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Philip, John - 1987 Wait For The Night

ARTIST: Philip, John
ALBUM: Wait For The Night
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 81733-1
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: John Philip Kurzweg - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, drums * Donnie Nossov - bass * Charlie Giordano - keyboards * Perry Nelson, Buddy Love - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Whats It Gonna Be * 02 Little Bit Of Faith * 03 If You Want Me * 04 Where Is Love * 05 Something Is Missing * 06 Love At A Distance * 07 Dance Again * 08 Crazy World * 09 When Darkness Falls * 10 Last Time Around


Here's an album which got little attention at the time of release. John Philip is actually one John Philip Kurzweg, from Tallahassee Florida, who came to fame playing keyboards for Rick Springfield. This is one cranky piece of work with one leg in the camp of Henry Lee Summer, and the other in the hi-tech camp of Michael Morales, or even his old boss Rick Springfield if you want to compare notes! Fast paced, high stepping, and lots of action.

The Songs
As he does mostly everything, there's a bit of talent on show here, and the album is typical of that big booming sound evident on late eighties albums. The album opener 'What's It Gonna Be' warms things up, but the next track is the rebel rousing 'Little Bit Of Faith'. 'If You Want Me' is keyboard oriented, whilst there's some guitar angst on 'Where Is Love' which comes off sounding like the mid-eighties era of The Tubes. 'Something Is Missing' could be Corey Hart, with the stop start arrangement being evident. Eighties keyboards are to the fore on 'Love At A Distance' whilst one of the albums more mellower moments appears on 'Dance Again'. There's a lot of Springfield's influence to be found on the pairing of 'Crazy World' (especially the intro keyboards) and the 'Working Class Dog' era of 'When Darkness Falls'. The last track however, called 'Last Time Around' is quite prophetic, and unfortunately ends with a wimper rather than a melodic rush!

In Summary
It's funny to note, that on John's website, there's very little mention of this album. It's as if he's ashamed of it, or highly pissed off with Atlantic for giving him a lead weight for promotional activity at the time! Kurzweg, a resident of Tallahassee Florida, perhaps found fame easier to come by in the production stakes, as the producer of late nineties heavy rockers Creed, who as it happens, are also from Tallahassee. Small world ain't it? Definitely for fans of the aforementioned artists highlighted above. Thanks again to the ever resourceful Charlie Graham for bringing this one out of the woodwork.

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