Donnie & Joe Emerson - Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81
First ever release. All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes. Original and much loved album 'Dreamin' Wild' from 1979 does not tell the full story. In a relatively short span of time - just two and half years - the boys put close to 70 songs down on tape, all recorded at that magical home studio on the farm. A dozen of them are included here on 'Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81' and ready to be enjoyed for the first time ever. With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period, stretching from the second song Donnie ever recorded ('Everybody Knows It') - to tracks documenting his temporary move to L.A. in 1981. Donnie's life story is in these songs. Where 'Dreamin' Wild' captures the teenage experience, 'Still Dreamin' Wild' tells a broader story, one in which teenage dreams turn to painful yearning. So where the Beach Boys indebted 'Ooh Baby Yeah' is inspired by a teenage girlfriend, 'Big Money' shows the emergence of a naive political awareness. Later, 1981's 'One True Love' captures the sound of what Donnie described as "the city as imagined from the farm," and the epic closing track, 'Don't Disguise The Way You Feel' found Donnie after high school, feeling stifled and frustrated in the isolation of the countryside and mourning the loss of his friend and occasional backing vocalist Dwayne. It is, quite simply, heartbreaking. The long-belated success of 'Dreamin' Wild' has given the Emerson brothers - still close, and still the heart of a loving family - a new lease of life. 'Still Dreamin' Wild' proves that the album wasn't a fluke, and that Donnie's songwriting is as consistent as it is rare. All this time later, we finally have the pleasure of hearing the brothers' music. And the good news? They've still got the jumpsuits.
LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton Tip-On gatefold jacket. Liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer, interviewing Donnie and Joe. LP includes download card.