1995 Nelson – Because They Can

nelson-1995Because They Can is the second album from American rock group Nelson, released by Geffen Records in 1995.

The album had a shaky production history as a result of creative differences between brothers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and the Geffen Records executives, the latter led by John Kalodner. After the success of their debut album, After the Rain, the band recorded the heavier and darker follow-up Imaginator. When Kalodner and other Geffen executives were displeased with it, Nelson was told to record a lighter album. After more than a year of writing and recording, Nelson came up with Because They Can. The band left Geffen shortly after the release of the album.

Because They Can was recorded at various studios such as Sound City, Studio F, Nichols Canyon Studios, Caravell Studios, Granny’s House, Capitol Studios, Cactus Studios and Quarkbrain Studio. It featured original band members Brett Garsed, Paul Mirkovich, Joey Cathcart and Bobby Rock on most of the songs, and it featured guest musicians such as Mike Baird, Don Felder, Steve Porcaro and others. The album was mixed at Conway Studios.

Tracks

1  (You Got Me) All Shook Up (Gunnar Nelson, Marc Tanner, Matthew Nelson) 4:44
2  The Great Escape (Gunnar Nelson, Marc Tanner, Matthew Nelson) 5:25
3  Five O’Clock Plane (Gunnar Nelson, Marc Tanner, Matthew Nelson) 4:58
4  Cross My Broken Heart (Danny Tate, Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson) 4:48
5  Peace On Earth (Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Taylor Rhodes) 4:32
6  Remi 2:28
7  Won’t Walk Away (Gunnar Nelson, Jack Ponti, Matthew Nelson) 3:52
8  Only A Moment Away (Gunnar Nelson, Marc Tanner, Matthew Nelson) 4:24
9  Joshua Is With Me Now 1:30
10  Love Me Today (Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson) 4:18
11  Be Still (Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson) 4:17
12  Right Before Your Eyes (Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Taylor Rhodes) 4:50
13  Nobody Wins In The End (Gunnar Nelson, Marc Tanner, Matthew Nelson) 5:31

Media

Musicians

1 (You Got Me) All Shook Up

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarGunnar Nelson
GuitarMatthew Nelson
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
12 String GuitarMatthew Nelson
MandolinGunnar Nelson
MandolinKenneth Blackwell
OrganPaul Mirkovich
VocalsMatthew Nelson
Background VocalsGerry Beckley
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
VocalsGunnar Nelson


2 The Great Escape

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarMatthew Nelson
Acoustic GuitarJoey Cathcart
12 String GuitarMatthew Nelson
12 String GuitarJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsGerry Beckley
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson


3 Five O’Clock Plane

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsMike Baird
GuitarBrett Garsed
Acoustic GuitarMatthew Nelson
12 String GuitarBrett Garsed
MandolinDon Felder
KeyboardsSteve Porcaro
PianoPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsMark Lennon
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson


4 Cross My Broken Heart

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsMike Botts
GuitarBrett Garsed
GuitarJoey Cathcart
Acoustic GuitarMatthew Nelson
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
Pedal Steel GuitarJeff Baxter
12 String GuitarMatthew Nelson
OrganPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsMark Lennon
VocalsGunnar Nelson
VocalsMatthew Nelson


5 Peace On Earth

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsBobby Rock
GuitarJoey Cathcart
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
12 String GuitarMatthew Nelson
OrganPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsFran Cathcart
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson


7 Won’t Walk Away

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsBobby Rock
GuitarElliot Easton
GuitarGunnar Nelson
GuitarJoey Cathcart
Acoustic GuitarBrett Garsed
12 String GuitarMatthew Nelson
OrganPaul Mirkovich
PianoPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsBrett Garsed
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsPaul Mirkovich
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson


8 Only A Moment Away

BassMatthew Nelson
GuitarJoey Cathcart
GuitarGunnar Nelson
Slide GuitarJoey Cathcart
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
12 String GuitarMatthew Nelson
Background VocalsGerry Beckley
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson


10 Love Me Today

BassMatthew Nelson
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
12 String GuitarMatthew Nelson
Background VocalsMark Lennon
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson


11 Be Still

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsBobby Rock
Acoustic GuitarBrett Garsed
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
DobroJoey Cathcart
OrganPaul Mirkovich
Slide GuitarJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsBrett Garsed
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsPaul Mirkovich
VocalsGunnar Nelson
VocalsMatthew Nelson


12 Right Before Your Eyes

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsBobby Rock
GuitarJoey Cathcart
GuitarGunnar Nelson
Acoustic GuitarBrett Garsed
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
OrganPaul Mirkovich
PianoPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson


13 Nobody Wins In The End

BassMatthew Nelson
DrumsBobby Rock
GuitarElliot Easton
GuitarBrett Garsed
GuitarGunnar Nelson
GuitarJoey Cathcart
Acoustic GuitarGunnar Nelson
PianoPaul Mirkovich
Background VocalsJoey Cathcart
Background VocalsMarc Tanner
VocalsMatthew Nelson
VocalsGunnar Nelson

Liner Notes

Producer – Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson
Producer – John Boylan (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)
Producer – David J. Holman (Tracks 6, 9, 13)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Campbell (Track 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jimmie Haskell, Paul Mirkovich (Track 13)
Concertmaster – Sid Sharp (Track 13)
Engineer – Guy DeFazio (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
Engineer – Paul Grupp (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12)
Engineer – Frank Wolf (Tracks 1, 2, 8)
Engineer – David J. Holman (Tracks 7, 11, 13)
Engineer (Assistant) – Jeff Sheehan (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Engineer (Assistant) – Barry Taylor (Track 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Bjorn Thorsrud, Tom Gordon (Tracks 7, 13)
Engineer (Assistant) – Pete Doell (Track 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Chris Henderson (Track 11)
Mastered By – George Marino
Mixed By – Mick Guzauski (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13)
Mixed By (Assistant) – Marnie Riley (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13)

Art Direction – Robin Sloane
Photography By – William Wegman
Photography By (Liner) – John Boylan, Teri Weigel

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Geffen Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Geffen Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Uni Distribution Corp.
Distributed By – Uni Distribution Corp.
Recorded At – Sound City Studios
Recorded At – Studio F (2)
Recorded At – Nichols Canyon Studio
Recorded At – Caravell Studios
Recorded At – Granny’s House
Recorded At – Capitol Studios
Recorded At – Cactus Studios
Recorded At – Quarkbrain Studios
Mixed At – Conway Studios
Mixed At – Nichols Canyon Studio
Mastered At – Sterling Sound