Tell Me the Truth

Tell Me the Truth

by Timothy B. Schmit



The voice behind the Top Ten 1980 hit for the Eagles' "I Can't Tell You Why" should have been a big star after his third solo album. Everything that was wrong on Don Felder's Airborne effort goes right on Schmit's Tell Me the Truth album, his charming voice gliding over charming songs like "In Roxy's Eyes" and "Something Sad." Having Rita Coolidge and Siedah Garrett on backing vocals is part of the artistically successful formula here, but the other key is that six producers converge to manufacture a very smooth and very polished affair. Danny Kortchmar, John Boylan, Don Felder, and the singer all contribute to the album's sound, and all separately or in combinations on different tracks. It begins with "Tell Me the Truth," and that '80s ambience that permeated solo recordings by Glen Frey, Don Felder, and Don Henley is certainly present on the Henley/Kortchmar production. Side two gets a lot heavier, with a bent toward '90s techno, not only on "Let Me Go" but more so on "Perfect Strangers," both produced by David Cole and co-writer Bruce Gaitsch. Could the Eagles have been listening to Deep Purple? And borrowing Barry Manilow songwriter Will Jennings for three songs in the process? "All I Want to Do" has an immaculate production by Gaitsch and Timothy B. Schmit, an Everly Brothers-type folk number with flamenco-style leads that borrow heavily from a folky George Harrison. It's very pretty and very pleasant, and the kind of breakthrough that could appeal even to the detractors of the Eagles' homogenized sound. It's so innocent that another dimension is added to this unique music mix. "Tonight" is pure pop, somewhat removed from Poco, or maybe it's Poco meets the Raspberries. The jangling guitars and bouncy drums have keyboards slinking in and out while Timothy B. Schmit just knocks this one right on the head. Having landed in the Top 25 with 1987's "Boy's Night Out," this album should have had multiple hits. Schmit's sincerity comes through in a way that makes Henley's ten solo hits and Glen Frey's seven as overbearing as they were overplayed. "For the Children" is another revelation with a beautiful choir-type chorus closing out a superb effort which deserved so much more attention. Pretty amazing when one considers how big the Eagles are and how this one got away.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/1990
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076732642023
catalogNumber: 6420


  1. Tell Me the Truth
  2. Was It Just the Moonlight
  3. Something Sad
  4. Down by the River
  5. In Roxy's Eyes
  6. Let Me Go
  7. Perfect Strangers
  8. All I Want to Do
  9. Tonight
  10. For the Chldren

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Timothy B. Schmit   Primary Artist,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals,scat
Don Henley   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
David Lasley   Background Vocals
Marilyn Martin   Background Vocals
Rick Vito   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Michael Baird   Percussion,Drums
Bruce Gaitsch   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Danny Kortchmar   Keyboards
Stan Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Bill Payne   Piano,Keyboards
Scott Plunkett   Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Daniel Timms   Organ
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Frank Simes   Guitar
Jai Winding   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Don Henley   Producer
Rick Vito   Contributor
Michael Baird   Contributor
John Boylan   Producer,Basic Track
David Cole   Producer,Engineer
Bruce Gaitsch   Producer,Engineer,Basic Track
Paul Grupp   Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Danny Kortchmar   Producer
Stan Lynch   Contributor
Jeff Porcaro   Contributor
Bill Payne   Contributor
Scott Plunkett   Contributor
John "J.R." Robinson   Contributor
Timothy B. Schmit   Producer
Jeddrah Schmit   Contributor
Daniel Timms   Contributor
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Contributor
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Frank Simes   Contributor
Brittney Cole   Contributor
Bruce Gritsch   Contributor
Jeff Adamoff   Art Direction
Jai Winding   Contributor
Audra Duda   Contributor
Michele Giglio   Contributor
Owen Faye Schmit   Contributor
Anthony Taibi   Contributor
Joseph Taibi   Contributor
Lucy Walsh-Recor   Contributor
Josh Young   Contributor
Amy Boylan   Contributor
Dylan Young   Contributor
Whitney Wagner   Contributor

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