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Marrs, Steve - 1982 Somebody Somewhere



ARTIST: Marrs, Steve
ALBUM: Somebody Somewhere
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: FC 37908
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steve Marrs - vocals, keyboards * Christopher Bond - guitars, synthesizer, background vocals

Guests: Tris Imboden, Ed Greene - drums * Paul Lani, Gary Coleman - percussion * Steve Lukather, Jon Hug, Chuck Kavooras - guitars * Neil Stubenhaus, Scott Edwards - bass * Jai Winding - keyboards * Tom Hensley - piano * John Phillip - sax * Karin Benson, Bill Champlin, Kenny Loggins, Richard Page - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Come Back A Stranger * 02 Say It Again * 03 How Was I To Know * 04 Talkin' About My Baby * 05 Somebody Somewhere * 06 Why Did I Wait So Long * 07 Just A Dreamer * 08 I Can't Take It No More * 09 One More Loser


Background
I'm sure there are a few west coast fanatics out there who know more about Steve Marrs than I do which isn't much! His only album was produced by Christopher Bond best known for his work with Hall & Oates. The record features a who's who of west coast regulars from Bill Champlin and Steve Lukather to Richard Page and Kenny Loggins who went so far as to produce one of the songs on 'Somebody Somewhere'.


The Songs
This is typical early 80's mellow AOR and the kind of record the Japanese still go nuts over and I believe was reissued on CD several years ago in the land of the rising sun. Good luck finding a copy! Your best bet is finding a trusty used LP copy, but is 'Somebody Somewhere' worth tracking down? In a word - yes. Now having said this, my biggest complaint with west coast is that most of it is interchangeable, paint by numbers with very little originality from artist to artist, but Steve Marrs songwriting talents bring this album to the top of the cool and breezy heap. Dwayne Ford's classic 'Needless Freaking' and some of the late Randy Vanwarmer's work are close comparisons and really there is not a mediocre track to found. Kenny Loggins production and vocal contributions on 'Why Did I Wait So Long' is the album's highlight and imagine this was probably released as a single. If not, it should have been. This song, the opening cut 'Don't Come Back a Stranger', 'How Was I to Know' and the title track are the clear winners on the album, but again it's an album full of highlights and worth having in the collection.


In Summary
I recently found out that Marrs contributed to the Pia Zadora self titled 1982 album so there are probably other examples of his work out there somewhere. A talented guy who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth..


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#1 | Taylor on May 26 2010 14:22:51
you know, the only thing that calms me down when I reproach myself why I haven't heard this music before is the fact that i wasn't born when this album was releasedSmile but since I heard Steve's Somebody Somewhere ( as usual in the video [url=http://www.videorolls.com/watch/STEVE-MARRS-Somebody-Somewhere-1982] http://www.videorolls.com/watch/STEVE-MARRS-Somebody-Somewhere-1982 [/youtube] I became his true fan.
#2 | Eric on May 26 2010 17:48:54
A newbie!? Great to have you here Taylor!
#3 | gdazegod on May 26 2010 18:14:57
Man, this is so coincidental. I've just found a heap of Pia Zadora albums online. Some of them aren't really suited to the GDAZE audience though, apart from 1984's 'Lets Dance Tonight'. I am after that 1982 LP plus her 1989 album 'Pia Z'. Had a listen to Steve's track at the above link, very sweet. I like it!
#4 | reyno-roxx on May 26 2010 19:38:43
I used to own the debut Pia Zadora album....I remember me and a mate paying a quid each to see her debut film ('Butterfly'?) in Leicester Square....crap film but she was something else clap
 
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