Morning Becomes Electric
'Rob Norris has always known about the healing powers of music. This knowledge and power can be heard and felt through his passionate musicianship with the Bongos, which I had the pleasure to experience first hand. And now, finally, this knowledge informs the brilliantly personal and powerfully soul-bearing music on his solo debut, 'Morning Becomes Electric'. It looks and sounds gorgeous. Other artists can only hope to achieve such honesty.' --Richard Barone (New York, NY) musician, producer and founding member of the Bongos 'As one might expect from a guy whose resume includes the Velvet Underground and the Bongos, Rob Norris knows the value of a raucous guitar sound and a unforgettable hook. That he can find such things in source material as eclectic as the Upanishads is pretty astounding; that he writes, plays, sings and produces everything on this--his solo debut--is amazing.' --Thomas Anderson (Austin, TX) journalist--MOJO, Trouser Press, Musician, Creem 'All fiery and fine, with many criss-crossing themes--especially the progression of romantic love towards individuation through relationship. There are comradely nods to the Velvets, the Feelies, Brian Eno, and the Beatles, but the tone, content and positioning of 'The Golden Dawn' gives a vertical element to the whole thing. Suddenly we're out of the horizontal world of contemporary life and into the vertical axis--hot-line to our ancestors--with inferences to the original intention of incarnation. A great achievement.' --Evan Kent (London, UK) Publicist for Fetish Records UK, the Bongos first label 'Rob Norris, the cosmic, dark and mysterious bass player of the Bongos has released his own solo CD. The Bongos, the 1980s pop rock and roll band that defined 'The Hoboken Sound' was an explosion, and Norris was the silent spiritual father of the band, who existed on a plane apart from the down and dirty workaday world that captures almost all of us so completely. Now Norris has re-emerged as if he was never gone and nothing changed since the early days of recording and touring, when it was all music all the time. His CD of original tunes retains the exuberant pop sensibility of the Bongos, but with a pure Norris otherworldly vision that is ageless.' --David Cogswell (Hoboken, NJ) journalist (Fortune, Travel Agent) author of 'Chomsky for Beginners' 'I have listened to 'Morning Becomes Electric' for many hours and find it's fine, life-affirming sentiments to be very much a gift to others from a flower-child who has kept the faith right on through the turn of the century. My favorites include 'Gotta Get Away', reminiscent of the sound on 'Crown of Creation', and 'Earth is Turning', a massage for the soul. Thank you so much.' --Mike Gauthier (Atlanta, GA) director of Night Eagle Music 'The need to get up and dance wearing only a big smile has been my daily response to Rob Norris' latest creation 'Morning Becomes Electric'. This life affirming collection of songs, with it's recurring themes of love and the complexities of relationships, respect for the Earth, and exploring your inner life, is a welcome addition to my day. I hear shades of everyone from the Beatles to the Ramones, the Doors to the Byrds and Pink Floyd, but make no mistake, this is an original.' --Miss Terry (Hoboken, NJ) soul and gospel singer ''Morning Becomes Electric'--I really like it! The obvious entry point is 'Gotta Get Away' with it's potfull-of-coffee Bongos groove, but I also like 'Daybreak' and 'The Golden Dawn', which aren't like the Bongos at all.' --Jud Cost (Santa Clara, CA) contributing editor to MAGNET.