Chris Taylor – So Much for the Blues

Chris Taylor
So Much for the Blues
1989 (no label)
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Chris Taylor – Guitars, vocals, lyrics, melodies, etc
Rod Butler – Keyboards, voice on “Without a Fight,” Drums on 3
Bryan Slagle – Electric Guitars on 1, 3, 4, 6, 10
Glenn Boone – Drums on 2, 7
Todd Lindstrom – Keyboards on 6
Robbie Vincent – Bass on live songs, vocals on 2
John Carroll – Bass on 4
Matt Williamson – Drums on 9

Side 1:

  1. Chains of Shame
  2. Echo of Love
  3. Faster
  4. Tell Me
  5. Without a Fight

Side 2:

  1. Tied and Twisted
  2. More of You
  3. Rain Places 2
  4. Take Me
  5. Tears

By now, you should know who Chris Taylor is. He has been a mainstay of this scene since the 80s, and is still going strong today. This is one of his earliest demos. It really serves as a compilation of recordings – some songs are live with an audience, some recorded live in studio, some were recorded with other people, some as a solo effort, and so on. But the sound on all songs is pretty consistent with Taylor’s 80s alternative influenced sound. You can even hear some of the beginnings of the sound that would produce his band Love Coma. There is also another version of this tape without the Xeroxed cover – it has a different song order, and it swaps out “Without a Fight,” “Take Me,” and “Tears” for “Poor Man’s Song,” “Scarlet Day,” and “Around the World.” Also, some of the songs (like “Echo of Love” and “Faster”) have longer intros and outros than on the official version. I’m guessing this was an earlier version that had some songs cut.

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