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Tarney Spencer Band - 1978 Three's A Crowd

ARTIST: Tarney Spencer Band
ALBUM: Three's A Crowd
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Trevor Spencer - drums, syndrums, percussion * Alan Tarney - guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bye Bye Now My Sweet Love * 02 Takin' Me Back * 03 It's Really You * 04 We Believe In Love * 05 Maybe I'm Right * 06 I Can Hear Love * 07 Set The Minstrel Free * 08 Magic Still Runs Through Your Head * 09 Captial Shame * 10 Easier On You

Australian duo Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer will best be remembered for the excellent and evergreen single 'No Time To Lose' from 1979. When I first heard the song I was blissfully mistaken thinking it was a new Alan Parsons Project tune but wised up quickly, purchasing the 'Run For Your Life' album which of course featured the classic single with their previous record 'Three's A Crowd' in one mad dash at my local Sam Goody store. Their debut album 'Tarney and Spencer' was and still is a little more difficult to find, but worth the effort to track down. Anyway, back to the album at hand. Appropriately three singles were released from 'Three's A Crowd' and none of them made any significant impact although that doesn't mean the album is not without it's charms, after all it's been almost thirty years since it's release and as we all know, good music like fine wine (or any other alcohol beverage of choice!) gets better with age.

The Songs
'Three's A Crowd' with it's die-cut cover made to look like a cafeteria menu offers up a tasty mix of Buckingham-Nicks Fleetwood Mac and 10cc circa 'Bloody Tourists' with hints of post-progressive Ambrosia. Yeah, I still can't shake the poppier moments of Alan Parsons Project either, but hey, there could be far worst musical nuances found on an album right? 'Talkin' Me Back', 'It's Really You' and 'Maybe I'm Right' are the standouts on side one while the Stealers Wheel influenced and calypso flavoured 'Magic Still Runs Through Your Head' is the highlight of side two. That's not to say the remaining material is sub par, it's not and I am somewhat surprised listening to this record in the later half of zero zero's that this record didn't do better than it did. All the ingredients are here, maybe the promotion wasn't?

In Summary
Perhaps the fact both Tarney and Spencer were studio animals and never hit the road in a big way could explain it, but who knows? I'm not sure if 'Three's A Crowd' has made it to CD form yet either, although I have heard rumors there is a pirate floating around somewhere, or maybe that was the 'Run For Your Life' album? Oh well, pick up a copy cheaply from your favourite album vendor and enjoy!

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#1 | englandashes on March 15 2009 12:02:28
'Set The Minstrel Free' is an excellent tune, well worth picking this album just for this track!
#2 | rkbluez on March 09 2012 11:14:55
Great album...should be out on CD...but being on AandM doesn't help. Excellent classy light rock.
#3 | swazi on March 10 2012 09:51:16
There is a Special Limited Edition CD on the market by the label "Tone Arm". It's a rather cheap digipack and I am really not sure if it is an official release, but there you go ..
#4 | super80boy on September 08 2013 15:06:41
Polished light AOR that is well executed with good arrangements and catchy melodies. Can definitely hear the Buckingham reference in 'Magic Still Runs Through Your Head'.
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