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LINEUP: Leslie Knauer - lead & background vocals * Jed Knauer - lead & rhythm guitars, background vocals * Benny Knauer - lead & background vocals, keyboards, glockenspiel * Herb Quick, Steve Gutierrez - drums * Fred Medrano, Greg Middleton, Donnie Beck - bass * Peter Knauer - keyboards * Bryan Cumming, Dave Woodford - sax * Wilt Sidener - sax, piccolo * Curt Sletten - trumpet, flugelhorn * Carolyn Beck - bassoon * Sydney Meldrow - french horn * Steve Verroca - percussion * John D'Andrea - string arrangements
TRACK LISTING: 01 Baby It's You * 02 Let's Get Back Together * 03 Who's Givin' It To Ya * 04 I'm Sleeping Over * 05 Step By Step * 06 Coffee Shop * 07 Gotta Gotta Love You * 08 Radio's On * 09 Did You Like My Love * 10 Jubliation
Background Remember Leslie Knauer from Precious Metal? Well here she is in an earlier group sandwiched between her two slightly androgynous brothers Benny and Jed. Originally from Canada, the Knauer family moved to the sunnier climes of Southern California in the late 1960's. Managed by their German born father and keyboard player Peter Knauer, Promises released just two albums in their short career, the second 'Real To Real' pressed only in Australia and Germany where they achieved their greatest success and are still considered a one hit wonder in those territories.
The Songs 'Baby It's You' is that hit single and it's easy to hear why it took off in such a big way. Lushly orchestrated with an ABBA influenced chorus and Euro disco beat, setting the stage for a pretty good pop album really. Disco, was a big influence on Promises and Leslie Knauer's soulful vocals can be compared to other female stars of the era like Gloria Gaynor and Vicki Sue Robinson, but the band have a terrific pop sense too, mixing sparkly Glam rock and sticky sweet Bubblegum with seriously entertaining results. The album's second single 'Let's Get Back Together' doesn't knock ABBA off their pop throne, but it's still a good reference as well as long forgotten UK family bands The Dooleys and The Nolans Lots of fun as is the sugar-coated experimentation of 'I'm Sleeping Over' and it has to be said, the string arrangements of John D'Andrea whose work would later include the soundtrack for the television show 'Baywatch', gives this record a glassy candy-colored sheen that's irresistible to the ears especially on side two's 'Radio's On' and 'Did You Like My Love' which are as tasty as can be.
In Summary I never really got into Precious Metal - just a little too generic for my tastes and I know nothing about Leslie Knauer's other band Kanary, but I sure would like to see a CD reissue of the two Promises albums which I recommend enthusiastically to anyone appreciative of '70s pop.
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