Chris Taylor – What’s Left When All the Good Words are Stolen

Chris Taylor
What’s Left When All the Good Words are Stolen
1990 (no label)
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Chris Taylor – Vocals, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, delay pedal
Rod Butler – Drums, keys, and background shouting on “Poor Man’s Song”; organ and cymbals on “Bleeding for My Sin”; keyboards, vase, and bells on “In the Air”
Bryan Slagle – Fender strat on “These Nights,” electric guitar and vocals on “Around the World”
Mitch Welch – Strings on “These Nights,” keyboards on “Be On Time”
Don Mashburn – Bass and drum programming on “These Nights” and “Be On Time”
Kevin Casey – Background vocals on “Around the World”
Adam Saenze – Acoustic solos on “A Song”

Side 1:

  1. Poor Man’s Song
  2. I Don’t Want to Turn
  3. These Nights
  4. Be On Time
  5. Scarlet Day Instrumental
  6. Around the World
  7. A Song (live)

Side 2:

  1. Bleeding for My Sin (live)
  2. In the Air
  3. Everybody’s Longing for God (live)
  4. In the Morning

Like some of his other demos, this tape appears to be a compilation of songs from various sources put together as one album. Some songs are live, others seem more put together in a studio. The list of people that played on it is kind of long. Three of the songs here (“Poor Man’s Song,” “Scarlet Day,” and “Around the World”) were on an early version of So Much for the Blues, but taken off at some point and re-recorded here. However, don’t think this is a throw away collection of problem songs. Taylor is a top-notch songwriter, and it shows here as it does on all of his releases. Of course, this came out in the years leading up to his band Love Coma, so you can see the roots of that here as with his other tapes. Taylor does the emotional college alternative rock thing that was popular at the time, with vocals that were influenced by Bono (among others) – for those few that are wondering. By the time his 1991 demo Simple Things “Confound” the Wise rolled around, he had a permanent band and a professionally printed j-card.

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