The new record is a selection of classic songs from Waite’s repertoire which have been completely re-arranged and re-recorded from scratch. “It’s a sort of a greatest hits retrospective release that also looks ahead, a way to express musically the different phases on my career”, explains the Lancaster-born singer.
John Waite has had several songs — including "Missing You", the BABYS "Isn't It Time" and BAD ENGLISH's "When I See You Smile" — becoming radio staples worldwide. Even if best known for his ballads, John is truly a rocker in his heart.
“This new record is a way to connect together the three different parts of my career, with Babys, Bad English and as a solo artist”, says Waite, adding “The approach to the new recording of the old classics was very simple and basic, based on the way I play the songs live. Direct and rock… just guitars, Hammond, piano… no synth”.
In addition to a careful selection of his classics, Waite recorded two new songs. “Highway 61”, an infectious Bob Dylan cover which is straight ahead blues rock and “St. Patrick's Day”, a cinematic lullaby about two people meeting in New York and falling in love. Both represent the direction I am about to take next for the prosecution of my solo career”.
The final tracklisting of “DOWNTOWN Journey of a Heart” includes the following songs: The Hard Way; In Dreams; Blue Venus; Missing You; Keys To Your Heart; Highway 61; Isn’t It Time; St. Patrick’s Day; New York City Girl; Headfirst; Downtown; When I See You Smile.
Don’t miss John Waite live at the upcoming ARROW ROCK Festival in Lichtenvoorde, Holland on June 9th2006, while further live dates are being scheduled for the fall.