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Byrne And Barnes - 1981 An Eye For An Eye

ARTIST: Byrne And Barnes
ALBUM: An Eye For An Eye
LABEL: Climax
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2001, Dreamsville (Japan), YDCD-0055 *2011, Riverman Music (Sth Korea), BTR0092 (with 2 bonus tracks)


LINEUP: Lead Vocals - Robert Byrne * Background Vocals - Robert Byrne, Brandon Barnes, Herthey Reeves * Guitars - Robert Byrne, John Willis, Jerry Wallace * Synthesizer - Brandon Barnes, Randy McCormick * Bass - Brandon Barnes, Lenny LeBlanc * Drums - Brandon Barnes, Roger Clark, Milton Sledge * Piano and Organ - Clayton Ivey * Percussion - Mickey Buckins * Sax - Jim Horn * Trumpet - Buddy Barnes

TRACK LISTING: 01 An Eye For An Eye * 02 Standby Lover * 03 Crack The Whip * 04 Keep On Running * 05 One More Try For Love * 06 Never Gonna Stop Lovin' You * 07 Love You Out Of Your Mind * 08 I'll Try A Little Everyday For You * 09 Making Love For The First Time * 10 Be My Baby * 11 Right Through The Heart * 12 That's The Way She Goes * 13 Who's That Look In Your Eye

The duo of Robert Byrne and Brandon Barnes is not that well known in mainstream music circles, but in West Coast circles, particularly Japan, these guys are near demi-gods. Both gentlemen have been involved with production work before and after this one off album, working with a host of artists in Los Angeles. Interestingly, Robert Byrne released a very good album two years prior called 'Blame It On The Night', but Mercury Records in their infinite wisdom decided to delete it from their catalogue a mere six months later. Undeterred, Byrne hooked up singer/instrumentalist Brandon Barnes, the musical output is a choice selection of styles ranging from Nielsen Pearson, Doobie Brothers (Michael McDonald era) and David Roberts. Though each song has its own style..

The Songs
Referring to many Japanese websites, the music on 'An Eye For An Eye' has been described as sophisticated pop. I think for those of us familiar with this genre, we'll just prefer to call it West Coast. One one hand they can funk out in typical L.A fashion with tunes such as 'Crack The Whip' or 'Right Through The Heart'. Or they can melt you with an Ambrosia styled moment a la 'Love You Out Of Your Mind'. The title track at the start of the album is as smooth as velvet, and invokes comparisons to Nielsen Pearson, or perhaps even England Dan and John Ford Coley. Certainly the latter comparison could be applied to the mid-tempo ballad 'Standby Lover'. When the duo apply the hand-brake for something a bit softer and tender, then they deliver with two heartfelt beauties in 'One More Try For Love' and 'Be My Baby', the latter tune has an irresistible chorus and vocal hook. The reissued version of this album comes with two additional tracks, including 'Who's That Look In Your Eye', which was since recorded by Michael Johnson on his fantastic 1983 album 'Lifetime Guarantee'.

In Summary
'An Eye For An Eye' was re-released in 2001 by Dreamville Records. It came with a different cover, as the label could not find the person responsible for the original artwork - and therefore could not use the 1981 cover. For whatever reason, B&B are absolutely and hugely popular in Japan, but you can't find any reference of either gentlemen on American websites. Obviously the good folk in Japan are miles ahead of their western counterparts in many areas - the west coast genre of rock music being one of them. these days, Messrs Byrne and Barnes are still involved with production work, and one wonders whether they might be inclined to hook up again for another musical outing..

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#1 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 07:07:57
good album
#2 | Danielovich on January 28 2011 13:59:43
Info on the band and releases here:
#3 | kim_hp on January 28 2012 19:20:45
Yes for Nielsen/Pearson fans except this is much lighter...awesome stuff nevertheless!
#4 | dangerzone on October 25 2017 17:52:11
Classic West Coast AOR. The pair of 'Keep on Running' and 'Right Through the Heart' are two of the best you'll ever hear.
#5 | gdazegod on October 25 2017 21:33:11
I believe Anne.Murray did a version of 'Love You Out Of Your Mind' during her early 80's AOR period.
#6 | gdazegod on October 26 2017 19:42:55
And of course, Taffy McElroy also did a version of 'Who's That Look In Your Eye' on her 1981 album, reviewed here at GDM.
#7 | dangerzone on October 26 2017 23:36:03
That Byrnes solo album you referenced is a good listen for sure.
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