Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

by Steve Goodman


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Although Steve Goodman's album Santa Ana Winds was, technically, a posthumous release, it was so polished an effort and appeared so soon after his death in September 1984 that it seemingly must have been in the can before his final illness. Unfinished Business, however, appearing three years later, clearly was a collection of previously unreleased archival recordings that had been assembled as an LP. Yet it was not all that different from most Goodman albums. During his lifetime, Goodman liked to put together collections that traced the range of his musical tastes, from folk to country to rock and beyond, with his own original songs, some of them sincere, some humorous, and also covers of various songs, some of them from Tin Pan Alley. And that's what one hears again on Unfinished Business. The leadoff track, "Whispering Man," and "In Real Life" (both of which sound like they may have benefited from after-the-fact overdubbing) are adult contemporary ballads; "Mind Over Matter" and "Millie Make Some Chili" have country arrangements; "Don't Get Sand in It" is a good-natured pop
ock tune; and "God Bless Our Mobile Home" and "(Now and Then) There's a Fool Such as I" are duets between Goodman and his mandolin-playing touring partner, Jethro Burns (formerly of Homer & Jethro), recorded at a radio station. Toward the end, more solo Goodman is heard, with a new version of "The Dutchman," the Michael Smith song Goodman first recorded on his second album, Somebody Else's Troubles, and a concluding performance of "My Funny Valentine," which bookend an original seasonal song, "Colorado Christmas" (another song that sounds like it might have some new overdubs). It sounds like a miscellany, but Goodman's reedy voice holds it all together, and it is no more diverse than one of the albums he concocted himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2019
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651017775
catalogNumber: 101777
Rank: 35359

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Goodman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mandola
Jethro Burns   Mandolin
Radiators   Background Vocals
Mark Colby   Saxophone
Peter Bunetta   Percussion,Drums
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer
Rick Chudacoff   Bass
Bill Elliott   Keyboards
Bonnie Herman   Background Vocals
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Ron Murray   Bass
Mitch Perry   Electric Guitar
Brian Ray   Electric Guitar
Steve Rodby   Bass,Upright Bass
Jim Rothermel   Saxophone
Bill Ruppert   Electric Guitar
Leslie Smith   Background Vocals
Tim Stone   Background Vocals
Jim Tullio   Percussion
Bob Rans   Piano,Synclavier
Vicki Hubly   Background Vocals
Robert Bowker   Background Vocals
Michael Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Jo Pusateri   Percussion,Drums
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Goodman   Composer,Producer
John Prine   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bill LaBounty   Composer
Gary Brandt   Engineer
Russell Brown   Composer
Bunetta   Executive Producer
Peter Bunetta   Arranger,Producer
Brad Buxer   drum programming
Rick Chudacoff   Arranger,Producer
Dan Einstein   Executive Producer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Hank Neuberger   Engineer
Cheryl Pawelski   Reissue Producer
Mike Smith   Composer
Jim Tullio   Arranger,Producer
Billy Vera   Composer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Rich Warren   Engineer
Norm Ung   Original Cover Artwork
Richard Rogers   Composer
Bill Trader   Composer
Sean Kelly   Composer
Tim Hale   Engineer
Lee Zimmerman   Liner Notes

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