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Cerrone - 1979 V: Angelina

ARTIST: Cerrone
ALBUM: V: Angelina
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19250
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Jean Marc Cerrone - lead vocals, drums, percussion, synthesizer * Steve Lukather, Jeff Baxter, Paul Jackson, Lee Ritenour - guitar * David Hungate, Chuck Rainey - bass * Georges Roddi - synthesizer * Greg Mathieson - keyboards * Paulinho Da Costa - percussion * Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Bill Reichenbach, Lou McCreary - horns * Michelle Aller - lead vocals * Sue Glover, Kay Gardner, Clarie Torry - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock Me * 02 Angelina * 03 Not Too Shabby * 04 Call Me Tonight * 05 Living On Love

Here's an artist I'm sure most rock music collectors have passed over, if not due to his bad taste album covers early on, then for the Euro disco music Cerrone dabbles in. A major player in the disco scene since the mid 1970's with his international hit 'Love in C Minor', the French born Cerrone recorded his fifth album in Los Angeles and it's not what you would expect. One look at the players involved should be a good indication that Cerrone was attempting a different sound with 'Angelina' although I'm not sure his experiment at rock n' roll was entirely successful.

The Songs
The first problem is Cerrone's voice. The guy just doesn't have what it takes to sing this kind of material. Second issue is the music itself which is no great shakes starting with the opening cut and a riff that bares more than a passing resemblance to Donna Summer's mega hit 'Hot Stuff'. Supposedly this tune went well in discos the world over, but for this listener it's just a bit too much. The title track is a step up, combining disco with Toto-like keyboards. Now we're talking! Here Cerrone sounds ok, he's not over reaching and his voice fits the music perfectly sharing lead vocal chores with Michelle Aller. Although a bit drawn out, it's well done and really should have been a hit. 'Not Too Shabby' sounds as if Cerrone had been listening to a few Boz Scaggs albums before hitting the studio. Again, a nice track with tasty guitar provided by none other than the extraordinary Lee Ritenour with a little funk seeping into the mix. With just two tracks on side two, needless to say I was prepared for a disco onslaught, but 'Call Me Tonight' really isn't that bad with nice keyboard work and lead vocals from Aller. Very catchy despite its monotonous disco beat which sort of fades in the background unnoticed after the first couple of minutes. It should have been a hit in the discos and on the radio in my opinion. Can't say the same for the closing 'Living On Love' which truly does dive into disco hell's lake of fire. Up goes the needle when this piece of trash kicks in, and after three good tracks, I am painfully reminded that this is Cerrone and a disco legend even under the cover of a couple Toto members, can't hide his true self for very long.

In Summary
Very easy to find and out on CD for a while, I recommend 'V: Angelina' to the more adventurous Glory Daze reader. While there are plenty of AOR and rock artists who have dabbled in disco, there are not too many disco movers and shakers who have jumped to our side of the fence. This record is a good example of why that might have been a good thing.

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#1 | gdazegod on October 26 2008 03:25:40
Most of his albums were prefixed with Roman Numerals.. 'Cerrone VII' etc. Have seen some of his album covers. Bad taste and tacky indeed! hilarious
#2 | rostoned on October 26 2008 23:34:39
Judge yourself music
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