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Brooklyn Dreams - 1980 Won't Let Go



ARTIST: Brooklyn Dreams
ALBUM: Won't Let Go
LABEL: Casablanca
SERIAL: NBLP 7226
YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Joe 'Bean' Espisito - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards * Bruce Sudano - keyboards, guitars, vocals * Eddie Hokenson - drums, vocals * Snuffy Walden, Bobby Womack - guitars * Kevin McCormick, Les Hurdle - bass * Dave Aston, Rick Kelly, Nicky Hopkins - keyboards * Bob Conti - percussion * Mark Bensi, Tony Braunagel, Keith Forsey - drums * Gary Herbig - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lover In The Night * 02 Heartbreaker-Breakaway * 03 Spinnin' * 04 Beautiful Dreamer * 05 Back On The Streets * 06 I Won't Let Go * 07 Fallin' In Love * 08 A Moment In Time


Background
For many years I passed over Brooklyn Dreams when encountering their albums in the shops after hearing their disco hit with Donna Summer 'Heaven Knows'. For what it was, that particular song was one of Summer's best but my impression was Brooklyn Dreams were more of a soul act and not really my thing. Preconceived ideas change and mature with time and a few months ago I picked up 'Won't Let Go' because it looked somewhat 'AOR' and how can you go wrong for a buck twenty five? With my trusty mouse in hand and turntable spinning happily, a bit of research on the web reveals 'Won't Let Go' was Brooklyn Dreams final album and decidedly with Casablanca's about face from Disco to pop styles, the record was a more 'rockier' affair than previous releases.


The Songs
Michael Stanley Band fans will find solace in the opening cut 'Lover In The Night' and what's not to like? A righteous cut and a killer start but even better is 'Heartbreaker - Breakaway' again the MSB tag fits perfectly but traces of Blackjack and Eddie Money can be found here as well and now I'm really wondering why the hell I didn't pick this album up back in day? Better late than never I suppose. 'Spinnin' is a touch of blue-eyed soul which is kind of nice, if just slightly dated although it's here 'Won't Let Go' reminds me of another Casablanca album, the self-titled Beckmeier Brothers release from the previous year which is also worth picking up by the way. A little bit of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes meets Toto on side two's 'Back In The Streets', while the title track and 'Fallin' In Love' moves into a Pages/Doobie Brothers frame of reference which is pleasing although not completely original, but who cares? It all comes crashing to an end with the closer 'A Moment In Time' A ballad, it's the least impressive cut here that goes nowhere for way too long. Ending this fine LP with a rocker would have been my choice, but?


In Summary
Of note, Joe 'Bean' Esposito would appear on various soundtracks including 'Flashdance' while Bruce Sudano ended up marrying Donna Summer. Apparently they are still together living in Tennessee with Sudano playing in Summer's back-up band. 'Won't Let Go' earns a big thumbs up and it would be nice to see this on CD at some point although I wonder if the Japanese have already done so?


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#1 | dangerzone on October 17 2009 20:46:39
An all round great album here. Great review!score 10
#2 | gdazegod on October 18 2009 00:03:05
Of course this lot would go on to become JOE BRUCE and SECOND AVENUE, not some guy called Joe Bruce, but the first names of Esposito and Sudano.. Joe and Bruce.. confusing huh?
#3 | gdazegod on September 20 2011 04:57:07
Interesting to see that a British reissue label called Break Records have reissued the first two BD albums (s/t 1977, and 'Sleepless Nights 1979) on CD during 2010.
 
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