You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once

by The RomansThe Romans


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The Romans certainly sound like an interesting band on paper -- the group was comprised of former members of some of the more creative California bands of the early- to mid-'80s, featuring Juan Gomez from Human Hands and the Los Angeles Free Music Society; Pat Delaney from B People and the Deadbeats; Mikey Borens from the Consumers; and Michael Uhlenkott and Keith Mitchell from Monitor. However, a great band is more than the sum of the members' resumés, and You Only Live Once, the Romans' first album, is significantly less impressive than the assembled star power would lead you to expect. Sounding like a cross between Wall of Voodoo and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, the Romans blend atmospheric soundscapes with twangy, surf-influenced guitar lines, and while the results are pleasing enough, You Only Live Once moves the brain more than the heart or the feet, and that's not always a good thing in rock & roll. Most of the tunes are instrumentals, and Michael Uhlenkott's occasional vocals tend to suggest that was a good route for the group to take. While the songs are good and the material is intelligent and well-performed, the performances on You Only Live Once lack a certain passion, and this is the sort of album that simply doesn't stick in the ear for very long after one's heard it. Not bad at all, but hardly a lost masterpiece either, You Only Live Once ultimately sounds competent but rather ordinary, which is the last thing you'd expect from the musicians involved. The album was reissued in 2002 in a new edition featuring eight bonus tracks, which are on a par with the quality of the album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Warning Label
UPC: 0956561000129
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 171080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Romans   Primary Artist
Paul Mitchell   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mikey Borens   Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Paul B. Cutler   Hammond Organ
Pat Delaney   Saxophone,Drones
Juan Gomez   Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Drones
Rick Novak   Hand Clapping
Michael Uhlenkott   Bass,Percussion,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Fortepiano,farfisa organ
Dinah Cancer   Hand Clapping,screams

Technical Credits

Paul Mitchell   Engineer
Romans   Producer
Thomas Bird   Liner Notes
Paul B. Cutler   Engineer
Juan Gomez   Producer,Engineer
Fredrick Nilsen   Producer
Michael Uhlenkott   Engineer,Graphic Design
Ed Barger   Engineer
Paul Cutter   Engineer

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