The Happy Door
Pop singer/songwriter Tim Anthony takes a break from his many other projects and head honcho duties at Jealousy Records and treats pop enthusiasts to an excellent 13 song disc with psuedo- 60's and mainstream pop tunes.Tim has crafted a seamless album with plenty of catchy melodies,and he adds chiming guitars to such songs as "BABY I'M BACK"
and "NO WORDS".
Discovering a singer songwriter who has the talent
to produce near perfect power pop songs and then
perform them with consummate vocal and guitar talent
is refreshing. Tim Anthony from Central New York
toured internationally in a band called The
Brambles, he is now working solo and runs his own
label Jealousy Records. Anthony whose writing and
performing styles could be compared to Neil Finn
with added dashes of George Harrison’s minimalist
sweet guitar sounds, has teamed up with pop multi
instrumentalist Ed James on his latest release,
The Happy Door. This
collection of well crafted songs of lost love and
heartache is filled with tight vocal harmonies and
hook filled melodies. Standout tracks are the
classic pop Maryellen and
Baby I’m Back with its
flowing guitar solo, while the thoughtful ballad
More features Ed James on
French horn. No Words
combines superb guitar with catchy harmonies, while
the moving string laden Disappear
was written for Anthony’s late father.
Each track’s origins are fully described in the
liner notes on the CD cover.
Chris Clark, Hidden Tracks Column,
Australia Life Magazine (Australia)
There’s nothing complicated or tricky about The Happy Door -Tim Anthony offers a solid disc of ﬁnely crafted, emotionally true melodic songs that will undoubtedly sound as fresh twenty years from now as they do today. Anthony, one-half of the underappreciated Brambles (with cousin Lou Anthony), here teams up with pop wunderkind Ed James to create forty minutes and six seconds of melodic magic. The Happy Door opens with “Maryellen,” a pure pop confection ﬂoating upon layers of ethereal background vocals (all courtesy of Anthony himself) that calls to mind the best of Chris von Sneidern. Throughout, Anthony’s guitar work is economically tasteful, with nary a note wasted. The buoyant vocals and infectious melodies of “Mondays With You” invoke the spirit of the late, lamented cartoon rockers The Vandalias. James’ embellishments are subtle, yet signiﬁcant, from the mellotron and glockenspiel in “It Was You” to the B3 organ in “This Autumn” and the handclaps in “Up to You.” “Disappear” is a lovely ballad, dedicated to Anthony’s late father, while “The End of Us” is mid-tempo rock written for, but not used in, the TV show “Ed.” “Maybe This Girl” invokes the spirit of Walter Egan, circa 1979. “This little ditty is a poppy radio friendly song, that’s all,” writes Anthony in The Happy Door’s liner notes. As a former Beatle once asked: what’s wrong with that?
amplifiermagazine.com (Boston, MA) 03/2006
Just got a copy of Tim Anthony's "THE HAPPY DOOR" with one quick listen sounds like a winner and something we can do some pleasant damage with. Congratulations on bringing home this most pleasant baby.
Bruce Brodeen, notlamerecordings.com 10/15/04
Great job on the new CD "THE HAPPY DOOR" by Tim Anthony. I think it is his best release yet to date. Personal faves are "BABY I'M BACK", "MARYELLEN"
and "DISAPPEAR". Actually I think every track is excellent. Tim's songwriting along with Ed James' playing and assistance make an excellent pop team. People will be very happy with "THE HAPPY DOOR". They are really going to dig this one.
Jeremy Morris, jamrecordings.com
Questions for Tim Anthony
Gary Pig Gold,
In the snap-happy global playpen
which is the home-grown, bedroom and basement-recorded
domain of the one-man bandwagon, Syracuse's very own Tim
Anthony most rightfully rests head and high shoulders
above the usual three-part, four-to-the-bar
Power-popping practitioner. And his latest Jealousy
Records release, The Happy Door, sure does prove
it …and THEN some indeed.
A dozen songs, craftily arranged and
expertly sequenced (the latter of which is a long-lost
audio art in and of itself), Tim runs glorious gamuts
between the requisite Raspberries ("Baby I'm Back" and
especially "All This Time") and Beatle blasts ("Mondays
With You" most bittersweetly recalls the greatest of
John Lennon's final Bermuda demos, while "Disappear" and
"It Was You" are definitely much more creatively chaotic
than anything Sir Macca has managed to come up with
since Ram at least). Above and beyond all that
said, a delicate three-minutes-forty entitled "More"
somehow evokes precisely the kind of baroque 'n' folk
unheard since your favorite Chad and Jeremy long-player
of yore, while "Maybe This Girl" ultimately fades away
amidst a panoramic choral wash the circa- Sunflower
Beach Boys would truly be envious of.
In a simple word, then? WOW. But
that's still not all:
Handclaps! Killer deep guitar hooks!
Tambourines and "dit-dit-dit"s galore ("Up To You," for
example). A late afternoon's stroll through Central Park
with Winona Ryder to the accompaniment of some Rubinoos
("This Autumn"), and at least one song called
"Maryellen" that in a just and kind world would today be
flowing from atop each and every Top Forty in the rockin'
free world. You can then perhaps fully understand why
your humble scribe honestly had no choice but to contact
The Man Himself to ask, once and for all of us…..
1. "Munsters" or "Addams Family": Which one's for
you, and Why?
Munsters all the way. Although I
loved Gomez Addams' positive spin on life. His
"everything is possible, with money." Also I loved
Marilyn the blond niece; it was funny how the Munster
family felt sorry for her like she was ugly. Well I
guess to them she was. Proving that beauty is in the eye
of the beholder. But Marilyn was really hot though...
(Heavy sigh or moan)?
2. Who in the world, living or dead, would you most
like to play a game of "Twister" with?
That's easy. Stella Stevens in her
Why??? Have you SEEN Stella Stevens
in her prime?? Rent "The Nutty Professor" (Jerry Lewis,
I believe she is still living (I
still have a shot) !
* 3. How many Flashcubes records do you own?
Interesting question. I am actually
really good friends with them. They are the best export
from my home town Syracuse, New York (besides me of
course HA HA). I have worked with them time to time and
my record label is going to release a Screentest
Anthology. "Screentest" was The Flashcubes.
I own "Christi Girl," "Inspired
Humans Making Noise" (four-song Screentest ),
"You Don't Know Me" ( Screentest single),
Brilliant CD, Bright Lights CD, Flashcubes Live
In Japan, plus I have a bunch of demo tapes,
out-takes, and a bunch of live stuff on cassette. A lot
Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin are truly
brilliant songwriters. I have always called them The
American Beatles! They are like big brother musicians to
me. Really great and talented guys.
4. If you had been working the front gate at The
Dakota that night a quarter century ago when nasty Mark
David Chapman showed up, pistol in hand, to avenge the
Chief Beatle for his "Bigger than Jesus" wisecrack, what
would you have done?
I would have quickly had Mr. Chapman
detained and arrested as a potential threat. To any
person or persons living in the Dakota. Especially John
5. "Ginger" or "Mary-Ann": Which one's for you, and
for How Long?
Mary-Ann, as I chose to learn from
life and mistakes.
I would look at Ginger and now say
"yeah she is an attractive female, and how much is she
going to cost me financially and emotionally." Mary-Ann
was the innocent nice girl next door that would probably
go the extra mile for you if you know what I mean!
Ginger would be high maintenance, you know too worried
about her and nails and makeup. Life is just tooooo
short. Less Bling and More Zing.
6. What single song, living or dead, do you most wish
you'd written. and Why Didn't You?
"She Loves You." That song sums up
everything The Beatles were, in just over two minutes.
It has everything: hook, harmony, guitar based pop,
exciting performance. To me that is the true first power
Why did I not write it?? I do not
think anyone in America could've written that song at
that time. Just purely magic... That would be the song
to take on a desert isle if I could only take one. Also
in two hundred years' time if you want to hear what all
the fuss was about listen to "She Loves You."
…Actually my song "Maryellen" from my
new CD The Happy Door is kinda of my own "She
Loves You" (to me anyway)!
7. Whose 1961-vintage (originally sonic blue; now
psycho-delicately painted with dayglo nail varnish)
Fender Stratocaster would you most like to be
Well George Harrison of course. He
was a great song writer and a classy guy. A man full of
grace. His playing style and well thought out solos
really impress me tons... My fave George song, off the
top of my head "What Is Life" or "Beware Of Darkness."
There are a lot of good ones...
8. In 2000 words or less, Your hopes, Aspirations and
Goals, musical and otherwise, for your life and your
You know you have goals and ideas and
dreams in your head and then someone asks you to name
them and you freeze...
OK HERE GOES.... keep releasing solo
CD's and every so often release a Bramble CD (my band
with my cousin Lou Anthony a crazy wonderful guy with a
heart bigger than his brain, I mean that in a good way).
Keep releasing tribute CD's. I would really love to get
some of my songs in TV-movie-commercials etc
...MTV is using some in "Roomraiders." Hopefully that is
just the tip of the ice berg. I have some other big
things happening for me musically, but I have to wait to
see if MR.BIG is going to sign the papers... I have
songs at advertising agencies and publishers. I got to
wait to see what they're going to do.
You know as a kid I had these
thoughts that I could do this music thing, and now I am
doing it. I really love it and will continue to do it
until I can't.
One piece of advice I would like to
give: do what you love to do. Do the passion; that is
why you are here. Some people say have something to fall
back on, well that something is what you end up doing
not your passion or love...
Also tour more often, I love playing
live. I did a tour of England a while back and I would
love to do that again. Also a magazine is doing a story
on me in Australia ( South Australia Life, March
'06). I would love to tour Oz Land and New Zealand. I am
trying to get that together now. Maybe Neil Finn will
open some shows for me ...or not!
Best of 2005 for Globo Records,
globorecords.net (Spain) 03/2006
01. Tim Anthony – The Happy Door
02. Volebeats – Like her
03. The Lost Patrol band – The lost
04. Dipsomaniacs – Whatever planet
05. Click Five – Greetings from imrie
06. Primary 5 – North pole
07. The Everyday Things – Lighten up,
08. Fire Apes – Central park carousel
09. Pugwash – Jollity
10. Chris Von Sneidern – California
2. Baby I'm Back
3. Up to You
4. This Autumn
6. No Words
7. Maybe This Girl
8. It Was You
9. All This Time
11. Mondays With You
12. The End of Us
13. Number Two
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