Gar Francis | The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same

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The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same

by Gar Francis

Gar Francis, songwriter/producer for The Doughboys, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer with Paul Revere and the Raiders), Plainfield Slim, etc. has finally released his Americana album here in the United States and worldwide.
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1. Midnight in Rome
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2. How It's Supposed to Be
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3. Another Cowboy Rides
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4. Palaces
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5. Down At the Ocean Gate
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6. Raise a Hand
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7. The Bank of the River
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8. Oh Annie
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9. Ole Toms River
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10. The Sun Will Never Go Down
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11. She's Still Blue
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12. Adeline
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I am not sure if there is anything Gar Francis cannot do. The Guru Of Garage has swung his guitar into The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same. Released in 2010 to the European market only, the 12 track album of Americana has finally hit North American shores and has been released by New Jersey's Bongo Boy Records.The opening track, "Midnight In Rome", delivers a great melody, with wonderful changes. The guitar picking is cool as hell, while the keys smolder under a hot vocal track. "How Its Supposed To Be" has an insanely powerful chorus but it takes nothing away from the licks and riff, and the dynamite organ. The Latin feel of "Palaces" is wonderfully created by bongos, acoustic guitar, strings and organ. The effects on the harmonies are brilliant, and I dig the 'Mexicali" themed guitar solo! "Down At The Ocean Gate" offers a great acoustic guitar solo, and way cool harmonies amid multi-tracked guitars. I like the mandolin and bongos on "Bank Of The River", the way cool reverb of the almost rockabilly "Ole Tom's River", and the wonderfully Dylanesque feel to "Another Cowboy Rides" , with its great organ, guitar solo, cool riffs, and a dynamite vocal track.The jug band vibe of "She's Still Blue" proves once and for all that Gar Francis can write and play anything! The washboard and concertina are amazing, and the melody, so sweet. Gar's vocals are spectacular on "Raise A Hand", and the song's socio-political message resonates, at least,with me. The melody and harmonies highlight some way cool changes and incredibly melodic instrumentation. "The Sun Will Never Go Down" offers cool changes, a great chorus, a wonderful bass run, and beautiful choral style harmonies. I like this track. The acoustic guitar solo in "Adeline" shines amid the mandolin and bongos. The song is beautifully simple yet manages a great bridge, a dynamite chorus, and a wonderful ending. And, that leaves "Oh Annie", my favorite track on the album. The wonderful chorus, dynamite guitar, including a way cool riff, an amazing melody, and some great organ, make this the standout track. A wonderful song with a way cool blues-rock-folk-country thing going on, that is reminiscent of Levon Helm and The Band. "Oh Annie, someone's got to settle you down". Indeed.This album demonstrates just how talented Gar Francis is. As a song writer; as a producer; as a musician, and a performer. I hear rockabilly, jug band, Latin, roots, blues, folk, and rock. I listened to bongos, banjo, mandolin, and organ. I heard a washboard, a concertina, and I think an upright bass. There are vocal and guitar effects. But most importantly, there are 12 incredible tracks that will hold you from beginning to end. I have been a Gar Francis fan for years, and this album has me wondering, why isn't everybody? Get it as soon as you can. Then, put on your cowboy boots, grab your honey and have a blast. The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same is a must have album. Get yours now.

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