"As the smallest stream runs to a river
And every river runs to the sea
So every little bit of love
That I give to another
You know that I believe
It comes back to me..."
Above is a quote from Karma that embodies the spirit of the newest Rick Springfield release. Available April 13 in record stores and on the Internet, Karma marks the latest recording effort this legendary talent. Combining an adult contemporary feel and Rick's rock roots, it is a must have for any music lover. The first single, "Itsalwayssomething," will be available roughly two weeks prior to the album release...look for it and request it on radio. How wonderful it is to see Rick getting what he deserves to come back to him...the love and respect of not only his fans, but his peers in the business. If it's good Karma you want, it's good Karma you'll get...this is THE time to be a Rick Springfield fan.
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1. His Last Words
This is a spoken piece about Rick's dad's death by Rick, his brother Michael and Rick's sons.
2. It's Always Something
" I've been good at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory..anytime I stopped to smell the roses they drew blood from me.."
3. Religion of the Heart
"You raise your glass, you drink their wine, but you're still thirsty all the time..."
4. Beautiful Prize
"She can't remember how it was before, she doesn't know who she is anymore, she's in disguise as his beautiful prize..."
"It's there in the air that I breathe, it's in my whisper and scream, inside everything I believe and it's all gonna come around someday..."
6. Shock to my System
"For the first time in my life I'm awake and alive..."
"When we are one, I am complete, and I'm undone, and I will be free in your eyes..."
"Now I send a prayer to heaven, for the chance to be, a better man than the man I see..."
9. The White Room
"Look at something long enough you'll find that the splinters and cracks begin to show..."
10. In Veronica's Head
"The door slammed, it left a scar, she'd be damned she could see her in his car, so much for marriage and the good, good wife...well maybe it's a fact of life..."
11. Ordinary Girl
"Something about her opens up my soul, something about her speaks the truth..."
12. Act of Faith
"It's gonna take an act of faith to stand up and face the day..."
13. Big, Beautiful Friday Night American release only...billed as the special hidden bonus track
*Note the additions to the American release.
Karma is in stores now! It's Always Something has been released as the first single to radio, so call those radio stations! The record will be distributed through a company called Platinum Records. The distribution is therefore a collaboration between Platinum and Rick's own label, Super Ron Records. Keep asking and checking on this long awaited release: the record stores are already preordering in large amounts due to the many inquiries about "Karma". Fortunately for fans, Rick has been playing the new music live: It's Always Something, and most recently, Karma, have been performed live. The avid listener has been hearing Prayer over the loud speakers at some of the shows.
The hype around Karma is international. Thoughtscape Sounds is offering "Karma" NOW through a Japanese import. Currently on it's third pressing in Japan, the Japanese version of Karma is a hot ticket. If you are looking for another piece of interesting memorabilia to add to your collection, you can order the Japanese Version of Karma by calling 1-800-435-6185. Many fans obtained their copies of Sahara Snow (see below) through Thoughtscape and were pleased. You can peek at their website by going to www.thoughtscape.com . There are several other outlets offering "Karma" if you find Thoughtscape sold out: try www.aorheaven, www.amazon.com, or even www.ebay.com.
SPRINGFIELD HOPING FOR GOOD 'KARMA'-
MARK WYCKOFF,Tucson Citizen (Hot Ticket Addition)
Courtesy of Cheryl (email: Demi firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rick Springfield was asleep when "It's Always Something," the leadoff single
from his forthcoming "KARMA" album, popped into his brain.
"I dreamt that," said the 49-year-old Australian born singer. "I woke up with the chorus and the words to the chorus. I jumped up out of bed and sang it into a tape recorder. That's usually enough to prompt me toremember what I was thinking. Of course, sometimes it turns out to be a Rolling Stones song. But a lot of times it's original."
The track, Springfield says, is a cautionary tale about life's harsh curve
balls. "Just when you think everything's coming together, there's always something that turns life around," he says. " That's kind of what I've experienced.The fact that after years of struggling, when I finally had some success, my
dad died. And he didn't get to see it. He was my champion. That's the
moment it's kind of based around, but it comes off more like a general song
about the fly in the pudding."
The loss of his father right before Springfield finally cracked the U.S.
market in 1981 with the Grammy-winning "Jessie's Girl" single and a three-
year stint as Dr. Noah drake on "General Hospital"- is covered in depth on
"Rick Springfield: Behind The Music," on VH1. The special covers Springfield's entire career, from his teen years in Australian rock bands, his early success in the United States(his "Speak To The Sky" single hit No. 14 in 1972) and, finally, his triumphs in the 80's, when he scored five multi-platinum albums("WCD", SHSMY, LIO, HTH, ROL) and a string of hit singles( DTTD, AOTH, HT, LS, CL).
The documentary also touches on his lifelong struggle with depression, a career-threatening ATV accident in 1989 and the making of "KArma," his first new album in a decade.
"I haven't seen the special yet," says Springfield. "But I sat down with them
for about six or seven hours, so it should be pretty in-depth."
For much of the '90's, Springield kept busy acting, appearing on Aaron
Spelling's "Robin's Hoods," the syndicated "High Tide" and numerous TV movies, including the sci-fi thriller"Legion" with parker Stevenson.
"Karma," his first release on his own Super Ron Records label, was definitely
not instant. He's been working on it for the last three years.
"It's maybe-maybe- more acoustic driven than previous albums, because I wrotea lot of it on acoustic guitar," he said.
One of his favorite tracks, and probably the second single, is "Religion of
the Heart." Springfield co-wrote "Religion" with old pal Jeff Silverman, the lead
guitarist in Springfield's first band. When he went to mix the track, he did something he's never done before.
"Usually after I demo it, I speed it up even more when I record it," he said.
"But this one, I slowed it way down. It was very scary to me because I'd
never done that before. But it was great. It really came out. It had a good
feel to it." What he likes even more is the sentiment.
"I'm a big believer in the AA thing about there being no healing without some
sort of spiritual reconnection. I think that's really where it gets satisfied
the most. It takes years and many different roads, but finally you realize
that is the real way. Or, maybe, that's not true either.
But I suspect it is."
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