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Stepp, Richard - 1979 Holiday In Hollywood

ARTIST: Stepp, Richard
ALBUM: Holiday In Hollywood
LABEL: Infinity
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Richard Stepp - lead vocals * Thom Rotella, Ben Benay - guitars * Dennis Belfield, David Hungate, Ray Pohlman - bass * Bill Cuomo - keyboards, synthesizer * Ralph Humpery, Ed Greene, Mike Baird - drums * Pete Chrislieb - sax * Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman, Oren Waters - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Got Tonight * 02 There's Always Another Day * 03 Holiday In Hollywood * 04 Hold On * 05 Feel The Inspiration * 06 When We Meet Again * 07 If I Could Write A Song * 08 Get Funky * 09 Caught In A Whirlwind

Perfect music for a light and mellow mood, Richard Stepp was something of a dark horse on the Infinity label. I recall very little promotion for this record from the label who were probably too wrapped up in New England, Spyro Gyra and aggravating financial issues to pay much notice. Unfortunate, but a tale as old as time in the music business. It seems Stepp had been around for a while in the Canadian music scene, playing in a country/ hippie band called The Northwest Company and releasing a few lackluster singles in the process. Various session gigs followed leading eventually to 'Holiday in Hollywood' which to this day seems to have been his biggest break.

The Songs
I suppose the disco beat of 'We Got Tonight' will put off a few of you, but it's a nice, if somewhat dated track and imagine would have been a good candidate for the albums single. Much of this record will appeal to fans of Jim Photoglo, Michael Johnson and the late 70's-early 80's west coast sound. Songs like 'There's Always Another Day', 'Hold On' and 'If I Could Write A Song' fall into this category, but the title track and 'When We Meet Again' are a little more cosmopolitan taking a direction towards the Gino Vannelli album 'Brother To Brother' and in turn adding some nice balance to the record.

In Summary
In hindsight and forgetting Infinity Records many problems, it's really not surprising 'Holiday in Hollywood' didn't do very well in sales or airplay. There was just so much of this type of music available at the time, it simply got lost in the shuffle. Considering some of the mediocre albums of the era that have been reissued over the years, it would be nice to see this record get the digital treatment. Perhaps the Japanese might get around to it at some point, but I won't hold my breath.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 18 2011 00:47:58
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This sort of reminds me of Bobby Caldwell and Addrisi Brothers..
#2 | gdazegod on February 18 2011 00:49:49
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#3 | Traveller in time on February 18 2011 11:58:39
Any chance for a download link ?

Listens very GREAT!

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