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Wishful Thinking

by The Toby Mountain Band

Second album by original singer/songwriter Toby Mountain and his band, which features classic folk/rock music from the 80s.
Genre: Rock: 80's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Banks of the Rhine
6:37 $0.99
2. I've Got to Stop Myself
3:59 $0.99
3. Rendezvous With Destiny
4:44 $0.99
4. Touch the Sky
4:31 $0.99
5. Elegy: The Avenger
4:34 $0.99
6. Captain Macho
4:15 $0.99
7. Mary the Sweet Sad Lady
4:12 $0.99
8. Northern Lights
10:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
30 years is a long time. But, then again, music is timeless.

That’s the thinking of German writer, Dieter Petzold, who has long lobbied for the rerelease of this 1981 gem from The Toby Mountain Band, a California group that he managed when they toured Europe from 1978-83 and had an extremely loyal German fan base.

And with so many things going retro these days, why not?

“Wishful Thinking” was recorded at San Francisco’s Russian Hill Studios and rather hastily mixed one evening at the legendary Different Fur, just in time for a summer tour of Germany. The mixes never sat right for Toby, who ended up returning to the United States in 1983 to become both a music academic and an internationally known digital mastering engineer (David Bowie, Alison Krauss, Frank Zappa).

“Why it took so long, I’m not sure, “ muses Mountain from his Northeastern Digital studio. “Maybe I needed the courage, or just the experience of mastering over 5,000 titles. At any rate, we got it done and I’m really delighted with the result.”

The songs are an eclectic but powerful sampling of 1980’s singer/songwriter meets classically trained Music Ph.D. The album leads off with the energetic “Banks of the Rhine” which chronicles the highs and lows of the band’s odyssey through Europe in 1978. Noteworthy are some of the stark contrasts. Two bookends are the parody “Captain Macho” featured on the Dr. Demento show and the melancholy piano ballad “Mary the Sweet Sad Lady” accompanied by a young Kronos String Quartet. Also, poignant is the gentle folk musing “I’ve Got to Stop Myself” versus the raw brutality (ala James Gang) of “Elegy: The Avenger.”

All forces seem to collide with the 10+ minute marathon rock song “Northern Lights,” sprinkled with electric violin, digital voices, and searing guitar parts by Bill Davidson.

“In Germany we are experiencing a revival of music without drum machines and computers. So it is exactly the right time to bring back Toby´s unique blend of folk, rock and classical music,” says Petzold. Mountain agreed, and with the help of Bill Davidson and bass player, Nathan Craver, managed to remix the project last summer between mastering gigs. The result is an 8 song tour de force. Any plans for a revival tour? “Don’t hold your breath,” cautions Petzold.

One final footnote: Toby convinced his handlers in Germany to donate half of the proceeds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It’s a personal cause inspired by so many close to him who lost the fight. “Ultimately, pop music is not just entertainment. It can be artistic and it can embrace a cause.”

Now there’s nothing retro about that.



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