21 Songs, 1 Hour, 15 Minutes


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5 out of 5

6 Ratings
6 Ratings



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.

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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.

About Walter Egan

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 also launched the careers of Emmylou Harris, Roy Buchanan, and Nils Lofgren. Sageworth and Drums relocated to Boston in 1971, disbanding after a record deal with Warner Bros. collapsed; Egan then followed Emmylou Harris to Los Angeles, where she recorded the Egan composition "Hearts on Fire" with Gram Parsons on the country-rock immortal's 1973 LP, Grievous Angel.

In L.A., Egan backed artists as varied as Jackson Browne and David Lindley before being spotted by Columbia executives while performing at a Hoot Night at the Troubadour club in 1976. His debut album, Fundamental Roll, followed in 1977, and a year later Egan released the Lindsey Buckingham/Richard Dashut-produced Not Shy, scoring a major hit with the single "Magnet and Steel." Subsequent efforts like 1979's Hi-Fi and 1980's The Last Stroll did not fare as well, however, and in 1981 he reunited with Zambetti to re-form the Malibooz, releasing Malibooz Rule on Rhino later that year. Apart from a 1983 solo release, Wild Exhibitions, Egan maintained a low musical profile during the remainder of the decade, increasingly turning his energies toward graphic art.

Finally, in 1992, Egan resurfaced on the Malibooz's Malibooz Yule: A Malibu Kind of Christmas, and in 1999 released the solo Walternative. The Lost Album, released in 2000, was originally recorded in 1985 and featured guest appearances from Jackson Browne, Christine McVie, and Randy California. It was followed in 2002 by Apocalypso Now, another winning collection of sophisticated pop/rock. In 2005, the Acadia label reissued Egan's first four records on two double-disc sets. In 2014, Egan returned with an ambitious new album, Myth America, and he continued to make occasional live appearances while also exhibiting his visual art. ~ Jason Ankeny

Jamaica, NY
July 12, 1948




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