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Meet Ed James

by Ed James

Fun, intricate, hooky power pop stuffed full of delectable harmonies...UNTIL NEW CDS ARE MADE, YOU CAN GET THIS ALBUM AT: iTunes, Rhapsody, Emusic.com, etc...
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1. Here We Go
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2. Just Kissed You Goodbye
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3. The Face On Mars
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4. Turn It Around
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5. Say You Do!
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6. Green M&Ms
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7. Party At Joe's
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8. Who's Gonna Tell The King?
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9. Frustrated
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10. Hold On Me
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11. With You
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12. High Maintenance Girl
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13. How Was I To Know?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Ed James...just a guy on a mission to write the perfect song. The son of classical and jazz musicians, Ed was exposed to various genres of music throughout his childhood, but it was rock that would ultimately attract him. Drums became his instrument of choice at a very early age. Ed says, "I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't play drums."

Soon, Ed became interested in composing his own rock and pop music, and began learning how to play the various instruments (guitar, keyboards, vocals, etc.) required to record his songs without the help of outside musicians. At the same time, Ed was studying the songwriting of the Beatles, as well as more contemporary pop & rock artists. Although he enjoyed performing in numerous cover bands throughout his high school and college years, Ed discovered that there was "something magical about writing and recording original songs - creating something from nothing."

After earning a degree in music, Ed relocated to North Carolina, where he began his musical career in earnest. Since arriving to the Charlotte area, Ed has appeared on numerous compilation and tribute CDs, including The Bam Balam Explosion IV USA Power Pop Compilation (Bam Balam Records), Pop Under The Surface (Yesterday Girl Records), Browser Barbarians (DMR Diversions), Unsound Series Volume 1: Pop! (To M'Lou Music), Burnt Marshmallows & Teeny Bikinis (Optional Art), Around The Universe In 80 Minutes - A Tribute To Klaatu (Bullseye Records), A Tribute To The Left Banke (Brobdingnagian Records), and Men In Plaid - A Tribute To The Bay City Rollers (Bullseye Records).

And now, Jam Records and Ed James Music have just released Meet Ed James...the very first solo CD by Ed James, featuring 13 power pop tunes, and displaying Ed's wide variety of musical influences and talents. Written, performed, and produced by Ed alone, but never sounding that way, Meet Ed James is a solo album in its truest sense.


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Brian Kassan-Chewy Marble


I had never heard of this guy and his CD is **just killer great hooky pop** with sublime harmony vocals that just resonate in your head for days. Part power pop with harmonic shades of Jellyfish and the playfulness of XTC, this is really original sounding and just one really great record that I think most on this list will love! And this guy is a one man deal like Rick Gallego and Todd Rundgren...I can't stop playing the thing....great choruses that just wash over the brain....

IN MUSIC WE TRUST


The first track that instantly grabbed me and got me singing along was Ed James' "Party At Joe's." Bouncy, infectious, and well written, this number has every piece of the puzzle that makes pop so good. But what was even more amazing was the fact that this song was written, recorded, and performed by Ed James. "Turn It Around," is not as sugar-injected as "Party At Joe's," but it does have the same pop hooks and smooth vocals. Very 70's pop sounding, "Turn It Around," will not leave you unsatisfied. Ed sure has a great mind for creating enjoyable pop treats.

Power Pop Music News


Ed's "Party At Joes" is is one of those great songs that used to make cruising in the car with the AM radio blaring a fun thing to do in the '70s. Probably the best song about partying since Brownsville Station sang "Kings Of The Party" many moons ago. Ed can also produce a great pop song. He shows his serious side with "Turn It Around," which has a chorus that would have made Queen (circa "Killer Queen") proud. Now folks, Ed recorded this pop masterpiece in his bedroom --- and he not only handled the vocals, but played all the instruments himself!

Cosmik Debris Magazine


Meet Ed James is a CD full of fun power-pop verging on bubble gum that is so seamless that you immediately forget you're not hearing a band. James is excellent on all instruments and he's a genuine vocal talent, able to nail the most complex harmonies. Add to that the fact that he's a first rate arranger and you have a star in the making. James' songs are happy, bouncy pop that might have bits of influence from Nick Lowe, The Plimsouls and even The 1910 Fruitgum Company, though most of it is just pure Ed James. There are songs that should be hits here, though, of course, a self-release has zippo chance of reaching the masses. Call your local rock station and request "Party At Joe's" and "How Was I To Know." Let the people decide. Meet Ed James is a good time waiting to be had. This is only his debut release, which means the guy's only going to get better. I can't even imagine what that'll be like.

Shake It Up Magazine


Ed James Meet Ed James - (JAM Records/Ed James Music) and you'll be glad you did (meet him, that is)! James is one of those tunesmiths that seems to effortlessly be able to knock out hook after hook, melody after melody, and catchy chorus after catchy chorus. Indeed, Meet Ed James offers a more intimate look at an often remarkable talent that has spent most of his musical past contributing to compilations and tributes. Often appearing as a highlight on these other projects, we finally have a look at what Ed James can do with a full CD - and it's plenty. As I mentioned earlier, strong hooks and melodies are the order of the day here. The set starts off strongly with the anthem Here We Go and its charging rhythm. The Face On Mars is even more hook-heavy and is later rivaled by Frustrated (which is as full of the tense energy that propelled The Knack tune of the same name - incidentally, the similarity ends there). James lets some lush melodies take hold on much of Meet Ed James as well, such as on the lovely complete-with-handclaps pop of Just Kissed You Goodbye, the dreamy With You, and the powerful closer How Was I To Know?. Say You Do! is a standout thanks to it's energy as well as its sentiment. James also offers much in the way of pure fun as well, as on the Columbus musings on Who's Gonna Tell The King? (that the world is round, my friend) and the woeful Party At Joe's (a tune about that familiar crisis of work getting in the way of fun). Meet Ed James hits me where I live, folks. If high energy pure power pop is your thing (and I assume it is since you're reading this), then consider this a "must-have". A wonderful debut from a talented pop disciple. (**** out of 5)

Gary "Pig" Gold


ED JAMES "Meet Ed James!" [CD] Well, to anyone old enough to remember Capitol Records’ old album number 2047, the title of this CD will provide your very first clue and then some. But lest anyone be tempted to dismiss "Meet Ed James!" as but the latest in a thirty-year line of Beatle retreads, listen again: The baker’s dozen-worth of tunes herein, several previously appearing on some of the planet’s most reputed new music compilations, total no less than forty-three full minutes of pop, rock, and even pop-rock at its hookiest, happiest, harmony-drenched finest. Yep, from the very first bars of show-starter "Here We Go" through the final power-chorus of "How Was I To Know," "Meet..." hurls itself crazily yet confidently atop a Romantics-at-Ramonespeed fervor throughout, yet with a fine ear never less than paid to lyrical and especially vocal detail. To whit, "The Face On Mars" and "Say You Do" would sound absolutely stunning on the nearest stage (note to Ed: GET A BAND TOGETHER ALREADY!), while "Green M&Ms," to cite but the most obvious example, sports a killer construction worthy of the jingle dept. at Mars Food fer goshsake (which reminds me: someone get "Hold On Me" to the musical director at "That ‘70s Show" FAST). But it’s "Who’s Gonna Tell The King," a wholly realized, absolutely gorgeous 3 minutes 37 of musical majesty, which proves best that Ed, "just a guy on a mission to write the perfect song" as he himself admits, certainly hasn’t made many missteps on his worthy quest. Indeed, unlike the majority of such home-grown, one-man-band productions, "Meet Ed James!" sounds fabulously full and stunningly rich throughout - no small feat indeed with one hand forever tied to the Overdub button. But really it’s the songs (dammit) that are most impressive by far. As well they should be, by the way. As a result, you can count me as way MORE than simply "impressed," and I just bet you all will be too.

Colm Moran

A masterpiece of Pop Rock Brilliant Superb WOW
This is the best CD I have heard this year. From the first few bars I had a big smile on my face. Ed really reminds me of Donnie Iris from the 80's JUST BUY THIS CD!!!!!