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Now And Then

Paul Stanley's Soul Station

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Famous rock stars paying homage to a genre that inspired them is nothing new, though more often than not, these vanity projects manifest themselves in the form of well-meant but heavy-handed Americana "roots" collaborations or the inevitable jazz standards record. As the frontman for Kiss, Paul Stanley has made a lasting impact on rock & roll, marshalling one of the industry's most die-hard fan bases, the Kiss Army, well into its fifth decade of obsession. While Stanley-penned classics like "Lick It Up" and "Hotter Than Hell" are far from subtle, his voice has always been a particularly nuanced instrument with more range than Kiss' music usually allowed. Before donning the face paint and frightening generations of parents as the Starchild, Stanley was just another 1960s New York teenager listening to Otis Redding, Philly soul, and Motown hits on the radio. On Now and Then, his first release fronting Paul Stanley's Soul Station, he honors that particular era of R&B and soul, offering up vivid renditions of much-loved classics as well as five originals written in the same vein. Unmasked and guitarless in front of a nimble 15-piece band, his takes on evergreen hits like Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears" and the Five Stairsteps' "O-o-h Child" are decidedly faithful, coming across as affectionate tributes rather than self-serving showpieces. Wielding his warm falsetto with ease, Stanley gamely tackles the Temptations' enduringly sweet "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," sounding nothing like the hard rock god of "Love Gun" or "Detroit Rock City" fame. Dappled with horns, strings, backing singers, and a robust rhythm section, Soul Station's arrangements are elegant and lively, pumping up the energy when needed without going over the top. A record like this could have easily gone south, but Stanley's love for these songs is quite apparent, making Now and Then a surprisingly pleasing listen.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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1
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
00:04:01

Melvin Steals, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mervin Harold Steals, ComposerLyricist - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I Do
00:03:11

Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
I, Oh I
00:03:17

Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Ooo Baby Baby
00:03:07

Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - WILLIAM ROBINSON, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
O-O-H Child
00:03:43

Stan Vincent, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Save Me (From You)
00:03:31

Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
00:03:55

Barret Strong, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Whitfield, ComposerLyricist - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Whenever You're Ready (I'm Here)
00:03:04

Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
The Tracks Of My Tears
00:03:03

Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - WILLIAM ROBINSON, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - M. Tarpin, ComposerLyricist - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Let's Stay Together
00:03:48

Al Jackson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - WILLIE MITCHELL, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Green, ComposerLyricist - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
La-La – Means I Love You
00:04:00

THOM BELL, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - WILLIAM HART, ComposerLyricist - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Lorelei
00:03:09

Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
You Are Everything
00:03:47

THOM BELL, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - LINDA CREED, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Baby I Need Your Loving
00:03:04

Bryan Holland, ComposerLyricist - Paul Stanley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - Greg Collins, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Edward Holland, ComposerLyricist - David Spreng, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Olmon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Stanley's Soul Station, MainArtist

℗ 2021 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Famous rock stars paying homage to a genre that inspired them is nothing new, though more often than not, these vanity projects manifest themselves in the form of well-meant but heavy-handed Americana "roots" collaborations or the inevitable jazz standards record. As the frontman for Kiss, Paul Stanley has made a lasting impact on rock & roll, marshalling one of the industry's most die-hard fan bases, the Kiss Army, well into its fifth decade of obsession. While Stanley-penned classics like "Lick It Up" and "Hotter Than Hell" are far from subtle, his voice has always been a particularly nuanced instrument with more range than Kiss' music usually allowed. Before donning the face paint and frightening generations of parents as the Starchild, Stanley was just another 1960s New York teenager listening to Otis Redding, Philly soul, and Motown hits on the radio. On Now and Then, his first release fronting Paul Stanley's Soul Station, he honors that particular era of R&B and soul, offering up vivid renditions of much-loved classics as well as five originals written in the same vein. Unmasked and guitarless in front of a nimble 15-piece band, his takes on evergreen hits like Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears" and the Five Stairsteps' "O-o-h Child" are decidedly faithful, coming across as affectionate tributes rather than self-serving showpieces. Wielding his warm falsetto with ease, Stanley gamely tackles the Temptations' enduringly sweet "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," sounding nothing like the hard rock god of "Love Gun" or "Detroit Rock City" fame. Dappled with horns, strings, backing singers, and a robust rhythm section, Soul Station's arrangements are elegant and lively, pumping up the energy when needed without going over the top. A record like this could have easily gone south, but Stanley's love for these songs is quite apparent, making Now and Then a surprisingly pleasing listen.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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