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Waroff, Paul -1979 California Son

ARTIST: Waroff, Paul
ALBUM: California Son
LABEL: Casablanca
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Paul Waroff - vocals, guitars * Jean- Pierre Garau - piano * George Hawkins - bass * Tris Imboden - drums * Steve Forman - percussion * Michael Boddicker, Rory Kaplan - synthesizers * Steve Wood - organ * Tom Kelly, Richard Page, Andrea Robinson, Sue Richman, Linda Lawley, Jill Hilburn, Steve Isham - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Laughing Eyes * 02 Cinderella * 03 Can't Make It Alone * 04 Good Time Band * 05 I Cry * 06 Here I Am Again * 07 California Son * 08 A Prisoner Of Love * 09 I Believe In You

'California Son' seems to be the only album from Paul Waroff, a studio musician who has floated around the L.A scene for thirty years or so. Like many of you, I remember seeing this in the cut-out bins quite a lot way back when, but I always passed over it in favor of other things until recently coming across a copy at a local record shop. Coming out on the Casablanca label that were knee deep in disco and all things Studio 54 at the time had to be a negative for this album and I can't imagine the label putting much effort into promoting it which should explain why it dropped like a rock from record store shelves everywhere.

The Songs
What we have here is very Southern California circa 1979 singer/songwriter AOR in the style of Kenny Loggins, Neil Larson and Jerry Doucette. Radio friendly to the core and pleasant enough with some good rockers like the lead-off track 'Laughing Eyes' and 'Good Time Band' which has a slight REO Speedwagon Midwest rock feel, but honestly there's not enough here to keep my attention after one or two listens and god knows I've tried. Side two is more of the same and again I'm left wanting although the dramatic ballad 'A Prisoner Of Love' stands out from the pack. Still, it's a pretty inconsistent album and difficult for me to give it a full recommendation.

In Summary
With that said, you could do far worse than picking up this LP for a couple dollars since there are far worse albums out there in this style and scouring the record bins for lost treasures can be hit and miss with 'California Son' finding itself somewhere in the middle.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 08 2011 06:44:16
Not sure why RateYourMusic has this listed as a 1973 release (??)
#2 | Eric on February 08 2011 23:54:30
That's more common than you think on RYM.
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