Peter Case (from the album Peter Case on Omnivore Records)
All albums mirror the life of their artists, the recordings being the audio snapshots of what the world looked like when the musicians left the studio and stage. Peter Case summed up the recording of his self-titled debut solo album as a ‘personal, musical, and spiritual upheaval’. A band brought Peter Case to Los Angeles after his group, The Nerves, carved a niche for themselves in the San Francisco 1980’s music scene as a Power Pop Punk trio. Peter formed The Plimsouls and made a name in Los Angeles, then California, before taking their music worldwide. The songs on Peter Case found their beginnings as their author began ‘unraveling the mysteries of music’, taking the tracks into the studio for a ‘musical quest for fire’, with T-Bone Burnett and Mitchell Froom behind the boards as producers for the Geffen Records release. Peter Case welcomes a who’s-who mid-80’s of Los Angeles rock’n’roll Roots players into its tunes with Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Gurf Morlix, Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), John Hiatt, and Victoria Williams (Peter Case’s first wife).
Omnivore Records has reissued Peter Case, adding seven cuts that offer unreleased songs as well as acoustic versions and alternate takes of album tracks. Peter Case plays hosts to tunes that showed a different side of the musician as a career solo path was forged for Peter in a more natural, Roots leaning setting for his songs. Percussion rattles on “Steel Strings” as echoey chords and dreamy rhythms show themselves as “More Than Curious” for future Americana sounds, and guitar notes sparkle to back the story of “Horse and Crow”. Chords slashes flash over Van Dyke Parks’ orchestral strings and the moonlit story line of “Small Town Spree”. Peter Case is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary with the re-issue, bringing back its radio hit (“Old Blue Car”) as the air on opening cut “Echo Wars” fills with sound bites and shakey beats. Peter Case offers two versions with the original tracks that fill his solo debut, cruising on a fast track groove for Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Icewater” and touching The Pogues’ “Pair of Brown Eyes” with Celtic strums.