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Money, Eddie - 1977 Eddie Money

ARTIST: Money, Eddie
ALBUM: Eddie Money
SERIAL: PC 34909
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 1986, CBS, CK-34909


LINEUP: Eddie Money - vocals * Jimmy Lyon - guitars * Gary Mallaber - drums, percussion * Lonnie Turner - bass * Gene Pardue - drums * Bob (Pops) Popwell - bass * Tom Scott - alto and tenor sax Alan Pasqua, Randy Nichols, Freddie Webb - keyboards * Kevin Calhoun - percussion * Jo Baker - second vocal on 'Baby Hold On'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Two Tickets To Paradise * 02 You've Really Got A Hold On Me * 03 Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star * 04 Save A Little Room In Your Heart For Me * 05 So Good To Be In Love Again * 06 Baby Hold On * 07 Don't Worry * 08 Jealousys * 09 Got To Get Another Girl * 10 Gamblin' Man


Thankfully 'Eddie Mahoney' didn't follow in his father's footsteps to become one of Brooklyn's finest. Although Eddie did attend the New York Police Academy during the early '70s, at night, he sang in several rock bands under the name Eddie Money. After a few years paying dues, Money decided to quit the Academy, moving to Berkeley, CA to pursue his rock and roll dreams full time. Money became a regular at Bay Area clubs, where he eventually caught the attention of legendary promoter Bill Graham, who secured him a deal with Columbia Records. Released in 1977, It's hard to call 'Eddie Money' a pure AOR release as the genre was still trying to find a definitive identity. It is however a strong debut filled with great pieces of straight ahead rock and roll.

The Songs
All the ingredients for a great rock record are in place with Money's ability to lyrically connect with a 'blue collar' audience and the stinging axe work of Jimmy Lyon blending alongside. Lyon's contributions could be easily compared to that of Keith Scott in terms of how he accentuated Bryan Adams career. Produced by Bruce Botnick (The Doors, Rolling Stones), 'Eddie Money' succeeds with infectious driving beats, up tempo radio friendly rockers that introduce a talent who has been fairly consistent for over 30 years. Any self-respecting AOR/Classic Rock fan should know the lead off track 'Two Tickets To Paradise' off by heart; on par with 'Hold The Line' as an FM rock radio staple that still holds up today. Smokey Robinson's 'You Really Got a Hold on Me' follows and proves how Money can effectively personalize covers and make them his own, something he does to this day. 'Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star' best exemplifies Money's early sound, a swaggering self explanatory anthem about the pursuit of rock and roll dreams. Things slow down for 'Save A Little Room In Your Heart', the beginning of many endearing ballads that would become standard throughout the Money man's career. It also wouldn't be a Eddie Money album without a duffer ('Don't Worry') or two ('Gambling Man'), but fortunately 'Jealousys' and 'Baby Hold On' (another FM radio staple) overcompensate; showcasing Money's pop sensibilities. The rest of the album is full of variety, with the majority of the songs setting the tone for an AOR legend in the making!

In Summary
'Eddie Money' peaked at #37 on the charts, establishing Money as a artist to be reckoned with. It spawned two Top 40 singles, 'Baby Hold On' and 'Two Tickets to Paradise', the later remains one of his most frequently played songs on Classic Rock radio to this day. In 1978 Money released his second album, 'Life For The Taking', which featured more of a updated sound to reflect the late 1970's. The album charted higher at #17, but neither of its two singles; 'Can't Keep A Good Man Down' and 'Maybe I'm A Fool' entered the top 20. While Money's AOR Glory-Daze may have occurred between 1981-1991, those who may not be familiar with the Money Man's discography need to check out his first three releases. The debut 'Eddie Money' is probably the best place to start IMO.

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#1 | Eric on May 31 2008 00:04:51
Nice review Jeff. For me, this is Money at his best- just a great record. Tours with Journey, Santana, Heart, Angel and everyone under the sun followed for a year and he was well on his way. As far as AOR debut's go- this is one top notch.
#2 | GSpar77491 on May 31 2008 09:08:02
Yup, one of my very favorite albums of all time. I grew up in the Bay Area and got the chance to see Eddie many times in the late 70's. Jimmy Lyon was a great 'feel' guitar player. I must say that Gambling Man is also one my favorite songs from this album! so I guess we have different tastes there. Now, where is my copy of 'Playing for Keeps'
#3 | jeffduran on May 31 2008 18:54:53
It's all good! 'Playing For Keeps', 'Can't Hold Back' and 'No Control' in the cue.
#4 | aoraor on January 21 2013 16:36:41
Got the 4 albums package from RC this morning, all I can say they are all really well done, sound and booklet; IMHO 'No Control' is a masterpiece of mature AOR from golden year 1982, nothing is missing, the one in a million Eddie's voice, great guitar playing courtesy of Jimmy Lyon and the crafted songwriting. 'Take a Little bit' is pure aor drama, 'Runnin away', a triumph of joy and nostalgia, 'Drivin me crazy, a solid piece of fast rock meets aor.
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