Sunday, January 15, 2012

Marshal Fields - s/t ep (1986)

I wish I had some pertinent details to offer on Marshal Fields, a long retired Bay Area five-piece but fortunately the music can stand on it's own.  Omitting one "L" from "Marshall," for fairly obvious reasons, this combo delivers a flawless record of rich, resonant power pop that occasionally skews slightly right of the dial.  Ringleaders Eric von Radics and John McClellan, whether consciously or not, seemed to subscribe to the same modus operandi and stringent quality control of Tommy Keene and Todd Rundgren among other top shelf singer/songwriters, without being derivative of them.  Immediately winsome hooks and deftly crafted arrangements make every moment count.  Bloody good stuff.  Incidentally, Matt Wallace has an early engineering credit on this disk.

01. Come a Little Closer
02. Shouldn't We
03. Just Another Day
04. Changing It Again
05. Malaria Moon
06. Hurry Home
07. If It's You

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4 comments:

Mike Spinrad said...

I feel that MF was a little ahead of its time. Brian and I formed a jazz group that did well until Brian left to tour with Eddie Money. Mac and Eric are still writing and recording, and Brian and I gig frequently. Mike Spinrad (one of the two drummers on the album)

spavid said...

Thanks for checking in Mike. I appreciate it. John contacted me a couple weeks ago as well. There's some excellent music here. Ya did good.

Mike Spinrad said...

Hopefully Mac can hip you to some of the unreleased stuff--there's a lot!

Elwyn Z. said...

I was a Bay Area resident from 87-91 and got the album at the Haight-Ashbury area. I still spin it today, along with other SF groups from that era like Psychefunkapus, Kill The Messenger etc. Definitely good stuff!