Jump to content

213 - Three Little Words


Mr.AOR

Recommended Posts

  • 2023 Gold Donors

If you're a fan of the westcoast aor genre then this is for you.Listened to this yesterday and absolutely loved it, here's some info on the band taken from Warrior Records website...

About 213

213 is :
Guy Thomas : Vocals, Guitar
Bill Meyers : Keyboards, String Arrangements & Vocals on "Good Friends"
Neil Stubenhaus : Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta : Drums
Jeff Porcaro : Drums on "Three Little Words", " Oh Me, Oh, My ","Under Her Spell "&" Woman "
Carlos Rios : Additional Musicians Guitars : Michael Fisher : Dave Boruff Percussion : Saxophone
 

From the award-winning minds of Guy Thomas, Bill Meyers, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Neil Stubenhaus comes a never released love song for the ages entitled, “Three Little Words.” With stellar musicianship, the song and the accompanying album harken back to a familiar feel of smooth melodies and harmonies, embodied with a lyric easily taken to heart by anyone who has ever fallen for someone.
The backstory surrounding “Three Little Words” is related as follows by co-producer/artist, Bill Meyers:

In 1981 (after touring & recording with Gino Vannelli), I moved out to Los Angeles and toured with Boz Scaggs. I had the great pleasure of working with a bunch of Toto's band backing up Boz and was constantly amazed at the great drumming of Jeff Porcaro. At the same time, I was also getting studio work as a rhythm section musician, while also getting songs placed with various artists.

During this period, I met a upcoming talent, singer/songwriter Guy Thomas. We sat down and wrote a number of songs together. It seemed to just flow easily with Guy. I pulled in a few of my studio buddies, Neil Stubenhaus/Bass, Vinnie Colaiuta/Drums, and Carlos Rios/Guitar, and together we formed a band. We called it “213” because back then we all lived in that Los Angeles area code.

We locked out a day of recording time at Smoketree Studios, but literally the day before we were to start, Vinnie was called to tour with Frank Zappa and we lost our drummer. In stepped Jeff Pocaro who graciously agreed to track with us on the first four songs; “Three Little Words,” “Oh Me, Oh My,” “Under Her Spell,” and “Woman” (never accepting a penny for playing or his cartage fees).

We were all studio musicians so there were no rehearsals before tracking - just a piano demo and charts. In that session, I had a moment that changed my understanding of music. We were about to cut the ballad “Woman”...I'd given out the rhythm charts, but Jeff asked me for the lyrics. When I asked why, he replied, “Don't you get it man? It's all about the lyrics.” Since that exchange, I find that I do my best work (especially as an arranger) bonding musical ideas to the message of the lyric. I also write my best material with a song title or concept in mind before i start.

The material was recorded and mixed in a short period of only about three weeks. We were going for a kind of progressive pop sound… a cross between Pablo Cruise, the Doobies, and hopefully a little Steely Dan. We submitted the first four songs to Warner Bros. and fortunately Michael Austin heard a hit with the song “3 Little Words.” We were given $10,000 to record more songs and bring them ‘one more hit.’

With Vinnie back from the Zappa tour playing drums, we cut five more songs: “Couldn’t Be Happier,” “Good Friends,” “Ohio,” “Tellin’ Her Stories,” and “Look Inside Yourself.” My friend David Foster heard our stuff and offered to co-produce the project with me, once we were signed.

The production value went up on the next batch of stuff, but the label still needed ‘another hit single.’ All we had to do was make some piano and vocal demos of new material (since they already knew what we sounded like). Unfortunately, Guy had recently got a song of his own placed and decided to pursue a solo career instead. So, the project fell dormant and disbanded.

37 years later in 2018, Guy called me to say that a Japanese distributor had heard some of our material on a songwriting site of his, they knew of our collective credits, and wanted to release the material. Unfortunately, the offer was too low, but instead my good friend Jim Ervin stepped in. His label, Warrior Records, has re-released all three of my solo projects in the last couple of years. He, along with European contact Tobias Torjussen, and new Japanese contacts are finally bringing “213” to light. This makes me very happy. I want to thank all those mentioned above, along with Doug Parry and Allen Sides for back then giving us studio time at low rates!

 

Listen to the full album >>>  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Cqq5xt0iE&list=OLAK5uy_mf9_n0cK9lRpFCsMF9O8d2nidqEv7rz5U

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2023 Gold Donors
1 hour ago, Mafisen said:

Gave it a go but for me, this is too wimpy. It's borderline not suited on a website like this. It's elevator music to these ears. 

As i said at the start of my post "

 

3 hours ago, Mr.AOR said:

If you're a fan of the westcoast aor genre then this is for you.

Obviously you're not a fan of westcoast aor so it's not for you, horses for courses and all that.                                                           As for saying "It's borderline not suited on a website like this" you could not be more wrong mate as this genre has been discussed aplenty on this forum and countless bands in the same vein are mentioned on the main HH site.

 

 

Edited by Mr.AOR
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/27/2019 at 6:55 PM, Mafisen said:

Maybe I worded that poorly. Anywho, it's good that we all have different tastes and opinions. Sorry of I can across derogatory, wasn't my intention. 

Well, just so you're not left hanging, I'm with you. Maybe not about the stuff about it not being suited to this site, lol, but I basically cannot stand this type of music. Jazz is probably my most hated music of all and I'd classify this as lite jazz before lite anything to do with rock. ;)

But! To each their own. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
  • Posts

    • Releases July 26. $47.08 at ImportCDs: https://www.importcds.com/dynamite-china-years-complete-recordings-1988-1993/5013929929920 8CD complete collection of recordings released by China Records. Featuring what most consider to be the classic line-up of The Dogs D'Amour; Jo 'Dog' Almeida on guitar, Steve James on bass, the onomatopoeic Bam on drums, and of course fronted by songwriter and singer, the inimitable Tyla. Propelled by the albums' three singles 'The Kid from Kensington', 'I Don't Want You to Go' and 'How Come It Never Rains' edging their way up the charts, when The Dogs D'Amour's genre-defining 1988 "debut" 'In The Dynamite Jet Saloon' (CD2) was released in 1988, it must have looked like the band was an overnight sensation. But this couldn't have been further from the truth. The Dogs D'Amour originally formed in 1983, and had already recorded two previous "debut" albums. First was 1984's now highly collectable 'The State We're In', for Finnish label Kumibeat. Further recordings were made in 1985 and 1986 for Watanabe Records in Japan, and it's the latter where this collection kicks off. 'The (Un)Authorised Bootleg Album' (CD1) was the record originally intended for Japan. The second set in this collection is the aforementioned In 'The Dynamite Jet Saloon' (CD2), bursting with classics. A highly prolific band in their earliest days, 'Errol Flynn' (re-titled 'King Of The Thieves' in the States) (CD3) was released in 1989 as was the extended mini-album, 'A Graveyard Of Empty Bottles Vol. 1' (CD4), a collection of acoustic songs that reached the UK Top 20. 1990 saw the release of '... Straight?!!' (CD5) featuring the singles 'Victims of Success', 'Empty World' and 'Back On The Juice'. Unfortunately, and in true rock 'n' roll tradition, the band split up on stage in Los Angeles in 1991. Thankfully the band regrouped for the self-explanatory '... More Unchartered Heights Of Disgrace' (CD6) in 1993. This eight CD collection is completed with no less than two discs of rarities, live tracks and B-sides with 'Singles, B-Sides & Rarities' (CD7) and 'Even More Singles, B-Sides & Rarities' (CD8), making this the most complete and comprehensive collection of the band's recordings for China.   - Disc 1 - 1 Firework Girl 2 Chains 3 Gold 4 Pourin' Out My Heart 5 Wait Until I'm Dead 6 How Do You Fall in Love Again? 7 Kiss This Joint 8 Heroine 9 Tales of Destruction 10 Dynamite Jet Saloon 11 Swingin' the Bottle - Disc 2 - 1 Debauchery 2 I Don't Want You to Go 3 How Come It Never Rains 4 Last Bandit 5 Medicine Man 6 Gonna Get It Right 7 Everything I Want 8 Heartbreak 9 Billy Two Rivers 10 Wait Until I'm Dead 11 Sometimes 12 The Kid from Kensington 13 The State I'm in - Disc 3 - 1 Drunk Like Me 2 Goddess from the Gutter 3 Hurricane 4 Satellite Kid 5 Errol Flynn 6 Planetary Pied Piper 7 Princess Valium 8 Dogs Hair 9 Trail of Tears 10 Ballad of Jack 11 The Prettiest Girl in the World 12 The Girl Behind the Glass 13 Things Seem to Go Wrong 14 Oooh! Baby Glass - Disc 4 - 1 I Think It's (Love Again) 2 So Once Was I 3 Comfort of the Devil 4 Saviour 5 Errol Flynn 6 The Bullet Proof Poet 7 When the Dream Has Gone 8 Angel 9 Cardboard Town 10 Kiss My Heart Goodbye 11 Lie in This Land 12 You Can't Burn the Devil 13 Gypsy Blood 14 Empty World 15 Back on the Juice 16 Evil 17 Victims of Success 18 Flyin' Solo 19 Heroine 20 Chiva 21 Lady Nicotine - Disc 5 - 1 What's Happening Here? 2 What You Do 3 Pretty, Pretty Once 4 World's Different Now (Ode to Drug Hill) 5 Mr Addiction 6 Johnny Silvers 7 Cath 8 More Unchartered Heights of Disgrace 9 Scared of Dying 10 Mr Barfly 11 Put It in Her Arms 12 All or Nothing 13 English Outlaw 14 No Gypsy Blood '93 15 Hard to Leave This World 16 When Nobody Loves You - Disc 6 - 1 King of the Thieves 2 Ugly 3 Billy Two Rivers (Live) 4 Victims of Success (Live) 5 I Don't Want You to Go (Live) 6 Ballad of Jack (Live) 7 Last Bandit (Live) 8 How Come It Never Rains (Live) 9 Baby Glass (Live) 10 Kirsten Jet (Live) 11 Everything I Want (Live) 12 Heartbreak (Live) 13 Trail of Tears (Live) 14 Medicine Man (Live) 15 Drunk Like Me (Live) 16 I Don't Want You to Go (Live) - Disc 7 - 1 I Don't Want You to Go (12" Version) 2 Trail of Tears (7" Version) 3 How Come It Never Rains (7" Radio Edit) 4 Satellite Kid (Single Edit) 5 She Thinks Too Much of Me (Acoustic Version) 6 Drunk Like Me (Acoustic Version) 7 As the Poppies Fall (Acoustic Version) 8 Things He'd Do (Acoustic Version) 9 Never Had a Girl Who Would Die for Me (Acoustic Version) 10 What's Happening Here? (Acoustic) 11 Heading for the Target of Insanity
    • Way of My People - Lance Keltner
    • One day to the show. Acoustic in a venue that looks like somebodies oversized front room.  Really should be a great night. 
    • Way of the World-Cheap Trick 
    • A rock solid album.. really good this one
    • Newman - Colour In Sound Equus - S/T Martee Lebow - Rock Anthology 1986-1993 At 1980 - Forget To Remember Yes - Talk (30th Anniversary Box)  
    • I'll stick another bonus track in...Only A Matter Of Time..  
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.