Billy Vera | Timeless

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by Billy Vera

Blue eyed soul singer and Grammy winner Billy Vera, known for his 1987 #1 smash, “At This Moment,” with his band, Billy Vera & the Beaters, now offers a solo album of self-penned songs on TIMELESS, that are all in his unique mixture of R&B/Soul Jazz.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lonely Girl
4:31 album only
2. Fool Around You
4:26 album only
3. Don't Look Back
3:39 album only
4. Peeping Through the Blinds
2:59 album only
5. Cool out Baby
3:55 album only
6. Moonglows
3:08 album only
7. I Knew You When
4:55 album only
8. Loralai
3:02 album only
9. This Love of Mine
3:54 album only
10. A Simple Little Song
4:15 album only


Album Notes
Hey, what kinda music you call that?” If I’ve heard that once I’ve heard it a thousand times. My friend Michael Cuscuna always quotes the Ellington philosophy that there are only two kinds of music – good and bad. “Basically,” Duke said, “I think that’s a subjective simplification, but if you delineate music that comes from within and has real feeling from music manufactured to get a response, genres become unnecessary. In so many ways, Count Basie, Ray Charles, John Coltrane and Otis Redding come from the same place. Categories be damned.”

Saxophonist Lon Price calls my stuff “nuanced music.” By “nuanced,” I think he means he hears a certain eccentricity that distinguishes it from the norm.

I’ve always tried to stick something in there that makes you stop and turn your head. An extra beat, an A- at chord in the key of F, a retarded quarter note triplet, some “wrong” grammar or a surprise word or phrase. What T-Bone Walker called a “trickeration.” I once rhymed “I’d fight off half of Spain” with “I’d swim Lake Pontchartrain.” My songwriting mentor, Chip Taylor, taught me to “write songs you can hear people singing twenty years from now,” by which he meant timeless songs. Trendy will sound dated twenty minutes from now.

I’ve written two number one hits in my life. One breaks with convention by starting with the chorus, followed by the verse. Who says you can’t do that? My biggest, “At This Moment,” mixes idioms: a country pedal steel, a bass line lifted from James Brown and a lyric with no rhymes, so it sounds like people talk. Little people. Real people.

The songs on this album are for those little people, and big people too. And—I hope—some who’ll catch those
nuances twenty years from now. - Billy Vera



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Wayne Stierle

Billy Vera on all 4 cylinders truly is "Timeless" as the album title says!
I'll tell you this without any doubt, that Billy Vera always comes out with a new album that'll make you shake your head and say "Man, this is his best work ever" . Yet, it's what we expect from Billy, and he never fails to deliver. This album is an instant collectors item that you'll surely keep for the rest of your life.

His voice is singing life lessons directly to you by re-assuring you even in songs that could drip with despair but under such a deft understanding you get the message and underlying smile. (The kind of thing that Fats Domino managed to do) with any song). Here Billy visits the depth of his voice only to touch the high points and land right back in that mid-area that defines why he's unique to put it mildly>

On "Fool Around You" the lyrics are so real in the expressing by this gifted storyteller that you will bring them into your life , such as: "I'm a fool around you, I get scared around you". Now don't you tell me you don't know that feeling. With "Don't Look Back" there's an unexpected spoken part and even though it's a surprise you are touched by how very much it belongs there, thanks to Billy's absolute mastery over what seems like time and space.

"Peeping Through The Blinds" will make you smile as you probably remember waiting nervously for that lover to come back and yet peeping so it won't be obvious you're looking. The ending is a revelation as Billy sings "Tick Tock.." to underscore the maddening passing of time as the night gets later.

"Cool Out Baby" has a steady rolling sound like a train going along on its way down the tracks of living. This song with the lady being warned about her evil ways is the polar opposite of the mood captured in "At This Moment", and yet in subtle tones you get the message that Billy ain't about to really toss her out.

"Moonglows" is a stunning beauty and the melody is so grabbing that you can easily imagine it as an instrumental played by Johnny Smith or may Ben Webster. As always the lyrics are on such a high level that you might have to catch your breath on the first hearing of it. Such a tender ballad dressed in an attitude that fits any generation you can name. Speaking of ballads, "This Love Of Mine" is a definite drifting and dreaming masterpiece. Right from the first three seconds you know it's a classic recording. It may be the highlight song on this collection, but this album is on such a tribute to what a singer can do that you'll be the judge on what you discover to be your favorite, although I expect your "favorite" will be in the form of several tracks.

There's an echo of things that just kinda tap you on the shoulder of your memories. Speaking just for me I get pings of Ray Charles, Jesse Belvin, Carl Gardner of The Coasters, a piano that only a hardcore Platters fan would hear, and believe or not an almost invisible
touch of the Archie Blyer version of "Hernando's Hideaway", not to mention Bob Crewe also. This is all coming at you as Billy is so comfortable with the tasteful and strong male chorus and/or group, and some fabulous piano and sax work. Sinatra, Gerry Wexler, Ray Charles, Nelson Riddle, and many others would be proud of this album.

Oh, did I forget there a few more songs including the melancholy of "I Knew You When" with an ending you might not anticipate but rings so on target you might get chills.

Billy Vera's voice is as you'd expect is used by his many talents to lure you into looking forward to what's coming around the bend. This really is an album for all time and anytime. You will love it.

Wayne Stierle

"Loralai" explores Billy's penchant for doing the unexpected , and the results are a joy, including hints that could be missed that are breezy tips of the hat to other times and places..