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Smith And D'Abo - 1976 Smith And D'Abo

ARTIST: Smith And D'Abo
ALBUM: Smith And D'Abo
SERIAL: 81583
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 2001, Sony (Japan), SRCS 9844


LINEUP: Mike d'Abo - vocals, keyboards * Mike Smith - vocals * Mo Foster, Dave Markee - bass * Barry DeSouza - drums * Ray Russell - guitar * Mike Bailey, Malcom Griffiths, Jack Lancaster, Chris Mercer, John Warren - brass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hang Your Hat * 02 Two Worlds * 03 Free As A Bird * 04 Ray Of Sunshine * 05 Happy (Hollywood Symphony) * 06 Skid Row Kid * 07 Running Away From Love * 08 Rockin' Chair * 09 A Broken Dream * 10 Loving You Came So Easy * 11 Take You Higher * 12 Only Love


Who are these two guys and why are they on Glory Daze I hear you ask? Well for starters Mike d'Abo is in my book as one of pop music's long lost treasures. His work with Manfred Mann in the late 1960's (remember 'Mighty Quinn'?) is instantly recognizable but it's his follow-up solo albums including 'Down at Rachel's Place' and the classic 'Broken Rainbows' are where it's at for this listener. Creative and intelligent singer songwriter pop music like early Elton John and Scott Walker that they just don't seem to make any more. Mike Smith was keyboard player and vocalist for the Dave Clark Five one of the original British invasion bands with numerous hits including the classic 'Glad All Over'. Fortunately, both of these veterans got together for whatever reason and delivered a one-off classic that didn't get the attention it deserved at the time but is definitely a 'must hear'.

The Songs
As you can imagine, this is a pop record. Nothing here is hard or heavy, but if you enjoy the aforementioned Elton John's early work, The Hollies 70's albums and Leo Sayer then this record is for you. 'Runnin Away From Love' will have appeal for AOR and West Coast fans and was released as a single, but failed to chart. Other highlights include the gorgeous 'Happy (Hollywood Symphony)' and the upbeat 'Ray Of Sunshine' which also was released as a single but again failed to do much business. The record's commercial failure's aside, every time I listen to this record I get a warm and good feeling. There is nothing better than well written pop music and 'Smith And d'Abo' delivers on every level.

In Summary
Following the release of this album, Smith And d'Abo hit the road in the UK, Germany and Austria as support for Sailor and from what I have read, went down well. A good pairing come to think of it! The album itself was released on CD in 2003 on Sony Japan, but is out of print now and goes for silly money on eBay. Let's hope for a reprint, but until then check out one of the several Mike d'Abo compilations which include tracks from the album.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 17 2009 03:07:32
Just read that Mike Smith passed away on Feb 28, 2008 after a bout of pneumonia. Smith was also paralysed from the waist down since 2003 after an accident where he fell from a fence at his home in Spain. Mike D'Abo is also the father to singer/actress Olivia D'Abo.
#2 | Eric on November 17 2009 13:04:40
Yes, sad news about Smith. D'Abo's an unsung pop hero. His prog concept album 'Gulliver's Travels' while flawed in spots is a joy to listen to and 1974's 'Broken Rainbows' is a lost classic. Plus he co-wrote the classic 'Build Me Up Buttercup' which was a hit for The Foundations. Genius if you ask me.
#3 | gdazegod on November 17 2009 15:27:22
I wonder if they should've been called Mike and Mike? Just for the novelty value alone.. lol!
#4 | trillion1999 on October 08 2011 16:59:26
Thank you very much for the review! Another one I would never have found out about otherwise.Now I did not miss to snap up a tattered copy of it.
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