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Beckett - 1991 Beckett



ARTIST: Beckett, Peter
ALBUM: Beckett
LABEL: Curb
SERIAL: D2-77502
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 2011, AOR Heaven, AORHC0010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Peter Beckett - vocals, guitars * Dann Huff, Danny Johnson, Doug Macaskill, Dave Amato, Michael Thompson, Joey Cathcart - guitars * Wayne Nelson, Dennis Belfield, Donny Nossov - bass * John Lewis Parker, Dennis Lambert, Pam Reswick, Mark T Ross, Michael Lloyd, John Capek - keyboards * Chris Frazier, Craig Neil - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Told You So * 02 My Religion * 03 Brother Louie * 04 Hangin' By A Thread * 05 The Big Hurt * 06 How Can The Girl Refuse * 07 Not A Day Goes By * 08 The Bottom Line * 09 Still Of The Night * 10 Falling From Grace

WEBLINKS: www.peterbeckett-player.com


Background
I think it would be easy for me to declare this Beckett solo album as one of the best albums of 1991, and that's lined up against some wonderful efforts released in that year. For those who will remember Peter's prior moments, they were a mix of excellent versus mediocre. The former with Think Out Loud and his more recent work with LRB (Little River Band), while the latter was with seventies soft rockers Player. As you can tell by the assembled cast, this lot ooze class, and that's how the entire album comes across. I'd be hard pressed to find a dud moment here, and Curb can thank their lucky stars that they have a genuine hard rock album on their roster! Also, for those thinking this was an extension of his material with the dodgy Player, then you can breathe a sigh of relief.


The Songs
There's some LRB influence here, with Wayne Nelson appearing throughout, while the Aussie connection is extended with the airing of Rick Price's 'Not A Day Goes By' on the album, whilst 'The Bottom Line' is a Derek Pellicci (LRB Drummer) co-write. Overall, there are so many memorable moments, from the Dann Huff fuelled opener 'I Told You So' right through to the soaring ending of 'Falling From Grace'. And in between, we get glorious slices of AOR such as 'Hangin' By A Thread', 'My Religion', 'Still Of The Night' and the aforementioned pair of 'Not A Day Goes By' and the sublime 'The Bottom Line'. Check that one out for it's chorus and harmony vocals! We even get a new take on the old Hot Chocolate favourite 'Brother Louie'. The Dann Huff solo is one out of the book!


In Summary
Beckett has yet to do any more solo efforts, though he did play on the 1997 Think Out Loud project for MTM Music called 'Shelf Life' alongside Steve Kipner, which was another dose of infectious West Coast flavoured AOR. But for this album, you'd be recommended to check this out if quality AOR is your bag.


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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 23:46:59
Mega Hi-Tech /West Coast release from one of the big players of the genre. Re-issued a while back with a bonus track (can't remember the title) from the Con Air Soundtrack i think. Excellent all through, and i love the intro to 'My Religion' (Been listening to 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart by Yes have we Peter!).
#2 | sir lord baltimore on April 23 2009 11:20:28
Agree with Jez. Wonderful record. Great production as well.
#3 | george_the_jack on November 24 2011 03:53:46
Love this album.Classy stuff.
#4 | code4 on October 23 2015 15:17:52
'Not a day goes by' is a classic. I recall a lot of the rest was a little heavier and i never got into it (no surprise really as i listened mostly only to westcoast type of AOR in early 2000's). Another one to put in my itunes re-listen list..
 
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