by Steve Shorten
used by permission -- thanks to Doug Sulpy and Steve Shorten
from The 910, Volume 7, No. 4, 3rd Quarter, 1999
A second collection of unearthed demos from the late Pete Ham, and far more interesting than our first look at these tapes (7 Park Avenue). There are beautiful tunes aplenty here that you'll be humming after this disc spins down. Of particular note are the catchy "Makes Me Feel Good" and a stunning demo of the Badfinger classic "Midnight Caller".
Pete Ham was a gifted and talented songwriter and those talents come shining through in this package. Nothing here reeks of exploitation: the producers of these sets have obviously treated the Ham demos as a labor of love. Perhaps the next step for the producers would be getting some decent bands together to record some of these lost gems in full versions for a tribute album. Hint, hint?
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