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Thomson, Ali - 1980 Take A Little Rhythm

ARTIST: Thomson, Ali
ALBUM: Take A Little Rhythm
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Ali Thomson - lead & background vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, electric piano, percussion, vibes * Philip Wright, Alan Murphy - guitars * Durban Laverde, Gerry McAvoy - bass * Richard Bailey, Ted McKenna, Jeff Phillips - drums * William C. Lyall - synthesizer, clavinet * James Lacelles - piano, organ * Pete Filleul - electric piano * Dave Rose - piano * Charles Spiteri, Julian Diggle - percussion * Dave Roche - sax, flute * Debi Doss, Phillip Wright, Carol Kenyon, Sylvia Mason, Sonja Jones - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fool's Society * 02 Take A Little Rhythm * 03 Saturday Heartbreaker * 04 We Were All In Love * 05 African Queen * 06 Live Every Minute * 07 Jamie * 08 Page By Page * 09 The Hollywood Role * 10 A Goodnight Song


Brother of Supertramp bass player Dougie Thomson, Ali not content living under his older sibling's shadow paid his dues like everyone one else, drifting between various bands and landing a menial job at London's Mountain Records (Nazareth, Voyager, Krazy Kat) before signing a solo deal with A&M. Two albums followed, but Ali found the demands of a solo artist and record company politics not exactly to his liking and devoted himself exclusively to song writing. The list of artists he's collaborated with in the years since is impressive, including Gary Wright, Lisa Stansfield as well as Irish crooner Brian Kennedy and in 2007 was nominated for an 'Emmy' award for the theme song of the television show 'Bratz'. Yet, even with his recent accolades, Ali Thomson will always be remembered as a one-hit wonder for the title track of his first album 'Take A Little Rhythm'.

The Songs
While making his own way, Ali certainly borrowed liberally from his brother's band as the Supertramp sound is all over this record. I will also throw in Wings 'London Town' album as a point of reference. In other words, a very light British pop sound, well written and pleasing to the ears. Of course, the title track is the standout and when I first heard 'Take A Little Rhythm' in the late spring of 1980, I thought it was one of the freshest songs to come across the radio in quite a while. Light and breezy with shimmering production it was perfect summer fare and ended up becoming a top 20 hit in the U.S. The follow-up single 'Live Every Minute' failed to chart significantly, perhaps a little too much, like most of the album, in the Supertramp style for radio programmers who were already burnt out from the blockbuster that was 'Breakfast In America', but a good tune nonetheless as is the album's opener 'Fool's Society', the mid tempo jewel 'African Queen' and the sublime ballad 'A Goodnight Song' with nothing but Ali on piano backed by light orchestration.

In Summary
Thomson's follow-up 'Deception Is An Art' received little if any promotion from the record company and clogged cut-out bins for years to come. A shame, since it's was another fine album very much like the debut. Neither record has appeared on compact disc, nor according to Ali's web site have Universal planning to do so in the immediate future. Hopefully the Japanese branch will change the suits minds at some point. Until that time, seek out both albums and enjoy Ali Thomson's vision of pop nirvana.

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#1 | Eric on August 01 2010 18:43:26
Very much in need of a CD reissue, paired with 'Deception is an Art' would be nice.
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