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Richard X. Heyman had the songs; he just lacked the timing. His stock-in-trade was ‘60s-influenced pop tunes with tight, excited harmonies, soaring melodies and bright, punchy instrumentation informed by the ’70-‘80s punk-new wave movement. Wrong place, wrong time. Think the Byrds and Left Banke two decades later. With a limited budget, he issued the Actual Size six-song EP in 1986 and eventually signed with a major label at the turn of the 1990s. The music business is filled with performers who never reached their full potential, but Heyman’s fate seems particularly a shame since it wasn’t for lack of talent or material. Actual Sighs attempts to right an overlooked wrong. Twenty-plus years since his first EP, Heyman re-records that EP’s six tunes with stronger production and adds 14 additional tracks he’d written back then but never recorded since the money ran out. The highlights are frequent and steady. “Kenyon Walls,” “Winter Blue,” “Can’t Keep Me From Talkin’,” “Hoosier” — Heyman’s songs make the case for immediate rediscovery of this man’s immense talents.

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Actual Sighs is very good.

It is a crime that this guy is overlooked.Richard X. Heyman is deserving of a MUCH wider audience. He writes great power pop catchy tunes. All In The Way That You Found Me and In a Boxcar are better than 99% of the stuff on the radio today. Give him a try.You will not be disappointed.

Never heard before, Can't stop listening now

If you've never heard of Richard X Heyman before, don't be alarmed. The one thing those who know of him agree upon without hesitation is his status as perhaps the most talented, original, unheralded pop artist toiling in semi-obscurity. One listen to this 20-song opus brings to mind the best of the eccentric pop masterworks, from Todd Rundgren's "Something/Anything?" to The Magnetic Fields' "69 Love Songs". All the elements are in place: expert songwriting, one-man-band capabilities, a genuine love for all types of music, and of course, THOSE HOOKS! Most of these fine tunes grab the listener immediately, while all of them instantly display their potential for exponentially increased enjoyment over time. This is one of the few revamped re-releases that makes perfect sense, particularly for those who missed Mr. Heyman the first time around. The good news is that it's not too late to catch up on all the existing albums while he's still around to make future masterpieces. And what better place to start than the ironically-titled "Actual Sighs" at $10 for 20 songs?

A Work Of Art In A Clueless World

It Is A Crime That Richard X Heyman Isn't Even Acknowledged On Radio These Days, There Is So Much Crap Music={Some Country,A Lot Of Rap}And Rock Soundalikes That AOR Eats Up Like The Wolfes They Are !!! Richard Plays Pretty Much Every Instrument Himself On This, Mitch Easter Would Be Proud !!! Big Plans For Everbody By Let's Active Is Another Testament Of A Masterpiece! This Ranks Right Up There Bud!! Looking Forward To Buying More Of These Songs You Post!!!!!!Rock On!!!!!Live Long!!!!And God Bless God For Creating Richard X Heyman!

Biography

Genre: Rock

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

Richard X. Heyman is one of the sadly overlooked pop craftsmen of the '90s, but his albums are widely regarded in power pop circles as instant classics. Heyman began recording in the late '80s in the tradition of the studio nerd/one-man band, playing all instruments himself in his upper west side Manhattan apartment living room, named Brontasaurus, presumably after the classic song by the Move. He released the independent Actual Size EP in 1987 and followed with the full-length Living Room!! in 1988....
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