It's important for me to say that the records on this list of mine aren't arranged in order of favor but more in the order that they've come to mind for this project. If I listed them in terms of favor I would say that Tommy Sims Peace and Love would come in between 2 and 4. I was working at Rasputin Records in San Leandro, Ca. where on paydays we were able to dig through the promo box and take a few CDs. I came across this one by accident and was simply attracted to the picture of his hands draped across a Fender Jazz Bass. What I heard when I got it home was life-changing and I'm not screwing around...it was life-changing and that record remained a part of almost daily play for the next two years.
Tommy Sims is a prolific songwriter, bassist, and producer that has been in and around the background for a long time.... Tommy co-wrote Eric Clapton's "Change the World". To my knowledge, this is Tommy's only solo record and it sounds like if he only was ever going to make one record for himself it would be this one. That's the way that I've always heard it. There is nothing out of place or contrived, no filler.
Peace and Love feels like, reads like and sounds like a book. Perfectly bookended with a cover and reprise of "Which Way" by Jim Croce, Sims takes us on a journey of self, love won and love lost and social justice. This album is just beautiful to me, from the steady funk groove of "100" to meticulous songwriting, production, and performance of "Love's Patience". The record does what I want a record to do. It makes me feel. It doesn't just make me dance and while dancing is a perfectly fine activity born of perfectly fine emotion that is usually described as "happiness". It makes me feel a full range of emotions that I sometimes embrace and sometimes run away from.