When Worlds Collide : A Tribute to Daniel Amos
YouthWorker Magazine January/February 2001
When Worlds Collide
is a long-overdue tribute to Terry and the boys featuring a stellar artist roster. Among the 18 songs are contributions by 77s ("Shotgun Angel"), Starflyer59 ("Shedding the Mortal Coil"), Randy Stonehill ("Beautiful One"), Jimmy A ("Blowing Smoke"), and Larry Norman ("The Hound of Heaven"). One of the biggest highlights is Rick Altizer's bang-up version of "I Love You #19" -- Rick never sounded so souped up! This project - top-notch, excellent, and quirky (just like DA) - is a keeper.
HM Magazine November/December 2000
"Pick of the Litter"
by Doug Van Pelt
Terry Taylor is a musical genius. I liken his musical output to what it might have sounded like if The Beatles had lived on as a group into the infamous 80's. As far as rock and roll goes, there's no "Come Together", "Revolution", or even "Hard Day's Night" to stomp your feet to... just witty, fun, and melodic pop rock music. This album, unleased by Ferriswheel productions, has 18 artists paying tribute to Terry Taylor's songwriting, mostly features tunes from the Daniel Amos repertoire (3 songs from the Swirling Eddies catalog and 1 from one of Terry's solo albums). The 77's cover of "Shotgun Angel" is kinda corny country, and Starflyer's cover of "Shedding the Mortal Coil" shows Jason and crew in a new light. The great Bill Romanski (Street Angel) makes a rare return with a take on "Strange Animals". Most of the covers sound close to DA, but DAS (Brian Healy's Dead Artist Syndrome) puts a low and doomy slant to "Through the Speakers". Part 2 of this tribute comes out next year. For info write DanielAmos.com, PO Box 5, Wentzville MO 63385-0005
Sanctified Press (www.SanctifiedPress.com)
by Danny Thweatt
In the last ten years or so, there have been a myriad of "tribute" albums released. Some, like the original Neil Young tribute that got the ball rolling, and the first Hendrix tribute were excellent. Others, like "One Way: The Songs Of Larry Norman", offer little more than excuse for a label to showcase its artists.
If any artist ever deserved recognition for his or her contributions to a specific genre of music, it's Terry Scott Taylor. In his 20 plus years of writing, producing, playing, and recording with his primary band Daniel Amos (DA, da), and his side projects Lost Dogs and Swirling Eddies, as well as his solo career, Terry has composed a body of work that that includes some of the most literate and creative music ever made. If his popularity was equal to his talent, he'd be opening up the Grammy's tonight instead of Madonna. But that's alright, cause she's got bigger...
Well anyway, back to the review.
Terry's passionate faith, caustic wit, and irreverent sense of humor, coupled with his love for old Beatles records and a commitment to excellence, has created a totally unique style that has deeply affected those intimately acquainted with his songs.
The Townsend brothers, who now maintain the Daniel Amos website (as well as websites for The 77's,Phil Madiera, and others) were the braintrust behind the release of "When World's Collide", and have assembled a fine collection of songs, contributed by a wide range of artists, some familiar and some not, who came together to honor the music of Daniel Amos and Terry Taylor.
As I understand it, there were a number of artists whose contributions weren't able to make it on this particular disc; leaving the possibility of a Volume 2 in the near future.
Standout cuts include the bluesy, experimental take on "Alarma", by Phil Madiera, who toured with Terry this past fall; the acid country of "Shotgun Angel" performed by the 77's, the sparse reading of "Beautiful One" by Randy Stonehill, and the gloomy "Through The Speakers" performed by Brian Healy's Dead Artist Syndrome.
Starflyer 59 lend their signature sound to a nice version of "Shedding The Mortal Coil".
Other artists involved include Mike Knott's webmaster Jeff Elbel of the band Ping and former Charlie Peacock/Vector guitarist Jimmy A, who also released two fine solo albums in the late 80's/early 90's.
Several lesser known (but no less talented) artists appear, and all profits from the sale of this disc go to Compassion International, so you know what to do......
Order from: DanielAmos.Com
www.Rrabauke.de November 2001
Unbestritten, Daniel Amos sind eine der wenigen christlichen Urbands des Alternative Rock. Hörbar beeinflusst von David Bowies Rock zählen DA zum bedeutenden Vorbild vieler junger Bands. Zu den jüngeren Combos gehört wohl auch Jason Martin mit seinen Starflyers 59, sicherlich Jeff Elbel and Ping, Erin Echo und andere Bands, die zum erstenmal in das deutsche Musikbewusstsein rutschen. So ist es interessant zu hören, dass die Street Angels #8 “Strange animals” zwar mit einem Raggae verdächtigen Gitarrenriff beginnen, aber sich sonst ziemlich eng am Original entlang hangeln. Klar das mit Hintergrund-Gitarrengewitter und neuem Schießbuden-Sound der Song frischer klingt. Doch mein absoluter Favorit des Samplers kommt von den eigentlich verblichenen The Throes. Von Terry Taylors erstem Solo-Album entführten sie “Out of the wild wood” # 18. Ein Schmuse-Pop-Song, der weil er so richtig kitschig ist und zwischen Beatles-Harmonien und Beachboys hin und her pendelt, genialer nicht sein könnte. Die Mannen um Veteran William Campbell setzen den Track mitten in die Natur. Wirklich gut sind auch die Beiträge der älteren Semester. Seltsamer Weise taucht Intim-Feind Larry Norman auf, der DA in ihrer Frühphase eher verhindert als gefördert hat. Super entspannt klingt “Hound of heaven” #16. Auch wenn das Schlagzeug zu aufdringlich produziert ist (schlechter Snare-Sound), macht “Hound of heaven” auf totalen Abhänger. Untypisch jazzig lässt es der Jesus-Rock-Opa angehen. Randy Stonehill und die wiedererstarkten 77s sind nicht weniger gut. Sehr witzig auch der Beitrag von Grusel-Onkel Brian Healys “Dead Artist Syndrom”. Der Mann, der für seine vielen Platten immer nur wieder ein Song reproduziert, drechselt auch an “Through the speakers” so lange bis es sein einer eigener Song ist.