G.E. SMITH In The World (1981)

In The World (1981)
Put It On In The Background And You’ll Keep Forgetting Who You’re Listening To.

I can’t remember where I scored this vinyl rip of guitarist G.E. Smith’s debut album, so thanks to whomever. I first uploaded this in August, but never got around to writing it up. So…

I was always strangely drawn to Smith. His look, the way he handled his guitar during the Saturday Night Live years, all suggested a guy familiar with every inch and nuance of the fretboard. Musically, In The World may not be all that distinguishable from the rest of the new wave pack, but educated ears aren’t needed to tell there’s a little bit more going on under the surface here. Unfortunately, when I was writing this up… this is where I left off.

Heart Frozen Up (4:08)
Real Love (2:35)
Rita (2:47)
The Blind Boy Rag (1:53)
Nuns With Guns (3:34)
Powerman (3:08)
Sad About Girls (3:24)
Fake O’ The Land (4:05)
James Brown (3:19)
In The World (2:44)


  • Willard
    January 17, 2012 - 11:06 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Dave
    January 17, 2012 - 22:38 | Permalink

    Thank you, Cap’n! I grabbed this somewhere 4-5 years ago but then lost it when a not-backed-up hard-drive crashed. Maybe you got it the same place… Anyway, completely agree, G.E. is a severely underrated musician. I saw him backing Bob Dylan in 1988 (?) and he was the best thing about that show (Dylan appeared to be phoning it in that night). He’s one of a handful of players that really seems to be able to get the maximum impact out of an 8-bar break. Here’s a live performance with H&O that is a great example of that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G-V5_QI2Gg

    • Willard
      January 18, 2012 - 00:53 | Permalink

      Outstanding. What a presence that guy is. And how good is Hall & Oates? Looking at how Oates is outfitted, I remember why I kept my fascination for these guys under wraps for so many years.

      • Dave
        January 18, 2012 - 08:47 | Permalink

        No kidding… I saw H&O on VH1’s Behind The Music and the subject of that infamous album cover came up and what it did to their reputation. But, Dude… Who told you to go on stage dressed like THAT?!?

  • Balzac
    January 17, 2012 - 22:41 | Permalink

    I wore this out when it first came out. I believe the track you have on the player, “Hearts Frozen Up” features BG vocals by Paul Simon and Mrs GE Smith at the time, Gilda Radner.

    • Willard
      January 18, 2012 - 01:01 | Permalink

      No way. I know I used to have this on vinyl. It drove me nuts the first time I went looking for it thinking it was there… and finding it wasn’t.

  • shmoopatties
    January 21, 2012 - 22:10 | Permalink

    I know Angelo at Power Pop Criminals has it posted…according to the notes field in my MP3s that’s where I got it…good un.

  • Steve
    January 22, 2012 - 01:11 | Permalink

    I really loved this when it came out. Made it clear what a huge influence he was having on H&O at the time.

  • Jim
    January 22, 2012 - 19:36 | Permalink

    good one!! bought this on cassette back in like ’82, and loved it ever since…..very power pop in spots, but not self consciously so…..nice to have it digitally…..thanks much!

  • B
    February 9, 2013 - 23:32 | Permalink

    Thanks Capt. One ? though; how come only your files are immune from the Mediafire gutting? I don’t get it, lol.

    • Willard
      February 10, 2013 - 01:13 | Permalink

      Most of them have been gutted. I’ve been replacing them for the last two months. Some remain, only because they haven’t been targeted yet. An old vinyl only album like this one is an example.

  • Anthony Aquilato
    April 10, 2013 - 16:20 | Permalink

    Willard, do you think you could put up a torrent of the audio files?
    Or share them with me? I used to have this LP. Really loved it.
    I woke up this morning with Rita in my head and searching today brought me to this posting.


  • Exooregon
    March 19, 2016 - 02:16 | Permalink

    As of March 18, 2016, the link still works! Thanks Willard!!!

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