Man at Work

Man at Work

by Colin Hay


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While he'll always be best known as the lead singer for early-'80s MTV darlings Men at Work, Colin Hay has been issuing solo releases on a somewhat regular basis, ever since his former band's disintegration. But for his 2003 release, Man at Work, Hay decided to take a step back and rework several Men at Work classics. While it's not uncommon for classic rockers to rework their songs (the "unplugged" craze of the '90s, anyone?), the reasoning as to why Hay would issue such a recording now is a bit puzzling. While such acoustic Men at Work tracks as "Overkill" and "Who Can It Be Now?" are quite charming and worth hearing, the re-recordings of "Be Good Johnny" and "It's a Mistake" (which are almost identical to the originals) don't add much to the originals. Hay's non-Men at Work songs ("Beautiful World," "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin") are worth hearing, but of course, they're not up to the high Business as Usual standards. That said, Hay's voice is still in fine form all these years later, sounding as good as it did during his commercial heyday.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397436524
catalogNumber: 974365
Rank: 14972

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Colin Hay   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Greg Ham   Flute
Eric Jorgensen   Trombone
Cecilia Noel   Piano,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Toshi Yanagi   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chad Fischer   Percussion,Drums,Recorder,Background Vocals,Loops
Jeff Babko   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Jimmy Earl   Bass
Johnathon Dresel   Drums
Bill Esparza   Saxophone
Guillermo Vadala   Bass
Mario Gonzales   Trumpet
Andrés "Dez" Hernandez   Turntables

Technical Credits

Jeremy Alsop   Composer
Dave Dale   Engineer
Greg Ham   Composer
Colin Hay   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Thom Mooney   Composer
Ron Strykert   Composer
Chad Fischer   Engineer,drum programming
Edwardo McKinley   Engineer
Juan Pablo Fallucca   Engineer
Norval   Cover Painting

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Man at Work 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed Men At Work, you'll very much enjoy this collection of Colin Hay's new versions of Men At Work hits, as well as some very nice original solo pieces from Mr. Hay. The fresh treatment of old songs and Mr. Hay's obvious singing and songwriting talents on the new songs make this a CD that will grow on you the more you listen to it. As you hear Hay sing the first few notes of the opening song "Beautiful World," something inside you will say "Oh yes, I remember this voice and that nice sound." It's like a visit from an old friend. I recommend this one!