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DeSario, Teri - 1980 Caught

ARTIST: De Sario, Teri
ALBUM: Caught
LABEL: Casablanca
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2012, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY140


LINEUP: Teri DeSario - lead and backing vocals * Steve Lukather, Richie Zito, Mike Landau, Mitch Holder - guitars * Mike Baird, Carlos Vega - drums * Bill Purse, James Newton Howard, Steve Porcaro, David Foster, Michael Boddicker - keyboards * Joey Carbone, Bill Purse, Teri DeSario, John Joyce, Jim Haas, Bruce Hornsby - background vocals * Paulinho DaCosta - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Caught * 02 Time After Time * 03 I'm With You Now * 04 Standin' On The Edge * 05 Hittin' Below The Belt * 06 I've Got A Secret * 07 All I Wanna Do * 08 I Hate You * 09 I Should've Known Better

In a previous incarnation Teri DeSario was a disco diva performing with the Bee Gees and even scoring US chart success with KC (of the Sunshine Band fame) with the track 'Are You Ready'. 'Caught' however, represented a departure of seismic proportions from her previous albums. Heaven only knows what possessed the lady to take such a brave change in musical direction, but I for one am certainly glad she did! The elfin featured Ms DeSario, puts on a stunning vocal performance on this album, which leaves a host of female AOR wannabes trailing in her wake. She's certainly more than just a pretty face. I place her in the same rarefied atmosphere as Ann Wilson, Pat Benatar, Cher, Holly Woods (Toronto) and Jeanette Chase (Storm) - all female singers with, ahem(!) balls. The assembled session players performing on 'Caught' reads like a West Coast fanatic's wet dream and is headed up by the dynamic duo of guitar maestros Steve Lukather (Toto) and Mike Landau (Maxus). Legendary AOR songwriter Desmond Child even lent a hand penning the ballad 'I'm With You Now'. Production and keyboard duties fell to Bill Purse who did a sterling job throughout. He was given occasional support on the keys by David Foster and James Newton Howard, who were just passing by the studio at the time no doubt. This is just a sample of the impressive array of talent on board, and obviously Casablanca spared no expense in recruiting her supporting cast. So why the hell didn't they promote the album? It must have been one of 1980's best kept secrets and even secured a release in the UK which went by largely unnoticed. I bought my copy in the bargain basement department store Woolworth's of all places(!) for the measly sum of 99p.

The Songs
The opening cut is the title track, which immediately goes for the jugular with stabbing piano, thrusting guitars, and soaring vocals - this lady certainly knows how to rock! Follow up 'Time After Time' positively reeks of Toto at their finest. But my fave track is 'Standing On The Edge'. This will have you reaching for your air guitars, especially when you have Steve Lukather, Mike Landau and Riche Zito, riffing in unison - just awesome! (please note I reserve this cliche only for truly special occasions). Luke delivers a shredding guitar solo in the midsection, but Richie Zito is not to be outdone, letting his guitar do the talking on the outro. Those wailing high notes really do reach the parts other guitarist's fail to - especially when they're played at maximum volume! 'Hittin' Below The Belt' maintains the excitement levels on the flipside, with Teri's slightly manic vocals and solid riffing - this time Mike Landau gets a chance to shine. The chilling 'I've Got A Secret' still has the propensity to send shivers done my spine after all these years. Unfortunately the rather limp ballad 'All I Wanna Do' leaves me cold, but for the wrong reasons. Redemption comes in the form of the Tom Keane penned 'I Hate You' a strident rocker with a naggingly infectious chorus. Unfortunately the album ends with a throwaway cover of The Beatles 'I Should Have Known Better'. Like sleeping dogs some songs are just best left alone..

In Summary
A minor quibble, as overall this a fine example of female fronted AOR, and if there had been any justice in the world Teri DeSario would have endured the same success as Pat Benatar et al and not ended up as just another casualty in the AOR wasteland.

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#1 | sabace on December 19 2006 15:36:00
the review is spot on! great lp
#2 | richardb on June 01 2008 14:22:26
One of my prime contenders for a CD re-release and remastering. I'd love to know if there was another material recorded in the studio at the same time which didn't make the final cut..

Richard B
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 23 2008 16:15:36
I think the answer to the non-promotion of this album at the time was that Casablanca were beginning to struggle financially and were in the throes of a takeover by the gullible PolyGram organisation, who thought they were on to a winner taking on this seemingly successful record company.
Casablanca actually released a ton of records that received very little push....Lightning (featuring Paul Carrovello), Group With No Name (Katy Segal),,being just two that spring to mind in the post Village People, Donna Summer, Kiss success.
#4 | super80boy on May 06 2017 14:59:03
With the exception of a couple of side steps, namely the closing cheezed up Beatles cover, this album is an all-powerful female AOR rocker. There's a bevy of impressive songs, which feature Desario's strong vocal range. Side 2's opener 'Hittin Below The Belt', the title song and 'Standin On The Edge' are stellar examples. 'I Hate You' has that ToTo-ish keyboard work right out of the gate.
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