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Small Talk - 1981 Small Talk

ARTIST: Small Talk
ALBUM: Small Talk
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Frank Demme - lead vocals, bass * Chris Barr - lead vocals, keyboards, guitar * Lou Demme - drums, vocals * Carl Johnson - lead guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 When I Get You Alone * 02 Stop In The Name Of Love * 03 Survive * 04 I Like The Fire * 05 I Want Your Love * 06 She Said Stay * 07 That's Rock N Roll * 08 What's Your Name * 09 Say Goodbye * 10 Ten Minutes

Many of you remember and are quite fond of the self titled 1979 album by Rock Rose. Personally I found it to be somewhat bland, but it had its moments and is worthy of any collection. After it sold next to nothing, it seemed Rock Rose was resigned to the compost pile of good one-off's, never to bloom again. Fast forward to two years; drop a drummer in favor of a family member, change the band name for reasons unknown and voila - Small Talk is born. A new album and a second chance, but is it just fresh wrapping on an old fish?

The Songs
Like the Rock Rose album, all the ingredients are present to make a great album. Good vocals, top notch playing and some decent songs, but for some reason Small Talk never blasts off into the AOR stratosphere. We all could have done without the unnecessary cover of 'Stop In The Name Of Love' which even in 1981 had been done to death ad nauseam, but I really like 'Survive' and 'I Like The Fire' on side one. Both offer up some tasty AOR, the latter reminding me of Player at their best and side two's 'What's Your Name' follows a similar melodic line. It's too bad Small Talk didn't do more of this type of thing as the out and out rockers that make up the majority of the album just don't cut it for this listener as they are so painfully average.

In Summary
Not a surprise but I don't think MCA ever got behind this record as cut-out bins were flooded with copies for quite a while A third chance at stardom never came for these guys and it's probably for the better. A 'best of' both the Rock Rose and Small Talk albums would make a nice CD both musically and economically. Now there's an idea!

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#1 | rkbluez on February 07 2012 22:40:22
Remember having this album way back and liking it...also remembered it sounded really good production wise...I'd probably buy it if someone reissued it just to refresh my memory...but being and MCA piece that is next to impossible.
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