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Carillo - 1979 Street Of Dreams

ARTIST: Carillo
ALBUM: Streets Of Dreams
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19235
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2009, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU-9235


LINEUP: Frank Carillo - lead vocals, guitars * Jan Mullaney - keyboards, backing vocals * John Sieger - bass * Jimmy Haslip - bass * Andy Newmark - drums * David Donen - drums * Rafel Cruz - congas, percussion * Michael Brecker - saxophone * Rick Silecchio - guitar * Ian Lloyd - backing vocals * Michael Bolotin - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 She Takes The Night * 02 What's Your Name * 03 Under The Gun * 04 Run Away With Me * 05 Emotions * 06 Out Of Time * 07 Love Me A Little Bit More * 08 Rosa Lee * 09 Familiar Stranger

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Frank Carillo got his big break repairing a couple of Steve Marriott guitars when Marriott was in Humble Pie. Yeah, you read that right, a Cinderella story (the old fable, not the band silly!) and of course (!) this blossomed into a relationship with former Pie axe man Peter Frampton, with Carillo appearing on Frampton's first two solo albums. A brief stint with the British based Doc Holliday (one very bland album on Metromedia) followed by a tour as part of Yvonne Elliman's backing band, Carillo set to work on an album of his own songs. 'Rings Around The Moon' was the result, but it didn't exactly set the world on fire. By the time the album was released the songs were already three to four years old and it sounded like it. Following up with 'Street Of Dreams' the Carillo sound was definitely more in tune with AOR radio formats with mixed results.

The Songs
My biggest complaint on 'Street of Dreams' is rather poor production. It just sounds dull and lifeless of course the material is no help. The opening track 'She Takes The Night' is as good as the album gets. A fine period AOR tune that did get a shot at air play in some U.S markets. Carillo's vocal style is similar to Eddie Money and Michael Bolton, in other words very ''east coast rough' - like he just smoked a pack of Luckies on a loading dock in Brooklyn. Oh yeah, guess what? Bolton appears here (still as Michael Bolotin on the liner notes) with a useless exercise and a near duet called 'Under The Gun'. 'Run Away With Me' sounds like Toto in a head on collision with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and it actually works well, or at least better than most of the album. On side two we have a nice ballad 'Emotions' in the Benny Mardones vein, although the Rolling Stones cover of 'Out Of Time' is a little too Doobie Brothers funk for my taste. The rest of the album is forgettable, quite dated and not worth getting into really. It's too bad the promise of the opening track 'She Takes The Night' wasn't carried through with the remaining record.

In Summary
Carillo did spend a lot of time on the road with Van Halen, Cheap Trick and J. Geils Band which in hindsight was nothing compared to the monstrous 46 date Bad Company North American tour with Carillo in tow. Reports are Carillo went over very well on that tour and were a pretty good live act, although it did little for Atlantic Records who parted company with Carillo late in 1979. I wonder if a third album would have been any better?

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#1 | rostoned on August 03 2008 23:58:12
Great review Eric. Average record and (80s and 90s) bargain bin classic. Hope Wounded Bird won't waste his time behind this crap and concentrate on better things (Badlands, The Ladder, All Sports Band etc).
#2 | reyno-roxx on August 04 2008 07:35:13
Last I heard of Frank Carillo he had been lending my pop rock songstress friend Xoch a hand on some of her recent material.
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