- Audio CD (September 25, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Polygram Records
- ASIN: B000001FO2
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Pete Lawrence, the man who recorded the songs, gets Shocked to explain some of the inspiration for the songs in between tunes, but for the most part you hear only Shocked, her guitar, and the crickets in the background. The effect is both immediate and intimate. "5:00 AM in Amsterdam" opens with Shocked sounding like an incredibly youthful Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell, but with a wry and boyish twist. On "Who Cares," there are little flashes of Billie Holiday, believe it or not, and a jut-jawed attitude of defiance that comes across loud and clear despite the primitive recording. "Down on Thomas St." is a brisk and frisky tune and "Fogtown" (about San Francisco, of course!) has a melancholy longing to it. Shocked is a master at conveying unspoken longing and mood without spelling everything out for her listeners. She's also got a great gift for getting your attention right off the bat, as she does with the opening lyrics to "Necktie":
There was a naked man standing in an alley
And he weren't wearing no clothes . . .
Fans of Shocked's later albums will recognize the Elvis-flavored tune "(Don't You Mess Around with) My Little Sister" and "The Secret to a Long Life (is Knowing When It's Time to Go).Read more ›
The problem with the second CD is the sound quality. I have heard many bootlegs that sound pristine compared to this. I literally had to turn my (100-watt) car CD player all the way up to even barely hear most of it. Many of the lyrics and the between-song dialog are practically unintelligible. This is extremely frustrating, especially knowing all the technology that's available now to fix these sorts of problems. This is 2003. Even if she couldn't get a decent copy of the tapes, they could have been cleaned up much better.
This is a very weak first release for Mighty Sound. Hope the rest are better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic music. Wish she'd go back to just the guitar.Published 8 months ago by Barbara N. Pavliscak
At one time in my life for more than 20 years I was a sponsor of the Kerrville folks festival yearly and one my fondest memories is of Michelle. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Michael R. Wilson
There is some great song writing on this CD. In my opinion the writing is much better than her latest CDs. More organic and rootsy and very clever phrasing. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Dizzie
I'm sorry to see so many people grousing about the technical quality of this production. The damn thing *was* recorded on a walkman, peeps, give it a break! Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by Alan Paterson
The quality of this CD is horrible. One of the songs (#14) "When I Grow Up" wasn't even on the C D. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by David A. Levine
I own several cd's by MS and find her work interesting if somewhat uneven. The sound quality on this cd is very poor I am surprised she allowed it to be released. Read morePublished on July 1, 2003