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Euclid Beach Band - 1979 Euclid Beach Band

ARTIST: Euclid Beach Band
ALBUM: Euclid Beach Band
SERIAL: 7464-35619-1
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Pete Hewlett - lead vocals * Rich Reising - keyboards, guitars * Eric Carmen - acoustic piano, electric piano * Rick Marotta - drums * Bob Babitt - bass * Paul Griffin - piano * Hugh McCracken - acoustic guitar * Ron Bell, David Sanborn - sax * Jimmy Maelen - percussion * Rich Reising, Yolanda McCullogh, Diva Grey, Yvonne Lewis, John Barranco, Susan Lynch, Joey Ward, Eric Robertson - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Play That Song * 02 There's A Moon Out Tonight * 03 Karen * 04 I Need You * 05 There's No Surf In Cleveland * 06 End Of The World * 07 You Make It Easy * 08 Don't You Know What You Mean To Me * 09 So Hard To Say Goodbye * 10 You're The One

One of those late 70's major label obscurities that sort of came and went without much notice, Cleveland, Ohio's Euclid Beach Band are definitely worth your attention, considering ninety percent of the album was produced by none other than pop songsmith Eric Carmen. Presented as a duo with vocalist Pete Hewlett who some of you might remember from Novo Combo and their two excellent early 80's albums and former Eric Carmen Band guitarist Richard Reising, Euclid Beach Band started out as a novelty to use up some local studio time. The duo released a single 'There's No Surf In Cleveland' and it quickly became a regional hit. Eric Carmen, who had recently moved back to Cleveland, fed up with life in Southern California hooked up with Hewlett and Reising, eventually bringing them to a New York studio, cutting a full album and signing to Epic.

The Songs
The result is a beautiful pop record and Eric Carmen's influence cannot be overstated. This is a light, fun album made for summer days on the 'North Coast' of Lake Erie, or anywhere for that matter. 'Don't Play That Song' opens the album on a high note and never let's up. Yeah, a bit on the disco side of things but with a catchy hook. 'There's A Moon Out Tonight' honestly reminds of Bighorn a little bit, sort of pompy with a sweet summery chorus and nice vocals from Hewlett. 'Karen' is a great slice of pop rock, similar to Love Affair/ L.A. and even Fotomaker. Brilliant stuff when it comes right down to it. The song that started it all 'There's No Surf In Cleveland' was included on the album and is the only one not produced by Carmen and sounds like it. Essentially a take on The Beach Boys, I can hear and understand the novelty of the record, but it really doesn't stand up to the rest of the album. Of course, the two best tracks are composed by Carmen himself. Side one's 'I Need You' and the flip side's 'End Of The World' are some of Eric's best work. I have said before and will say it again. The man is a pop genius!

In Summary
I love this record from start to finish. I do think some of you into the heavier sounds of AOR might be best advised to pass over the album since there are some hints at Leif Garrett and Andy Gibb (don't laugh, Gibb's 'Shadow Dancing' is a classic pop album) found in the music as well as the other references mentioned, but if you enjoy the sounds of pure solid gold 70's pop music, it didn't get much better than this. Surfs Up!

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#1 | rostoned on October 16 2008 21:35:30
Surely due to Carmen's involvment, this odd and obscure release is quite hard to find on LP, with just a few and a bit pricey copies sold on the e-market and only from US retailers with no copies apparently available in europe, probably due to a lack of any euro pressing at the time. Luckily for me living in Italy I managed to find a copy in an italian e-store specialized in dance music, of all places!

It was indeed reissued on CD in Japan only in 2001 but now it's out of print over there. On the subject a jap CD was recently sold on ebay for a whopping £ 3.99, I am pretty sure it went under the radar of the die hard followers of Eric's magic pop theories...Smile
#2 | rostoned on November 21 2008 23:55:04
You can hear snippets of four songs from this LP here http://www.record..._t~g_s.htm
Now if a good soul would post a LP or CD rip here at GD that would be cool...Eric?? pray

Unfortunately the LP I bought (see above) was lost or stolen by the over shitty local postal service. Luckily I got refunded by the mighty Paypal tho'
#3 | Eric on November 22 2008 17:08:03
Can't help unfortunately, but this would be a good one for Wounded Bird dontcha think?hmm!
#4 | rostoned on November 24 2008 15:59:56
Oddly enuff I've just discovered that this LP DID get a european release at the time, with the platter actually being printed in Holland (but not sure in which markets then it was distributed). Can you imagine now how many titles were released in US and Europe some 30 odd years ago compared to today? helpless
#5 | meinhartstock on November 12 2009 19:24:59
Got this LP about 2 or 3 years ago and ripped it my own personal CD. I would give it about a 6 or 7. I thought it would have more a Surf sound to it and only the one great cut did. Still a good sound for the time.
#6 | gdazegod on January 25 2010 00:57:12
i would be quite keen to track down a copy of Pete Hewlett's prior band to this: SWEET LIGHTNING, who released one LP on RCA. There is very little detail on the Net regarding that band, or their ablum.
#7 | Carlos Ramirez on February 11 2015 23:46:46
You can stream the entire album on Spotify in the U.S.
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