"Runaway Tracks," Adrian's sixth solo album, features original compositions, a new version of his 1975 top #10 hit song, "Sherry, and covers of Lou Christie's, "Lightning Strikes," Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” and even George and Ira Gershwin’s, “I Got Rhythm."
The seven original songs (two co-written with British musician Martin Lawford) further demonstrate Adrian's gift for crafting catchy pop hooks, dynamic riffs and infectious melodies that propelled him to the top of the British charts in the 70s.
Standouts on this cd include the Queen-influenced “A Word Called Love,” the soulful guitar and rich vocal harmonies of “Accept My Love,” a joyous celebration of driving down “Pacific Coast Highway #1” and “So You Wanna Be A Star,” a track with echoes of Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz,“ which suggests that Baker could carve out a third career on Broadway.
Other original songs include “Don't Look Back”, a surprisingly hopeful tale of overcoming lost love; “Back In 65,” a loving look back at the first British rock revolution; and “Story 'bout A Song,” which could be Adrian's answer to Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs,” or even Bruce Johnston’s “I Write The Songs.”
Despite the wide diversity of styles encompassed by "Runaway Tracks," Adrian's tight vocal harmonies and virtuoso musicianship hold the album together beautifully.
Produced, arranged and engineered by Adrian Baker.
Production co-ordination by Tom Martin.
ABOUT ADRIAN BAKER:
Singer, songwriter and producer Adrian Baker made his debut as a singer on Magnet/Epic Records in the United Kingdom. In 1975, he released his first solo album, "Into a Dream." From that album, his cover of the Frankie Valli and Four Seasons song, "Sherry" was a top 10 hit on Britain's "Music Week" charts. Adrian performed several times on the BBC’s “Top of the Pops” TV program from 1975 to 1982.
In the United States, Adrian is best known for being the falsetto voice for the touring Beach Boys band (on and off) since 1981 (1981-82, 1988 - 1993, 1998 - 2004). Adrian was also a member of the touring Four Seasons with Frankie Valli from 1994-'95.
Adrian is currently touring with the band Papa Doo Run Run.