“Tuesday” is the title track from the upcoming solo album from Charlie Farren. It was written by Brad Delp of the groups Boston and RTZ and Farren does a stunning job of capturing the voice – and the emotion – of Delp.
Back in 1988 when this writer was managing Mission Control Studios for genius producer Michael Jonzun I awoke to Brad Delp recording downstairs. I said “It’s an honor to wake up to hear one of your favorite singers of all time.” Brad replied: “It’s scarier for me singing” (at that hour in the morning!). The songs Delp recorded (I believe they were with Dave Brown, guitarist with Billy Joel) could have included “Tuesday.” I remember the three titles they were working on having a distinct Beatles meet Steely Dan vibe to them.
Brad never finished the work…or ever put it in release. Farren got permission from Delp’s family and they were “very enthusiastic and supportive.” Thus, Brad Delp’s beautiful “Tuesday” can be appreciated by the world.
As Alvin Lee’s “Real Life Blues” (with George Harrison and Jon Lord) was a departure from Woodstock’s “fastest guitar alive” “I’m Goin’ Home”, hearing Farren’s tender rendition of Delp shows the dexterity, technical skill and fluency of both artists – one a lead singer for the hard-rock of the band Boston, the other the lead singer of the even harder rocking Joe Perry Project.
Farren recorded the vocal and guitar in his home studio then had producer Anthony J. Resta (Duran Duran, Collective Soul) add a Cello quartet as well as ambient guitars. The result is one of the strongest Farren releases to date.
Charlie Farren will be appearing on April 5th at the Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) after appearing solo in Concord, NH on March 29th at the Purple Pit Jazz club.
Joe Viglione is the Chief Film Critic at TMRZoo.com. He has written thousands of reviews and biographies for AllMovie.com, Allmusic.com, Gatehouse Media, Al Aronowitz’s The Blacklisted Journal, and a variety of other media outlets. Joe also produces and hosts Visual Radio, a seventeen year old variety show on cable TV which has interviewed Jodie Foster, director/screenwriter David Koepp, Michael Moore, John Cena, comics/actors Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Gallagher, musicians Mark Farner and Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad, Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, political commentator Bill Press and hundreds of other personalities.