|Mike Tramp Songs I Left Behind||Frontiers|
As with many musicians, Mike Tramp always records a few extra songs per album and weaves what he considers the most fitting tracks into the final running order that will be released as an album.|
Songs I Left Behind is an obvious title for a collection of those extra songs that were left off an album at the time as they didn't quite fit, or already were represented by a song that sounded similar.
This CD is an absolute no-brainer for fans of Tramp, as it delivers an extraordinary 16 additional tracks never before released.
There are no surprises for the style here either – if you own Capricorn, Recovering The Wasted Years or More To Life Than This, you won't be surprised to hear a selection of melodic rock songs driven by Mike's dual acoustic/electric guitar and vocal style.
Highlights include the opener, Sometimes, which featured on the Melodicrock Vol. 2 release, the breezy uptempo rocker Do It While You Can, the harder edged Over And Out, and the sentimental ballad Love Won't Wait – which has a very familiar ring to it.
Yes, the 4 best tracks are all stacked at the beginning of the album, but there are other highlights, such as Before The Night (a stripped back ballad) and Show Me (a gritty rocker, unlucky not to be included on an album already).
If there was any issue of complaint, it would be that the overall collection of songs is fairly laid back and certainly stacked with ballads and mid-tempo numbers. Not too many rockers here and the pace of the last half of the album is a little slow. But these are unreleased songs, so the flow of a regular album is harder to achieve and not as high a priority.
A couple of extra rarities are included – the original version of Falling Down – complete with different versus and an original version of Darkness, the classy ballad, which has a totally different feel here. Both songs are better as they are known today, but these versions give a good insight into the writing process.
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