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Pasquale, Joe - 1994 Ricochet

ARTIST: Pasquale, Joe
ALBUM: Ricochet
LABEL: Pioneer Japan
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Drums: Rick Marotta, Les Pierce, Joe Pasquale Bass: Kenny Wild, Les Pierce, Lance Morrison, Joe Pasquale * Guitars: Steve Lukather, Bruce Gaitsch, Sheldon Reynolds, Peter Rafelson, Roger Sullins * Keyboards: Les Pierce, Joe Pasquale * Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa * Sax: Mark Russo * Background Vocals: Maxine & Julia Waters, Bambie & Brandie Jones, Dawn Thomas, Joe Pasquale

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time Will Never Know * 02 Tell Me.. Stay The Night * 03 Test My Love * 04 O Let It Be Written * 05 Tell Me Something Good * 06 Ricochet * 07 Nikki * 08 As Long As I Have You * 09 Sometimes * 10 Person To Person * 11 Someday We'll Be Together

This musician of French origins seems to have all the connections in the right places. And they all seem to be based in Los Angeles. People may remember his great introduction in 1991 courtesy of his album 'Prey'. Seemingly coming from nowhere, Joe Pasquale landed with a big name ticket (MCA) and a few terrific songs to boot. Well I say nowhere, but his immediate history prior to 'Prey' was with the R&B duo Boys Club, alongside Gene Hunt (aka Eugene Wolfgramm previously of the eighties pop outfit The Jets). We weren't quite sure what happened to Joe after that, perhaps lost in the corporate (should I say grunge) shuffle, but in any case, he managed to come up with another album 'Ricochet' a few years later, though it appears only on a Japanese label, though I do stand corrected if it received a domestic release elsewhere. Many of the same partners in crime return for round two, including Bruce Gaitsch and Steve Lukather. Where would a west-coast styled album be without those two cats somewhere in the mix?

The Songs
If I was gonna throw a blanket over it, I would mention one name and hope that you would get it. Anyone remember Rosoce Martinez? A budding AOR artist with a latin flavour, who released his self-titled album back in 1995. 'Ricochet' has a similar vocation about it, particularly the funkier tunes. Whether its the lead-off track 'Time Will Never Know' all the way down to the hi-tech percussive 'Person To Person', you can imagine this album would be a good fit in a Miami Nightclub back in the 80's or 90's. There are a number of change-up moments that colour the album up. 'Test My Love' has a touch of Richard Marx about it, 'So Let It Be Written' is a breathy atmospheric affair, while 'Nikki' is a balladic tale of a young girl growing up too fast. My favourite track here is the sublime semi-acoustic 'As Long As I Have You', soaked in melodrama and emotion. To round things out is a cover of the Diana Ross and The Supremes hit 'Someday We'll Be Together', and pretty enjoyable it is too I will admit!

In Summary
Both 'Prey' and 'Ricochet' are worth landing, though this one, is a shade lighter than its predecessor. Again, just like a wraith, Pasquale disappeared like a bullet without trace after this album, though someone did mention he was involved in another project called Leopold Bloom. However, no trace of that project has surfaced across the web. He has also been sighted producing and arranging on other projects since then, refer west ccost artist Mark Winkler. Mr Pasquale, wherever you are, if you are ever get to read this, then a life history of your musical career is in order.

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