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Cotton, Gene - 1981 Eclipse Of The Blue Moon



ARTIST: Cotton, Gene
ALBUM: Eclipse Of The Blue Moon
LABEL: Knoll Productions
SERIAL: KA-1001A
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gene Cotton - vocals, electric & acoustic guitar * Dianne Darling - vocals, percussion, synthesizer * Marc Speer - electric & acoustic guitar, vocals * Mike Joyce - bass, vocals * James Owmby - piano * Bobby Ogdin - piano, organ, synthesizer * Paul Hollowell - piano, organ * Shane Keister - piano, synthesizer * Blue Jay Patton - sax * Tommy Wells - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Simon And Simon * 02 Great Pain * 03 80's State Of Mind * 04 Rained On Before * 05 No Place Like Home * 06 Operator, Operator * 07 If I Could Get You (Into My Life) * 08 Bein' Here With You Tonight * 09 Stay * 10 Friend Of Mine * 11 Eclipse Of The Blue Moon Song

WEBLINKS: www.genecotton.com


Background
Singer-songwriter Gene Cotton was never a household name, but he did have a string of minor chart singles throughout the '70s including the catchy 'Before My Heart Finds Out' and a duet with a then unknown Kim Carnes called 'You're A Part Of Me'. Both were terrific examples of blue jean soft pop that was tailor made for radio and I still remember buying at least one of them on 45. Always a low key artist in the style of Lobo, Randy VanWarmer and of course Michael Johnson, who Cotton worked with significantly in the early 1980's, 'Eclipse Of The Blue Moon' came out at a time when soft rock was becoming increasingly passe. Released on the little known 'Knoll' imprint and in an attempt to modernize his image, the album cover similar to John Miles 'Zaragon' showed Cotton as some sort of astral traveler and included a poster with the same theme.


The Songs
Clearly a space-age Gene Cotton wasn't as successful a make-over as hoped although the album did manage another minor chart single with the west coasty 'If I Could Get You (Into My Life)'. Like Cotton's earlier attempts at chart success, it just didn't have that something special to catapult it to the top of the heap with a bullet. The album itself is a pleasant affair with a lot to like although there are a couple cuts that could easily make the discerning pop listener wince. The opener 'Simon And Simon' is one such track. A take on the early '80s CBS television detective series and shades of Joey Scarbury's hit from the same year 'Theme from the Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)'; it sounds trite in comparison to Cotton's better work and '80's State Of Mind' is the other doozy which should have been left in the mixing board. Dated lyrics about Russians and Americans and 'the new wave punk rock too' make for some seriously banal listening. Fortunately Cotton offsets the crap with some really good laid back pop including 'Rained On Before' which could almost pass for Harry Nilsson while 'Stay' has a noticeable REO Speedwagon feel. Wrapping the album up is the title track where Cotton sounds like ELO mixed with 'Wild Life' era Wings while turning out the most interesting song the record. Well done!


In Summary
None of Gene Cotton's albums have been reissued on CD and it's been too long a wait in my opinion. He never came up with a classic as each album has its flaws, but 1976's 'Rain On' and 'Save The Dancer' from '78 along with 'Eclipse Of the Blue Moon' are worth looking out for.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on September 24 2009 03:53:36
Gene Cotton performed a few free concerts (I think it was an annual thing) at my college in Tennessee in the mid - late 80s. They were pretty decent mellow affairs, a good excuse to hang out with friends and listen to music. But I never got any of his records.
 
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