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Album Review

Though none of the singles from The Call's Reconciled made a dent on the pop charts, the anthemic march "I Still Believe" and the galloping "Everywhere I Go" (with backup vocals by Jim Kerr and Peter Gabriel) both received significant AOR and college radio airplay. It significantly raised the profile of the quartet and their earnest, U2-like brand of rock. It is easy to apply spiritual overtones to the socially conscious lyrics, but the words are malleable enough to be mainstream and only on occasion become heavy handed ("Blood Red (America)"). Robbie Robertson plays guitar on the thundering stomp "The Morning" and the song itself has the same vibe as the band's later hit "Let the Day Begin." Some of the keyboards sound a bit dated, but, overall, Reconciled is enjoyable and established the band as one of the better purveyors of '80s "big music."

Customer Reviews

Under-Appreciated Album...

By an under-appreciated band. "Blood Red (America)" is an anthem pointing at the ridiculous notion of a 'christian' nation. No one will ever march into heaven and belong there due to their jingoistic merits. Michael rips the mask of hypocrisy off of the face of 'television evangelists' (both then and now). "Oklahoma" captures the terror of experiencing a tornado ripping through town. "Everywhere I Go" is one of the best songs written by The Call / Michael Been.

A Favorite

This remains one of my favorite albums of all time. It is a spiritual experience every time I listen to it.

R.I.P. Michael Been

Leader/vocalist/guitarist of The Call, father of Robert Been (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) as well as the sound engineer for BRMC, Michael Been has passed away at the age of 60. No official cause of death has been announced and all the information we’ve gotten thus far has been from foreign news sites translated. Here’s what we know about this very sad event:

Michael Been, Sound engineer and father of bassist Robert Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, was unwell Thursday in the backstage area of Pukkelpop. “The first aid was immediately administered by the workers of the Flemish Cross and the doctors present backstage.” says festival organizer Chokri Mahassine. “The Medical Emergency Team was immediately on the spot.” He was rushed to the Salvator Hasselt hospital where he later died.

Our hearts go out to our close friend Robert, his family & the band.

RIP Michael Been.


Formed: 1980 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

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

Despite great critical acclaim due to their literate, passionate rock, praise from some well-respected contemporaries, and a string of strong releases, the San Francisco band the Call never quite escaped cult status. The predicted breakthrough to a wider audience never materialized. Formed in the San Francisco area in 1980, the quartet, led by vocalist/guitarist Michael Been, released their self-titled debut in 1982 and earned positive reviews. The following year, the band issued Modern Romans and...
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