Joe Morelli | The Road to Utopia

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The Road to Utopia

by Joe Morelli

Joe Morelli may never become a household name or gain himself a cult following, but this collection is a unique insight into one man and his music in the suburban post-punk years.  Gavin Underhill Manchester January 2012
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Road to Utopia
Joe Morelli
4:43 $0.99
2. Love Never Fails
Joe Morelli
4:00 $0.99
3. My Friend the Robot
Joe Morelli
3:15 $0.99
4. Communication Breakdown
Joe Morelli
4:18 $0.99
5. Magic Town
Joe Morelli
4:10 $0.99
6. Jonathan Swift
Joe Morelli & Tony Lucas
4:26 $0.99
7. Never Never
Joe Morelli
4:08 $0.99
8. Distortion Street
Joe Morelli
2:58 $0.99
9. My Friend the Robot (Instrumental)
Joe Morelli & Tony Lucas
4:53 $0.99
10. Do You Remember You?
Joe Morelli
2:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Road To Utopia – The Music of Joe Morelli 1981-1989

“Keyboards/synthesiser/vocalist wanted for working new age band”... so ran a small ad in the local rag that introduced me to the quirky world of Joe Morelli. Already a prolific composer (perhaps too prolific!), The Instants served as his first opportunity to exhibit his work publicly – in keeping with the times, the sound was much more in the manner of punk and the mod revival than the advert suggested, with all the rawness associated with those styles. I had newly arrived in town and to be honest saw my tenure in the band as a stepping stone to better things, although it was fun and full of incident while it lasted – among other things we once did an impromptu gig on the roof of Joe’s flat (in the manner of The Beatles atop Abbey Road studios).

However, I came to know Joe as a good friend, so after the band dissolved we had occasional informal get-togethers for several years thereafter whilst travelling our own musical paths. I also followed and supported his consequent endeavours and was pleased to see him mature and progress both as a singer and songwriter, with the focus now on quality than quantity. Through the advent of newly affordable if somewhat basic home recording technology, he was able to dispense with the band format for the most part and craft material either solo or with various collaborators, and whilst the results are somewhat lo-fi it is fascinating to listen to what was done to make the most of the limitations imposed.

Joe Morelli may never become a household name or gain himself a cult following,but this collection is a unique insight into one man and his music in the suburban post-punk years.

Gavin Underhill
Manchester January 201



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