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Kerr, Richard - 1978 Welcome To The Club

ARTIST: Kerr, Richard
ALBUM: Welcome To The Club
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Richard Kerr - lead vocals, grand piano, electric piano * Gary Coleman - percussion * Scott Edwards - bass * Ed Greene - drums, syndrums * Tom Hensley - keyboards * John Leslie Hug - guitars * Ernie Watts - sax, flute * C.B. - guitars, synthesizers * Bill Champlin - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can't Afford That Feeling Anymore * 02 Live My Life For You * 03 Dance Your Life Away * 04 I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again * 05 Magic In The Air * 06 I Feel It All * 07 A Hat Full Of Rain * 08 This Is Your Captain Calling * 09 Baby, Don't Let Go * 10 Welcome To The Club

If the name Richard Kerr doesn't sound familiar, his music will certainly ring a bell, especially with Barry Manilow fans. The British born Kerr co-wrote 'Mandy', 'Looks Like We Made It' and 'Somewhere In the Night' for Mr. Manilow as well as 'I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again' - the Grammy award winning smash for pop songstress Dionne Warwick. If that's not enough Kerr's resume is even more extensive, penning songs for Peter Cetera, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Orbison, John Denver and others while maintaining a solo career with a handful of albums to his credit. Definitely a busy guy at the time, although he keeps a low profile these days, probably living quite well on royalties I imagine!

The Songs
Produced by Chris Bond whose work with Hall & Oates and Klaatu should need no introduction here at Glory Daze, 'Welcome To The Club' is a wonderful album drawing big parallels to Montreal's Gino Vannelli not only vocally, but musically with plenty of well placed orchestration and Kerr's dramatic but tasteful piano embellishments, yet the record is not as MOR as you would imagine. 'I Can't Afford That Feeling Anymore' the record's opener is typical of Kerr's style with a rich and instantly memorable chorus buoyed by sweeping instrumentation. 'Live My Life for You' and 'Dance Your Life Away' are both high quality, but the album's winner is without a doubt the original version of 'I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again' and while it is far different from Dionne Warwick's, it's hard to decide which recording is better-a fantastic tune either way and worthy of its accolades. Side two is more of the same which when it comes to Richard Kerr is a good thing and he seems to rock a little harder here with a more extensive use of electric guitar. It's not easy to pick a favourite here as there all uniformly excellent, but the lyrically beautiful Neil Sedaka inspired ' A Hat Full Of Rain' and the Pilot meets John Miles rocker 'This Is Your Captain Calling' are both standouts.

In Summary
I'm ashamed to say I've never heard the other Richard Kerr albums. For reasons unknown they have never been that easy to find and have yet to appear on CD which is surprising since Kerr's work was so influential on Adult Contemporary music.

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#1 | englandashes on November 02 2008 11:58:36
Never knew this guy was so well connected, thanks Eric!.
Picked up his 1982 release, 'No Turning Back' a while back, better listen to it again!
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