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Man About Town

by Norman Collins

Infectious American rock with creative, energy-filled guitar playing to haunting melodies and tales of love lost and found.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hey, Marie
2:39 album only
2. Begin with Please
3:13 album only
3. State of Want
4:27 album only
4. Loving Kind
3:07 album only
5. Man Dreaming
4:31 album only
6. Office Party
3:11 album only
7. Trust in Time
2:53 album only
8. Say Annie
3:55 album only
9. Today Tomorrow and Forever
3:25 album only
10. To Start With
3:44 album only
11. Excuses
4:06 album only
12. Sixth and Mission
2:54 album only


Album Notes


Norman Collins, a transplanted Midwesterner, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, started his professional career in Nashville. While pitching his songs and occasionally working as a session player, Collins continued working on his songwriting and performed in Nashville clubs.

After meeting Hank Ballard and recording in the Chess Studios in Chicago, Collins toured with Ballard, John Hiatt, and various other bands in the U.S. He finally ended up in Los Angeles playing Top 40 funk music in Watts.

A friend's need for a guitarist brought Norman up north to San Francisco. After leading various original band formations, Norman attracted the interest of the multi-talented musician and producer Scott Mathews. The result of their collaboration is "The Man About Town", a timeless, entertaining, and highly acclaimed CD.

Norman Collins and his band are currently performing around the Bay Area, in clubs, at music festivals, and on local television.


"Here we have a singer songwriter with good qualities and a heart for melodies. Norman deliver a CD filled with nice pop tunes with a little rockier edge. It starts up with " Hey Marie" and continues with "Begin With Please" with alot of Petty- traces. I like it. It sure have big qualities and I really would like to hear more from this artist in the future. Actually something to check up both for the power pop-and the midwestern lover. My favorite track is "State of Want" and the straight ahead "Say Annie" which Paul McCartney would have been proud to have written. "

- Par Karlsson. editor of Midwestern skies e-zine and Frontline magazine. Sweden

( I like the phrase good qualities. The Swedish have a way with words don't they? Now lets go to a place very similar to Sweden, New Jersey. By the way, why do people make fun of New Jersey so much? There is alot of beautiful land in New Jersey. I visit a good friend of mine there every other summer and I really enjoy it.
-N. C.)

"Norman Collins plays guitar and writes catchy pop rock tunes with mile wide grooves and hummable melodies, some of which may stay with you for days. Collins incorporates country, punk energy, blues, folk, R&B, and stones-style rock' n' roll into his songs of love lost and found, and even exhibits sensitivity and depth as a balladeer. " Man About Town" is a lost gem of a disk from last year that's worth hunting down. "

-Bob Cianci, The Music Scene, The River Reporter, New
Jersey, USA.

(Some people say I'm too sensitive. Now, let's go to San Francisco for two more reviews, shall we? -N.C.)

"Anyone whe plays traditional Rock' n ' roll inspired by Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison is in it for love and the long haul rather than the money. Likeable Norman Collins is really good at it, not unlike Isaak and Marshall Crenshaw. It's all in the cracking snare and the creeping bass, with the guitar alternating between rockabilly-boogie and Bo Diddley. Even the titles are retro inspired: "Hey, Marie," "Loving Kind," and "Say Annie." Collins and producer Scott Mathews conspired for this charming disk."
- Denise Sullivan, BAM magazi

(When was the last you heard you heard rock n' roll described as charming? Thanks Denise. -N.C.)

"Norman Collins is a singer/songwriter/guitarist based in San Francisco. Once a Nashville writer, Collins' debut solo album, Man About Town , contains sophisticated pop-rock that is a cross between the Eagles, Steve Miller, Tom Petty and the Hollies. Together with noted producer Scott Mathews, Collins has created a release of varied songs that highlight his songwriting skills and energy-filled approach. Best cuts are the infectious, rythmic "Excuses"and the delightful, harmonious, hook-filled "Say Annie"."
-Relix 70 magazine

(Personal letter to first 63,000 customers! - N.C.)



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