by Mickey Thomas


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During the 15-year period of his commercial ascendency, 1976-1991, from the breakthrough hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" with the Elvin Bishop Group to the last chart entries of Starship, Mickey Thomas was a band singer whose soaring tenor powered through rock and blues arrangements. In the ensuing 20 years, he fronted groups using the Starship moniker on the oldies circuit and engaged in occasional recording projects, notably 2010's blues outing, The Bluesmasters Featuring Mickey Thomas. The solo album Marauder is another such effort, this time presenting a Mickey Thomas covers collection. It's a reasonable idea, given that he's always been more of a singer than anything else, and it allows him to pay tribute to his influences and acknowledge some peers. There are so many selections from the Fab Four that it wouldn't be surprising to discover that the original idea was to make a "Mickey Thomas Sings the Beatles" album. He is particularly reverent when it comes to Paul McCartney, with songs like "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Oh! Darling" revealing his debt, but the inclusion of John Lennon's "Rain" (with a bit of "Tomorrow Never Knows") and "Across the Universe" (with a bit of "Hello Goodbye"), plus George Harrison's "Wah Wah" round out the significance of the Beatles, group and solo, in Thomas' development. Beyond the Beatles, however, he mostly sticks to the British Empire, whether looking back to the Rolling Stones (a country-blues treatment of "Gimme Shelter" that leads things off) or registering his affection for contemporaries like Peter Gabriel (a faithful version of "Sledgehammer") or Oasis ("Champagne Supernova"). Although his taste is impeccable, he may not be well advised to take on the music of grittier singers like Joe Cocker ("Delta Lady") or Bob Seger ("Hollywood Nights"), since, even as he's aged, Thomas hasn't acquired much gravel in his pure tones and seems lightweight in comparison. On the other hand, he approaches AC/DC's "Moneytalks" with a seeming intention to playfully impersonate Brian Johnson, and he mostly succeeds. As he makes his living on the road, Thomas may now be justified in tossing some of these songs into his set. Yes, it was Paul Carrack who made a hit out of "Tempted" for Squeeze, but Mickey Thomas does a creditable job with it, and a hit is still a hit.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2011
Label: Gigatone Ent.
UPC: 0892265003038
catalogNumber: 303
Rank: 70543

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mickey Thomas   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Buck   Bass
Mic Gillette   Horn
Tom Politzer   Horn
Prairie Prince   Drums
Bill Slais   Horn
Roger Smith   Keyboards
Bobby Vega   Bass
James Preston   Drums
Dave Shallock   Bass
Jeff Tamelier   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Phil Bennett   Keyboards
Mark McGee   Guitar
Peter DeLeon   Keyboards
Devon Baldwin   Background Vocals
Lane Cameron   Harmonica
Ralph Davies   Horn
Alan Koshiyama   Keyboards
Serge Lysak   Drums
Tony Jones   Keyboards
Marla Major   Background Vocals
Kenji Armstrong   Keyboards
Eric Andersen   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chuck Hansen   Horn
Paul Sileski   Drums
Untiy Community Choir   Background Vocals
Susan Ballard   Background Vocals
Lindsay Erin   Background Vocals
Dino Vergolini   Guitar
Bill Bently   Background Vocals
Sheldon Morgan   Percussion
Mitchell Koulouris   Percussion
Andre Nedeoglo   Drums
Walter Bare   Guitar

Technical Credits

Peter Gabriel   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Tom Cochrane   Composer
Mickey Thomas   Liner Notes
Robert Buck   Executive Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer
Noel Gallagher   Composer
Nichole Taylor   Executive Producer
Jeff Tamelier   Producer
Kirk Thompson   Executive Producer
Richard Keck   Executive Producer
Rod Okamoto   Executive Producer
Kevin Plouse   Executive Producer
Kenji Armstrong   Executive Producer
Katina Myers   Executive Producer
Eric Andersen   Executive Producer
Charles Phares   Executive Producer
Charles Compton   Executive Producer
Catherine Schwalbert   Executive Producer
Pam Church   Executive Producer
Paul Sileski   Executive Producer
Susan Ballard   Executive Producer
Lindsay Erin   Executive Producer
Leslie Paris   Executive Producer
Jay Myers   Executive Producer
Eric Grout   Executive Producer
Dino Vergolini   Executive Producer
Katherine Helix   Executive Producer
Sheldon Morgan   Executive Producer
Robin Deer   Executive Producer
Mitchell Koulouris   Composer

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