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Holland, Amy - 1983 On Your Every Word

ARTIST: Holland, Amy
ALBUM: On Your Every Word
LABEL: Capitol
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1999, Magic (Holland), 5201222


LINEUP: Amy Holland - vocals

Additional Musicians: Steve Lukather, Robben Ford, John McFee, Robert Akers Terry - guitars * Jeff Porcaro, Michael Baird - drums * Mark Leonard, Bob Glaub, Louis Johnson, Nathan East, Willie Weeks - bass * Michael McDonald, Brian Mann - acoustic piano * Michael McDonald, Brian Mann, Patrick Henderson - fender rhodes * Michael McDonald, Brian Mann, James Newton Howard - synthesizers * Brian Mann - accordion * Chet McRacken - vibes * Tom Scott, Vince Denham - sax solos * Tom Scott - lyricon * Paul Medeiros - handclapping * Jim Horn, Larry Williams, Chuck Findley, Dick Hyde, Tom Scott, Jerry Hey, Ernie Watts - horns * Maureen McDonald, Michael McDonald, David Pack, Denny Henson, Jeff Day, Kathy Walker, Richard Page, Steve George, Patrick Simmons, Ed Sanford - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Anytime You Want Me * 02 I Hang On Your Every Word * 03 I'll Never Give Up * 04 Shake Me Wake Me (When It's Over) * 05 Hurts A Little Bit * 06 You And I * 07 So Sentimental * 08 I Still Run To You


This is an enjoyable wee album from West Coast/AOR/pop crossover artist Amy Holland. For those that don't know, Amy is the wife of well-known musician/producer Michael McDonald. Not only was 1983 the year of her second album release 'On Your Every Word', it was also the year that Amy and Michael were married. To add to the whole equation, Michael even produced this album - keeping it in the family. Amy's self-titled debut album was released to a quiet audience in 1980, though she did come up with a popular tune called 'How Do I Survive'. Her second effort 'On Your Every Word' could surely charm the pants off any hardened rocker, with a wealth of choice cuts to choose from. If you enjoy artists from the likes of Airplay, Toto, David Roberts and the whole West Coast genre, then this album from Amy Holland is for you.

The Songs
Listeners will immediately by heartened by the strident AOR belter/opener 'Anytime You Want Me', full of glorious pumping bass lines and an arrangement straight out of the David Roberts scorecard! The second track 'I Hang On Your Every Word' takes a dig at the De Barge songbook. Anyone familiar with their popular 'Rhythm Of The Night' album will know what I mean. Wistful west coast music is apparent on 'I'll Never Give Up' a softly-softly composition. Moving back into a rockier stream is 'Shake Me Wake Me (When It's Over)', similar to Scandal, Delta et al. 'Hurts A Little Bit' is typical West Coast/AOR crossover, but a better example of this is the following track 'You And I', a great punchy which evokes the best examples of the genre. Despite the sad songtitle 'So Sentimental' is a punchy upbeat dare I say it - happy sounding tune with a nice parping brass section. Amy does a duet with Ambrosia's David Pack for 'I Still Run To You', a soulful and tender excursion into the territory of love ballads. The album ends with another great West Coast effort.. 'Rollin' By' - the likes of Toto, Chicago and Airplay would be impressed. They should be, as Steve Lukather tails off the album with a typical Luke solo.

In Summary
Not much has been heard of with Amy since these recordings. She does have a Myspace page now, and from reports she either has already, or is about to release an album of tunes in a folk rock style. However, for a snapshot of her West Coast albums, both her albums should be on your wish list, excellent efforts that they are.

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#1 | JuniorNB on August 14 2008 17:18:15
A very nice listen. More on the mellow side, but there's certainly nothing wrong with that.
McDonald had a hand in writing quite a few of the songs, and his 'sound' is prevelent here. He also lends some background vocals.
The musicianship is superb, as you would imagine considering that guys like Porcaro, Lukather, Nathan East, and James Newton Howard were involved. Anytime You Want Me and You & I are the standout tracks, but there are plenty more good ones.
#2 | kim_hp on January 02 2012 18:59:56
This is the kind of westcoast I really adore. Top musicianship, excellent catchy songwriting, and most of all up-tempo tunes to stamp your feet to. As much as I love westcoast, some releases (from the same time period) are just too laid back and powerlacking to keep your attention. Yet to be reviewed on these pages are also her 1980 self-titled debut which is another great westcoast album, although not as good as this IMO.
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