In 1985, Elliot Easton released his one and only solo record, "Change No Change." I loved The Cars first two records, but by 1985, I didn't care enough to care about a record by their lead guitar player, except that all the songs on "Change No Change" were written with Jules Shear, who I did care about and continue to care about in 2017. Not only that, Jules sings backing vocals on the whole thing.
As per usual, I was looking for something else, one of those old Warner Brothers "Loss Leaders" LPs, and found the Easton album in the box instead. I hadn't heard it in 32 years, so out of the garage and into the house it came. (This might fall into the category of TMI, but we are all family here. I call the records in my garage the "minor leagues" and the records in my house the "major leagues." I am always sending some down and bringing some up. Shut up.)
"Change No Change" is a gem, especially Side One, where there isn't a weak track to be found. While I have always loved Easton's guitar playing...I mean, has this guy ever played a solo that wasn't tasty?...I am thankful that his solo record sounds more like a lost Jules Shear record and not a continuation of The Cars. Everything from the melodies to the vocal phrasing to the harmonies, it's all Jules.
The track above is pop heaven. The track below has a patented Easton solo. "Change No Change" might play a full season in the house.