Therapy is the 2007 debut album from English musician Jim Lea, best known as songwriter, producer, bassist and multi-instrumentalist for the rock group Slade.Therapy is Lea's first full album of solo material although he has released other material under various pseudonyms since the early 1980s. Since Slade's split in 1992, Lea released a few singles of new material, as well as the 1992 album A Day in the Life of The Dummies, which collected early 1980s recordings from Lea's side-project band The Dummies.
In 2007, Lea re-emerged with Therapy - an album written, produced and recorded by Lea. The album's artwork features a 1976 sepia drawing of Lea. On his official website, Lea stated: "I was never a naturally public figure, but now I am re-emerging as an artist in my own right, mostly free from the restrictions of the industry. There will be more to come soon, but for now make the journey, step on the train, and get some Therapy." He also stated a reason for the website, "The reason I have adopted this website approach, for now at least, is that every time I have spoken to a record company about putting my music out there, it always seems to be inexorably linked with touring, which is a great consumer of time, energy and of course money, in other words, a great obstacle."
The album was received well by Slade fans and critics. The album was not promoted and no singles were released from the album, although the opening track "Heaven Can Wait" appeared on a magazine promotional CD titled "Now Hear This! 54".
Since the album's release, Lea has announced his future music plans which include the "String Theory" project and a future pop-themed album.
The opening track "Heaven Can Wait" was rated eight at the time on the cover mount from the Word magazine with the following message: "They used to call him Jim Lea when he wielded the bass, sharing the songwriting credits and got most of the girls in the mirror-hatted heyday of Slade. Since then he has only rarely been seen outside his home in the Midlands and has dedicated himself to know as much about the workings of the human mind as possible. In the years since he left Slade he has played only two shows, both benefits."
"Dead Rock U.K." references numerous musicians, mainly from the 1970s, including Marc Bolan, Freddie Mercury, Phil Lynott, John Lennon and John Bonham. During Lea's 2002 live performance at the Robin, he revealed that "Go Out in Style" was written about Keith Moon, the drummer of the English rock group The Who.
The album contains a remake of "Universe", a song that was written by Lea for Slade, originally released as a single in 1991. This song was Slade's last single, lost to the Christmas rush that year and failing to chart. The song came to Lea when he was about to head out to an Indian restaurant for an evening meal.
In 2002, Lea performed live for charity event at the Robin 2 venue in Bilston, near Slade's old local pub, The Trumpet. Lea performed two original songs titled "Great Big Family" and "Over the Moon" which both later appeared on the "Therapy" album, with the latter being re-titled "Go Out in Style".
The entire Robin 2 gig was released in 2007 as a download-only option on Jim Lea's official site. Later in 2009, the gig was added as a bonus disc on a double CD edition of "Therapy". Although the disc covers the entire setlist, it does not feature the encore tracks which included Get Down and Get With It, Teddy Bears Picnic, Johnny B. Goode, Gudbuy T'Jane, Twist and Shout, and Purple Haze.
During the Robin 2 gig, Lea also performed covers of Slade hits "Cum On Feel the Noize", "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" and "Far Far Away". A cover of "I Saw Her Standing There" was also performed, a track which rock band The Red Beards from Texas released as a single in 1986, produced by Lea himself.
On a life timeline via Lea's own site, Lea was asked to play live again in 2003 but he declined to do so, asked what he was going to do he replied "I'm going to make an album and it will be Therapy."
ReleaseAside from the original 13-track CD and digital release on Jim Jam Records, the album was also released as a double CD to include the Robin 2 gig on the second disc. In September 2016, the album was re-issued as a double CD by Wienerworld. In addition to an altered sleeve, the reissue features three previously unreleased bonus tracks: "21st Century Thing?", "Thank God It's Friday Right Now" and "Am I the Greatest Now?" The 16 page booklet features new liner notes from Lea, as well as memories of the Robin 2 gig by owner Mike Hamblett.
A vinyl edition of the 2016 reissue is slated for release in December 2016. It will feature an additional three bonus tracks, two of which are previously unreleased: "Misty Morning Light" and "Dare to Be Great". The other bonus track, "I'll be John, You Be Yoko" was released in 2000 as a single under the name Whild.
This is NOT the 2016 edition because there is no 2016 published ''Therapy'' until now as far as i know. This is from 2009.
I highly recommend this album. I will make two parts. One ''Therapy'' without the bonus disc and the second part the bonus disc. So you can choose whatever you want. Hope you have fun and
three cheers for Mr Lea
James Whild Lea Disc 1
James Whild Lea Disc 2