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Quick Hit : Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World

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This was my intro to Chris Isaak and his music. I loved his sound right off the top. He was pulling it from the ghosts of all that stuff I really liked, Presley, Cash, Orbison, Everly Brothers, etc.. and he was putting a new slant on it. His slant.

Chris and his band create a sultry, sexy sound. The opening cut gives a pretty good idea what he and the boys do. I hear so much in this song. This was music for CB. Chris and his band create a sultry, sad, lonesome sound at times and it works. But he also has a rocker’s heart and that comes out loud and clear. This is well played music with a bit of an edge. Isaak’s voice is, well just real good. The band rocks out on tunes like “Don’t Make Me Dream About You’. He creates moods and stirs emotions.

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Isaak sings with a lot of feeling (A little more feeling Chris) and he does that on ‘Wrong To Love You’. What a great tune with some low down guitar and Isaak feeling the pain in this one. He gets all worked up. On ‘Heart Of the Jungle’, the boys lock into the Bo Diddley beat. Wicked guitar. Chris is feeling whatever he’s feeling on this one. This brings out the ape in CB

Chris Isaak was a breath of fresh air for CB at the time. Just seemed to me that he enjoys what he’s doing. I know CB enjoys it.  A big talent to my ears.

 

 

 

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17 comments on “Quick Hit : Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World

  1. Vinyl Connection
    November 25, 2018

    I’m not sure why my enjoyment of Mr Isaak faded. I liked him a lot too when I first heard “Wicked game” but somehow it all seemed a bit over-arranged, like his hair.
    But I’m more than happy to plead ignorance of his greater catalogue and, given the overlap in our tastes, give ol’ Chris another try. After all, I really loved (though wouldn’t let on) “Baby did a bad bad thing”.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 25, 2018

      I hear you on the “fade” thing. That happens. Maybe it’s the way songs/artists get pumped when people can make dough off of them. I hung in with ole Chris (maybe it’s the hair). You kinda know what you’re gonna get. I also like when he strips it down and gets hillbilly and cuts back on the production.
      “Bad Thing” I dig. When I was a kid I would slap on my brothers Zep ll and crank ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and my sisters dog would go nuts. My youngest boy would have the same reaction with ‘Bad Thing’, he hated it.

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      • Vinyl Connection
        November 25, 2018

        Ha! I played my boy ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ yesterday. He seemed to be caught between being amused and appalled!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 25, 2018

        I’m leaning with your boys last one. ‘Shut up CB and keep it positive”

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  2. J.
    November 26, 2018

    Absolutely no prizes for guessing, but I’m a big fan of this one. Like you say, all the greats are looking, but Isaak smokes. So many good tunes on here. So, so many.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 26, 2018

      I like your style!

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      • J.
        November 27, 2018

        I’m lining up some Chris today. You got me on a kick… the guy is brilliant.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 27, 2018

        I get on an Isaak kick regular. Can’t lose on all those early albums. Cool thing is. there are albums I haven’t heard yet that are waiting.

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      • J.
        November 27, 2018

        Same here… some of his recent albums are great and there are some I’ve still to jump into. He knows how to craft a good tune.

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  3. 1537
    November 27, 2018

    I got dragged to see him in 1990 and he surprised me by being totally brilliant. That’s all I got here.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 27, 2018

      Just think of all the shows you could have been dragged to. “Totally brilliant”. Again your economy of words is “brilliant”.

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      • 1537
        November 27, 2018

        Thanks CB. Occasionally I need to be clubbed over the side of the head and made to do things I didn’t think I wanted to.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 27, 2018

        Everyday when I wake up, my Gal nails me between the eyes just to get me started.

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  4. christiansmusicmusings
    November 27, 2018

    Wow, I have to admit I had pretty much forgotten about Chris Isaak. I’m with you here, he has a cool retro sound.

    While perhaps a bit overexposed at the time, “Wicked Game” is a pretty seductive tune. I also like the tracks you highlighted.

    I can’t believe Isaak has released 12 albums, none of which I know. Any you could recommend apart from this one?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 27, 2018

      Being a little bit off the grid I was lucky to miss whatever hype he received except the song they used fro Kubricks film (the only one of his films I haven’t watched)’
      Grab ‘San Francisco Days’ good follow up to this. I like all the albums I have of his.

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  5. Chris
    December 14, 2018

    I only know Wicked Game (from Lynch’s Wild at Heart soundtrack) Your post gives me the appetite to give his other stuff a try as I think I unfairly (and without proof) viewed him as one-hit wonder back in my younger years!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 14, 2018

      “Unfairly” is a fair self comment (I am guilty of that with Music/film) and “without proof” another. Yeah Chris he is so much more . I have 5 or 6 records of his that I listen to all the time. I knew of him before he scored some popularity. Lynch has pretty good taste in music.
      I’ll be over for some movie inspiration in a bit.

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