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Too Much Perspective

by Macey's Parade

Boston acoustic/electric pop, alt country, and folk rock
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Song For T
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2. Don't Know What To Do (with my time)
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3. Comical
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4. Home
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5. Back In The Game
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6. Small Town Girl
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7. When Life Gets Tough
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8. The Clinic
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9. (I Can't) Escape your Love
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10. The Last New York Train
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11. You've Been Waiting
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12. Sometimes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jon Macey, Veteran Boston Rocker since the 1970's, the force behind such great bands as Fox Pass, Tom Dickie and The Desires (Polygram Recording Artists), and a variety of Boston-based bands through the 80's and 90's, formed Macey's Parade in the early 90's to showcase his songwriting talents and to make a statement about the life of a musician as he evolves. Poignant songs such as 'The Clinic' address serious drug problems. 'Back in the Game' speaks to the struggle to get up off the floor and start again. 'The Last New York Train' metaphorically describes the feeling when that train pulls away forever and she is on it alone.

Jon Macey teamed up with Boston musicians such as Tom Hostage on Guitar and Vocals, Joe Martino on Guitars, Vocals and Steel, Steve Korba and Bill Mello on Bass and Vocals, and Steve Lytle on Drums and Percussion. Added to this mix were other Boston music veterans such as Bill Taylor, Barry Marshall, and Ron Doty, who co-wrote a tune or two and co-produced parts of the CD, and as well as legendary engineer Bob Ludwig who's magic touch was used to master the CD.

Macey's Parade were attempting a Buffalo Springfield/Bob Dylan muscial hybrid at the peak of SeattleGrungeKobain, Inc. The subtle acoustic and electric blend, and sincere soul searching lyrics, were from a more poetic time. But, ironically, the music sounds more contemporary now than when it was first released. This was an album on which Macey overtly showed his country influences. A few of the songs could actually be called "country rock" but certainly with an Alt Country vibe. Joe Martino's ability to play lap steel, mandolin, and other such instruments brings out the country and blues influence. Other songs are more hyno-pop or alternative rock. All of them dig into the issues of relationships (people, drugs, music biz) in the last decade of modern times. This CD falls into the "Must Have" category for any serious fan of Boston music history.

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Bo Jingle Jangle

Dylan Fronting the Velvet Byrds
Hearts full of tragic-comic regret and heads spinning with folk-rock and pop-rock anthems. Nothing bad here at all except maybe a little overproduced. Lots of clear, soaring and ringing guitars! Hey, does anybody understand the song "Sometimes?"
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Joe Viglione - All Music Guide

Give This a Chance
This 1993 release opens up with one of Macey's best numbers, "Song For T," a touching and lovely tribute to "the best friend" he ever had "in those days" — his cat. Substance abuse was a major part of the singer's story — so much so that some of the immediate press for this album ignored the songs and focused on that. The desperation of those times and the image of T's little eyes is as haunting as it is heartwarming. But the record doesn't stop there. Along with LaVern Baker's producer, Barry Marshall, they hit another home run with "Comical," as exquisite a pop number as Brian Wilson and Roger McGuinn could ever hope to conjure up. It's as if Randy California's Dr. Sardonicus character came to life to laugh in the face of life's tough breaks. There is immense power in the music, and Macey delivers one of his best vocal performances. Had the album concentrated on these moments there is no doubt it could have made a bigger splash, and though the "Sweet Jane"-riff that permeates "The Clinic" harkens back to the singer's roots, the anti-methadone anthem feels out of place here. It disturbs the flow of songs like "The Last New York Train" and the poppy "Home." The band worked overtime on this album and that is also a drawback — rock and roll can't be too calculated, and some of the earlier demos have more of a vibe than the finished product. Boston scene-maker and booking agent, the late Mickey O'Halloran, commented that some of the best material was utilized on various Boston compilation albums and should have been included on this project. He had a point. "She's Got Me Souled" and "Sail Away" were two tracks recorded during this time that would have enhanced Too Much Perspective: an album whose title rings so true. Mastered by Bob Ludwig in Maine, the group put their best foot forward and, as noted, hit a couple out of the park. A re-release of Too Much Perspective with bonus tracks could bring new attention to material like "Sometimes," music from an artist who averages about one album a decade. There's much depth to the better songs here on a record that was acknowledged by TV, press, and radio upon its release in Boston, and deserves another chance to be heard. — Joe Viglione
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Byrds of a Feather

Where Were You When I Needed You?
Macey's Parade is the great lost 90s Boston link between Gram Parsons Byrds glory and 1960s POP, filtered through the jingle jangle of Mr. D. The group navigates through a solid collection of songs and leaves you with the thirst for more. Buy it and maybe they will finally release the long-rumoured follow-up "No Perspective."
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