Change No Change

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Change No Change
Studio album by Elliot Easton
Released 1985
Label Elektra
Producer Stephen Hague, Jon Mathias

Change No Change is the only solo album released by Elliot Easton of The Cars. It was originally released in 1985 by Elektra Records, re-released in 1996 by Elektra Traditions/Rhino Records, and again released by Wounded Bird in 2006.

The original album consists of ten songs written by Elliot Easton and Jules Shear, who also contributed background vocals. Easton plays all guitars, including 12-string guitar, sitar and bass. The album's producers were Stephen Hague, who had played with Shear in Jules and the Polar Bears, and snyth player Jon Mathias. Roy Thomas Baker, who had produced the first four Cars albums, is given thanks in the credits for his encouragement of Easton's solo project, but did not act as a producer.

In the liner notes to the Rhino release, both Easton and Shear cite "Wide Awake" as their favorite track from the album, with Shear saying "It has a little fairy dust quality about it with all the singing."

The 1996 and 2006 releases feature five tracks from the unreleased debut album by Band of Angels (not to be confused with the mid-60s pop group A Band of Angels), a project Easton formed with singer Danny Malone. Easton does not sing lead on these tracks. "Walk on Walden" is an instrumental on 12-string guitar in drop D tuning.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elliot Easton and Jules Shear.

  1. "Tools of Your Labor"
  2. "(Wearing Down) Like a Wheel"
  3. "Shayla"
  4. "Help Me"
  5. "(She Made it) New for Me"
  6. "I Want You"
  7. "The Hard Way"
  8. "Fight My Way to Love"
  9. "Change"
  10. "Wide Awake"

Bonus tracks from Band of Angels[edit]

  1. "Lonely is the Dark"
  2. "Walk on Walden"
  3. "Long, Long Time"
  4. "Stop the World from Turning"
  5. "Let it Slide"

Personnel[edit]

  • Elliot Easton - vocals, guitars, electric sitar, bass
  • Stephen George - drums
  • Brad Hallen - bass
  • Jon Mathias - synthesizer, background vocals
  • Jules Shear - background vocals
  • Danny Malone - vocals on bonus tracks
  • Stan Lynch - drums on bonus tracks
  • Benmont Tench - keyboards on bonus tracks