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by Tonio K.

lost A&M album w/ Westerberg, Bruce Thomas, David Hidalgo, Peter Case et al
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stop The Clock
3:49 album only
2. Time Steps Aside
3:50 album only
3. Maybe There Isn't
3:59 album only
4. Stuck
3:44 album only
5. That Could Have Been Me
4:57 album only
6. Hey Lady
6:20 album only
7. Come With Me
3:46 album only
8. I'll Remember You
4:17 album only
9. What A Way To Live
6:07 album only
10. Day And Night
3:57 album only
11. Pardon Me For Living
4:15 album only
12. We Walk On
4:09 album only


Album Notes
Recorded in 1989 and 1990, with a cast of supporting musicians that included Paul Westerberg (The Replacements), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Peter Case, Charlie Sexton, Booker T., Bruce Thomas (The Attractions) and producer T Bone Burnett, "Olé" is the album Entertainment Weekly calls Tonio K.'s best. Harking back at times to the crazed-rock feel of his early classics "Life in the Foodchain" (1978) and "Amerika" (1980), "Olé," runs a gamut of styles and shows Mr. K. at the top of his game.

Despite receiving massive critical praise for "Foodchain" and "Amerika," Tonio K. bounced around from CBS Records, to Arista, to Capitol-EMI (which resulted in the 1983 EP "La Bomba"), before settling into What?/A&M for his third and fourth albums: "Romeo Unchained" (1986) and "Notes from the lost civilization" (1988). Since being "dropped" from A&M, he has been one of the music industry's most successful songwriters, penning the most played song of 1993 ("Love Is," recorded by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight), and placing songs with Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Al Green (from the "Michael" soundtrack), and many others. All four of Tonio K.'s full-length albums are available on CD from Gadfly Records.

Olé song list: "Stop The Clock," "Time Steps Aside," "Maybe There Isn't," "Stuck," "That Could Have Been Me," "Hey Lady," "Come With Me," "I'll Remember You," "What A Way To Live," "Day And Night," "Pardon Me For Living," "We Walk On"

The "Olé" booklet includes a history of the album, complete lyrics, and notes about each song, along with other Tonio K.-like stuff...


Olé‚ key personnel: Tonio K. -- acoustic guitar, vocals
Paul Westerberg -- guitar
David Hidalgo -- guitar, mandolo, background vocals
Peter Case -- harmonica, background vocals
Charlie Sexton -- guitar
Bruce Thomas -- electric bass
Booker T. Jones -- Hammond organ
T Bone Burnett -- acoustic & electric guitars, chaimberlin



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allen burton

His best ever!
I had many Tonio K LPs (and one CD) when I bought this 10 years ago and it absolutely blew me away. Strong songs all the way through; and the opening song "Stop the Clock" should have been a hit single or at least a cult favorite (along the lines of Spirit's I Got A Line On You Babe"). If you have any liking of Tonio K at all and don't have this, you should buy it! I'd offer you your money back, but CDBaby already does that.

James Blais

Found these after years of looking
Had the tonio k albums when i was younger.Lost them to a flood and never was able to replace them.Finding theses (and CD BABY)was a great joy.Brings some of my youth.Enjoy all the tonio k cd's


His best yet
This disc got shelved when A&M Records was sold in the early 90s. That's a shame, because the songs exceptionally good.In my opinion, this is Tonio K's best CD yet, and at least the best of the 2nd half of his career. Best songs are the neo-hippie girl appreciation hymn Time Steps Aside, the American century tale Stuck, the heartfelt Come With Me, the tough What A Way To Live, and the guest guitarist orgy that is Day And Night a/k/a Pardon Me. Players not mentioned above include avantgarde guitarist Marc Ribot, David Raven on drums and Warner Hodges of Jason & the Scorchers.