In 1980, vocalist/guitarist Michael Been, Scott Musick, and Tom Ferrier, originally from Oklahoma, formed a band known as The Call in Santa Cruz. Their first album was self-titled and launched what was to be a succession of seven albums up until 1990.
The eponymous premiere album was filled with emotion that is plainly conveyed through Been’s singing style. It caught the attention of Peter Gabriel who asked the band to open for him during his 1982 tour. A crucial element to the fledgling group’s sound, Garth Hudson of The Band played keyboards on The Call’s first three records.
Reconciled, by far my favorite The Call Album, had the likes of Peter Gabriel, Jim Kerr and Robbie Robertson as guest artists. “Everywhere I Go” and “I Still Believe” are rock-the house, kick-some-serious-butt songs, which more than amply show the depths of The Call’s talent. On these merits alone, the band should have attained world-wide acclaim.
Though they toured and recorded regularly throughout the 80’s, only one released single made it to #1 on the American Mainstream Rock chart – “Let the Day Begin.” Although a solid song, it would not have been my first pick to catapult them to the top of the chart.
“Everywhere I Go” via YouTube user dodgybizkit:
“I Still Believe” via YouTube user dodgybizkit:
“The Walls Came Down” via YouTube user dodgybizkit:
“Let The Day Begin” via YouTube user dodgybizkit:
If you do nothing else, try to get hold of a copy of Reconciled. In my humble opinion, this one album encapsulates all that set this group apart from all the rest during the most diverse and crucial decade for music. It may even raise a chill bump or two.
- The Call, 1982
- Modern Romans, 1983
- Scene Beyond Dreams, 1984
- Reconciled, 1986
- Into the Woods, 1987
- Let the Day Begin, 1989
- Red Moon, 1990
- The Best of the Call, 1997
- To Heaven and Back, 1997
- Live Under the Red Moon, 2000