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Alessi - 1977 All For A Reason

ARTIST: Alessi
ALBUM: All For A Reason
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: ????, Canyon (Japan), D32Y3598 * 2002, Universal/A&M


LINEUP: Billy Alessi - lead and background vocals, keyboards, synthesizers * Bobby Alessi - lead and background vocals, guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 All For A Reason * 02 Love To Have Your Love * 03 Farewell * 04 Avalon * 05 Air Cushion * 06 London * 07 Hate To Be In Love * 08 You Can Crowd Me * 09 Make It Last * 10 Here Again

WEBLINKS: www.alessibros.com

In this day and age of media blitz, mass marketing and commercial overkill, identical twins Billy and Bobby Alessi would have been mega stars and bigger than sliced bread had they appeared on the scene some twenty years later. Fortunately, that didn't happen although you have heard some of their TV jingles over the years for companies like Coke, KFC and Sears stores, so fame and fortune has never really been out of their grasp and selling 8 million albums certainly hasn't hurt either. Back in the early 70's, the Alessi's would hook up with Peppy Castro, the mastermind behind Wiggy Bits and Balance, forming Barnaby Bye, a pop outfit that ended up releasing two nice, if slightly average albums. It was from the break up of Barnaby Bye the boys started working as a duo, signing to A&M and releasing their first album in 1976 to critical praise and commercial success.

The Songs
'All For A Reason' was their excellent follow-up and for fans of the sophisticated west coast pop sound, it's a must have. I think its Alessi's best work and most consistent for several reasons. Co-produced by Alessi and David Lucas (Blue Oyster Cult), by 1977 standards the sound is superb and the song writing is top notch. The vocal talents of Billy and Bobby are quite stunning with a wide range of styles, even coming close to Freddie Mercury on the title track and 'Make It Last', although not really sounding like Queen. The duo had developed their own sound with pride of place going to 'London', a gem of a tune with a fun intro (the voice of their manager at the time) and catchy chorus. This song did get some airplay, but never really became a hit single. 'Hate To Be In Love' has a Player feel to it with its bouncy keyboard and driving guitar work. Closing the album is the nine minute plus 'Here Again' recalling Ambrosia in a progressive rock styled song that actually fits well with the rest of the album.

In Summary
Alessi would tour extensively supporting this record, including a tour with Andy Gibb on his 'Shadow Dancing' tour which by all accounts was a big success. The duo continued to release product well into the 80's, before concentrating on commercial work. Recently, they have released a new studio disc and are playing live again in both the US and Europe, not to mention a recent string of Barnaby Bye reunion gigs in the New York area. Good to have them back and if you can find this album at your local used record shop or on Japanese CD on eBay, don't hesitate!

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#1 | Eric on August 15 2008 01:13:51
Been listening to the Barnaby Bye albums in the last couple days. Not bad, better than I remember and in turn portrayed in this review. Sort of surprised these are not on CD yet.

Like a fine wine, with the passage of time...
#2 | alessifan4life on September 29 2008 08:41:20
They ARE on CD! Room To Grow and Touch are both available on www.alessibros.com and www.barnabybye.com. Also, if you are fortunate to see them in concert, the CDs are available there, too.
#3 | Tom Redmond on October 09 2012 23:18:04
Great album, love all their stuff. Bobby is a true gent and takes time to sign cd's etc as indeed does Billy. Cd's also available from Alessi Brothers site.
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