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Wilson Brothers - 1979 Another Night



ARTIST: Wilson Brothers
ALBUM: Another Night
LABEL: Atco
SERIAL: SD-38116
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2006, Warner Music (Japan), WPCR-75211

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steve Wilson - vocals, guitars * Kelly Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Jon Goin - guitars * Shane Keister - keyboards * Jack Williams - bass * Kenneth Buttrey - drums * Farrell Morris - percussion

Featured Musicians: Steve Lukather - guitar solos * Ernie Watts - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feeling Like We're A Strangers Again * 02 Another Night * 03 Thanking Heaven * 04 Shadows * 05 Just Like A Lover Knows * 06 Lost And A Long Way From Home * 07 Can We Still Be Friends * 08 Ticket To My Heart * 09 Take Me To Your Heaven * 10 Like Yesterday


Background
This is the sort of album that Japanese West Coast fans drool over. I'm not sure the feeling is reciprocated in the Western World. However, when I saw this pristine piece of vinyl in the cut-out bins the other week, I wasn't gonna turn down the opportunity. This album goes back a way, and has its roots in laid back radio rock, very similar in fact to Richard Page and Steve George's Pages band, plus of course, the obligatory duff of the cap to the likes of Couchois, Sneaker and David Pack's Ambrosia. 'Another Night ' has a certain sheen on it which tells you that this affair is borne of the studio. Fantastic harmony vocals abound (Eagles, CSNY quality), while the balance is just 'right' all round.


The Songs
The brothers Steve and Kelly originally from Michigan, were bought up in Bill Clinton territory (Arkansas), though their musical hearts lie some ways westward (California), judging by the material on 'Another Night'. Taking off with 'Feeling Like We're Strangers Again', it sounds as if this is primetime Sneaker (a la 'Don't Let Me In') meets Toto! The title track is a sleeping gun, coming awake when Lukather peels off a terrific solo. 'Thanking Heaven' has a smooth radio rock a la Ambrosia or Michael McDonald era Doobies. The pair of 'Shadows' and 'Ticket To My Heart' are near disco efforts best left in the seventies I think (I was reminded of TV reruns of CHiPs and Starsky And Hutch listening to these!), but 'Just Like A Lover Knows' is smokin' stuff, I'd swear Lukather stole every riff out of Carlos Santana's handbag of tricks! A very laid back affair until the extended solo kicks in. As I said, 'smokin'! Side Two starts out with the strings flavoured 'Lost And A Long Way From Home', like a wimp version of E.L.O, though the solo is 'White Sister' (Toto - Hydra) revisited! The Sneaker influence 'sneaks' up on us again with the melodrama of 'Can We Still Be Friends'. On 'Take Me To Your Heaven', we hear a real nostalgia burst of the swingin' seventies (when you hear it you'll know what I mean!), while the closer 'Like Yesterday' aptly titled as it is, winds down with a bit of trademark Ernie Watts sax playing.


In Summary
'Another Night' was recorded in Nashville, with a bunch of local musicians, with the exception of Steve Lukather, the L.A boy from Toto who provided the excellent 'cut-it-up-rough' solos! Kyle Lehning, who has worked with other Atco artists such as Thunder, plus the likes of Off Broadway, does the production duties. Lehning has also worked with England Dan and John Ford Coley, a duo the Wilson Brothers have written for, including the tune 'If The World Ran Out Of Love' which was a country hit many moons ago. Overall then, a very cruisy melodic piece of West Coast, with Lukather providing the 'dirt' by way of some tasty solos. Next time you see it in the bargain bins, you'll have a fair idea who the Wilson Brothers are now.


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