World Goes Round, a supergroup made up of various hit songwriters and musicians who first got together in 1989, will be releasing their full length LP of previously undiscovered music – a time capsule of music from the 1980s – on 22 January. The album will be available on all digital formats, and on vinyl, via Viper Records.
With combined credits from such artists as Queen to Supertramp, John Fogerty, Air Supply, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Chaka Khan, Sheena Easton, Quincy Jones, Kenny Rogers, Donna Summer, Neil Diamond, Jeffrey Osbourne, and many more, Frank Musker (co-lead vocals), Elizabeth Lamers (co-lead vocals), Jeff Hull (keyboards/drums/bass guitar) and Marty Walsh (guitar), have written, recorded and performed an immense catalogue of music. Their original producer, Tommy Vicari (known for his work with Prince and Billy Idol) recently remastered the album, after one of the band members found an old cassette of the recordings. Now, more than 30 years later, the music is being made available for the public to hear.
Says Musker: “It’s amazing to me that not only is this music finally being heard after all this time, but that it sounds so relevant to the momentous times we’re living in even though the songs were written 30 years ago. It’s very gratifying to be able to finish what we started and even more satisfying that people are reacting so positively to our music.” Echoes Hull: “We’ve all worked on a lot of great songs that haven’t seen the light of day until now. I’m pleased there’s excitement around this album, and that it’s finally out there getting heard.”
Adds Walsh: “About a year ago, the producer of World Goes Round, Tommy Vicari, asked me if I had a copy of the project. I dug out a cassette tape of the mixes, put it into my audio player, and recorded it into my studio workstation. As soon as I heard the first song, it was apparent that this project really was something special. I sent the project to Tommy, and then sent it to the rest of the members of WGR, who I had been out of touch with for many years. Everybody was quite floored by the music we had not heard in decades, and a conversation ensued about the possibility of somehow releasing this music.”
Their forthcoming single, Put It On The Line, is dedicated to today’s heroes. Says Musker: “It’s a song about overcoming fear and self doubt – emotions common to every single one of us. It is dedicated to all the ordinary every day heroes everywhere who put themselves on the line and in harm’s way each and every day for us – the ones who just turn up come what may and do their duty whatever the cost. It’s for the nurses, the doctors, the health workers, the firemen, the soldiers and to all those who daily overcome resistance and their own perceived limitations. There are no limits to heroism and to what one can achieve.”
WORLD GOES ROUND’S TRACK LISTING INCLUDES:
Rebel Heart (Musker/Hull)
Joy and Pain (Musker/Hull/Lamers)
Great Talker (Musker/Hull)
Put It On The Line (Musker/Walsh)
Once Around the Sun (Musker/Hull)
Round the World (Musker/Jay Cawley/Kim Tyler)
Please Please (Musker/Hull/Walsh)
Can’t Let Go (Must Be Crazy) (Musker/Walsh/Hull)
Putting Down Roots (Musker/Hull)
Big House (Musker/Hull/Walsh)