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Faragher Brothers - 1979 Open Your Eyes



ARTIST: Faragher Brothers
ALBUM: Open Your Eyes
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6167
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Davey Faragher - bass, vocals * Marty Faragher - drums, vocals * Tommy Faragher - keyboards, vocals * Danny Faragher - keyboards, vocals, harmonica * Jimmy Faragher - guitar * Pammy Faragher - background vocals
Additional Musicians: Art Munson - acoustic & electric guitar * Lenny Castro - percussion * David Wolfert - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Baby When You Make It With Me * 02 Stay The Night * 03 Open Your Eyes * 04 Long Hard Climb * 05 Nothing To Lose * 06 Doesn't It Make You Mad * 07 That's A Start * 08 Silver To Gold * 09 Find A Love Of My Own

WEBLINKS: www.dannyfaragher.com


Background
Dating myself yet again and questioning what the hey I was thinking at the time, I'm old enough to remember watching the pilot episode of 'The Brady Bunch' when I was just a wee lad. Why do I bring this fun and embarrassing fact up in this review? Well, Jimmy and Danny Faragher were once in a sunshine pop group called The Peppermint Trolley Company who put out one superb album in 1968 as well as recording the theme song to the first season of 'The Brady Bunch'. Ironic that a song so irritating, so loathsome would become the most well known Faragher related tune, but what can they do. Other TV spots followed and when the Trolley finally split, Jimmy and Danny formed Bones; releasing two Richard Perry produced albums of pedestrian Southern rock before calling up the remaining Faragher's for a musical family reunion of sorts with fifteen year old drummer Marty and sister Pammy Faragher joining in 1978 for this, their third record.


The Songs
Like their first two albums the Faragher Brothers sound is very much in the Average White Band/Puzzle school of blue-eyed soul. Consequently, both albums are as good as this style gets and now very hard to find on Japanese only CD reissues, but for my money 'Open Your Eyes' is the better album with Pammy Faragher brought in as back-up vocalist giving the material an even more soulful sound. Without a doubt the best track here is the great Top 40 single 'Stay The Night' with a zesty Toby Beau meets The Spinners mixture. Near perfect radio rock and the title track scores some points as well with a doo-wop disco thump that's cooler than it looks on paper. 'Doesn't It Make You Mad?' reminds me a lot of Desmond Child & Rouge and the ballad 'Silver to Gold' is similar to those Lionel Ritchie ballads The Commodores flooded the airwaves with back in the late '70s. Of the course The Doobie Brothers cast a big shadow over so many artists back then and the Faragher's were never far away from their influence with the records closer 'Find A Love Of My Own' sounding very much like the Northern California's good time boys pre- Michael McDonald era.


In Summary
One more album 'The Faraghers' was released in late 1979 but the jig was up for the family who fell short of true commercial success watching Polydor pull the plug on the group's contract before the final album ever had a chance. Granted, much of the Faragher Brothers music hasn't aged well, but its fun to pull one of their LP's off the shelf now and then as a nostalgic glimpse into a long gone era of pop music.'


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#1 | gdazegod on September 11 2009 00:31:26
Despite many websites advising this was released in 1978, they are incorrect. This album was released in March 1979, after spending late 1978 recording it, and also locking down a new deal with Polydor. Their last album 'The Faraghers' as Eric points out, was released at the tail end of 1979, and on it they change styles, fusing new wave, hard rock, soul.. not really sure of their identity anymore - it would seem.
#2 | super80boy on April 07 2013 21:05:47
I have their last album 'The Faraghers' which takes on a commerical AOR new wave sound at times, but there are good moments that warrant a spin from time to time and a few female fronted songs.
 
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