Ron Sexsmith – Grand Opera Lane

ARTIST: Ron Sexsmith        grandoperalane

TITLE:  Grand Opera Lane

YEAR RELEASED: 1991

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: No

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mega-fans yes. This was a Canadian indie release.

LINEUP: Ron Sexsmith, Bob Wiseman, Don Kerr, Steve Charles and others.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Independently recorded and released album from Canadian singer-songwriter is more rocking than his later, more popular albums.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ron Sexsmith befriended Canadian songwriter and actor Bob Wiseman at an open stage in Toronto, and from there recorded an album with Wiseman that every Canadian record company rejected. So Wiseman released this on his own and it wound up getting Sexsmith signed.

The arrangements here are more rock-oriented than his later releases, but the singer songwriter and introspectivity that later releases show up in cuts like “Speaking With The Angel”.

Fans would love this side of Sexsmith, and his song-craft is definitely present.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: He had a couple of self-produced cassettes that he recorded and sold before recording this album.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B: Sexsmith’s songs and voice are all there. It’s not the best place to start but fans would love it.

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