Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sometimes You Can Hear Them Weeping: A Chris Isaak Collection

       Other than to pat myself on the back for being one of the few people to buy his debut album Silvertone back in 1985 (and to note what a great live act he was back in the late 1980s), I don't really have too much to say about Chris Isaak tonight. However, I will take this moment to rave about his former guitarist James Calvin Wilsey, whose guitar playing was such a big part of those early Chris Isaak's albums.  He kind of disappeared for a while, but he put out a truly dandy instrumental album Dorado in 2008 (The track San Bernadino from disc two is from the album) and I think he now plays some local gigs out in California.

     Oh, and I'd like to thank whichever blog put together the Chris Isaak "Lost Songs, Lost Loves" compilation way back when. It doesn't seem to exist anywhere on the internet anymore, but it had some very rare Isaak tracks that I don't think I would have been able to get my grubby little mitts on.

Disc One

Blue Moon
Life Will Go On
Eyes Of Texas
Except The New Girl
Devil in Disguise
Jack the Ripper - Rumble - Tequila
Wanderin'
So Lovely Is The Night
Blue Spanish Sky
Everyone Gets Down
How's the World Treating You
The Little White Cloud That Cried

Disc Two

Suspicion Of Love
Heart Full Of Soul
The Lonely Ones
You Don't Cry Like I Do
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Besame Mucho
It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You
Dark Moon
San Bernardino
Baby Please Don't Go
Somebody's Crying
Think Of Tomorrow

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was Blue Hotel that I first discovered the amazing songs Chris sings, hit me like a ton o' bricks. Thanks.
~ j.

Ishkabibliophile said...

I remember seeing him play Blue Hotel on Letterman back in 1987. Gotta give some credit to Warner Brothers for not dropping after the lack of commercial success for his first two albums.

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LakerCrazy said...


Thanks Ish....very well done as usual. I saw him last year when he was still on the "Beyond The Sun Tour". He was incredible...one of my top ten shows.His band is rock solid.
Check him out if he comes your way.

Ishkabibliophile said...

@Lakercrazy,

I still wish James Calvin Wilsey was in the band, but Isaak is a still great showman and singer.