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Gary Ritchie | Poptimistic

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by Gary Ritchie

Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy! Timeless Melodies! Soaring Harmonies, Rockin' Guitars & pounding drums make this a FUN, Upbeat album. 60's-70's early 80's feel with a foot planted firmly the NOW - Badfinger, Kinks, The Records, Who, The Wonders!, Pezband.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Million Dollars
3:26 $0.99
2. Let's Pretend
3:11 $0.99
3. Book of Answers
2:40 $0.99
4. Subtle as a Freight Train
3:07 $0.99
5. It's Not Automatic
2:28 $0.99
6. Perfect Girl
2:42 $0.99
7. The Orange Difference
2:22 $0.99
8. Friend of Old
3:09 $0.99
9. Carol Says
3:10 $0.99
10. Dial 9
2:36 $0.99
11. Look Away Girl
2:50 $0.99
12. Long Live Love
3:09 $0.99
13. Lonely out in Space
3:25 $0.99
14. Real Good Feeling
3:08 $0.99
15. Only Hurt
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hello everybody,
This is now my 4th solo album and I couldn't be more proud of this thing. I love the collection of tunes that I came up with on this record. Most of them are newly written, some are old idea's that I finally finished. It's all steeped from the 60's, 70's feel, with a modern production and a nice edge to the tracks. Jeff King played great bass and guitar stuff AND mixed the album....very nicely. Nick Landis @ Terra Nova Digital Audio, in Austin, Texas did a great Mastering job. He really makes this stuff POP.

So, I hope you enjoy this cd as much as we did making it. It's a definitely a labor of love from my standpoint.
Cheers, and thanks to all of the good folks out there that support my musical......."Electronic Noise."

Who does what?

Gary plays: Ludwig drums (all tracks), electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, percussion and Vocals.
Jeff plays: bass guitar (all tracks), electric guitar, nylon string guitar.

Track notes;
1. Million Dollars - Jeff plays a great solo, Gary plays rhythm guitar.
2. Let's Pretend - Jeff plays 12 string riff, Gary plays 6 string riff.
3. Book Of Answers - Jeff plays a very cool solo, Gary plays acoustic.
4. Subtle as a Freight Train - Jeff on the solo, Gary plays electric rhythm.
5. It's Not Automatic - Gary plays piano part and organ.
6. Perfect Girl - Jeff sings background vocals in the opening sequence.
7. The Orange Difference - Gary plays The Fool & everything else except bass (Jeff).
8. Friend Of Old - Gary plays organ, Jeff plays guitar solo.
9. Carol Says - Gary plays electric rhythm guitar, Jeff plays rockier guitar.
10. Dial 9 - Gary plays everything except bass and middle section guitar solo (Jeff).
11. Look Away Girl - Gary plays everything except bass (Jeff).
12. Long Live Love - Jeff plays bass, Gary plays everything else.
13. Lonely Out In Space - Gary plays electric rhythm, Jeff plays lead guitar.
14. Real Good Feeling - Gary plays electric rhythm, Jeff plays the solo.
15. Only Hurt - Gary plays everything except bass (Jeff).



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Chip Sansom

I Love This Album!
Hey, Gary! I was one of those "anonymous" buyers this week. I listened to and enjoyed all of the clips you posted when the album was released, but I kept forgetting to buy my own CD until this week. I love the album! It is not just a 60s influenced album, it is like stepping back in time and hearing some great lost pop album, circa 1964-1967, for the first time. There are no weak spots--the songs capture the innocent feel of the period, fine singing, terrific playing by you and Jeff King, excellent production by you and Jeff, even the album art looks groovy!

John Borack (Goldmine Magazine)

Good Time, Straight-Up Power Pop!
Gary Ritchie – Poptimistic (Fancy Two/Tone)
Here we have 15 tracks of good-time, straight-up power pop, all sprightly guitars, catchy tunes and sunny lyrics. Ritchie definitely has a flair for constructing classic-styled power pop ditties with some nods to the Beatles and Buddy Holly, but, at 15 tracks, Poptimistic seems to be about five tracks too long. All the happy gets to be a bit much after a while and some of the lyrics seem to try a bit too hard, but at its best – “Carol Says” being the toppermost of the poppermost – the album is reminiscent of some of the major label records that flooded the market in the wake of the Knack in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s.

Joe B.

Pop Perfection!
On the strength of this album (POPTIMISTIC) I just bought his previous 3 albums. Great stuff. I didn't realize that someone still makes great Pop/PowerPop music this good. POPTIMISTIC comes roaring out of the gate (Million Dollars) and ends 45 minutes later with a ballad that could make a stone cry (Only Hurt). And in between all of that is near POP Perfection. i.e. Perfect Girl, Let's Pretend, Long Live Love, Subtle as a Freight Train, Carol Says, Dial 9 (Beatles' '65 anyone?), Book Of Answers, Look Away Girl and more.....etc. It's a pot of POP GOLD. What a great find!! Very Highly Recommended if you like Big Guitars, Rocking Drums, Soaring Vocals and Melodies that will wake you up in the middle of the night. All in!

Ken S.

Stellar....just Stellar!
I just came across this cd by accident....and what a Happy accident that was!!! This is good old fashioned Pop/Rock the way I remember it. Great radio/summer tracks on this album. Unfortunately, not on today's bad excuse for radio. I know, times change, tastes change, but this stuff really never gets stale. Top notch songwriting, catchy as can be, memorable hooks....I love it! Give it a shot. You will smile and tap a foot.

Brad S.

Fantastic Collection!
What a great collection of tunes. This is an absolute GEM. 15 great songs, not a bad one in the bunch. It rocks hard when it needs to (Million Dollars, Subtle as a Freight Train). Poignant, emotional (Only Hurt, Dial 9). Super cool pop (Book of Answers, Carol Says, Long Live Love, Let's Pretend, Perfect Girl). Some humor while rocking (The Orange Difference). Great production! These songs actually get better with each play. I love it!! Great job Mr. Ritchie.

Bev Early

Another great album from Gary Ritchie. This hits on all cylinders from start to finish. 15 tracks in all, from big PowerPoppin' rockers to a great ballad and Ton's 'O Fun in between. I may glue it into my cd player. It's master class in Melody and as catchy as any cold I ever had. Get it!!

Poppin' Paul

Big Time FUN!!
I love this! It's a big, fun cd. At the moment, I can't get enough of it. Get's better with each play. I even played it through headphones (yes headphones) and really got some extra delights. I heard some things that you may not hear while driving in the car, especially on "The Orange Difference." It's good Yeah Yeah!!


Best of the Year!
One of the most lauded Beatles fans who swarm for powerpop is GARY RITCHIE whose albums with the unmistakable smell of the Fab Four are highly prized by fans of Liverpool sounds. His new work is very good perhaps the best since that POP RADIO of more than 15 years for being more compact with hardly any downs in the level of the compositions. He continues being a good craftsman of the power pop to which only it lacks a pair of Good hits or impact themes that are here in a tris to get (Million Dollars, Let's pretend ..) The forums of this type of music are unanimous in recognizing this work as the BEST OF THE YEAR and I will not keep the voice Discordant.


Really Great Sounds
This is a wonderful cd by Mr. Ritchie. The songs are as catchy as can be. It's a great SOUNDING album (mixing, mastering). The bar has been set pretty high for the other Popsters out there. Also, the artwork is very cool, clever and well put together. Yes, I still like to buy cd's over mp3 for the better sound quality AND you get something to look at and read some cool info. It's in my car stereo and will remain there for a while. Fun summer cd!!

Bobby S

It's like a Greatest Hits collection.
Another fantastic album from Gary Ritchie. Every song has it's own spot. Great stuff. Melodic, Catchy, Rockin',....it delivers on all counts. It's like a "Greatest Hits" collection. Keep them coming Mr. Ritchie.
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