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MICHAEL STANLEY DISCOGRAPHY
For lyrics to any Michael Stanley song, go to:
http://home.roadrunner.com/~staryjo/LyricsSite/index.html

2000 - "Eighteen Down" - The new century saw a new solo album from Michael Stanley, again featuring a list of long time musical partners contributing their talents. “No Love Songs" starts the album off with a very casual vocal, and a story about a couple that meets in a roadhouse and decide "Tonight I'm Gonna Have Some Fun".

A very unique take on the Beatles’ "Eleanor Rigby" gets taken to another level, thanks to Jennifer Lee, throwing herself in to the ‘psychotic Enya vibe' on the background vocals. "Any Other Fool" is a return of the Stanley /Pelander songwriting team, and a beautiful ballad. "The Devil Came To Freemont Street" is a country-flavored tune about how things might have gotten started in Las Vegas, and features violin from Ed Caner and mandolin from Marc Lee Shannon. The real scorcher of the album comes in the form of a "Lust Song" called "High Time" which features some smoking guitar from Danny Powers. Hang on after the last track for the 'hidden bonus" of an accapella gem, "Life's Railway To Heaven" featuring Stanley and Jennifer Lee.

Track listing:
NO LOVE SONGS
I REST MY CASE
ELEANOR RIGBY
TREMOLO PARKWAY
I CAN GET THIS BY MYSELF
ENDGAME
ANY OTHER FOOL
DOWNSTREAM
BORDERLINE
THE DEVIL CAME TO FREEMONT STREET
FACTORY MAN
HIGH TIME
I'LL KILL YOUR SOUL AND DARE YOUR SPIRIT TO MOVE


2003 - "The Ground" - "How many songs do you sing till you find your voice"? Stanley asks during the title song, and apparently he found his voice and has something to say. The overall message of the album is stated on the inside of the liner notes, where it says: "It's Your World, Pay Attention". The Ground features the story telling and intelligent lyrics long-time fans have come to expect, with themes that are relevant to us all.

"My Last Day On Earth" is a song about what he would like to do if there was only going to be one more day - things we take for granted on a daily basis but deep down are very important, like "counting all of my blessings, and thank God for these friends of mine".

"In For A Dollar" is a rocker that responds to folks who have suggested that Stanley's better days might be behind him.

He sings "I don't mean to disappoint you, but here comes the noise", or as he has introduced the song in concert, "yes, I'm old....but I can still do this". Yes, he certainly can.

"Long Way Past Midnight" is the first of three straight ballads, this one featuring a sax solo from Paul Christensen, while "Different Reasons" is focused more on Bob Pelander's keyboards, but both are about love that cannot last.

The third song of this trilogy is about love finally fulfilled after years of waiting. "From A Train" revisits the couple we first met in the MSB ballad "Spanish Nights" a bit over 20 years previous, as he sings "some races do get won, but nothing happens if you don't believe.”

The Ground will make you believe that "some things are easier said than done...but then again, some things have just begun.” Produced by Michael Stanley and mixed by Bill Szymczyk.

Track listing:
THE GROUND
ROMEO IS BLEEDING
BOUND TO BE
YOU WOULD, YOU HAVE, YOU WILL
MY LAST DAY ON EARTH
IN FOR A DOLLAR
LONG WAY PAST MIDNIGHT
DIFFERENT REASONS
FROM A TRAIN
ONE GOOD DAY IN A ROW
UGLY ALL DAY
EASY
SOME THINGS


2004 – “Instant Live” at Tower City Amphitheatre in Cleveland Ohio.

On June 19, 2004, Michael Stanley and the Resonators took the stage at Tower City Amphitheater and through the magic of "Instant Live" the show was saved for posterity. Joining the band that day were former MSB band mates Kevin Raleigh on keyboards and vocals and Michael Gizmondi on bass guitar, as well as show opener Bill Deasy for a special version of "Bound to Be" which he wrote and Michael recorded on “The Ground".

The 26 tunes, three-disc, nearly three-hour show is a great souvenir for those who were there, and a nice archive for those who weren't.

Track listing:
IN THE HEARTLAND
ALL I EVER WANTED
MIDWEST MIDNIGHT
THE GROUND
HIGH TIME
SPANISH NIGHTS/FROM A TRAIN
ROSEWOOD BITTERS
MY LAST DAY ON EARTH
SHOW ON THE ROAD
WHEN YOUR HEART SAYS IT'S RIGHT
PROMISES
MOONLIGHT ON WATER
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
I'LL NEVER NEED ANYONE MORE
ROMEO IS BLEEDING
IN BETWEEN THE LINES
LOVER
SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
BABY IF YOU WANNA DANCE
BOUND TO BE
FIRE IN THE HOLE
LET'S HEAR IT
HE CAN'T LOVE YOU
MY TOWN



2005 - "American Road" - The next step in Michael Stanley's musical journey features 12 new songs as well as a new take on the Ronnettes’ classic "Be My Baby". The tunes on this outing are a bit more rocking than The Ground, so fasten your seatbelt.

"Nothing And Everything to Prove" starts the show with lyrics about how "Everybody's choosing sides, but everybody's on this ride” and "what you reap is what you sow.” "American Road" and "Wake 'Em Up" continue Michael's mantra of "It's Your World", Pay Attention".

"What Would Frank Do" channels the wisdom of Sinatra when dealing with the ladies, while the second verse of "Just When You Thought It Was Safe” tell you what kind of woman to stay away from.

"Slow Kisses" is about a girl with "Do me shoes and a little black dress", while "Backing Up Sally G" is about playing in a band backing up a stripper, "and now she's down to nothing and I just forgot my name.”

"Like Father Like Son" is a story song about how men would leave their families and come to America to build a life, often taking years to accumulate enough money to send home for the rest of the family. "Home Tonight" finishes off the album and sounds like a guy who is at peace with his life and content to be home at the end of the day.

Produced by Michael Stanley and mixed by Bill Szymczyk.

Track listing:
NOTHING AND EVERYTHING TO PROVE
AMERICAN ROAD
WAKE 'EM UP
THE TIMES WE HAD
VICODIN & PRAYER
WHAT WOULD FRANK DO
ROUND AND ROUND
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE
BE MY BABY
SLOW KISSES
BACKING UP SALLY G
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
HOME TONIGHT



2006 - "The Farrago Sessions" - Farrago “a confused mixture, a hodgepodge". An album of covers? In some artists’ hands, this concept gets boring in a hurry. Not so with Michael Stanley. He seems so comfortable with these tunes it is hard to remember that they aren't his to begin with. Some songs will be very familiar, the Temptations’ "I Wish It Would Rain", the Rolling Stones’ "Dead Flowers", and the Drifters’ “Save The Last Dance For Me"  to name a few. What is special about this album is that Stanley doesn't play it safe. Songs like Tom Waits' “Eyeball Kid” and Steve Earl's "Ellis Unit One" are a bit off the beaten path and a lot of people might have missed them the first time around.

The combination of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and Jim Pepper's song/ Native American peyote chant is sheer genius.

The album closer, " A Showman's Life" features fellow north coast legend Alex Bevan on harmony vocals and winds up the album perfectly. Produced by Michael Stanley and mixed by Bill Szymczyk.

Track listing:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND
ME & ELVIS
CRY BABY CRY
EYEBALL KID
GUILTY
I WISH IT WOULD RAIN
ELLIS UNIT ONE
I'M GONNA MOVE TO THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN
DEAD FLOWERS
100 MILLION LITTLE BOMBS
SWEET JANE / WICHI TAI TO
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME
I WANT YOU
A SHOWMAN'S LIFE


2007 - "The Soft Addictions" - “This is a group of songs that came from a lifetime of observations on adventures, and misadventures, with the fairer sex,” said Stanley. The misadventures start right away with the loss of innocence rocker "The Curves Of Bratenahl". A trio of ballads comes next, with “Lover's Lane”, "My Side Of The Moment" and the beautifully familial "Same Blood (different vein). The bluesy "Cadillac Man" and the hilarious "Drinkin' In The Driveway" both will bring a smile to your face, and "When It's Time To Dance Alone" might be one of Michael's finest vocals ever.

"Matador Love" makes it hard to sit still and “Didn't We Burn" and "Somebody Might" are both simply classic Michael Stanley tunes. The sad but hopeful closer "No Rules When You Dream" wraps things up quite nicely.

Produced by Michael Stanley and mixed by Bill Szymczyk.

Track listing:
THE CURVES OF BRATENAHL
LOVER LANE
MY SIDE OF THE MOMENT
SAME BLOOD (DIFFERENT VEIN)
CADILLAC MAN
DRINKIN' IN THE DRIVEWAY
WHEN IT'S TIME TO DANCE ALONE
MATADOR LOVE
MALLORY
DIDN'T WE BURN
SOMEBODY MIGHT
LIFE BENEATH THE RADAR
NO RULES WHEN YOU DREAM



2008 - 'JUST ANOTHER NIGHT features thirteen new original songs and is sure to quickly take its' place among your Stanley favorites.

With the help of all of The Resonators, Michael has crafted a work of scope and insight that he says, “tries to capture the passion, pain, hope
and outrage that are all present on any given night across this amazingly diverse country. I wanted to try and explore the myriad of emotions that  constantly surround us but we seldom take the time to see.”

From the powerful opening strains of “Just Another Night In America”, to “Winter”, the nine-minute epic which closes the CD, you will find yourself
on a musical and lyrical journey that shouldn't be missed! Michael Stanley's Just Another Night is anything but just another CD; it's the next step from an
artist who refuses to stop growing. So as the man says, “continue to rock until otherwise notified!”
 
Track listing:
JUST ANOTHER NIGHT IN AMERICA
LAP DOGS DANCE
TUPELO RAIN
THROWING SHADOWS (Duet with Jennifer Lee)
DID SOMEBODY ORDER A HEARTACHE
ANY TIME I TRY
SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING
THE ONLY TIME THAT MATTERS
PAY ME NOW
ANGELINA
THE REAL THING
KENSINGTON PLACE
WINTER



2009 - "An Acoustic Evening with Michael Stanley" - Have you ever wished that Michael Stanley would come to your house, sit on the couch and sing just for you? 

With this new DVD, you can get about as close to that dream as possible. 

This “ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH MICHAEL STANLEY” features Stanley at his story telling best.  Filled with “all the hits  you want to hear”, as well as a still unreleased tune, “Old Flannel”, you get over 2 hours of songs and stories, including a Q&A with the audience which brings it’s fair share of chuckles.

This DVD also features Bob Pelander on piano and Ed Caner on Violin. 

Although a little rough in the visual (hence ‘BOOTLEG’), this is an intimate and special performance from Michael Stanley.

Discography by David A. Wade

For lyrics to any Michael Stanley song, go to: http://home.roadrunner.com/~staryjo/LyricsSite/index.html 
 





2009  Shadowland: Would it surprise you to read that this past decade (2000 -2009) was the most prolific decade in Michael Stanley's career ? Shadowland's release right after Christmas made it so, and Stanley just might have saved the best for last. The Album slams out of the gate with 'It's all about tonight", an up tempo rocker that is already a live classic. The third verse starts with the line "Here I am again up on the stage...you'd think I'd know better, a man my age". Let's all agree we're glad he doesn't.

"I am you" is an inspiring "we're all in this together" ballad, and "my brand new day" is as romantic a lyric as you could ask for.

A Unique aspect of this album is Stanley's return to writing, dare we say it, "singles" (remember those?) "When she falls", "I'm not finished loving you", "Maybe", and "Elegant mess" are all sub 4 minute, mature "pop" songs that would be great on radio, if there was a great radio station to play them.

With "skinny jeans", Stanley again references his previous work. "Then I saw her
standing there, through the smoke and through the haze....a living breathing memory, that's never gone away". A dialog about the past ensues, then she asks him to "play that one about those 'highway lines' it always takes me back to better times."

The album finishes with a tune called "Nice while it lasted", a song actually written more than 22 years ago, right after the demise of MSB. It does sound like it would have been at home at the end of the "Inside moves' album, or it could have been written yesterday.

The song might remind long time fans of the themes first presented in "Midwest Midnight, a young guy dreaming of being in a band, and the disillusionment of discovering the realities of the music "business"

"But it was nice while it lasted. it's getting kinda hard to find someone, someone to believe....and it was nice while it lasted. He can try but he can't forget it, 'cause he's got a phonographic memory"........don't we all.