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Richmond Special

by Danny Scherr

An expert evocation of the 70's California sound, with enough punch to keep it from being overly mellow. By the time you get done with Richmond Special, you'll be wondering why there isn't an Elektra Records logo on the CD.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Always Goes That Way
2:49 $0.99
2. Fade Me In
3:26 $0.99
3. How I Lost A Day
4:12 $0.99
4. Too Far Down
2:23 $0.99
5. Love Again
2:53 $0.99
6. Make My Day
2:51 $0.99
7. Don't Know Why
3:36 $0.99
8. The Next Motel
3:12 $0.99
9. 'Til I'm In Love Again
3:44 $0.99
10. Let It Go
3:22 $0.99
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Album Notes

"San Fran Wham Bam

Such is the life of the music addict. You spend your life trawling the backstreets of Musicopolis in search of a sweet hit and every now and again up pops a little nugget that manages to push just the right endorphin releasing button. Well worth consulting your (record) dealer then in search of this little gem of a cd. Ten tracks of sherbert fountain sweetness mixing uptempo melodic indie/pop/rock and slower introspective acoustic numbers all tightly played and nicely sung... Standout tracks are two rockier numbers – 'Always Goes That Way' and 'Love Again' both of which, in a fair and just world, would be instant radio-friendly hits for a discerning adult market. Touchstones might be Pete Yorn, our own Matthew Jay or maybe The Pernice Brothers." -- Paul Villers, Americana-UK.com

"...An expert evocation of the 70's California sound, with enough punch to keep it from being overly mellow.

The rocker 'Always Goes That Way' starts things off, and it'll have you checking the credits to see if Danny Kortchmar played or produced the track. The wistful mid-tempo 'Fade Me In' follows, and if you close your eyes, you'll see Laurel Canyon. 'How I Lost a Day' has the quintessential 'western rock' sound to it, and 'til I'm Love Again' reminds of the rare James Taylor rocker, 'Honey Don't Leave LA'. By the time you get done with Richmond Special, you'll be wondering why there isn't an Elektra Records logo on the CD.

...If any of this sounds remotely appealing to you, grab it." -- Absolutepowerpop.com

"The acoustic grounding yields sounds which bite into a smart, sweet collection of sunny, West Coast early/mid 70's feel...makes a lasting impression as a songwriter of note..."
Bruce Brodeen - Notlame.com



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Evan R. O'Keefe

Amazing lyrics, Amazing Sound, Amazing Album
Richmond Special is like listening to a good CD, and not the radio.

OK, maybe somewhat a bad analogy, but an accurate analogy. I find myself wishing that either mainstream music, or even pop, or rock stations, would play something that wasn’t based in the 70’s, 80’s or 00’s. The seventies music, you have heard for thirty years. The Eighties music, twenty years, (90’s music I don’t hear often enough to include it, but I live in a small town in NM), and the two-thousand’s (no clue what they call it) music, is generally bad – radio wise.

Thankfully, we have Richmond Special by Danny Scherr. It has a Tom Petty feel to it and it obviously is no album written by any current top 40 artist. This is evident because the lyrics make sense and the sound is amazing.

I purchased the album after hearing the song “Too Far Down” on Pandora. The melody and lyrics of the song bring me back to a time when music was actually that, music – when an artist wrote their own song and the listener could relate to the lyrics.

“Too Far Down” is just a good beginning for buying a CD that is only based on a single song.

The first track, “Always Goes That way”, (which has a Tom Petty sound) is a great beginning to the album. “Fade Me In”, the second track, a good acoustic work keeps the listener entranced with the melody and the lyrics stating “I don’t want to lose you to him”.

The third track, “How I Lost a Day”, another acoustic work that falls in place with “Fade Me In” is just the beginning of a series of songs that hold the album together. “How I Lost a Day”, is followed by “Too Far Down”, which is my personal favorite. “Too Far Down” is a great acoustic song with lyrics that can honestly be felt as truthful. Even though this is only the fourth track, the album continues to enlighten the listener.

“Love Again” is a great song Claiming “I never thought I would fall in love again, until I found you”. Another song so far in a series of five that you find lyrics that relate to everyday life. “Love Again”, a heavier song on the album, is followed by “Make My Day”, which again is another heavier (comparatively speaking) electric song with true lyrics.

“Don’t Know Why”, track seven, an acoustic song, is similar to “Too Far Down”, but doesn’t quite carry the weight that “Too Far Down” does. Yet, “Don’t Know Why”, is both an acoustical and lyrical accomplishment.

“The Next Motel”, another acoustic, conjures up images (for me) of the New Mexico landscape on a trip somewhere along old Route 66. Those old Motels are still to be found, and there is a romantic feel in the song for me. “The Next Motel”, is followed by the heavier “‘Til I’m In Love Again”. “‘Til I’m In Love Again”, which has a more Pettyish sound than the few previous songs falls in place with the earlier Petty sounding songs.

Forging the very last two songs together is “Let It Go”, the last song on the album. “Let It Go”, a song with passion that began with the first song of the album, claims “It should be so easy to let it go”. However, it leaves no explanation as to why it is so hard to let it go. Richmond Special doesn’t need an explanation to “let it go”, because there is no reason to. The lyrics and melodies make up the reason to keep listening, and to not “let it go”.

Richmond Special, a great relief from today’s radio, follows the life of Danny Scherr, and leaves the listener finding solace in the lyrics and truth in the song. A variety of Tom Petty guitar to Scherr’s great lyrics and own personal sound, Richmond Special is not an album to pass up.

Joe Gusich

I love this record!!
I absolutely love this record! I am listening to it over & over! Danny's voice has an amazing calm presence which echoes sounds of Tom Petty, The Beatles & Bad Co,. The compelling guitar work is potent yet effortless! Honest lyrics of love lost & found have me wondering if he wrote from my brain. An excellent mix of songs! Top notch production leaves listeners with A Rock / Pop work of genious! Buy this record! You will not be dissappointed! Joe Gusich / www.elektriksunset.com