Someone's Coming

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"Someone's Coming"
Steve Harley Someone's Coming 1978 Single Cover.jpeg
Single by Steve Harley
from the album Hobo with a Grin
B-side"Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)"
Released23 February 1979[1]
GenrePop, Rock
Length4:36
LabelEMI Records
Songwriter(s)Steve Harley, Jo Partridge
Producer(s)Steve Harley
Steve Harley singles chronology
"Roll the Dice"
(1978)
"Someone's Coming"
(1979)
"Freedom's Prisoner"
(1979)

"Someone's Coming" is a song by the British singer-songwriter Steve Harley, released in 1979 as the second and final single from his 1978 debut solo album Hobo with a Grin.[2] It was written by Harley and Jo Partridge, and produced by Harley.[3]

Background[edit]

The release of Harley's debut solo album, Hobo with a Grin, and the lead single "Roll the Dice", in July 1978 was met with commercial failure. After a period of living in Los Angeles, Harley returned to England in late 1978.[4] Around this time, plans were made for "Someone's Coming" to be released as the album's second single. It was originally slated for release on 10 November 1978,[5] however the date was then pushed back to 23 February 1979.[1] For its release as a single, a remixed version of the song was created.[6][5] Like its parent album and "Roll the Dice", "Someone's Coming" was a commercial failure, failing to make an appearance in the UK Top 75.

Like much of the Hobo with a Grin album, the song was recorded Abbey Road Studios in London.[7] Any remixing or additional recording was done in Los Angeles, while the song and the album was mixed at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood.[8] The song features contributions from ex-Cockney Rebel members Duncan Mackay, George Ford and Stuart Elliott, while the backing vocals were provided by Gloria Jones and Yvonne Keeley.

Speaking to The Morning Call in September 1978, Harley told Len Righi that the song was one of the oldest on Hobo with a Grin and had originally been written for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. He also revealed that his close friend Marc Bolan had performed on the song, along with another track from the album, "Amerika the Brave", during Bolan's final studio session before his death in September 1977. He contributed backing vocals and acoustic guitar on the song, but was uncredited. Harley commented:

"The last time Marc went in the studio was for "Amerika the Brave". He also can be heard singing background on "Someone's Coming," though he's not credited. Bolan was a close friend. I had known him for a couple of years. We were a lot different. He was much more of an extrovert than me, but we grew very close. They say opposites attract."[9]

Release[edit]

"Someone's Coming" was released by EMI Records on 7" vinyl in the UK only.[10] A promotional demo/DJ copy of the single was also issued by EMI.[11] The single was released in a generic company sleeve.[12] The B-Side, "Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)", was written and produced by Harley. Taken from the Hobo with a Grin album, the song was recorded at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles.[13] The song was later re-recorded for Harley's 1996 album Poetic Justice.[14]

Following its release as a single, and on the Hobo with a Grin album, "Someone's Coming" has since appeared on the Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 1988 Castle Communications compilation The Collection as part of the label's "The Collector Series".[15]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Rosalind Russell of Disc reviewed Hobo with a Grin and commented: "...the definition he had with Cockney Rebel has melted, he's gone fuzzy round the edges. He's also become surprisingly soppy. I can appreciate the idea behind "Someone's Coming" for instance, but the emotion drenched drama is too strong to stomach." Russell also noted the song "suffers from an oddly old fashioned arrangement", which she felt was "years out of date".[16]

Chris Gibbons of the Buckinghamshire Examiner noted: "There is little of the bite or feeling that Cockney Rebel had - [and] "Someone's Coming", the one track where they all get together again, is even a limp track."[17] Len Righi of The Morning Call spoke of the song, stating: "One of the best things about the song is Jo Partridge's guitar work."[9]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Someone's Coming" - 4:36
  2. "Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)" - 4:34

Personnel[edit]

Someone's Coming
  • Steve Harley - vocals, producer
  • Jo Partridge - electric guitar
  • Marc Bolan - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Duncan Mackay - electric piano
  • George Ford - bass
  • Stuart Elliott - drums
  • Lindsay Elliott - congas
  • Gloria Jones, Yvonne Keeley - backing vocals
  • Michael J. Jackson - additional production, mixing
  • James Isaacson - engineer, remixing, additional recording, tambourine
  • Tony Clark - engineer
  • Haydn Bendall - assistant engineer
  • Jimmy Horowitz - strings arrangement
Riding the Waves (For Virginia Woolf)
  • Steve Harley - vocals, producer
  • Jo Partridge - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Greg Porée - electric guitar
  • Duncan Mackay - electric piano, synthesizer
  • Bill Payne - piano
  • Bob Glaub - bass
  • Rick Shlosser - drums
  • Bill Champlin, Bobby Kimball, Tom Kelley - backing vocals
  • Michael J. Jackson - additional production, mixing
  • James Isaacson - engineer, remixing, additional recording

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Steve Harley - Someone's Coming / Riding The Waves (For Virginia Woolf) - EMI - UK - EMI 2922". 45cat.com. 10 November 1978. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Steve Harley - Hobo With A Grin (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Steve Harley - Someone's Coming / Riding The Waves (For Virginia Woolf) - EMI - UK - EMI 2922". 45cat. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Rebel Without The Claws". Harleyfanzone.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Harley Returns". Harleyfanzone.com. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  6. ^ "The Great Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel Story". Steveharley.www.50megs.com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/release/924922-Hobo-With-A-Grin/images
  8. ^ "Steve Harley - Hobo With A Grin (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Allentown". Harleyfanzone.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Steve Harley - Someone's Coming (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Steve Harley : Someone's Coming : EMI Demo 1978 MINT". eBay. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Images for Steve Harley - Someone's Coming". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  13. ^ https://www.discogs.com/release/924922-Hobo-With-A-Grin/images
  14. ^ "Steve Harley - Poetic Justice (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - The Collection at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Hobo_Review_Disc". Harleyfanzone.com. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  17. ^ Gibbons, Chris (28 July 1978). "On the rocks". Buckinghamshire Examiner.

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