Everybody has songs that serve as the soundtrack to parts of their lives. I’ve got a lot and one of them is Steve Forbert’s Romeo’s Tune from 1979. That song will forever remind me of my sophomore year of college, including a road trip to Orlando for the 1979 Tangerine Bowl.
“Bring me southern kisses from your room.” Yep.
I’ve heard most of his records and seen him live a time or two. So it’s always news when Steve does another record. He’s about to release his 16th studio album, Compromised, on November 6, 2015. Recorded in Woodstock and Cape Cod, it was produced by Forbert along with John Simon, who produced Jackrabbit Slim, the excellent 1979 record that included Romeo’s Tune.
I received a review copy of the title track, and it’s pure Forbert. An excellent song that sounds a bit like a look backwards at the ups and downs we’ve all had in the decades since 1979.
Compromised collaborators include bassist Joey Spampinato (NRBQ), drummer Lou Cataldo (The Freeze), pianist/trumpeter Kami Lyle, and keyboardist Robbie Kondor, the latter of whom played on Forbert’s classic 1978 debut, Alive on Arrival. “I recorded with the band that did the Arrival and Jackrabbit anniversary tours with me in 2013 and 2014,” Forbert says, “where we played those albums in their entireties. It just seemed natural to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to rehearse for this tour — but let’s record an album together, too.’ And it was great reconnecting with John Simon again after all this time.”
Look for a full review as soon as I get my hands on a complete copy.