SHAKER has been called the band that never was by a few flinty critics on the west coast, a mere figment of someone's overractive imagination or hallucinations (choose your own poison). But in the desert bars in Phoenix there still exist uncollected bar tabs, broken hearts (mostly Larry's) and this fine album to prove otherwise. If still in doubt, then take this album for a spin and let your imagination run wild in a wonderful sonic romp!!!! The first three tracks are as good a start as any album, anytime, anywhere. If driving, catchy melodies are your speed, then check out 'Slow Groovy Ride' and ponder how such a torquey rock/pop missile evaded radio notice or in the very least prominent display in a sportscar commercial. 'These Words' and 'Down at the Steel Mill' are also crowd pleasers from the first to last note. Maybe the band is an illusion to cruise unnoticed for so long. Nearly out of print -- this CD may soon only be available in digital download format. Hurry, hurry. Mixed (on a Neve console) and recorded by Scott Nowak at the Gin Blossoms old Mayberry studio. Story goes that Shaker singer Larry Gast actually helped Robin Wilson unload a Hammond B-3 from his Jeep in between vocal takes on the 'Progress Avenue' track. Gast actually asked Wilson to record 'These Words,' but the Gin Blossoms' frontman declined without even giving the song a listen, thereby disappointing millions of fans who hoped to hear Robin perform a good song instead of the dreck of the Pharoahs/Gas Giants album debacle. Anyway, ancient history...check this album out. Mastered by the Master, Master David Shirk at Sonorous Mastering. Art concept and design by Tony 'TimeOut' Amato. Enjoy!