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Toby Beau - 1979 More Than A Love Song



ARTIST: Toby Beau
ALBUM: More Than A Love Song
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: AFL1-3119
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Danny McKenna - vocals, guitars * Balde Silva - vocals, guitar, harmonica * Steve Zipper - vocals, bass * Rob Young - Drums, percussion * Ron Rose - vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dream Girl * 02 It Must Have Been The Moonlight * 03 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye * 04 You And I Should Be Forever * 05 Look For The Light * 06 High Roller * 07 I Just Wanna Love You * 08 Boogie Woogie Melody * 09 She Used To Be Mine * 10 Alright Now

WEBLINKS: www.tobybeau.com


Background
Naming themselves after a fishing boat, south Texas band Toby Beau were one of the bright new acts of 1978 buoyed by an excellent single in 'My Angel Baby' which was a top twenty hit and deservedly so. Like the single, their debut album was chock full of radio friendly country rock blended with AOR tendencies A little bit of Player here, some Eagles there, Toby Beau hit on a magical formula and a major tour with Bob Seger and the Doobie Brothers gave the group major exposure, leading to high expectations for the follow-up album. Unfortunately with the second album almost complete, RCA decided they didn't like the final product and forced the band to re-record the album with session musicians. This was understandably a serious blow to the band and following the release of 'More Than A Love Song', guitarist and founding member Danny McKenna would leave the band disillusioned with the group's 'slick' sound.


The Songs
In hindsight, it's too bad because 'More Than A Love Song' is a pretty good album and generated another hit single with their cover of the 60's hit 'Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye'. Charming stuff and yes there is a noticeable change in style on this record with the opening cut 'Dream Girl' sounding very much like Pablo Cruise. Vocalist Balde Silva's vocals are a mixture of David Gates and Kenny Loggins, a pure AOR voice really that fits perfectly with the groups 'updated' sound. 'You And I Should Be Together' and the rocking 'Boogie Woogie Melody' (dumb title, good tune) are highlights on an album that should have been a bigger hit than it was.


In Summary
The third Toby Beau album 'If You Believe' was released in 1980, but was essentially a Balde Silva solo album. Don't get me wrong, it too was a good record, but the magic of the debut was a forgotten memory. Several years ago the Japanese released all three Toby Beau albums on CD, none of which I have lol! Still own the old vinyl, but there is a greatest hit's disc readily available and still in print which is very much recommended. Sad news, guitarist Danny McKenna ended up committing suicide a few years ago although it seems Silva still performs occasional gigs as Toby Beau on the gorgeous south Texas coast, so if you are ever in the area..


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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 26 2008 17:18:11
Another band in the Aucoin Management stable alongside Kiss, Starz, Piper, Skatt Bros and Spider.
#2 | rostoned on May 26 2008 18:21:57
and New England too (in the Aucoin mgmt)...
 
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