Marshall Crenshaw delivers rock-solid ‘#392: The EP Collection’

Marshall Crenshaw‘#392: The EP Collection’
Marshall Crenshaw (Red River Entertainment)
3.5 stars out of 5

Motor City native Marshall Crenshaw has carved out an impressive career as a singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer over the past 30-plus years, with more than a dozen albums to his credit. The 61-year-old has come a long, long way since his his first big break — portraying John Lennon in the touring company of the Browadway music “Beatlemania.” His latest project, “#392: The EP Collection,” was the product of Crenshaw’s attempt to release a steady stream of music over an extended period of time, rather than following the standard album/tour cycle so prevalent in the industry.

“I really did love the EP project, and I’m kind of sad that it’s over,” Crenshaw notes. “I was looking for a different way of working that would keep me motivated; it was cool, because it had a sense of urgency; there was always something that ha djust come out and always something that was on the way. It was an inspiring way to work.”

The 14-track release features seven originals and seven covers. Highlights include originals “Grab the Next Train,” “Move Now,” “Stranger and Stranger” and “Front Page News.” Among the covers, Crenshaw’s take on The Carpenters’ “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” James McMurtry’s “Right Here Now,” The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Didn’t Want to Have to Do It” and The Every Brothers’ “Man With Money” are the ones you’ll remember. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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