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Philips MacLeod - 1979 Le Partie du Cocktail

ARTIST: Phillips MacLeod
ALBUM: Le Partie du Cocktail
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6198
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Rob Phillips - vocals, guitars * Sean MacLeod - bass * Andy Newmark - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 City Of Lights * 02 Take Me To The High Ground * 03 Come With Me * 04 Easy Street * 05 Takin' It Easy * 06 What Am I Gonna Do * 07 Gone Are The Dreams * 08 Wendy * 09 Viva Alessa * 10 Lost In The Storm

God, I get so frustrated when I can't find information on a band or artist on the internet! We are all getting spoiled aren't we? Such is the case with the duo Phillips/MacLeod and really I haven't found much on them in my precious AOR files in clippings or articles either, but I do remember the much missed 'AOR Classics' reviewing their two albums and not giving this, their first LP 'Le Partie Du Cocktail!' much of a push. Yes, Robert Phillips and Sean Macleod's second self-titled album is just a little more AOR, featuring better cover art and a tighter selection of songs, but I have a soft spot this record, bad album art and all.

The Songs
Because these guys sound so much like 10cc circa 'Look Hear?' and '10 out of 10', my alibi for enjoying this LP as much as I do is sealed. Yes, this is thoughtful pop music and checking out the lyrics for the opening cut 'City Of Lights', obviously an ode to Paris, France, it's certain these guys were psychologically miles away from Aerosmith with lyrics like 'They got Marc Chagall's hanging on the walls and I gotta go see 'em'. Not exactly your normal rock fare, but the song is a nice combination of Beatles harmonies and 10cc's wit and humor. 'Take Me To The Higher Ground' is straight AOR, but lacks the invention of the previous track and something of a let down, although 'Come With Me' brings it all back, with a wonderful power pop track reminiscent of The Raspberries believe it or not. On the flip we have Phillips and Macleod getting all mellow and Southern California with 'What Am I Gonna Do'. Time to hit the snooze button sorry to say although 'Gone Are The Dreams' is a nice track reminding me of The Beach Boys 70's work as does the following track 'Wendy' with light and breezy vocals spinning sunbright and warm in tasty pop rock nirvana. 'Viva Alessa' will again draw comparisons to 10cc with its reggae pop influence and 'Lost In The Storm' closes the album on a high note and coming across like Ambrosia in spots featuring some jazzy keyboard work.

In Summary
So there you have it, 'Le Partie du Cocktail!' in a nutshell and worth picking up cheaply from your favourite LP vendor since I don't hold out much hope for a CD reissue, but then again you just never know. Oh yeah, if anyone has information on these cats, what happened to 'em and where they are now, drop me a line!

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#1 | misterpomp on May 15 2007 11:57:42
Thanks goodness, Eric! I thought it was just me - I've kept precious little vinyl but both these guys' albums are still 'must haves'. Have to disagree with 'Take Me To The High Ground' though - some awesome vocal harmonies in the mid-section!
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