DISCOGRAPHY

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    Instrumental Speaking

    • Lemonade
    • Big Flowers
    • Gusby
    • Laserfishe
    • New American Wing
    • Piano Piece #25
    • Future Wars
    • Fanfairo
    • All songs written and performed by Jim Wacker

     F.

    Film of civilization

    • Opus 1
    • Opus 2
    • Opus 3
    • Opus 4
    • Opus 534e

     Songs For Our Fathers [w John DeGiulio and Dave Hamburger]

    • My Funky Valentine
    • Since I Fell
    • Song for My Father–Horace Silver

     Solo [Can’t Get Under It]

    • Great Balls
    • Ain’t Misbehaving
    • Blueberry Hill

  • What My Listeners Say About Me[in public]

    CD review by Roger-Z

    Jim Wacker drops “Yours” — a loud, impossibly bold, in-your-face, full of attitude, New York album. The long-time keyboard player for Chubby Checker wrote or co-wrote all of the tunes and plays most of the instruments. He received additional help from John DiGiulio and James Monroe (drums), Joe Alexis and Scott Ackerman (guitar), Greg Fielline (bass). Musical influences on his first solo CD range from John Lennon, David Bowie, Lou Reed, The NY Dolls, Procul Harum, and Mott the Hoople.

    Jim Wacker loves large — children, women, and the environment! And he hates big as well — money, lies, and concrete! He kicks off the CD with “Yours,” a moving tribute to his wife. “Now that I have loved you, don’t go away. Cause I saw you smiling, and it’s so hard to find love like this…” In “Safety Song,” he rails against our over-protective, take no chances, society. “No, no, no, no… That’s not allowed. Don’t talk to strangers and don’t talk too loud.” “Paving the World” puts a unique spin on Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” “Why don’t you stop, stop paving the world? Why don’t you stop, stop killing trees. The world is too small to sprawl out forever. Please don’t bring mother nature to her knees.” The Bowiesque “U Gotta Lover” finds our hero preaching the virtues of treating your lover well. Wacker bears his soul in the John Lennon inspired “Just a Man.” “Baby don’t you leave me. I don’t expect you to believe me ever again. You know that I lied to you… I’m just a man. But I love you.”

    The passion continues. “Munchkin Minuet” proves a delightful, classical overture to his son. The rock hard “Comfortable” gets right to the point. “I want to call you up on the phone. I want to love you up. You’re so comfortable…” “My Only Everything” continues the praise. “And when I wake up next to her, I still really can’t believe that she loves me like she does. She’s only, my only, my only everything.” The hate re-surfaces on the power ballad, “Money Makes Fools.” Our hero goes on the road so he can buy his girl an expensive ring and all she wants is him by her side. In “Lies, Wacker tries some reverse psychology. “I don’t love you anymore. And I never want think about you. I don’t need to see you smile. And I wish these lies were true.” In a fitting conclusion to the record, Wacker sings “How do I get out of this alive?”

    Jim Wacker rocks hard. No beating around the bush… A little subterfuge, but not much! The man loves deep and hates almost as strongly. But ain’t that life?

    CD review by Roger-Z

    2016-07-26T10:54:25+00:00

    CD review by Roger-Z

    Jim Wacker drops “Yours” — a loud, impossibly bold, in-your-face, full of attitude, New York album. The long-time keyboard player for Chubby Checker wrote or co-wrote all of the tunes and plays most of the instruments. He received additional help from John DiGiulio and James Monroe (drums), Joe Alexis and Scott Ackerman (guitar), Greg Fielline (bass). Musical influences on his first solo CD range from John Lennon, David Bowie, Lou Reed, The NY Dolls, Procul Harum, and Mott the Hoople. Jim Wacker loves large — children, women, and the environment! And he hates big as well — money, lies, and concrete! He kicks off the CD with “Yours,” a moving tribute to his wife. “Now that I have loved you, don’t go away. Cause I saw you smiling, and it’s so hard to find love like this…” In “Safety Song,” he rails against our over-protective, take no chances, society. “No, no, no, no… That’s not allowed. Don’t talk to strangers and don’t talk too loud.” “Paving the World” puts a unique spin on Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” “Why don’t you stop, stop paving the world? Why don’t you stop, stop killing trees. The world is too small to sprawl out forever. Please don’t bring mother nature to her knees.” The Bowiesque “U Gotta Lover” finds our hero preaching the virtues of treating your lover well. Wacker bears his soul in the John Lennon inspired “Just a Man.” “Baby don’t you leave me. I don’t expect you to believe me ever again. You know that I lied to you… I’m just a man. But I love you.” The passion continues. “Munchkin Minuet” proves a delightful, classical overture to his son. The rock hard “Comfortable” gets right to the point. “I want to call you up on the phone. I want...

    News by Nature

    Jim Wacker’s “Yours” is an album that embodies all the best that rock-n-roll offers and not since Prince has there been an artist able to offer so wide a range of talents in such seamless songs.
    “It Ain’t Easy [Girl Like You]” pairs the all-too familiar frustration of being outmatched in love with searing guitar solos that fill in the feelings words can’t express. At the same time the album’s eponymnous tune “Yours” drives home a simple romantic message, backed by perfect harmonies that harkens back to the Beatles. UGottu Lover infuses vocal skills Deep Purple’s Ian Gilly would admire with piano riffs found nowhere in today’s rock-n-roll.
    Wacker waxes political is “Safety Song” reminding us that playing it so safe isn’t so smart while “Paving the World” uses sad, sweet melodies to offer a grimmer remind us of what’s been lost since Joni Mitchell’s “Pave Paradise.”
    While every cut on “Yours” showcases Wacker’s considerable talents in contemporary music, the instrumental “Munchkin Minuet” lends a classical component that is continually tested throughout the five-minute composition with a wild range of digitally crafted orchestral sounds. In short there is something for everyone in “Yours.”
    In a world where music and lyrics are increasing paired to maximize profits, it’s refreshing to see Wacker leveraging these most elemental of art forms into meticulously crafted tunes that destined to stand the test of time. “Yours” is a most listenable album that has something for everyone, if you’re a music lover and not just a consumer.

    News by Nature

    2016-07-26T10:55:56+00:00

    News by Nature

    Jim Wacker’s “Yours” is an album that embodies all the best that rock-n-roll offers and not since Prince has there been an artist able to offer so wide a range of talents in such seamless songs. “It Ain’t Easy [Girl Like You]” pairs the all-too familiar frustration of being outmatched in love with searing guitar solos that fill in the feelings words can’t express. At the same time the album’s eponymnous tune “Yours” drives home a simple romantic message, backed by perfect harmonies that harkens back to the Beatles. UGottu Lover infuses vocal skills Deep Purple’s Ian Gilly would admire with piano riffs found nowhere in today’s rock-n-roll. Wacker waxes political is “Safety Song” reminding us that playing it so safe isn’t so smart while “Paving the World” uses sad, sweet melodies to offer a grimmer remind us of what’s been lost since Joni Mitchell’s “Pave Paradise.” While every cut on “Yours” showcases Wacker’s considerable talents in contemporary music, the instrumental “Munchkin Minuet” lends a classical component that is continually tested throughout the five-minute composition with a wild range of digitally crafted orchestral sounds. In short there is something for everyone in “Yours.” In a world where music and lyrics are increasing paired to maximize profits, it’s refreshing to see Wacker leveraging these most elemental of art forms into meticulously crafted tunes that destined to stand the test of time. “Yours” is a most listenable album that has something for everyone, if you’re a music lover and not just a consumer.


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