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Pasquale, Joe - 1991 Prey

ARTIST: Pasquale, Joe
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Joe Pasquale - vocals, bass, piano, synthesizers, organ, drums, percussion * Bruce Gaitsch, Steve Lukather, Michael Thompson - guitars * Vinnie Colauita, Art Wood - drums, percussion * Randy Jackson, Neil Stubenhaus, Randy Waldman - bass * Paulinho DaCosta - percussion * Dave Boruf - saxophones * Jerry Hey, Dan Higgins, Bill Reichenbach - horns * Jean McLaine, Janey Clewer, Martika, Maxine Walters, Julia Waters, Orin Waters, Suasn Boyd, Lada Boder, Maxayne Lewis - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Circle Of Love * 02 Believin' * 03 Paint It Blue * 04 Faith Of An Age * 05 On My Own * 06 Prey * 07 Fool If You Think It's Over * 08 Love And Medication * 09 This Could Take All Night * 10 Deep In The Night

I don't know too much about this guy, but what I can tell you is that the music is very good. Fans of Nelson, The Eagles, Richard Marx and Judson Spence will lap this up for breakfast. If my memory serves me correctly, Joe has French origins and was one half of the Minneapolis duo Boys Club, though this album was put together in L.A, with masses of assistance from guitarist Bruce Gaitsch and percussionist/drummer Art Wood. The music at first appearance is West Coast, but upon closer inspection, has roots climbing out of the AOR and hi-tech genres as well.

The Songs
Some beautiful songs on show here. 'Paint it Blue' is Peter Beckett styled AOR, and is in fact, a track written by songwriting goddess Diane Warren. A classic chorus complete with keyboard tinklings and vibrant guitars. Then we've got the Nelson like' Believin' which contains some gorgeous vocal harmonies, enough to generate beads of sweat during a long cold winter. 'Faith Of An Age' is one of my fave tracks, beautiful melodies and classy guitar lines, which has Bruce Gaitsch stamped all over it. Listen to this one under a set of headphones! Awesome! Joe gets acoustic with 'On My Own' which ventures down the road paved previously by The Eagles during their Asylum Records era. The Chris Rea penned hit 'Fool If You Think It's Over' carries on in the same vein. Meanwhile, a couple of hi-tech tunes break out the Dan Reed Network, or more specifically, the Judson Spence soundalike contest. The opener 'Circle Of Love' and 'This Could Take All Night' are the two prime examples here. Of course, we can't finish without mentioning the immense 6.26 epic 'Deep Is The Night', a contender to impress even the likes of melodic rock mentor Desmond Child.

In Summary
The album generated great acclaim from critics, and demonstrated that the talent wrapped up in Joe Pasquale's little finger was in fact far superior to most of the talent assembled in the able bodies of bit-part musicians scattered across L.A. Joe returned a year or two later with his now hard to find sophomore album 'Ricochet' but from that point, disappeared off the map. We'd love to hear some more stuff from this guy. Where are you Joe? Someone give this man a deal!

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#1 | Eric on February 03 2008 03:21:23
Joe Pasquale was originally from Minneapolis.
#2 | gdazegod on February 04 2008 01:11:13
Yes, I think that was in his BOYS CLUB days with Eugene Wolfgram (ex THE JETS). Sounds dodgy don'tcha think? Debarge does AOR and hi-tech funk/pop?
#3 | Eric on February 04 2008 01:30:57
I knew The Jets bass player. What a wierd duck...
#4 | JuniorNB on August 20 2008 21:24:54
Wow. I actually have this cd. Not sure why I bought it, but I like it quite a bit. 'Faith of an Age' and 'Paint it Blue' are great songs.

I also have the Boys Club cd. That wasn't bad either, believe it or not.
#5 | richardb on August 21 2008 13:25:31
Some fantastic songs on this album the epic 'Faith of an age' and hard rockin' 'Love and medication' being stand out cuts for me, the latter featuring some tasty guitar work from Steve Lukather.

I was hugely disappointed by the follow up 'Richochet'

Richard B
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