Wide Awake – Elliot Easton (1985) FLAC Audio HDR 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~
“Wide Awake” was released on Elliot Easton’s first (and only) solo record, Change No Change in 1985 on Elektra Records. It was re-released in 1996 by Elektra Traditions/Rhino Records (with 5 bonus tracks), and again released by Wounded Bird in 2006 .
I picked up this record in 1985 and was immediately disappointed that it didn’t sound more Cars-like. I really wanted to hear more of those amazingly, off-kilter guitar solos that made Elliot one of my very favorite guitarists. The solo that I found that came closest to his Cars sound was on “Wide Awake” which absolutely helped make that track my favorite off the album. I was in good company too as it turns out: In the liner notes to the re-release, both Easton and Shear cite “Wide Awake” as their favorite track from the album, with Shear saying “It has a little fairy dust quality about it with all the singing.”
Through the years I’ve come to enjoy this record much more and appreciate the different things that Elliot trying. There are other great songs on the album (including some of the bonus tracks) and I may do a couple more equalizer quickies just to do my bit to get them some additional exposure and recognition.
The video was a really quick excuse for me to listen to this song 20 times in a row! 😉 and even though I opted for one of my equalizer style vids which don’t require as much thought or effort, I probably should have given it a full treatment using some of the effects I found…with more photos and consistency with the sleeping models. It’s the high quality FLAC audio that is what is important here and I hope you enjoy this great song.
The original album consists of ten songs written by Easton and Jules Shear, who also contributed background vocals. Easton plays all guitars, including 12-string guitar, sitar and bass. The album’s producers were Stephen Hague, who had played with Shear in Jules and the Polar Bears, and synth player Jon Mathias. Roy Thomas Baker, who had produced the first four Cars albums, is given thanks in the credits for his encouragement of Easton’s solo project, but did not act as a producer.
The 1996 and 2006 releases feature five tracks from the unreleased debut album by Band of Angels (not to be confused with the mid-60s pop group A Band of Angels), a project Easton formed with singer Danny Malone. Easton does not sing lead on these tracks. “Walk on Walden” is an instrumental on 12-string guitar in drop D tuning.