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Davis, Paul - 1980 Paul Davis



ARTIST: Davis, Paul
ALBUM: Paul Davis
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: JZ 36094
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1991, Sony (Japan), SRCD-6152 * 2009, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU-6094

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Paul Davis - vocals, keyboards, vibes * Guitars - Kenny Mims, Dino Zimmerman, Ed Seay * Bass - Don Barrett, Steve Tischer, Ed Seay * Keyboards - Alan Feingold, Will Boulware, Fonda Feingold * Trombones - Ed Seay, Tommy Cooper * Alto Sax - Jay Scott * Drums and Percussion - James Stroud * Backing Vocals: Will Boulware, Ed Seay, James Stroud, Nigel Olsson, Marilyn Scott, Pepper Watkins, Susan Bennett

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do Right * 02 Cry Just A Little * 03 He Sang Our Love Songs * 04 All The Way * 05 Too Slow To Disco * 06 Let Me Know If It's Over * 07 Do You Believe In Love * 08 So True * 09 When Everything Else Is Gone


Background
The musical career of Atlanta singer Paul Davis had mainly been involved with country rock music. His early seventies recordings with his band Bang did not hint at the future direction his career would take. Blessed with a melodic angelic voice, it would seem appropriate that his better moments came about through pop music, leaving behind the atypical southern drawl of country for a few years at least. With songs like 'Ride Em Cowboy', and the 1977 smash hit ballad 'I Go Crazy' from the album 'Singer Of Songs Teller Of Tales', Davis was making inroads into a genre that he wasn't entirely at home with, but at least, he was earning a living. By 1980, Paul had released a new album, simply a self titled affair, which was more 'middle-of-the-road', bordering on West Coast.


The Songs
It is hard not to dislike much of the material here. Semi-classics such as 'Cry Just A Little' and 'He Sang Our Love Songs' all warm to the touch. Even the slow-tempo ballad 'All The Way' has something appealing about it. Side Two trips off with the weird 'Too Slow To Disco', a synthesizer beat-up with all sorts of strange effects. This is not what Paul Davis is best known for. Back on track is the cruisy sounding 'Let Me Know If It's Over'. More MOR mellowness appears with the pairing of 'Do You Believe In Love' and 'So True', though the last track 'When Everything Else Is Gone' is a letdown, bordering on sleep-time jazz.


In Summary
After all these years, this album retains a regular appearance on my turntable, particularly when I want to unwind to laid back music. Let's be clear, it's not AOR, closer to MOR.. That's fine by me. Beyond this album, the best was yet to come with the excellent 'Cool Night' album, albeit with a new label and a pumped up rhythm section courtesy of the local Atlanta band Whiteface. Despite the popularity of the album, Davis was not overly happy with the direction, straying so far from his country roots. In fact, 'Cool Night' became his last studio album, despite a few of his subsequent tunes making it onto movie soundtracks. Let us hope, that Davis has it in him to get back into the studio again. A wonderful voice, and a shame that he passed away before his time really, during 2008.


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#1 | imprimateur on July 24 2008 04:09:53
R.I.P Paul. You left us with some great tunes.
#2 | jeffduran on October 13 2008 03:49:19
Good album although I personally prefer the more AOR-ish 'Cool Night'. R.I.P. Davis you were great!
#3 | dangerzone on June 20 2011 05:39:19
I think 'Too Slow To Disco' is the best track here. Can't get enough of it!
#4 | gdazegod on October 04 2013 16:15:57
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