(1996) Back Room Blood

Gerry Goffin

... read moreBack in the early 1960s, when Bob Dylan was writing protest songs and inventing folk-rock, Gerry Goffin was penning such pop lyrics as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" More than three decades later, Goffin, with help from Dylan and some of his sidemen, made a creditable Dylan-style album in Back Room...

49′:39″ 12 Songs

1
Gerry Goffin
Never Too Late To Rock And Roll
3:39
2
Gerry Goffin
A Woman Can Be Like A Gangster
4:42
3
Gerry Goffin
Elysian Fields
5:53
4
Gerry Goffin
Tragedy Of The Trade
5:08
5
Gerry Goffin
Sacred Heart Of Stone
3:52
6
Gerry Goffin
Rough Theology
3:29
7
Gerry Goffin
One She A**
4:02
8
Gerry Goffin
Death To The Printed Word
2:57
9
Gerry Goffin
Organized Crime
3:14
10
Gerry Goffin
Relief
5:51
11
Gerry Goffin
Masquerade
2:45
12
Gerry Goffin
I've Got To Use My Imagination
4:07
Released 01 January 1996, ℗ Genes

Review

Back in the early 1960s, when Bob Dylan was writing protest songs and inventing folk-rock, Gerry Goffin was penning such pop lyrics as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" More than three decades later, Goffin, with help from Dylan and some of his sidemen, made a creditable Dylan-style album in Back Room Blood and filled it with lyrics as embittered as any Dylan ever wrote. The similarities began with Goffin's voice, as hoarse and tuneless as Dylan's, though the closest approximation may be to say that Goffin sounded like Billy DeVille after chain-smoking a pack of Camels. Goffin threw down the gauntlet with the opening track, a by-the-numbers rocker called "Never Too Late to Rock and Roll," and then went through a laundry list of concerns, from relationships to politics and religion, all in a tone of serious-as-death pessimism. Unlike Dylan (who co-wrote two songs, co-produced one of them, and was a sideman), Goffin didn't leaven the vitriol with either humor or any of the pop elements he knew so well, which made the record an extremely sour message from a man with a demonstrated ability to be sweet. Still, if you're looking for the otherwise nonexistent 1996 Bob Dylan album, here it is. ~ William Ruhlmann