The Ghost Poets – The Ghost Poets [1993]


Rating 82/100

Band Members
Michael Stanley – Lead Vocals,Guitars,Percussion, Jonah Koslen – Lead Vocals,Lead Guitar,Bass, Bob Pelander – Vocals,Keyboards,Percussion, Jennifer Lee – Lead Vocals,Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians
Rodney Pyska – Percussion, Tommy Dobeck,Kevin Valentine,Garry Stuart – Drums, Scott Allen – Bass, Sasha,Mary McCrone,Lenny Goldsmith – Vocals

01. Darkness Darkness, 02. Everything, 03. Liar’s Moon, 04. Oh Jessi, 05. Casanova, 06. Broken Radio, 07. Two Hearts, 08. Somewhere Over Paris, 09. I Will Not Be Denied, 10. Why Should Love Be This Way, 11. The Promise, 12. Sights On You (Juliet Of The Spirit), 13. Since You’ve Been Gone

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Profile The Ghost Poets consist of ex-members of long-time Midwestern favorites Michael Stanley Band, including their namesake leader. Following the 1987 break-up of the Michael Stanley Band, Stanley spent several years away from music, although not too far away, as he remained somewhat involved covering regional entertainment for a couple Cleveland television programs and as an afternoon disc jockey for a radio station. When Razor & Tie reissued his band’s back catalog during 1992-1993, Stanley was reinvigorated and reunited with former bandmates Jonah Kolsen and Bob Pelander, and singer Jennifer Lee, who had performed with them in the past, to form the Ghost Poets. Razor & Tie took on the project and released the group’s self-titled, “Ghost Poets” debut in 1993. Stoked by the heightened profile from the Michael Stanley Band’s reissues and the participants still strong regional following, the Ghost Poets had a ready-made audience and sold well.

The best songs, surprisingly, are remakes. The first, “Casanova”, captures the essence and beat of the original recorded by LeVert. Jennifer Lee adds some incredible background vocals to this rendition. The second remake is, funny enough, one of Stanley’s old MSB tunes, “Why Should Love Be This Way?”. In my opinion, this song is one of Stanley’s greatest achievements. Originally recorded for the “Cabin Fever” album released in ’78, remaking this song was a perfect way to reintroduce it to existing fans and allow a new generation to discover it. If you’re a fan of MSB, this is the album for you.


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