debut. Perhaps they were a little more Pop-filled and less Latin Funk-fueled but they were great tunes nonetheless. PAINT
AND PAINT, in my opinion, was actually a slightly better album than Nick’s solo debut (which I also loved) and I couldn’t understand why the album pretty much disappeared from view shortly after its release. For over three decades, I’ve continued to share my love for the album… and now Cherry Pop has made it so much easier for everyone to hear it with this new reissue.
On this remaster, Phil Smith’s horn arrangements really leap out of the speakers and right into your lap. Nemes’ bass playing slaps you upside the head. Jones’ playing is seven kinds of funky. Marc Fox’s vocals are sweet and crystal clear. Cunningham (who left the band before the album was finished) remains an under-rated drummer. The band is on fire on this album, very creative and exciting. The album, like PELICAN WEST, isn’t totally perfect but it is absolutely delightful despite its very minor faults (a song or two don’t match the quality of the rest of the tracks). The bonus material, including early ‘development’ mixes, is very exciting to hear. Stripped of their production gloss (and vocals and overdubs), the band’s creative energy shines. Oh, and the extended mix of “So Tired” remains one of my favorite remixes ever – the layered harmonies on that track nearly take center stage. Really lovely.
I can’t say enough good things about this release but that might be because I’ve been a fan of the album for some 33 years! It is nearly as timeless as the band’s debut and definitely deserves as much love as many of you have given Nick’s solo career. It’s never too late for a new coat of PAINT AND PAINT!