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Wild Exhibitions

Released on Backstreet/MCA Records in 1983.

This was to be the first and only album Walter Egan recorded for Backstreet Records. Indeed, it would prove to be the last Egan solo record for another 16 years. Here is what Walter had to say in the liner notes to The Lost Album:

After four LPs on Columbia Records (including my million-seller "Magnet and Steel"), I had done an album for Tom Petty's label, Backstreet/MCA, in '83. Despite critical acclaim and the single, "Fool Moon Fire," which went up to the mid thirties on Billboard, I was caught up by label politics and came out the wrong side, as Irving Azoff was made president of MCA.

Stylistically, Wild Exhibitions is a great blend of the sounds heard on Fundamental Roll and Not Shy and those heard on HiFi and The Last Stroll and even features guest appearances by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, as well as John Zambetti of The Malibooz. Walter is in his usual fine form on this record and I can't find any filler among the eleven tracks. Personal favorites from this album are "Animal Lover" (featuring the beast-like grunts of Lindsey Buckingham, which can also be heard on Buckingham's song "Johnny Stew" from his 1981 solo album Law and Order), "Star of My Heart," and "Stay All Night."

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Fool Moon Fire
2. Maybe Maybe
3. Animal Lover - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 656K)
4. Such a Shame
5. Star of My Heart - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 616K)
6. Like No Other One
7. Too Much Love
8. I'll Be There
9. Tammy Ann
10. Girl Next Door
11. Stay All Night - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 551K)

Non-Album B-Side:
Joyce - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 938K)

Album Details:

Copyright Backstreet Records, 1983

All songs written by Walter Egan (C) 1982 April Blackwood Music; Seldak Music Corp.; Swell Sounds Music; Melody Deluse Music, except "Girl Next Door" written by Earl Shackleford, (C) 1982 Wax Lips Music; NPL Music Publishers. All selections ASCAP.

Produced by Duane Scott and Walter Egan for Carman Productions in association with Altered Ego productions at Sound City, Van Nuys, Calif. 1982

Engineered by Duane Scott.
Mixed at Rumbo Recorders, Woodland Hills, CA
Mastered at Precision Lacquer.
Hwd. by Stephen Marussen.

Arranged by Walter Egan with special thanks to Tom Moncrieff.

Direction, Executive Producer and MVP - Greg Lewerke

Innersleeve drawings by Walter Egan

Drums: Mike Huey (Tracks 1, 2, 4-8, 10, 11), Michael "Reedo" Reed (Tracks 3 & 9)
Bass: John Selk
Guitars: Walter Egan (All tracks. Solos on tracks 5 & 7), Tom Moncrieff (All tracks.
     Solos on tracks 6, 8, 10), Lindsey Buckingham (Solo on track 3), David Lindley
    (Slide guitar solo, track 2)
Background Vocals: John Selk (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8), Annie McLoone (Tracks 1, 4-6,
    8, 9, 11), Earl Shackleford (Track 1), Lindsey Buckingham (Tracks 3 & 5),
    Christine McVie (Track 4), Tom Moncrieff (Tracks 5-11)
Electric Fiddle: David Lindley (solo on track 1)
Organ: Skip Edwards (Tracks 2 & 8)
Chimes: Tom Moncrieff (Track 5)
Piano: Skip Edwards (Tracks 7 & 8), Nicky Hopkins (Tracks 10 & 11)
Recitative: Johnny Z, M.D. (Track 11)
Tambourine: Tom Moncrieff (Track 1)
Percussion: Mike Huey (Track 3), Tom Moncrieff (Track 8)
Claps: Walter Egan (Track 1), Tammy Ann Holmes (Track 10)
Cowbell: Mike Huey (Track 11)

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