John Chamberlain | 4-Track Mind

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4-Track Mind

by John Chamberlain

Rock music for people who are sick of rock music; different, diverse, unpredictable, surprising, throwing in funk, country, prog-rock, and even a little metal into a stew that sticks to your aural, mental, and emotional ribs.
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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1. Stood Up Too Fast
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2. Grad School's Over!
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3. That That Tree
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4. Montserrat's Big Toe
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5. For No One
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6. Twelve Years
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7. I Never Cry
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8. The Rock That Cradles the Hand
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9. Ballad of the Indoor Cat
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10. Colston Drive
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11. People Can Change
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Album Notes
John Chamberlain doesn't want to tell you too much about himself, for fear that you'll make a snap-judgment about him and what his music might be like. But then again, he's afraid if he doesn't tell you anything, you'll decide that there's nothing interesting for him to tell, nothing intriguing that might make you want to explore his music. He's not sure what to do. He agonizes.

So he decides to play it straight and admit that he's a clinical psychologist who has been into rock music his whole life. He spent most of his twenties doing various jobs while trying to make it with his Boston/Portland (Maine) band The Common Ground. He bagged it and went to grad school, and now that that's over with, he's got time to do his recordings on the side, by himself, with no one else to answer to. The result is 4-Track Mind, a very ambitious home-studio recording that covers a lot of heavy and funny musical, emotional, and intellectual terrain. Check out the clips, you'll see.


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tom w.

i haven't heard it but...
having drummed for this man for 4 years, i'm sure you can't go wrong!

Dennis Burke

I not only like but like very much.
I must say, I not only like John's work but like it very much. I'm left wanting more!

From his description of some kind of mixing/recording setup in his house (did I get that right?), I wasn't expecting
anything nearly as good as this. The whole CD is inventive, interesting, and entertaining. There is so much variety and,
very often, humor. The lyrics, instrumentals, and vocals are tremendous. At different times, I am reminded of Moody
Blues (the Nights in White Satin album), Yes (Yes Fragile), the Beatles (Sergeant Pepper), and others I can't quite put
my finger on. His voice sometimes reminds me of Van Morrison and sometimes Jim Morrison. But he isn't a
throwback. His stuff is very fresh and new. I think John has a bright future in the music biz. Why isn't he already
under some company's wing?

Call me a fan.


playful, tuneful, heady, and involving
What if prog rock had kept progressing, grown up, gotten funkier (but not less fun) married post-punk and given birth to a baby called Singer-Songwriter and they'd all gone on a rockin' pick-a-nick? In truth, the usual Clever Record Review Tropes (Arithmetic, Demolition Derby, Family Tree) don't help much with John Chamberlain's music. It's much more than the sum of its parts; it's smart and fun and tuneful. Best of all, 4-Track Mind rewards repeated listens. It's like if a car They Might Be Giants were riding in collided with a car carrying Freedy Johnston and Mott the Hoople . . . . . .


I love this CD!
I got this CD nine months ago and am still playing it-- and so are my friends. The music is daring without feeling too experimental and the lyrics range from funny to existential. My favorites are "That That Tree" (a whole philosophy of life in a few catchy moments), "Twelve Years" (a moving song about mature love), and the hilarious "Grad School's Over."

This is a very cool CD! Can't wait for John Chamberlain's next one!