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Four Seasons

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There are 13 songs on this release. 6 of these were songs written for The (New) Cars, who were looking at having Powell join the band before they settled on Todd Rundgren. He wrote these songs for the band and..well, listen below. They *are* The Cars. It`s amazing how Doug captured `the sound`. If The New Cars stay together and work on new material, guess what? They`ll have a hard time doing better than any of these tracks. Really. The scary thing? Doug tossed this babies off as a creative exercise. The next four songs are from his Japanese only EP, Venus DeMilo`s Arms, which only had 500 printed up. Classic Powell. It was a project of songs from 1996 that he was shopping around for labels after being dropped by Mercury the year before. 2 other songs were recorded in 2004 towards a new record that was never finished. The last song, Song #13, was written for Ringo Starr`s 1999 Christmas CD(quite good, btw!) but went unused by Ringo. What was he thinking?!! All in all, it`s joy-filled send-off and one that most pop fans will find great enjoyment from! -Bruce Brodeen, Not Lame

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Powell makes music that's larger than life. --Rolling Stone Magazine

In a world full of many musically talented types, Powell still manages to stand head and shoulders above the fray. --PopMatters.com

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Paisley Pop
  • ASIN: B000GBE5E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillip E. Hardy on November 9, 2006
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During the spring of 2004, I acquired a copy of Doug Powell's Day for Night, which became one of my favorite releases for that year. Since I am a fan of Todd Rundgren and Utopia, I was immediately struck by how much he sounded like them. It was not only similarity of style but his material possessed the same high caliber of lyrical substance and musical quality. In a six-degree world of separation, it was no surprise to read that Powell's first record purchase included early Rundgren hit "Hello It's Me" and he filled the opening act slot for favorite's 1995 tour. After that, he was hired as a graphic artist by the former Utopia lead vocalist. Reducing degrees to minutes of division, in late 2004 Elliot Easton asked Powell if he was interested in replacing Ric Ocasek as lead singer for a reforming version of the Cars. Though the talented songwriter never got this opportunity, it is an interesting twist that his ex-boss Mr. Rundgren did. Using Ocasek as his muse, Doug wrote a set of six songs named "Car Tunes" for his latest disc called Four Seasons. Other tracks from this effort are from the artist's unreleased backlog including an overlooked Japanese EP recorded in 2001.

Four Seasons begins with "Feel for You", where Powell proves he is clever chameleon in capturing the essence of vintage cars by purloining their trademark synthesizer lines and channeling Ocasek's vocal approach. "Lies," maintains method continuity with quarter note groove, early 80's New Wave sound and interlocking syncopation. The harmonies and subtle twists on the simple chorus also grew on my musical psyche. "Fire and Ice" centers on drum machine and synthesizer bits while using rolling syncopation and ominous minor scale chord progression in achieving a darker sound than anything I remember by the Cars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paolo Felisetti on August 21, 2006
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Only a few words becouse I'm Italian and my English is so and so!

I'm a great Todd Rundgren fan and so I knew about Doug Powell and his music.

Today,on my car,I was listening to his last cd Four Seasons and I was really surprised.The songs were for different projects,so I have imagined it was a minor album(sorry,Doug!),but I was wrong!The six New Cars songs are very good,but are not clones:you can feel Doug inspiration!All the other songs are good too! Only the Christmas song is not in its right place,becouse it had to be on the Ringo Starr Christmas album:

I consider it a bonus track on a terrific Powell album I hope not to be his last!
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