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First Solo effort--1987--A rarity
Trent B. Mcdaniel | Montgomery, AL | 07/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the one that started Colin Hay's solo career--1987's Looking For Jack. It was actually entitled Colin James Hay which was his only album credited this way. His follow up Wayfaring Sons is actually credited to The Colin Hay Band, while all his works after that were simply Colin Hay. This album is out of print so it is rare and difficult to find but i assure you it is a must have. When this came out in 1987, the only reason I knew about it was because I saw him on David Letterman in an interview and a live performance of Looking for Jack. It is a shame that Columbia didn't push this album. However, this is a great record and was a sign of things to come. The title track itself is a jazz influenced piece with Herbie Hancock on piano so there is a lot going on. This is the best version of this song, which Colin later included on Going Somewhere and Man at Work, because of the keyboards. Otherwise, the later versions just sound empty. Can I Hold You? is a great tune with Colin playing electric guitars, keyboards and E-bow. This is mid tempo with a beautiful melody. Master of Crime is the best song on the cd. Colin only plays electric guitars on this one but has a brass section as well as keyboards. Another great mid tempo song with echoing background vocals by Colin that are very haunting. This should have been a top 40 single. These Are Our Finest Days is a fast-paced, keyboard driven rocker. I could go on and on. Overall, the album is bright and energetic. You get excellent production with a full arrangement of sound in every song via a variety of instruments with no filler. A deadly combination for a cd that should have been a big hit record. This is one of my absolute favorites."
One of the best albums I've ever heard, thru repeat listens
Jeffrey Handshaw | Naples, FL USA | 04/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this up at discount, one day and it was magnificent.
Because of it I started picking up his other creations, although this still is his best (I DO have more to get, though)."
Looking for solo success
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 11/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Colin James Hay was the voice of Men at Work, and also one of the chief songwriters. Most accounts have his band breaking up acrimoniously, with egos and ambitions the culprits. When MaW's third album, Two Hearts, failed to match or even get close to the success of the first two albums, the band splintered for good and Hay - the most recognizable member of the band - embarked on a solo career.
It is perhaps the way he lists himself, as Colin James Hay (and the only time he did this) that most obviously points to the ego issues that fractured Men At Work. As it also seems, then, that Columbia had visions of solo Colin being their solo Sting, and "Looking For Jack" teeters atop its over-ambitious nature. Like Peter Gabriel, David Byrne or Paul Simon, the first song on "Looking for Jack" bursts forth with world music rhythms and an African Chorale. Like Sting, the title track flirts with jazz. And like so many artists in the 80's trying to prove they were sophisticates, the music is an overproduced jumble of horns, electronic keyboards and processed percussion, held together by the overwhelming, distinct personality of Hay's voice.
That is not to say "Looking for Jack" is without virtue. Indeed, the marvelous "Can I Hold You" is a single that should have been a lover's anthem. The title song is such a good number that Hay revisited it for his 2003 Man at Work release. "Circles Erratica" stands right next to his best Men At Work songs. It's a shame this didn't get a more fair shake in 1987, because Hay's career hit the skids at this point and has only begun to be seen in a more positive light. His guest appearances on Scrubs and contributing songs to TV shows like Judging Amy underscore his long-term popularity, and make me wonder why this (and other solo CD's like Wayfaring Sons) are out of print in the USA. Colin Hay may have fallen off the radar, but that doesn't mean his music should be lost.
Also worth checking out, 2007's Are You Looking At Me?."