181.4 Degrees from the Norm!
Issue 6, Year 2: February 15th, 1997
This album was a collection of Andy Cahan's music over a four decade
career. He had samples of
the 60's through the 90's and the one time period I found interesting
was the 1970's. In order to
cover the lengthy career of Mr. Cahan there were 25 songs on the
album. Unfortunately I found
only two that I enjoyed.
"Dona" and "Mary Jane" were both instrumental
pieces, but they
showcased his talent of incorporating several sounds into a beautiful
piece of music. His use of
woodwinds and sax on "Dona" added a tender feeling to what was already
an enchanting song. The
other instrumental song "Mary Jane" was simple, yet effective with the
recorders and acoustic
guitar played by Cahan.
He is a very capable keyboard player, guitarist, and he sung on only
two of the tracks, which were
"I've Been Thinking" and "Gonna Need." The "Gonna Need" song was quite
funny because it was
basically telling where he needed his baby-- on the road, in the
bathroom, in his bed, and several
other places. I thought that he had a good voice, and I felt that he
should have showcased his talent
for singing instead of having a host of others take on the vocal
duties on the 23 remaining songs.
The 1970's are back this decade...... and I
wish that more of his music from that period was showcased on this
Ian L. McDowell
CYBER DEMOS TM