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Carmen, Eric - 1980 Tonight You're Mine

ARTIST: Carmen, Eric
ALBUM: Tonight You're Mine
LABEL: Arista
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1998, BMG, 7322 * 2007, BMG, 37879 * 2009, American Beat, 007007-2


LINEUP: Eric Carmen - lead and backing vocals, drums, guitars, keyboards, piano * Barry Fasman - arranger, string arrangements * Davey Johnstone, Billy Peek, Steve Lukather - guitars *Fred Tackett - acoustic guitar * Bob Glaub, Kenny Passarelli - bass * Duane Hitchings - piano, synthesizer * David Woodford -saxophone * Paulinho Da Costa - percussion * Carmine Appice, Rick Shlosser - drums * John Massey, David Stanley Moyle, Calvin H. Biggar, Angus Mackay, Argyle Watterston - bagpipes, pipe * Davey Johnstone, Jon Joyce, Laura Creamer, Steve Farber, Jim Haas, Jo Ann Harris, Dee Dee Maslin, Shufflettes - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 It Hurts Too Much * 02 Lost In The Shuffle * 03 All For Love * 04 Tonight You're Mine * 05 Sleep With Me * 06 Inside Story * 07 Foolin' Myself * 08 You Need Some Lovin'


Seriously in danger of becoming the new Barry Manilow, Carmen's previous two albums 'Boats Against The Current' and 'Change of Heart' were forays into middle-of-the road excess, nearly abandoning his rock roots entirely. It was hard to believe the man partly responsible for the power pop magic that was The Raspberries seemed to have lost his edge and in turn much of his rock fan base. Fortunately Carmen saw the hand writing on the wall with declining record sales and returned to the sound that made him famous on this, his fourth solo album.

The Songs
Indeed, the opening 'It Hurts Too Much' is a fine start with Carmen sounding aggressive and with something to prove. Heavily influenced by Phil Spector, the song has a strong early 60's vibe and an infectious chorus and not surprisingly it was released as the first single. 'Lost In The Shuffle' continues Eric's plundering of old time rock n' roll much like early Huey Lewis & the News and Eddie Money. 'All For Love' is a nice mid tempo ballad without the sugar sweetness that plagued his previous two albums. The title track is probably the most unusual song in Carmen's repertoire with its use of Bag pipes. Yes, Bag pipes, but it works well within this excellent rock tune harking back to the glory days of The Raspberries, while the closing 'You Need Some Lovin' is one of the heaviest songs Carmen ever put to tape.

In Summary
Outside of Japan, 'Tonight You're Mine' failed to generate much interest. Part of the problem in the States was the album cover itself which generated some controversy, but it was clear Arista didn't put much promotion behind the album which found it's way into the cut-out bins a few months after it's release. It would be another five years before Eric Carmen would surface again and with the 1987 movie 'Dirty Dancing' he was back on the charts. 'Tonight You're Mine' won't set the world on fire, but investing in the Japanese CD issue of the album will be money well spent.

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#1 | vinyldinosaurus on December 18 2008 14:14:03
Offensive cover art but a great album. Interesting to note that the font used for the album title, lyrics and credits was also used by Cheap Trick on their All Shook Up album from the same year. Another EC/CT parallel is that Cheap Trick would later record a song called "Tonight It's You."
#2 | trillion1999 on October 13 2011 16:27:34
Money well spent indeed.In my case found the CD for under 1 dollar at a sale.Well spoken indeed jefflynnefan everything with Eric Carmen is well worth having.Smile
#3 | super80boy on February 05 2017 15:34:24
I've always wondered how he got away with that album cover picture, it's attention grabbing that's for sure. Anyway, the music is well produced and tight, it just didn't resonate with me. 'Tonight You're Mine' is pretty good with its guitar licks and operatic choruses and the power pop of 'The Inside Story' is catchy, but that's about it...
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