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Bishop And Gwinn - 1979 This Is Our Night

ARTIST: Bishop And Gwinn
ALBUM: This Is Our Night
LABEL: Infinity
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Randy Bishop - lead & background vocals, piano, fender rhodes, vibraphone * Marty Gwinn - lead & background vocals * Leland Sklar - bass * Steve Lukather - guitars * Tony Berg - guitar, electric sitar * David Kemper, Jeff Porcaro - drums * Matthew McCauley - synthesizer * Fred Mollin - electric 12-string, percussion * David Sanborn, John Klemmer, David Lewell - sax * Craig Doegre - fender rhodes, piano * Fred Tackett - acoustic guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 This Is Our Night * 02 In Your Eyes * 03 Santa Monica Pier * 04 Spendin' All My Lovin' (On You) * 05 To Daddy * 06 Flight #3 * 07 Livin' In Two Different Cities * 08 Ancient Egypt * 09 Delicate Harmony * 10 You Take Me To Heaven (For Emily)

For starters this looks like a disco album, but rest assured its not. I'm assuming based on the stylish, very un-rock cover art 'This Is Our Night' has been passed over by many a collector over the years although the name Randy Bishop should be familiar for his stints with Bob Segarini in the early '70s proto-power pop outfits Roxy and The Wackers as well as a couple interesting solo albums released in the 1980's. Vocalist Marty Gwinn had been around the scene for quite a while and released a solo album in 1976, but just exactly how she and Bishop got together is not well documented. Like most albums released on the suicidal Infinity label, the duo never stood a chance commercially which is a shame since this is a really nice pop record.

The Songs
Musically it's a dynamic mixture of adult contemporary and late in the decade pop rock, and in my opinion it's Gwinn that steals the show in a vocal style that's both parts Melissa Manchester and Maxine Nightingale with Bishop's tenor counterpoint added when needed. Produced by Matthew McCauley best known at the time for his work with the overly sensitive Dan Hill, the sound is bright and airy with a big orchestral vibe but not to the point of being stuffy. Songs like the upbeat 'Santa Monica Pier' and the swanky 'Livin' In Two Different Cities' had a lot of potential for MOR play lists willing to play something other than Barbra Streisand and Olivia Neutron Bomb, but it didn't happen. 'Ancient Egypt' comes close to trendy for the day dance pap and 'You Take Me To Heaven (For Emily)' is a little too Broadway, but for the most part 'This Is Our Night' is a smart, classy album and a must for west coast devotees.

In Summary
There was never a follow-up but in the years since Randy Bishop has made a mark for himself in Nashville while Marty Gwinn also a resident of 'music city' is part of the country trio The Coyote Sisters with Leah Kunkel and Renee Armand.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 29 2011 14:23:07
I gotta say, I always thought Marty Gwinn was a bit of a babe. That thought has not diminished over time, I have to add.. mmm.
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