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In the Current

by Bill Mumy

Rootsy, honest, guitar-based, lyric driven, alternative rock with a twist.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Lost in Babylon
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2. Angel's Observation
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3. I'll Walk the Walk
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4. The Climb
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5. We Could Use a Little Something
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6. In the Current
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7. It's Not the Same
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8. Needed to Let You Know
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9. How I Loved My Girlfriend
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10. Stronger Then Gravity
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11. Can't Win This Game
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12. I Don't Know You
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13. Halfway Home
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14. To Nicolette
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bill Mumy is a multi-talented, prolific artist who entered the arena of professional entertainment at the age of five. He has worked on over four hundred television shows and is best known by fans around the world for the creation of his memorable role as the heroic boy astronaut "Will Robinson" on the long running classic series "Lost in Space." From 1993 through 1998 he played the noble, mystical "Lennier" in the popular science fiction series "Babylon 5."

Bill has released seven solo CDs: "With Big Ideas" (2006), "Los Angeles Times"(2005), "Ghosts" (2003), "After Dreams Come True" (2001), "Pandora's Box" (2000), "In The Current" (1999) and 1997's "Dying To Be Heard".

"The Jenerators", Bill's performing rock band that he fronts with fellow actor and sometimes writing partner Miguel Ferrer, have released three albums, "The Jenerators," "Hitting the Silk," and "Pony Up." 1999 saw the release of "The Be Five: Trying To Forget", another Renaissance CD written and produced by Bill featuring vocals by actors from Babylon 5. Bill's has also produced three albums for children, "Kiss My Boo Boo"(Infinite Visons), “The Dinosaur Album” and “Yogi Bear and Friends: This Land is Your Land”. (Kid Rhino)

He has worked with the pop group "America" off and on for over twenty years, composing, producing and performing with the band. As a songwriter Bill has supplied songs to such varied artists as pop stars America, David and Shaun Cassidy,Sea Wind, Wild Man Fischer, the legendary Rosemary Clooney as well as over 100 songs for the Disney Channel.

Bill is half of the infamous novelty rock recording and short film making duo "Barnes and Barnes". Best known for the classic demented song and film "Fish Heads", Barnes and Barnes have released nine albums and a feature length videotape. Rolling Stone magazine named Fish Heads # 57 of the all time greatest rock videos ever created. All of the Barnes & Barnes albums have been re-released on CD.

A short time ago TV Guide listed their top 100 television episodes of all time. Two of them starred Bill Mumy.

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Cecilia Fidora

I know this Current well!
In the Current is a reflective, mellow CD with some powerful songs that are open and honest. Lost in Babylon and How I Loved My Girlfriend is a look back in time. We Could use a Little Something and It's Not the Same seems like a modern day lament of many and HalfWay Home is a hopeful look ahead, in spite of doomsday critics.

What I like the most about Mumy's music are his truthful lyrics. They speak volumes about experiences all of us share but since most are not talented enough to express so easily, he does all it for us! He IS a man of his word!

I especially appreciate his sweet, sensitive instrumental at the end of the CD. Very nice touch.
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Gloria D. Pitts "pesky_elf"

If you appreciate a great voice and a deft hand at guitar, then you truly need t
If you appreciate a great voice and a deft hand at guitar, then you truly need to get your hands on this album! Bill's varied acting, writing and musical experiences are perfectly interwoven throughout this CD (as well as his future release, Pandora's Box). Don't expect hokey Sci-fi meandering, but be prepared to be intellectually and creatively stimulated!
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A music fan

This album is a showcase for Mumy's guitar work that has been compared to Mark K
In Mumy's second solo CD "In The Current" he has written every song & performed the album alone: playing all the instruments, percussion, drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, etc. This album is a showcase for Mumy's guitar work that has been compared to Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, or even Chet Atkin. I found this to be a very personal album, and it covers a lot of territory. The songs range from hard rocking bitter tales of betrayal & disappointment "I Don't Know You", "Angel's Observation", "It's Not The Same" to confessions of true love "Halfway Home", "We Could Use A Little Something". On the album he has addressed issues regarding projects that he'll always be associated with. The opening track, "Lost in Babylon" is about the experience starring in the sci-fi television series' "Lost in Space" & "Babylon 5". "In the Current", the title track is a powerful dreamlike song that melts time and power with love & choice. "The Climb" focuses on the trappings of climbing the showbiz ladder. "Stronger Than Gravity" is a tender piano love ballad written from Mumy's Babylon 5 TV character, "Lennier" to his true love "Delenn" a love he can never have. The last song "To Nicolette" is a solo acoustic guitar instrumental written for close friend who died after a short illness. This is certainly his best work to date.

Mumy has written songs for America as well as performed live with them. He wrote over 100 songs for Disney series "Adventures In Wonderland" and was nominated for an emmy for outstanding song composition in 1992.He's composed the theme songs to several television shows. Legendary Pop/Jazz artist Rosemary Clooney has recorded three of his songs, as well as many other artists. And who can forget "Barnes and Barnes" novelty songs that include "Fish Heads" the most popular in the history of that genre? However, Mumy has saved the best of his work for himself in this new CD "In The Current".
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"suzene"

A big one. In short, buy the album. It's worth the money.
I put this album into the CD player with a certain amount of trepidation. The last Mumy solo album ("Dying To Be Heard")was terrific, yet my sadistic cynical side was poised to cackle as my adoration went down in flames. About one-quarter of the way through "Lost In Babylon", I stopped concentrating on what I was doing, put my feet up, and just let the album play out. Some music just needs to be listened to without distraction. This is excellent work; I'd give it more stars if I could. There is an inclination towards the blues this time around, but enough fast-paced tracks are included to keep things lively. The songs themselves are varied as the rhythms: "Lost In Babylon" is quick and upbeat, leading into a cuationary and somewhat heavier "Angel's Observations." I'd advise anyone with a sentimental bone in your body-- even if you won't admit it-- to skip "Stronger Than Gravity" and "I Needed To Let You Know"; depending on your mood, you'll either wind up with a lump in your throat or in severe need of a hanky. A big one. In short, buy the album. It's worth the money.
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SongBook

The Climb (evoking memories of some of the best Crosby Stills & Nash tunes)
Another musical outing for a former member of the Babylon 5 cast, In The Current is Bill Mumy's second album on Renaissance Records, and it demonstrates his incredible versatility. From the folky alternative rock style of Angel's Observation to the gentle, well-harmonized balled The Climb (evoking memories of some of the best Crosby Stills & Nash tunes), Mumy covers a lot of ground. Able to go acoustic or electric from song to song, Mumy kicks off the album with the Dylanesque Lost In Babylon - a B5 reference in title only. (For overt Babylon 5 references, check out Stronger Than Gravity, which is subtitled in the lyric booklet as "To Delenn from Lennier.") There's even a slightly suggestive love song in We Could Use A Little Something. Mumy skips around different genres like he'd walk from one room to another - and yet most of the time (though not always) he manages to evade many of the clichès we've come to associate with the various styles.

Bill Mumy's not going to wind up on a Golden Throats album anytime soon. This is one actor who is a serious musical contender (and it's worth noting that Mumy was the musical backbone of the Be Five project which was reviewed here last month).

For anyone who's a B5 fan, a fan of good music that isn't being played to death on the radio, or a fan of Bill Mumy in particular, my highest recommendations go to In The Current.
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Sherri R Laird

In the Current
I didn't even know Billy Mummy could sing or played in a band until recently where I checked out his web site. Sampled the songs and ordered a couple of CD's. I really like his voice and type of this style of folk rock musical style. I am so impressed that Mr. Mummy is so talented. And here I thought I was just a Lost in Space fan from the past. He's a trued multi-talented star. Greetings from a 54 year old fan thats seen almost all your TV appearences over the years. I hope you can come back to us via TV or film once again on a regular basis. Good luck in your music. Your an original quality musican and a good song writer as well as a fine actor.
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Doug

A MUST HAVE!
Another must have from Bill Mumy. This album from 1999 has outstanding music and is written and performed entirely by Mr. Mumy. Once you discover Bill's music, you'll definitely have to get all of his albums. Every song you hear on this album will become your "favorite" - this is until you hear the next song. "Angel's Observation" and "Halfway Home" alone on this album makes it well worth the money. But of course there are many other great songs here as well..
Highly recommended. Don't miss out on this one!
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Susanne Stiward

It's like a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean
If I had to pick a favorite Bill Mumy solo CD, I think In The Current is definitely it! This album thoroughly demonstrates everything I absolutely love about the music of Bill Mumy. It is definitely a fine piece of art that is worth more than a million stars.

When I listen to this CD I feel like I never want to stop playing it, because all fourteen songs are incredible! Songs like I'll Walk The Walk and The Climb have interesting music combined with terrific vocals. I love how the lyrics tell great stories. Needed To Let You Know is breathtakingly beautiful! We Could Use A Little Something, Stronger Than Gravity, How I Loved My Girlfriend, I Don't Know You, Halfway Home, It's Not The Same and In The Current are wonderful!

The whole album is packed full of outstanding music, beautiful lyrics, wonderful stories, and amazing vocals. I think this album is a must-have for any Mumy music collection. It is a fine example of perfection at its best and this album demonstrates it from the first song all the way through to the very end.
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