Monday, September 24, 2007

Linda Perry, Lisa Germano, Grace Slick - In Flight (1996)

What's Up (4 Non Blondes)
Fill Me Up (Linda Perry)
Linda Perry biography by Vincent Jeffries
Born on April 15, 1965, in Springfield, MA, Linda Perry spent her youth struggling with kidney disease and then addiction before focusing on music. Growing up in an artistic and musical household, the young Perry displayed a good share of musical talent and interest from an early age. During her teenage years, Perry floundered in school and tried unsuccessfully to form several bands in the San Diego area. A drug problem prevented the singer/guitarist from starting off her career at an early age, but after a few close calls and a move to San Fransisco in the late '80s, she cleaned up and began making some real artistic and professional gains. During this period, Perry discovered and refined her powerful singing voice. Part Grace Slick, part Johnnette Napolitano, but unique in her own right and a little quirky, it didn't take long before Perry's solo performances at various Bay Area nightclubs were attracting the attention of scenesters and fellow musicians. One such musician was Christa Hillhouse, who was in quest of a new lead vocalist for her group 4 Non Blondes. Hillhouse asked Perry to join up with her outfit, which also included Shauna Hall and Wanda Day. Perry agreed to give it a try and it wasn't long before 4 Non Blondes were being courted and eventually signed by Interscope Records. The group's debut, Bigger, Better, Faster, More, was released on Interscope in 1992. After a very slow start sales-wise, the David Tickle-produced album began to break in 1993 when a modern rock disc jockey in Las Vegas began spinning "What's Up?" Interscope then began pushing the song, which had by this time developed a life of its own. A video was produced and MTV took an immediate and prolonged shine it, giving the band massive exposure. As "What's Up?" became a huge international hit, 4 Non Blondes seemed to be everywhere. During a period of about two years, Perry and her bandmates appeared on the Airheads and Wayne's World 2 soundtracks, released two more singles and accompanying videos (for "Spaceman" and "Dear Mr. President"), toured the globe, appeared on Carpenters and Led Zeppelin tribute releases, and finally appeared on Roger Daltrey's televised 50th birthday party, which ended up being their final performance. While working on their follow-up to the six-million-unit-selling Bigger, Better, Faster, More, Perry left the group due to personal problems within the band. After departing 4 Non Blondes, Perry began work on some solo material and formed her own label, Rockstar Records, which later signed Stone Fox and 2 Lane Blacktop. Perry also began a producing and session career by joining Stone Fox in the studio and helping out on former Bangle Susanna Hoffs' self-titled solo disc. Perry herself was joined by the likes of Grace Slick, Lisa Germano, and Sheryl Crow producer Bill Bottrell on In Flight, her 1996 solo debut. Darker, and more dynamic than her work with 4 Non Blondes, Perry came into her own as an artist on this exceptional recording. Released on Interscope, In Flight was perhaps too dour or sincere to capitalize on the alt-pop success of 4 Non Blondes and the record was hardly noticed by critics, radio, or fans. After In Flight, Perry moved to Southern California and continued working on production and film projects, as well as running her label. In 1999, she released her second solo effort, the stripped-down, almost bluesy After Hours. A fine vocalist, writer, and musician, Linda Perry has led a serious and occasionally subversive career, punctuated by her individualism and sense of artistic purpose.
Album review by Vincent Jeffries
Linda Perry's music is both subtle and bombastic, sweet and aggressive, and intellectually and sonically challenging. After the singer/songwriter quit her job fronting mega-platinum rock outfit 4 Non Blondes in 1994, Perry spent some time underground and eventually recorded In Flight for Interscope Records. Producer Bill Botrell (Sheryl Crow, Susanna Hoffs) helps Perry on the 1996 release as she digs deep into very personal subject matter that could get overwrought without the softly detailed arrangements and mixes. The queen of '90s ultra-depressive mope rock, Lisa Germano deepens the disc's dour construct with her mournful violin. There are a couple overly personal moments within the In Flight playlist, like the opener "In My Dreams," but Perry leans on her expressive vocals to keep the dangerously sincere material interesting. "Success" borders on the excessively self-analytical, but Botrell's juicy production and a crushing hook elevate the track beyond its weepy predisposition. Other standouts include "Life in a bottle," "In Flight," and the Grace Slick duet "Knock Me Out" that features the legendary Starship vocalist in extremely rare form. A fondness for fellow '90s female mood rockers Germano and PJ Harvey will aid listeners in appreciating the sallow cast of In Flight. But with just a little patience, any fan can enjoy the tenderness that coats Perry's introspective material.
1 In My Dreams Perry
2 Freeway Perry
3 Uninvited Perry
4 Success Bottrell, Perry
5 Life in a Bottle Perry
6 Fill Me Up Perry
7 Knock Me Out Perry, Willson-Piper Performed by: Perry, Grace Slick
8 Too Deep Perry
9 Taken Perry
10 Fruitloop Daydream Bottrell, MacLeod, Perry
11 Machine Man Gilbert, MacLeod, Perry, Schwartz
12 In Flight Perry
+ Bonus by 4 Non Blondes:
13. Shame
14. What's Up?
Linda Perry (ex 4 Non Blondes) Bass, Guitar, Piano, Producer
Lisa Germano Violin
Grace Slick (ex Jefferson Airplane Starship) Performer
Bill Bottrell Bass, Guitar, Drums, Producer
Kevin Gilbert Guitar, Keyboards
Brian MacLeod Percussion, Drums
Dan Schwartz Bass, Pedal Steel
Bernd Burgdorf Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Blair Lamb Engineer
Mark Cross Engineer
Aubin Crowell Paintings
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Mark Leroy Art Direction, Design
Jim Marshall Photography
Jill Rose Project Coordinator
Greg Spalenka Illustrations
P.S. Linda Perry produced Pink album M!ssundaztood (2001)



Blogger giddyup said...

thanks for posting the fsk stuff. its hard to get hold of! i tried to download international but could only download part 2, rapidshare couldnt find part 1!? cheers andy, nottingham uk

10:07 AM  
Blogger humppazoid said...

hi Andy!
I'll be able to reupload it soon!

11:10 AM  

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