Marv and Rindy Ross/Quarterflash | Goodbye Uncle Buzz

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Goodbye Uncle Buzz

by Marv and Rindy Ross/Quarterflash

This NW singer/songwriter duo scored big in the 80's with their hit, "Harden My Heart," but this acoustic-based collection of 12 songs defines a new sophisticated direction for Quarterflash.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Crazy Quilt
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2. Goodbye Uncle Buzz
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3. Trying to Find a New Way
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4. Nothing Runs As Deep As You
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5. Rise Above
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6. Brothers
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7. In the Air
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8. Home
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9. The Child Who Raised Her Mother
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10. Opening Doors
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11. This Business of Music
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12. At Least I Tried
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Marv & Rindy Ross formed Quarterflash in 1981 and released their self-titled debut album on Geffen Records. With four top-forty hits, including their top five single "Harden My Heart", Quarterflash went platinum in the U.S. and Canada, and the Rosses went on to record three more Quarterflash CDs. After a decade of recording and touring with artists like Elton John and Linda Ronstadt, they left the "major label world" and concentrated on performing and creating in their home town of Portland, Oregon. Since then, the Rosses have produced several CDs, musicals, workshops, and major concerts including The Trail Band\'s annual holiday Aladdin shows. Marv\'s successful musical, "The Ghosts of Celilo", was recently presented by Artists Repertory Theatre at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts to rave reviews and 13 sold-out performances.

\"Goodbye Uncle Buzz\" represents a change in the sound of Quarterflash with a more lush acoustic foundation and an intense personal bent to the lyrics. Co-produced by the Rosses and Gregg Williams (Dandy Warhols, Wallflowers, China Forbes), it was recorded atypically by laying down Rindy\'s lead vocals and Marv\'s acoustic guitar parts first. Marv explains, \"We played all the overdubbed parts to just those two elements to keep the focus on the lead singer and the primary chordal instrument. In previous recordings, we would spend endless hours creating huge drum and guitar sounds and then try to find \"room\" for Rindy\'s lead vocal. By starting with the finalized lead vocal, it forced everyone to play and shape their sounds to complement her voice. It worked beautifully - never has Rindy sounded better.\"


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Warren Mullin

Amazing Again
Those of us who have always realized the often underrated talents of the Rosses know the special treasure that this new release is. For me, there has always been something different about the insight that Marv puts into his lyrics that spices the superb melodies to just the right flavor. There are very few "tune chefs" who can come up with the right recipe so consistently, but then few have a virtuoso who can cook on vocals and sax the way Rindy does to interpret the formula. Quarterflash has been a favorite of mine from Seafood Mama on - and I am always looking forward to what comes next. Sure was a great surprise to find this one - and a nice treat to hear Marv's vocals on a deeply touching tune here as well. As always, a very well-crafted and pleasing disc from start to finish. I have never been disappointed by Marv and Rindy, and doubt I ever will be.

angus mactaggart


First, let me say, I am not in the habit of reviewing albums on line or anywhere else for that matter.

I happen to have listened to the simulcast, broadcast live, of "Seafood Mama (Quarterflash) in Concert" back in the early 80's. I was visiting my brother in Portland, OR and happened to tune in just prior to broadcast. It was honestly one of those moments in life where I felt I was witnessing history. As it turned out, I was.

Anyway, after listening to a couple of sample tracks of "Goodbye Uncle Buzz" online, I ordered two CD's. One for me and one for a musical friend that I was certain would appreciate it.

Ok. Not a friggin' dud in the bunch. "Goodbye Uncle Buzz"; Haunting and whimsical at the same time.

I found myself going back and forth between folksy introspectives and bluesy ballads. A nice ride.

I have to say that I now consider "At Least I Tried" to be be a personal anthem. Well done.

As all of us have to face our, and our families, frailties in life, I have a great deal of respect for people that have the talent and ability to put it to words and set it to music.

There's not enough space. "Brothers" made me cry. "Home": been there. "Nothing Runs As Deep As You": Well, I'll just say you brought the wife and I closer together and I'll leave it at that.