(U.K 1967 - 1993)
The Wild Places was released in 1978 through Logo and Sire Records and features contributions from session musicians Tony Hymas, John Giblin and Simon Phillips. In contrast to his previous self-titled solo record in 1977, the sound of the album is fully electric and ranges from progressive rock to straightforward rock music and synthpop.
The music runs the gamut from edgy progressive rock to straight-ahead rock & roll (the latter highlighted by "The Crash"), though Browne was at the top of his game, as both a singer and
composer, working in an introspective, romantic vein, as on the catchy title cut and numbers like
"Roman Vecu" and "Kisarazu."
Even the hilariously “Roman Vecu” (I ask you, what sort of title is that for a rock & roll song?) can get under your skin, if you happen to be feeling especially passive. The music is so lulling and remote you simply don’t hear lines like “But who knows which of us will be the last to remember/That you don’t live in Paris/You don’t live in Paris anymore?,” lines that are surely so far beyond parody as to exist in an alternate universe.
metaphor, or anyway disappeared: The Wild Places doesn’t suggest such intense, decadent pointlessness. “Camino Real” is a rather long waste of time, “Samurai” and “Kisarazu” are unhearable (as opposed to unlistenable) and “The Crash,” so pretentiously titled, is merely bouncy when it wants to be wistful. There isn’t a really irritating moment on the album, but that’s mainly because Browne never dares to come on strong.
02 Roman Vécu 4:43
03 Camino Real (Parts 1, 2 & 3) 8:27
04 Samurai 4:31
05 Kisarazu 7:11
06 The Crash 3:54
07 Planet Earth 6:29
08 Wild Places (Single Edit) 4:20
09 Camino Real [Parts 2 & 3] (Single Edit) 3:00
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar,
Bass – John Giblin
Drums, Percussion – Simon Phillips
Synthesizer – Tony Hymas
Keyboards – Duncan Browne (tracks: B2)
Piano – Simon Phillips (tracks: A3)