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Zakatek, Lenny - 1979 Lenny Zakatek

ARTIST: Zakatek, Lenny
ALBUM: Lenny Zakatek
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Lenny Zakatek - lead & background vocals * John Giblin - bass, background vocals * Stuart Elliot - drums, percussion * Max Middleton - keyboards, string arrangements * Robert Ahwai - guitars * Ian Bairnson - guitars, background vocals * Marylin Bairnson - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do It Right * 02 One Is A Lonely Number * 03 Was It Easy * 04 Keep A Little Sunshine * 05 Memories * 06 Veins * 07 We Will Never Find * 08 It's A Dancer * 09 Couldn't We Try

Best known for his work with the Alan Parsons Project, Lenny Zakatek was 'discovered' by singer Lynsey DePaul and song writer/actor Dudley Moore in the early '70s. DePaul was so impressed by the Pakistan-born Zakatek; she offered two songs to the singer which ended up as singles, backed by none other than future members of 10cc. Neither charted and Zakatek moved on to the soul/pub band Gonzalez eventually coming to the attention of Alan Parsons who offered a lead vocal spot on 'I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You' for the Project's 'I Robot' album and becoming the voice behind many of their biggest hits including 'Damned If I Do' and 'Games People Play'.

The Songs
Obviously Mr. Parsons had high hopes for Lenny, producing his first long player and the results are quite likable. There are traces of the Alan Parsons Project here and there as to be expected, but this is not a concept album in the least, just a quality collection of pop music with a soulful vibe. Parsons production is as usual without blemish although it's Max Middleton (Jeff Beck Group, Hummingbird) and his orchestrations that help create an album as smooth as spun gold silk. Several cuts of note including the stunning 'One Is A Lonely Number' and the west coast flavoured 'Memories'. Both songs remind me of Eric Tagg's early albums as does side two's opener 'Veins' while 'We Will Never Find' slides into Gino Vannelli territory with aplomb. Zakatek cuts loose on 'It's A Dancer' and it turns out to be the most Alan Parsons Project influenced track here while 'Couldn't We Try' closes out the album with a Kenny Nolan styled soft pop ballad and a powerful vocal performance from Zakatek.

In Summary
A nice record although it didn't do much business and fell by the wayside rather quickly with little promotion from A&M. Zakatek released a brace of singles in the years following although they were criminally ignored and these days are difficult to find. In 1986, the singer formed The Immortals with Queen bass player John Deacon - a well known Gonzalez fan early on, recording one very dated single 'No Turning Back' which appeared in the film soundtrack 'Biggles: Adventures In Time' and in my opinion is best forgotten. Another solo album 'Small But Hard' appeared in 1989 which I have never seen or heard, but copies of his first are still easy to find and worth picking up at a reasonable price.

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#1 | dangerzone on August 28 2012 19:56:36
That 'No Turning Back' song by The Immortals is certainly dire, but also a laughable Phil Collins rip off.
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