Romeo Unchained

Romeo Unchained

by Tonio K.


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Heralded by many as Tonio K.'s greatest release, this record does not age well, being rich in many trendy 1980s gimmicks (electric drums and glossy synthesizer work). It is also the least representative of his intellectual style, nearly all the songs being centered around the subject of relationships. Not a bad idea for a concept album but for the over-abundance of similar subject matter. Released in the wake of the PMRC, when the mainstream CCM market had little to offer in the way of challenging music, this release is good, but is far from up to par with most of his other work; the key phrase here is "safe territory." Try the long-delayed release Olé for a more well-rounded post-conversion release for Tonio K.. "Living Doll" is downright embarrassing given a post-'80s take on the lyrics. There is hidden gold to be found in the last two tracks: "You Don't Belong Here" and the T-Bone Burnett-produced "You Will Go Free." ~ Mark W. B. Allender

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/1996
Label: Gadfly
UPC: 0076605221720
catalogNumber: 217
Rank: 123564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tonio K.   Primary Artist,Guitar
Peter Banks   Guitar
Charlie Sexton   Guitar
Ron Aston   Drums
T Bone Burnett   Guitar,Drums
Tim Chandler   Bass
Phil Chen   Bass
Burleigh Drummond   Drums
David Miner   Bass
Rick Neigher   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Bob Rose   Synthesizer
Billy Steele   Guitar
Efrain Toro   Percussion
Nick VanMaarth   Guitar
Freddy Alwag   Drums
Daryl Caraco   Guitar
Eric Gotthell   Bass

Technical Credits

Mark Heard   Engineer
Tonio K.   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Rick Neigher   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Larold Rebhun   Engineer
Bob Rose   Arranger,Producer
Howard Steele   Producer
Nick VanMaarth   Engineer
Billy Taylor   Engineer

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