Adam Cole | What Was Once Close Enough

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What Was Once Close Enough

by Adam Cole

Imagine if Billy Joel had a shy younger cousin.
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
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1. Clear Away
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2. You're a Fool
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3. Dead Run
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4. Please Jenny
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5. What'd I Ever
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6. Just Another Hill 1
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7. Useless Blues
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8. What's the Problem
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9. Clear Away Live Banter
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10. Clear Away Live
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11. I Can Tell
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12. Ballad of a Soul Mate
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13. Find Your Way
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14. Microcosm 3
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15. And He Was Young
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16. Mr. Espinola
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17. My Baby Rosalie
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18. So Sorry
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19. Dedicated to S & G
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20. Just Another Hill 2
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21. Left-Handed Redhead
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22. Holding You
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23. Birdsong
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24. Four-in-the-Morning Blues
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25. Ugly Road
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26. Never Enough to Be Loved
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27. Follow Where I Lead
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
What Was Once Close Enough chronicles the earliest recordings of Adam Cole. From 1985's "Clear Away," Adam's first successful song, to the last college recordings including the track he used to introduce himself to fellow Oberlin songwriter Steve Espinola, this collection is a DIY rollercoaster through styles from blues to reggae to early 80's pop. Recorded entirely on a Tascam Porta 2 cassette four-track, these songs capture the spirit of an artist that was to emerge as a songwriting force to be reckoned with.

The early tracks showcase Adam with his band, Close Enough, including Barry Jaspan on guitar and Jason Herschaft on drums. The band never played a gig, but it existed long enough to help realize a number of great recordings including Clear Away, Dead Run, You're a Fool, Please Jenny and Just Another Hill. Mark Wutka took the job of adding bass tracks to many of these early band songs.

As Adam went off to college, he continued to explore his own voice, providing his own guitar on tracks including "So Sorry," "What's the Problem," "Dedicated to S & G," "Birdsong," and "Left-Handed Redhead." "Just Another Hill" was reworked from calypso into reggae using the same drum track, but starting on a different beat! Other tracks followed the stripped-down piano / voice formula he would use on hundreds of songs over the next thirty years.

Showing the influence of artists like Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, the Police and XTC, "What Was Once Close Enough" gives a glimpse into Adam's past and a future that might have been. He would not record with a band again until his work with Patience Grasshopper, and later the Front Porch Session Players. These fully realized demos show an artist finding his voice through the crafting of radio-unready catchy hits.

Additional Personnel: Brent Stansfield - guitar, "My Baby Rosalie"
Suzannah Cole - backup vocals, "Just Another Hill (2)"

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