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Voudouris, Roger - 1979 Radio Dream

ARTIST: Voudouris, Roger
ALBUM: Radio Dream
LABEL: Warner Bros
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Roger Voudouris - vocals

Guests: Jay Graydon, Michael Omartian, Jeff Porcaro, Neil Stubenhaus, Tom Scott, Jerry Hey, Jim Horn, Richard Page, Steve George, Lee Sklar, David Kemper, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Marty McCall

TRACK LISTING: 01 Get Used To It * 02 Just What It Takes * 03 Does Our Love (Depend On The Night) * 04 We Can't Stay Like This Forever * 05 Radio Dream * 06 Anything For Anyone * 07 We Only Can Dance 'Cause We Have To * 08 The Next Time Around * 09 Reprise

Sacramento native Roger Voudouris started out on his musical journey in the early 70's. After a internship playing with a high-school band which was successful locally (including support gigs with the Doobie Brothers and Stephen Stills, Roger then teamed up with David Kahne and they were signed to Capitol Records in the early seventies as Voudouris and Kahne. The duo split up as Kahne went into producing and Roger was signed to Warner Brothers as a solo artist. His debut record surfaced in 1978, and wasn't a particularly interesting album. However, the recipe had definitely changed for this album, veering toward a pure west-coast sound, populated by the likes of Boz Scaggs and that ilk. The all-star line-up also gave 'Radio Dream' a classy look about it.

The Songs
The album spawned the hit single 'Get Used To It', a popular tune both in far away Australia and New Zealand during 1979. Apparently he even flew to Australia and played on the local pop show at the time 'Countdown', causing teenage Aussie hearts to flutter, guaranteeing success. Strange but true. It also made the Billboard Top 30, so America was awake and listening too. 'Just What It Takes' is a great Player sounding slab of rock, hard edged despite the west coast inclination. 'Does Our Love (Depend On The Night)' occupies ballad territory in a similar vein to 80's era Chicago, no doubt due to the horn work by Jim Hey and others. There is an air of urgency about 'We Can't Stay Like This Forever', the drum-work keeping the metronome ticking over, while Voudouris sounds uncannily like Henry Lee Summer a guy would come to prominence some ten years later. The back-end of the album keeps things mildly interesting. The title track 'Radio Dream' is smooth west coast, a la Sneaker, though the sax solo is straight out of the Kenny G alto sax hand-bag. A couple of mid-paced near ballads are dished out in the form of in 'Anything For Anyone' and the sympathy laced 'The Next Time Around'. The former is very good, the latter less so. Voudouris decides to go semi-disco with 'We Only Can Dance 'Cause We Have To', though it does contain some west coast attributes as well.. not entirely throwaway. The album ends with an instrumental.. 'Reprise', full of brass synth swells.

In Summary
Two albums followed in the immediate two years, 1980's 'A Guy Like Me' and 1981's 'On The Heels Of Love', both superb slices of West Coast and well worth hunting down. As a result, Japanese fans picked up on his work and he became much sought after in that market. On a sadder note, Roger passed away in August 2003 of natural causes, his albums though have been re-released on Japanese labels and though available, might command a bit of premium due to their scarcity.

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