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Private, Gary - 1983 Secret Love [mini lp]

ARTIST: Private, Gary
ALBUM: Secret Love [EP]
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 80099-1
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Gary Private - lead & backing vocals, drums, percussion * Elliot Randall, Tommy Morrongiello, Steve Ress - guitars * Kenni Hairston, Tommy Mandel, Bruce Brody - keyboards * Kenny Aaronson, T.M Stevens, Sal Maida - bass * Mark Onofrio, David Donen - drums * Arno Hecht - saxophone * Richard Younger, Reparta & the Delrons - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Secret Love * 02 Don't Go Walking In The Dark * 03 Caught Up In Los Angeles * 04 Lonelyhearts * 05 Waiting For You

Anyone remember seeing this mini LP in on the racks back in the day? Me neither, but sporting such a boring cover, it's no wonder it didn't attract that much attention outside of perhaps young members of the opposite sex. Then again, maybe it did? Born and raised in New York, Gary played in and out of local bands as an in demand drummer, recording 4 albums (?) with featured songs on 'American Bandstand' and numerous television shows as well as that well known bastion of forgotten pop - the 'One Life To Live' daytime soap opera. So why didn't Gary Private see his name written across the sky and go on to greater things?

The Songs
Lack of originality might have been Private's main problem. 'Secret Love' is fairly typical pop that was done far better by people like Corey Hart, Oxo and Matthew Wilder. The title track and 'Don't Go Walking In The Dark' just kind of float by, with ping-pong synth touches that favour quirk for the sake of quirky so common in music of the new wave era. 'Caught Up In Los Angeles' attempts to rid itself of the previous miss-steps with a moody sax laden ballad and Private attempting to sound beaten by the streets and loves of El-Lay, but he doesn't sound too sincere as I can picture him speeding off in a Delorean towards the strip the next day, ready for more. Mercifully just two tracks on the flip, 'Lonelyhearts' which is more of the dance synth hell found on side one, but wait just one minute? The final cut 'Waiting for You' is actually pretty good! In fact it's a damn fine AOR track! Obviously Gary had it in him and if he had followed this path on the other four tracks 'Secret Love' would have been something to rave about. It's not.

In Summary
As you can imagine, I can't recommend this LP, but surely there has to be a download somewhere of 'Waiting For You' and that my friends is something I would look for. If not, I'm sure eBay and GEMM have dozens of copies available just waiting for some unsuspecting collector..

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#1 | kim_hp on August 20 2012 00:25:10
Yes, certainly not a masterpiece, but "Waiting For You" is a killer AOR track and some of the other songs are not too bad. He seem to have released a few obscure singles later on, would be pretty intresting to hear.
#2 | kim_hp on August 20 2012 00:28:59
Gary Private - 1983 Waiting For You
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