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Album Review

Walter Egan's big hit, "Magnet & Steel," was issued on his Not Shy album in 1978, his sophomore effort. It was the only chart score he ever had. That said, this two-fer reissue of Egan's first two offerings is a solid chapter in the California pop/rock canon of the 1970s. History is kind in its view here, because Egan's own songwriting is top-notch, and having Lindsey Buckingham as a producer — with backing vocals from Stevie Nicks on both albums — couldn't hurt either, since this was Mac's prime era. These are solid outings, the groove quotient is high, the vibes are warm and sunny, and the attitude is perfect — with a fine balance between sweetness and swagger. Other standouts include "She's So Tough," "Surfin' & Drivin'" (with Dean Torrence from Jan & Dean), and "When I Get My Wheels."

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Big W and the other guys

Well, WOW. There are two mostly brilliant albums on this one disc. The 1st album Fundamental Roll was produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. If that isn't enough, either one or the other is on every song. And what songs they are. The starter track, Only The Lucky, should have been a huge hit, unfortunately for you and Walter, it didn't get the exposure it deserved. The rest of Fundamental Roll is so good that you wont believe it didn't get noticed. The next album here is Not Shy which was best known for the hit single Magnet and Steel. The fact that the song was such a hit back in 1978 created a bit of an image problem for Walter. Most people figured that the rest of his stuff was just AM radio fluff, which believe me it wasn't. Check out Sweet South Breeze, I Wannit, and Unloved. All 3 of them should have been radio staples as well. And again Lindsey Buckingham adds his incredible production skills to the entire affair.


Well, this five star rating is mainly for "Not Shy," although "Fundamental Roll" isn't all that bad either - the worthwhile songs on "Not Shy," of course other than Magnet And Steel, are the last five - I Wannit, Make It Alone, Unloved, Just The Wanting, and Hot Summer Nights - this was a staple of my college days and it's good to see it released here.


Born: July 12, 1948 in Jamaica, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best remembered for "Magnet and Steel," his smooth singer/songwriter smash from 1978, pop singer/songwriter Walter Egan was born July 12, 1948 in Jamaica, New York. Alongside guitarist John Zambetti, he first surfaced in a surf rock band dubbed the Malibooz, which earned a devoted local following and even performed at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Relocating to Washington, D.C., Egan and Zambetti re-teamed in the folk-rock group Sageworth and Drums, a product of the same fertile D.C. scene that...
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