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Money, Eddie - 1983 Where's The Party



ARTIST: Money, Eddie
ALBUM: Wheres The Party
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: FC 38862
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Eddie Money - vocals, saxophone, piano * John Nelson, Steve Farris, Frank Linx, Jimmy Lyon - guitars * Ralph Carter - bass, guitar * Michael Botts, Gary Ferguson, Gary Mallaber, Art Wood - drums * Randy Nichols - Hammond B3, synthesizers * Duane Hitchings, Mitchell Froom, Alan Pasqua - synthesizers * Frank Linx, Paulinho Da Costa - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Maybe Tomorrow * 02 Bad Girls * 03 Club Michelle * 04 Back On The Road * 05 Don't Let Go * 06 The Big Crash * 07 Where's The Party * 08 Leave It To Me * 09 Backtrack (Money)

WEBLINKS: www.eddiemoney.com


Background
It's hard to believe Eddie Money has not made it to Glory Daze! Money never made a bad album since his 1977 debut, they are all deserving of review, but 'Where's The Party' is the quintessential melodic rock choice of his career. The crazy thing is it has always been passed off as a failure or retread of 'No Control'. I disagree, even if it sounds a lot like his 1981 hit in some spots, it includes material any melodic rock/AOR fan will lap up.


The Songs
Thanks to Tom Dowd and Andy Johns' sparkling production, Party is never dull in sounding. The drums are crisp and Alan Pasqua's synth work doesn't hurt either. In fact Pasqua appears in the lead off track 'Maybe Tomorrow' which harkens back to Money's 'Life For The Taking' sound of the late 70's. 'Bad Girls' is a full boar banger, but unfortunately the weak hook makes it peter out along the way. Then comes the minor hit 'The Big Crash'. A catchy, mid tempo rocker, Duane Hitchings synths on this makes for an AOR essential. The other hit here is the chugging, flat sounding title track. This always rears its ugly head on Money Best Of's and is the one song people may know here. It's not bad, but tries too hard to be anthemic and comes off forced. 'Club Michelle' is an AOR classic and one of Eddie's finest moments. 'Don't Let Go' is a tender ballad and criminally overlooked. Money claims he only performed this once on the 'Where's The Party' tour eventually was taken out of his live set for good. Also great is the slightly heavier, barroom boogie of 'Leave it to Me' which could of been a left over from his 'Playing For Keeps' release. The only negative here is the closer 'Backtrack'. Perhaps Money's 'Party' ways clouded his judgment in choice to round out what is by definition his most overlooked effort.


In Summary
The album became his lowest charting album to date at No.67. A comeback for Money came in the form of 'Can't Hold Back' which featured the single 'Take Me Home Tonight', co-sung with Ronnie Spector, which reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album eventually went platinum. His 1988 album Nothing to Lose and 1991's 'Right Here' were more polished AOR platters and featured outside songwriters like Dianne Warren. It's possible all the criticism of 'Where's The Party' and sales stemmed from Money's debilitating substance abuse problems at the time. He is an AOR genius who could rock and 'Party' with the best of them. And with this he did just that.


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Comments
#1 | Eric on March 20 2008 20:11:27
Long overdue review indeed. Nice review Jeff-welcome aboard!
#2 | gdazegod on March 20 2008 20:17:05
Hmm, I must be a real slacker. I only own one Eddie Money LP. Looks like I need to go on a backfilling exercise shop.
#3 | Eric on March 20 2008 20:30:29
Probably not a surprise but I am partial to his first two albums. His under rated third 'Playing For Keeps' from 1980 didn't generate any hits, but in my opinion was still pretty good.
#4 | richardb on March 20 2008 20:49:38
Agreed, certainly one of the most consistent performers operating in the AOR genre. All of his releases right up until 1999's 'Ready Eddie' are worth checking out.

Richard B
#5 | gdazegod on March 20 2008 20:52:22
Haha.. you guys are making me look bad.. lol! stress
#6 | Nick C on June 06 2008 03:13:00
My least favourite of his albums I have to say. In fact it's the only one I don't have on CD having only the vinyl (apart from his latest covers album that I'm just not interested in getting if the truth be known). Just my luck that it' seems to be the one CD by him that goes for the big money (geddit) these days.
#7 | Nick C on October 05 2010 00:37:50
You know what, that review I did above...sucks. I just played this again tonight and it is fan-bloody-tas-tic.
I own up I got into the Money man in 1986 with Can't Hold Back....great album, I bought Where's the Party Feb/March 87 according to the Virgin price sticker still on my vinyl they got it in stock on the 20th of Feb. Now at the time I didn't like it, out of the two albums I owned CHB was massively better in my opinion. So anyway come May 87 I toddle off to Hammersmith to see Stryper, visit Tower...buy allllll the Edddie Money albums then available on CD apart from...Where's the Party.
Seriously I haven't played this album in 22 - 23 years. But I got it out tonight and it's pristine condition ...(the album you filthy minded pervs!) and...it blew me away. I love his earlier stuff especially Playing for Keeps, but this album matches it then surpasses it - I still cannot stand the title track but the rest is just fantastic.
BUT there's still no way I'm gonna buy his covers album. Smile
#8 | dangerzone on October 05 2010 01:12:09
I agree. I've changed my opinion on this one as well. The cassette is in my car, the very last one I have and I play it a lot. Good AOR from the money man!
#9 | rkbluez on March 06 2012 11:31:46
Dave is this on Rock Candy's reissue list with the others?
#10 | reyno-roxx on March 06 2012 12:53:43
Not at the moment, I don't think. I only managed to get hold of a copy of the original CD towards the end of last year. Paid just under £20 for it from US Amazon.
 
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