attract the fans. This album of professionals has been recognized as a masterpiece and actually compared to the early solo works of the former Beatles .
Such advance influenced, I will try to find my own way to this board. The first issue I had been hereadopted. One of the criticisms concerned the good in Your old, slightly brittle sounding voice. Now, in 2001 sounded Molland still fresh. Yes, and this vitality relates to the music.
A little reminds me of it in whole at some of what George Harrison after the demise of the Beatleshad published - and after those plates the seventies and eighties. That is, Molland strong swims in the waters of yesteryear. Here he seems to feel right at home. He and his band present knotless pop music with heavy rock character and it brings joy to listen to the melodious sound rich guitars, as it quite admirably succeeded, for example, on "Happy". The character of many catchy songs falls on pleasant. A little buzzing me as well as comparison Tom Petty around in my head and in "This Must Be Love" and one or the other song, it is even John Lennon , who comes to mind. Unbelievable: In "Moonlight" I think immediately of Paul McCartney !
So I am going through on my warrior hear a collection of well-composed songs, which are of high quality. The protagonist is further demonstrated as an elegant and accomplished guitarist with a very beautiful solo slots. It is incomprehensible to me so far, why this record is not struck like a bomb in 2001.
From the context of the dry drying title "Three Minute Warning", who is also the band falls Rockpilehad and their individual contributors confessed to shame. Finally, it is then again very atmospheric with a strong romantic melancholy orientation.
In addition, all texts are included in the booklet, so they still act as rounding a really good and unfortunately forgotten Popscheibe with Rockappeal. Who has the time failed to buy this record, which I recommend to anyone / everyone with a turn to the music of the Beatles to purchase this disc now quickly, before it disappears from the market.
Joe Molland (vocals, guitars, percussion)
Doug Molland (acoustic guitar),
Joe Molland III (lead guitar - # 10)
Randy Anderson (lead guitar - # 11, slide guitar - # 13)
Tom Lecher (bass)
Mark Healey (bass - # 9)
Harry powder (keyboards)
Bob Millea (drums)
A. Dee (lap steel - # 12)
Review: Canadian Review
Review: Canadian Review
JOE MOLLAND – This Way Up Parasol 2001 / Gonzo 2014
JOE MOLLAND - This Way Up JOE MOLLAND - This Way Up Former BADFINGER looks at the bright side of life. Why there’s no “y” in this artist’s name on the cover of his third solo album remains a mystery; perhaps, it was an attempt to show his personal growth. But, given a 9-year cycle of Joey Molland’s records – and it would take him even longer to deliver a follow-up to “This Way Up” – BADFINGER fans don’t care about the spelling: it’s music that matters. And although the 13 songs here follow the classic pop-rock tradition their writer’s a master of, they somehow don’t cut it. Building on three demos from 1995, Molland gets things going with the piano-propelled “Mirrors” and signs off with the ballad of “Isn’t That A Dream,” running mostly in an upbeat tempo in between. But while “2 Minute Warning” kicks up the boogie roll, “What Else (Nothing)” taps into triteness over more than 5 minutes to be saved only by its cosmic ring. Still, “Moonlight” comes in a romantic orchestral coating, which spills into the dewy-eyed drama of “When I Was A Boy,” and the twangy vibrancy of “The Bust” is deliciously anthemic. Enough for the optimistic message of the album’s title, if not enough for a total uplift.