The Call

A Trib­ute To Michael Been

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eighth al­bum, Heaven & Back but then Michael be­came the sound en­gi­neer for his son Robert’s band, Black Rebel Mo­tor Cy­cle Club un­til he sadly died of a heart at­tack back­stage. Here Robert Levon Been has re­formed The Call (with Jim Good­wyn on keys) in mem­ory of his fa­ther for this per­for­mance Trou­ba­dour in Los An­ge­les, tak­ing on the role as singer and bassist. It’s a fine per­for­mance and a very fit­ting trib­ute to a man and a band that should have re­ceived greater ac­claim in the first place.


De­spite open­ing for ma­jor acts like Peter Gabriel and Sim­ple Minds, The Call never re­ally man­aged to emerge from their cult sta­tus. But along the way they’ve gath­ered a huge fol­low­ing of fans and the re­spect of fel­low mu­si­cians and pro­duc­ers. The band was orig­i­nally formed by bassist-vo­cal­ist Michael Been and drum­mer Scott Mu­sick in Santa Cruz in 1979, when they joined forces with gui­tarist Tom Fer­rier and Greg Free­man. The Call did have a cou­ple of hit sin­gles - I Still Be­lieve and Let The Day Be­gin - and pro­duced seven stu­dio al­bums be­fore dis­band­ing in 1990. A brief re­form­ing in 1997 pro­duced their

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