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MICHAEL STANLEY DISCOGRAPHY
For lyrics to any Michael Stanley song, go to:
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1992 - "Right Back At Ya"(1971-1983) - A compilation released by Razor & Tie Music featuring tunes from the entire run of MSB, as well as two songs from Michael's solo albums that pre-date the band. The disc also features track-by-track notes from Michael, and the success of this disc convinced the "powers that be" at Razor & Tie to re-issue the entire MSB catalog on CD over the next two years.

(not available through Line Level Music)


1993 - "The Ghost Poets" - Starting with the "Michael Stanley and Friends" shows in August of 1987 when Jonah Koslen and Michael Stanley played their first full set together in more than 10 years, fans had hoped they would record together again. It took a while, but in the summer of 1993 the wish came true. Featuring not only Stanley and Koslen, the Ghost Poets roster also included keyboardist Bob Pelander and vocalist Jennifer Lee, who had been present on stage with Stanley since that first post-MSB show in August of '87.

A cover of the Youngblood’s’ 1969 classic "Darkness, Darkness" opens the album, with acoustic guitar establishing a sound that would dominate the record. Koslen would showcase his mellower side with tunes like "Oh Jessie", "Two Hearts", and "The Promise", as well as a bit of the blues with "Sights On You (Juliette Of the Spirit)".

The Stanley / Pelander writing team is back with the single "Everything", the closing power ballad "Since You've Been Gone" and the rocking "Liar's Moon". A stripped down version of the Cabin Fever classic "Why Should Love Be This Way" is now a subtle duet between Stanley and Lee. Sarcasm is in abundance on Stanley's anti-music business rocker "Broken Radio", which featured a
reprise in the live setting that turned the song into an even bigger jam.

The band played together live for about two years, augmented on stage by percussionist Rodney Psyka, bassist Eric Sosinski, and the ever present Tommy Dobeck on drums.

(not available through Line Level Music)


1996 - "Coming Up For Air" - Michael Stanley's third solo album, albeit 23 years after his second one, features performances by many of his long-time musical compatriots and a wide range of musical styles.

The title track is a chillingly somber tune that Stanley was inspired to write after he had suffered a heart attack a few years earlier. Some humorous lyrics and healthy dose of attitude make "Poison Pen" a stinging rebuke of music critics. More humor and some innuendo follow with "Sendaway Underwear", a song about mail order lingerie.

The innuendo is thrown out the window later on the album with the leave no doubt ode to you-know-what , "Horizontal Mambo". "Yesterdays Eyes" is a country-flavored ballad about a lonely woman who "for a moment in a stranger’s arms, broke the heart of one good man". "Complicated" features some nice bass from Bob Pelander, as well as a soulful sax solo from Kenny Anderson, and marks the first appearance of Marc Lee Shannon on a Michael Stanley album, as he contributes some electric "sauce" guitar. The album finishes with a simple touching ballad called "Terms Of Surrender” featuring some outstanding harmony vocals from Jennifer Lee.

Produced by Michael Stanley and Bob Pelander and released on Intersound Records, this CD also marks the return of Michael's long time musical mentor, Bill Szymczyk, who mixed the project.

Track listing:
AFTER HOLLYWOOD
COMING UP FOR AIR
POISON PEN
TALKING IN TONGUES
SENDAWAY UNDERWEAR
EVERYBODY
WHEREVER YOU GO
YESTERDAY'S EYES
COMPLICATED
JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS
HORIZONTAL MAMBO
SHA-LA-LA-LA
TERMS OF SURRENDER


1997 - "Misery Loves Company" More Of The Best 1975-1983 - The second "hits" compilation from Razor & Tie, again with track-by-track notes from Michael.

(not available through Line Level Music)


1998 - "Live In Tangiers" the acoustic shows. Well, as Michael states in the liner notes, "You can only wait so long for those MTV unplugged people to call, then you have to take matters into your own hands". As acoustic tunes and sets have always been a part of live shows, this two-CD, 30-track collection was a natural. Some selections were obvious, going back to "Dancing In The Dark" from the "You Break It ..You Bought It" album, this version features dreamy harmony vocals from Jennifer Lee. Other tunes may be more of a surprise in this form, as you might not expect to hear "Sendaway Underwear" or "All I Ever Wanted" in this form....but it all works. This set was a chance to "strip down the tunes and see where they came from". Definitely a unique look at the music of Michael Stanley.

Track listing:
MIDWEST MIDNIGHT
I'LL NEVER NEED ANYONE MORE
AFTER HOLLYWOOD
MY TOWN
SPANISH NIGHTS
WORKING AGAIN
ROSEWOOD BITTERS
TIME ON MY HANDS
EVERYTHING
ALL I EVER WANTED
DANCING IN THE DARK
SOMEWHERE OVER PARIS
GROWNUP LOVE SONG
LOVER
IN BETWEEN THE LINES
IN THE HEARTLAND
MISERY LOVES COMPANY
HELP
BLUE SKY SONG
LET'S GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD
BEAUTIFUL LIES
WHAT'S ANOTHER HEART
WALTZING'S FOR DREAMERS
WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW?
SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE
SENDAWAY UNDERWEAR
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
TERMS OF SURRENDER
SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
MY BACK PAGES/GOIN' BACK


1999 - "MS-LIVE 2K" - Recorded at the Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland (R.I.P.), this set of eight tunes was originally only available to people who attended the concert, but eventually went on sale at Line Level Music.

This non-jewel case release comes shipped in a cardboard sleeve, and features long time favorites like "Midwest Midnight" and “In Between the Lines" as well as covers of the Righteous Brothers’ "Unchained Melody" and "a little 12 bar blues" in the form of "Red House".

Track listing:
COUNTDOWN
MIDWEST MIDNIGHT
IN THE HEARTLAND
BROKEN RADIO
UNCHAINED MELODY/FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
IN BETWEEN THE LINES
RED HOUSE
WORKING AGAIN
SENDAWAY UNDERWEAR