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Anderson, James - 1982 Strangest Feeling

ARTIST: Anderson, James
ALBUM: Strangest Feeling
LABEL: Arista/Kat Family
SERIAL: 7464-38130-1
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: James Anderson - vocals

Guests: Steve Hardwick, Rick Hinkle - guitars * Paul Davis - keyboards, backing vocals; Doug Bare, Alan Feingold - keyboards * Barry Dunaway - bass * Benny Rappa - drums * Ed Seay, Carole Vito - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Fake It * 02 She's Got You Runnin' * 03 Strangest Feeling * 04 One Way Love * 05 Is She * 06 Who Loves You * 07 Big Bird * 08 Beach * 09 Loose Again * 10 Life Saver

Bought to you by the same people that delivered albums by Paul Davis and Whiteface, comes solo artist James Anderson. One can only assume James came from Atlanta, alongside this talented assembly of musicians. A low-key release from 1982, it seems that the band Whiteface were employed as studio musicians to work on sessions for James, Teddy Baker (another Atlanta based singer) and Ed Ratzloth. Well known singer Paul Davis produced this album, which sees James bash out a mix of nice AOR and radio rock, with a ton of reference points to match.

The Songs
James' style of AOR is noticeable immediately on the first track 'Can't Fake It' - with a powerful and passionate vocal delivery amid the keyboard stabs played in the style of the late John O'Banion. Taking a power-pop approach on things is 'She's Got You Runnin' - a lighter affair. The title track contains a funky arrangement with backing vocals to match. 'One Way Love' is typical of the solo artist role a la David Kent circa 1982, and one can't help notice the similarity to the B.E Taylor Group on 'Is She', circa his 'Our World' release. 'Who Loves You' has a good-time feel a la Donnie Iris, while the strange 'Big Bird' is definitely for fans of quirky rock n roll. 'Beach' appears to be the only ballad-based offering here; it's followed by the crankin' rock pairing of 'Loose Again' and 'Life Saver' - both relying on fiery guitars to get them out of trouble.

In Summary
Despite Paul Davis's input, there is not much of his influence here. No smooth west coast material that he is best remembered by. As a producer he has left James pretty much to his own devices - and retained much of the raucous energy to be found here. As you see, the album touches on all the flavors that made 1982 such a special year in the eyes and ears of AORsters. This would be the only album release for James, and though admittedly, it won't set the turntable on fire, it's still a worthy set of tunes to listen to.

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#1 | dangerzone on May 29 2010 21:27:20
I know why I missed this review George, it was posted when I was at basic training back in June of 07 when I had absolutely no contact with the rest of the world. Great album all the same.
#2 | kim_hp on October 05 2010 01:31:16
A pretty good release, fantastic vocals. The first side is definitely the strongest and most AOR-ish.
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