NEW KIM CARNES CD -- CHASIN' WILD TRAINS -- ADVANCE PEEK!
by Thomas M. Sipos, managing editor.
[April 2, 2004]
Grammy Award winning "Bette
Davis Eyes" songstress Kim Carnes is soon to release a new CD -- Chasin'
Wild Trains -- independently produced entirely on her own! --
and the Hollywood Investigator has an exclusive advance report!
(Of course, Carnes's new
CD will come as no surprise to longtime Hollywood Investigator readers
-- the Investigator reported on her project -- exclusively!
-- a whole year ago!)
is the best disc Kim has put out -- EVER! I LOVE IT!" gushed Reid
Furniss, manager of Yahoo's
Kim Carnes Fan Group. Carnes personally gave Furniss an advance
copy of Chasin'
Wild Trains during her March 13, 2004 concert at Sisters, Oregon.
is more raspy than in earlier stuff, more like Checkin'
Out the Ghosts. [A 1991 Carnes CD released only in Japan] I think American versions of her songs have been filtered to cover up her
rasp more than in Japan. I was soooo shocked at the pops and
cracks in her voice on Ghosts. Never
heard that much since Romance
told me that she would never go back to her EMI days, where she was told
what to do, how to do it, and produced it contrary to what she wanted."
last year in the Hollywood Investigator, Carnes produced her album
independently -- and that's just how she intends to distribute it!
is mastered, and Kim had advance copies for sale at the Sisters concert,"
Furniss reports. "It doesn't have a booklet yet, just a make shift
cover art showing Kim as a little girl (3 or 4 years old) playing on a
toy car. An old picture that is simply wonderful."
told Furniss the cover art "came from her digging around in her mother's
stuff, and she came upon an old picture, and just knew that was the album
cover that she wanted to use."
version of that cover, along with booklet and lyrics, will be sold with Chasin'
Wild Trains when it's officially released for distribution. "They hope to release the CD by this summer," reports Furniss. "They
plan to use the internet as one distribute source. They're going
to work L.A. and areas to see if they can get a label to take on the album." The selection of songs are as follows:
1. One Beat at a Time
2. Just to See You Smile
3. Where Is the Boy?
4. Goodnight Angel
5. Lucid Dreams
6. All About Time
8. You Made My Skin Burn
9. Still Warmed By the Thrill
10. If I Was an Angel
11. Too Far Gone
12. Stepped Right in It
* Furniss's Shocking Confession!
at first Furniss didn't like Chasin'
soooooo disappointed," Furniss shockingly confessed. "It was all
I could do to listen to it the first time. I cannot begin to tell
you how bad I felt -- almost guilty for not liking a Kim CD!
all about softer, smoother stuff. Kim's early stuff like Kim
Carnes [most of its tracks available on the Master
Series] and St.
Vincent's Court. Pre-Romance
Dance. Voyeur was a complete let down for me, that harder synthesized sound and too much
keyboard. And overly-produced stuff like Cafe
Racers -- although Cafe
Racers is now one of my favorite Kim albums! I've always known
Kim to be more Kim Carnes or St.
Vincent's Court. Real mellow, "earthy" sound. More
soul and R&B than hard rock. Some songs on Ghosts are [softer] too.
Wild Trains, Furniss wondered why he didn't like it. "I
stopped listening, and was thinking of burning it! [But] I decided
to think it through, and see why I was so disappointed.
it dawned on me! The synthesized keyboards were missing! Very
little electric guitar noise. Just Kim's voice was coming through
on this CD. Chasin'
Wild Trains is all but totally acoustical. Very simple
in sound, very organic."
The simpler Chasin'
Wild Trains reminded Furniss of Carnes's recently remastered Barking
at Airplanes, Cafe
Racer, and Romance
Dance. "They un-buried Kim's voice. That was one of the
first things I noticed about the remastered CDs. You could easily
hear her voice now. I always wished they'd never buried her voice
in the synthesized keyboards.
Wild Trains does not cover up her voice! I now realized
that Kim has returned to her 'beginnings' and sounds more like the earliest
albums! I then understood the 'change' that came about this new album
and in less than 12 hours -- I loved it!
the most wonderful collection of songs I've ever heard! It took me
several hours, and many listens to 'make friends' with the new music. It was such a joy and thrill when I finally figured out the change was
for the better! It was back to what Kim does best, her musical identity
and the progression of her musical style and writing. Now [unburied]
we have a taste of what Kim can do!
most amazing song is 'Goodnight Angel.' It'd certainly be a radio
hit. Kim introduced it at Sisters, and wrote it from a war time angle,
about a person missing another person since they are at war (unmentioned,
except by Kim in the song's introduction).
"I think Mr. Panda sings
with her on the recording. I think he did in the concert as well."
* Sisters, Oregon
from his advance copy of Chasin'
Wild Trains, Furniss thrilled to Carnes's March 13, 2004 concert
at Sisters, Oregon -- and the city itself!
a wonderful trip!" Furniss gushed. "Incredible! If you can
ever go to Sisters, do it! I've never enjoyed myself more in such
a laid-back, friendly place in all my days put together. Sisters has a
population of 1020 people! That's it! The entire 'area' is
only 7500 people.
is very special to Kim and [hubby] Dave. Dave is from Eugene, which
is not far from Sisters. They have a soft spot in their hearts for
the community, so they made up some advance CDs for the concert. After the gig, Kim sat and gave autographs in the common area.
me in line, and gave me the biggest hug, and thanked me for coming. I gave to her all the emails and stuff that was sent to me [by fans worldwide]
to deliver. She is just so down to earth, and acts like you are just
her best friend whenever she is with you."
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