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Van Wilks – Bombay Tears


Van Wilks (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Doug Hall (keyboards)
Reggie Witty (bass, vocals)
Phil Ballinger (drums)

Produced by: John Stronach
Engineered by: Chet Himes
Mixed by : John Stronach, Chet Himes, Van Wilks
Mastered by: Jo Hansch
Digitally Remastered by: Jon Astley

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition / Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology / Obscure Texan rock guitarist/songwriter solo album / 12 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, 4 bonus tracks and full artist involvement. IF TEXAN MUSIC has a ‘sound’ then Van Wilks would be the perfect example. You may never have heard of him, but that’s okay, as he never really intended to be place himself on a pedestal. Van’s debut album has become something of a cult artefact amongst aficionados of the obscure, ignored at the time of release but, over time, it has been slowly picking up a reputation as one of the most intelligent and compelling releases of the era. ‘Bombay Tears’ is not blues rock, jazz rock, hard rock or acoustic rock but a wonderfully addictive combination of all those styles and more.. The beauty of this album is its shifting, yet widescreen soundscape, kitted out with a brace of well written and arranged songs that, although stylistically divergent, have a common thread, from full on hard rock to hard-nosed boogie and even jazz.. Originally released in 1980 and produced by John Stronach (Joe Walsh, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon), this first time on CD release adds the rare 1982 independently pressed ‘Boystown’ EP.

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