Flying Solo – The Tories (1997)

Posted: April 17, 2013 in 1997
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Originally signed by legendary producer Phil Ramone, who just passed away in March 2013, The Tories were an acclaimed L.A. power pop/rock band with well-crafted songwriting, excellent musicianship and extremely catchy melodies and hooks. ‘Flying Solo’ is the opening track from their 1997 debut release WONDERFUL LIFE and a true representation of the band at its finest. I absolutely love the melodic guitar solo with the rest of the band providing a warm, precise groove (with ‘tom-tom’ accents) in the middle of the song. I may have hit rewind and replayed this small section of the song 1000 times. Great songs always have a melody, vocal phrase, part of the arrangement, or even a simple note that never outstays its welcome and always leaves you wanting to hear it again. This is one of those moments.

The Tories had a follow-up release UPSIDE OF DOWN in 2001, which included the original theme song ‘Time For You’ written for JESSE, the TV sitcom featuring Christina Applegate. The band went their separate ways in 2002. Steve Bertrand (singer/guitarist) went on to form the band Avion, which had a strong self-titled release in 2004. The multi-talented J.J.Farris (Lead Guitar) evolved into a Composer, Arranger and Producer of music for TV and Film, including daytime soap operas General Hospital and The Young and the Restless.

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