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Lee, Larry - Marooned (1982)

ARTIST: Lee, Larry
ALBUM: Marooned
SERIAL: FC 37692
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2007, Sony (Japan), SRCS 6135 * 2016, Sony (Japan) AOR City 1000 Series, SICP 4896


LINEUP: Larry Lee - vocals

Additional Musicians: Jon Goin - guitars * David Hungate, Rick Danko - bass * Nicky Hopkins - keyboards * Gabriel Katona, Ike Stubblefield - synthesizer * David Sanborn - saxophone * Lenny Castro - percussion * Michael Baird - drums * Bill Champlin, Rosemary Butler, Venetta Field, Tom Kelly, Maxayn Lewis, Richard Page - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Waiting To Let Go * 02 Don't Talk * 03 Marooned * 04 The Best Is Yet To Come * 05 Number One Girl * 06 Satisfaction Guaranteed (I Could Give You Love) * 07 Only Seventeen * 08 Hollywood * 09 Just Another Girlfriend * 10 Hang On

The voice behind the Ozark Mountain Daredevils gets to shine on his 1982 solo album. Larry Lee, not a household name by any means (except to trainspotters) took time out from his main band. Lee, best known as the voice and songwriter behind OMD's big hit 'Jackie Blue', was also a founding member of the band. By 1982, OMD were on the backburner, their last studio album up to this point came out in 1980. Lee, hooked up with a wealth of studio musicians (listed above) to release 'Marooned'. It's a classy slice of west-coast, which merges the likes of Robbie Dupree, Kenny Loggins an more importantly - David Roberts, who of course released the magnificent 'All Dressed Up' LP the same year. the latter comparison is duly noted within this review. 'Marooned' could very well be the lite version of 'All Dressed Up'. Don't let the hokey album cover put you off. This is good stuff!

The Songs
Produced by John Ryan (Styx, Climax Blues Band, Greg Guidry), the songs here are a breath of fresh Californian air wafting through your speakers. The piano introduction aside, the opening affair 'Waiting To Let Go' nods its head in the direction of the aforementioned Mr Roberts. The vocal comparison is near enough to be convincing. I loved the second track 'Don't Talk', which bought back reminders of Paul Davis at his best. The title track is one that could've bounced around the airwaves during the late 70's. It isn't long before we are entertained with a ballad. 'The Best Is Yet To Come' is a windswept piece of melody with loads of orchestration. Very nice nonetheless. Back to AOR/west-coast territory we go with 'Number One Girl' - where the continuous piano stabs align closely to Robbie Dupree's material, as does 'Only Seventeen'. 'Just Another Girlfriend' could be considered 'quaint' by comparison, the wishy-washy 70's sound a throwback to the good old days of radio. The closer 'Hang On' features more Rhodes, acoustic guitars and a Firefall like vibe to end what is a surprisingly good album.

In Summary
'Marooned' was released in Japan on CD. The original LP came with a different cover if I recall. Lee hasn't been overly productive in the music scene since. Though recently he has released a joint CD with OMD band-mate Randall Chowning called 'Beyond Reach' which came out in 2005. 'Marooned' is not too difficult to find on the Net, and for those of you with a bent for west-coast music, then track it down. David Roberts fans in particular, take note..

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#1 | Eric on December 27 2007 17:15:05
A nice record that I hadn't heard in a very long time. Thanks for the clip. If I remember right, the Ozark's had reformed around this time although I can't recall if Lee was part of it or if the band reformed because of it? Anyway, 'Jackie Blue' rocks as an American pop classic and this album should be better known. Check it out guys!clap
#2 | Jez on September 03 2015 22:10:50
I only discovered this one purely by accident a few or so years ago and I'm damn glad I did, as it i now sits firmly placed as one of my favourite Westcoast discs ever. Some really great stuff on here to be discovered if you haven't already

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