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O Banion, John - 1982 Danger




ARTIST: O Banion, John
ALBUM: Danger
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: ELK K 52382
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2011, Vivid Sound (Japan), VSCD-3515

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: John O'Banion - vocals * Richie Zito - guitars * Joey Carbone - keyboards, synthesizers * John Pierce, Dennis Bellfield - bass * Carlos Vega - drums * Paulinho Da Costa - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Danger * 02 She Doesn't Mean A Thing To Me * 03 I Don't Want To Lose Your Love * 04 Thru The Eyes Of Love * 05 Undercover Love * 06 Our Love * 07 I'm The One * 08 Deep In The Night * 09 Let Me Be Yours Tonight * 10 Take Me Back


Background
Fantastic lightweight AOR with a definite hint of West Coast thrown in for good measure, and coming from an era where male solo artists were the 'in thing'. Trying to look like a serious undercover lover but somehow not quite convincing enough to pull off the image. Other contenders ploughing the same road at the time included Frank Stallone, Greg Guidry and of course Gerard McMahon. This was O'Banion's second album, following on from his s/t album the year before. That one contained the minor hit 'Love You Like I Never Loved Before'. This 'Danger' album is far more upfront, with a mixture of eighties AOR a la Toto (circa 'IV') and the first Balance album. It must be pointed out that all of the songs (as well as the debut) are Zito and Carbone collaborations. O'Banion doesn't contribute a thing with the pen, only the vocal talent. A few guests on display here, apart from those mentioned above who played on all of the tracks, others here include Bobby Kimball, Joe Chemay, John Ford Coley and James Newton Howard.


The Songs
The album kicks off with the rollicking title track 'Danger', coming off like Toto at their best. 'She Doesn't Mean A Thing To Me' continues the uptempo flow while the ballad 'I Don't Want To Lose Your Love' is admittedly a poor choice for the album. It's soppy rubbish. We're back on track with 'Thru The Eyes Of Love' with a chorus Mr Kulick, Castro and Katsaros would be envious of. Other enjoyable moments are 'I'm The One', the rather gorgeous 'Deep In The Night' where John's singing gets rather impassioned, and the pop appeal of 'Let Me Be Yours Tonight'. The last track 'Take Me Back' sounds like it could be one of those hit singles from a movie soundtrack a la Stephen Bishop. Sort of feels out of place slightly.


In Summary
Pretty good all round, though I would say it has more appeal for the West Coast fan as opposed to the diehard AOR'ster. I like it though, and it gets a regular workout. Not bad for a $5 piece of vinyl.


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Comments

#1 | DEMONAOR on July 21 2008 10:34:34
Very good album
#2 | rostoned on July 21 2008 13:37:34
While the first one is easy to find and cheap this one is rare as hell and (as a consequence?) very expen$ive. I wonder who on earth is collecting O'banion in 2008...
#3 | JAG on September 09 2009 17:22:10
This album is good,but the TRUE CLASSIC is his 1st LP!One of the best works in 1981,as well as Chris Christian,Keane,Player,Sheila or Robbie Patton.
P.S.
Saluti a Rostoni
#4 | swazi on January 07 2010 15:54:26
Very rare and VERY expensive ...! Sad
#5 | rostoned on December 28 2010 00:47:54
Was this released on LP just in Japan or in the US as well?? I ask since I have NEVER seen advertised a US issue, but just japanese editions...infact I had to buy a japanese copy to have it on vinyl. odd!
#6 | Eric on December 28 2010 21:50:53
Yeah, I ran across a used LP copy last year. I don't see it too often though..
#7 | gdazegod on December 28 2010 22:00:12
I had a US issue on LP, bought it for $4 back home in NZ.
#8 | rostoned on December 31 2010 19:53:03
thanks guys. probably it was a very small run by Elektra, smaller than the 15.000 minimum copies a major label releas usually had. I assume this since NO copies ever appear...hell, this is much more elusive on US vinyl than I Ten retail or Avalon EP not cut out nor promo (i have 1 copy of the former and 2 of the latter!)
#9 | Vincenzo on October 29 2011 00:39:56
I hate the word "lightweight" associate to this album, sounds to me like belittle hehehe.
Danger is a pure A.O.R. masterpiece. One of the best album from 1982.
#10 | Jez on February 10 2014 19:57:25
Just picked up the 2011 Japanese Mini LP sleeve, SHMCD version with 4 bonus tracks (1 studio, 3 live) for about £20 delivered. Been waiting ages to get my mitts on this so now I am a very happy man. The debut is avaliable with 2 bonus tracks in the same format

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