Bill Mumy Circular (Global Recording Artists/BCD) - Though Bill Mumy (pronounced Moo-Me) is best remembered by many baby boomers such as myself for some of his extremely impressive appearances as a child actor in the early to mid-1960s, on TV shows like Twilight Zone, and as Will Robinson of Lost In Space, along with nearly countless others, he has continued to act and record music as well; this superb album is only the latest example of Billís ongoing career as a singer/songwriter. Unlike some celebrity releases, Mumyís work could easily stand on itís own as worthwhile and interesting even if he pumped gas, or painted houses for a living. Amongst the fourteen songs here, one can clearly detect the stylistic influence of folks like Tom Petty, John Fogarty, John Prine, Chuck Berry, Richard Thompson, and Neil Young, but itís ultimately Mumyís artistic voice that emerges. Heís a politically aware and slightly angry guy on at least one song (eight years of oneís country being run by an incompetent nitwit will do that to you) but mostly this is simply a fine showcase for Billís considerable skills as a song writer, singer and storyteller. "Man of Pride" wouldnít have sounded too out of place on a CSN&Y album with a dash of latter day Badfinger tossed into the mix. "The Heartís Fantasy" is the best song Neil Young and Tom Petty never made together, while "Donít Have Anything" is simply one of the best love songs Iíve heard in a long time. The structure of "History" recalls Brian Wilsonís "Rio Grande" and sections of Smile as well. And "Hereby Invited" could have been recorded by the Traveling Wilburys. But itís all very good stuff, uplifting, intelligent and highly accessible mid-tempo mellow melodic rock pop at itís finest.

George Parsons
Dream Magazine #9
 

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