Alan Merrill | Cupid Deranged (Redux)

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Cupid Deranged (Redux)

by Alan Merrill

A musically diverse project, this is Alan Merrill's Cupid Deranged album new and improved, remixed and remastered by Jon Gordon in New York City in 2016.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. I Love Rock n Roll
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2. Miles Away
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3. Like Heaven
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4. Automatic Pilot
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5. When the Night Comes
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6. Action to Reaction
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7. You Don't Know What You Want
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8. Dead End Zone
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9. Wait for It
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10. Tnteenager
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11. Radio
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12. Lesson Learned
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13. White Heat
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14. Sands of Time
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15. Shake Me!
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16. Move It
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17. Slow Down
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18. My Last Night with You
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19. Touch Too Much
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20. Sands of Time (Jp)
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21. Automatic Pilot (Jp)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Originally recorded in year 2000, this album is musically diverse rock and R&B mix. Songs on the album have been covered by Lou Rawls (When The Night Comes) and Rick Derringer (White Heat, Shake Me, and Lesson Learned). Alan Merrill plays and sings most of the parts and wrote the lion's share of the songs on this project. The bass and drums are played skillfully by Dave Glover (ex-Slade and Brian Connolly's Sweet) and Pete Phipps (ex-Eurythmics, The Glitter Band and XTC). The new 2016 mixes are vastly improved from the album's original release 15 years ago, featuring more of the vocal aspects of Alan Merrill's talents. The 19 basic tracks were recorded in Portsmouth England in one day at BRS studio, with overdubs in Paris where Sal Bernardi (ex-Rikki Lee Jones band) joined on harmonica and vocal harmonies for one day at Studio Iguane. Then more overdubs in New York City in 2001 at Studio 900. The album was remixed and remastered by Jon Gordon at his studio in the Shelter Island complex in midtown Manhattan, in New York City.

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Louise Hunter

Music the way it was meant to be....
Cupid Deranged Redux (released 14 Feb 2017) is a pet project that Alan Merrill has been promising himself for a while. After Cupid Deranged was initially released in 2002 he found himself less than fully satisfied with the way it sounded. The original version of the album has a hard-edged, big production that feels more like high 1980s power rock. He didn't like the way the vocal was pushed back into a brassy, jangling mix, and he felt it could have been mixed better.
The first track is Merrill's signature piece. Alan Merrill wrote "I Love Rock N Roll" in 1975 and performed it weekly with his band Arrows on their fondly remembered eponymous pop/rock showcase, screened by UK's Granada Independent TV channel. It was here that Joan Jett first heard the song that she later covered as her breakthrough hit.

This relaunched album has a warm, mellow and organic feel with the new mix centered on Merrill's rich vocal talent, which adapts so well to every style. Alan moves effortlessly from full tilt rock, blues rock, and rock n roll, to soulful rhythm n blues, pure pop and gentle ballads with dazzling ease and professional flair, but always with feeling. I think it is that feeling that comes across so powerfully in this charismatic, more personal re-imagining of Cupid Deranged. Every song is strong and the performances full of verve and character. This album is a "must-have" for the collection and I recommend it.
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