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Yugoslavia

by Tonio K.

polished '90s demos from Mr. K; includes 16 Tons of Monkeys
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. 16 Tons Of Monkeys
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2. I Know A Place
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6:02 album only
3. Indians And Aliens
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4:17 album only
4. Murder My Heart
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4:16 album only
5. Again
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4:23 album only
6. I'm Here
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4:05 album only
7. Practically Invisible
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4:26 album only
8. Dangerous Machine
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4:16 album only
9. Nothing Mysterious
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5:40 album only
10. Life's Just Hard
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4:53 album only
11. Student Interview (With TheThird Richest Man In The World)
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3:56 album only
12. Sure As Gravity
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5:32 album only
13. Home To You
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14. I've Got A Song Anyway
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
America, your long national nightmare is over! Finally -- a Tonio K. CD of tracks from the '90s! And just in time for the new millenium.

"Yugoslavia" is a 14-track 65-minute collection of (mostly) recently-recorded Tonio K. material. The song list includes the Austin anthem "16 Tons Of Monkeys," the Peter Case co-write "Indians and Aliens" (Case performs on the track), "Student Interview With The Third Richest Man In The World" and three tracks produced by Charlie Sexton (featuring Sexton and his whole band).

Despite receiving massive critical praise for "Life in the Foodchain" (1978) and "Amerika" (1980), Tonio K. bounced around from CBS Records, to Arista, to Capitol-EMI (which resulted in the 1983 EP "La Bomba"), before settling into What?/A&M for his third and fourth albums: "Romeo Unchained" (1986) and "Notes from the lost civilization" (1988). Since being "dropped" from A&M, he has been one of the music industry's most successful songwriters, penning the most played song of 1993 ("Love Is," recorded by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight), and placing songs with Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Al Green (from the "Michael" soundtrack), and many others. A fifth album recorded with an all-star cast (Paul Westerberg, David Hidalgo, Peter Case, Bruce Thomas, and others) was canned by A&M and released by Gadfly Records ("Olé") in 1997. A collection of spare tracks and other oddities -- "Rodent Weekend '76-'96 (Approximately)" -- was released by Gadfly Records in 1998. All four of Tonio K.'s earlier full-length albums are available on CD from Gadfly Records.


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M.L. Downey

This album is all over the place, but the rewards are worth it
Yugoslavia contains some of the best tunes written by Tonio K. ... and that's saying a great deal. Life's Just Hard is a hummable song that may have some of his best lyrics ever about love. Again is just a heartbreaking depiction of the end of a relationship. Student Interview ... is a spritely ditty that's a depressing lope through modern economics. 16 Tons of Monkeys is a great rocker while I Know a Place is a powerful meditation about faith and spirituality. The album is all over the place, but the rewards are worth the effort.

GeneralEclectic


As this disc was put together from so many different sessions, I'm positively surprised by how clear the sound of the album is. Be it the sparsely arranged acoustic "Student Interview", the wild "Indians And Aliens" powered by the harmonica of Peter Case, the 3 tracks with Charlie Sexton's band, "Practically Invisible", "Dangerous Machine" and the different Xmas song "Nothing Mysterious", or the piano driven blues of "I'm Here" with that great guitar solo, this album includes some of Tonio's best lyrics and vocal performances. If you like the Tonio of Phase II (the Olé, Notes From the Lost Civilisation and Romeo Unchained albums) and would like to hear him in a more stripped down production, this is for you.
He's mainly a songwriter for others now (Joe Cocker, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Burt Bacharach, besides those already mentioned above), but he should record his own versions of the songs he has written and finally release an album again. But until then, it's not too late to get to know this one.