John Kilzer ‎– Memory In The Making [1988]

johnkmitm5228436654258350Country USA          

Style AOR/Pop/Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members John Kilzer – Vocals,acoustic guitar, Jack Holder – Guitars,keyboards,percussion,backing vocals, Jimi Jamison – Background vocals, Dave Smith, avid Cochran – Bass, Harry Peel – Drums, John Hampton – Drums,percussion, Rodney Crowell,Rosanne Cash – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. Green, Yellow And Red, 02. Heart And Soul, 03. Red Blue Jeans, 04. Memory In The Making, 05. Pick Me Up, 06. Give Me A Highway, 07. Loaded Dice, 08. Dream Queen, 09. If Sidewalks Talked, 10. When Fools Say Love, 11. Dirty Dishes, 12. I Love You

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Profile John Kilzer is a popular Memphis folk-rock singer/songwriter, with several CD releases, signed with Geffen Record in 1988. He opened for crowds of 20,000 before the Moody Blues. His manager serves James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Linda Ronstadt. 

Playing basketball at the University of Memphis, he taught English before signing in 1986 to Memphis music vet Keith Sykes’ publishing company. Sykes later helped Kilzer land a record deal with Geffen, producing his 1988 debut “Memory in the Making”.  With a major label back up, “Memory In The Making” was recorded by renowned producer Jack Holder (co-founder of Jimi Jamison’s Cobra) who also plays everything here and brought Jamison to sing the background vocals on most of the songs.

Mastered at Sterling Sound by George Marino (the top at the moment), this is a rock record with the typical polished sound of the second half of the eighties, with Kilzer’s vocals and style resembling Jude Cole, Jimmy Harnen, Bryan Adams, Tom Kimmel and even Bon Jovi on “Give Me A Highway”. Sharp guitars, crisp rhythm section and the slightly raspy vocals of Kilzer build very nice melodies through these twelve rockin’ tunes spiced with a couple of ballads. A truly enjoyable album…

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