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Cooper And Ross - 1982 Bottom Line



ARTIST: Cooper And Ross
ALBUM: Bottom Line
LABEL: MCA/Sweet City
SERIAL: MCA-5349
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Cathy Cooper - lead & background vocals * Jimmie Ross - lead & background vocals * Jimmy John Sicliano - bass * Jack Graham, Bob Fraiser - guitars * Donnie Marsico - drums * Ted Sass, Bill Duncan - keyboards * Rickey Bell, Tom First, Dan McCarthy - horns * Rodney Cajka - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'm On The Outside (Looking In)/ It's Gonna Take A Miracle * 02 Hold On * 03 Anyone Who Had A Heart * 04 You're The One * 05 Sharing * 06 Only The Lonely * 07 Promise Me (You'll Love Me Forever) * 08 Let's Take All Night (To Say Goodbye) * 09 Bottom Line


Background
While the hopelessly dated cover photo might be a turn-off, cynics will be surprised to find 'Bottom Line' a decent soulful west coast one-off. From Pittsburgh, PA; Cathy Cooper and Jimmie Ross met in a late '70s version of steel town doo-wop heavies The Skyliners but Ross emerged years earlier with a bespectacled Dominic Ierace aka Donnie Iris in The Jaggerz who had a classic top forty hit with 'The Rapper' and little else to speak of commercially. With a potential second shot at fame Cooper and Ross pooled their talents and signed to the Cleveland based Sweet City Records (Fair Warning/ Wild Cherry) who had a nice distribution deal with MCA but in the end appeared to lack the promotional dollars needed to break the duo out of the rust belt.


The Songs
The blending of Little Anthony's 1964 hit 'I'm On The Outside Looking In' and the then current soft soul smash by Denise Williams 'It's Gonna Take A Miracle' works exceptionally well. Both Cathy and Jimmie share the record's vocal duties and if light pre-Fairlight '80s pop with lots of sax rings your bell, 'Bottom Line' should breeze into the collection somewhere between Champaign and Al Jarreau. And yet despite the majority of the record peppered with cover tunes by Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow; the best of the lot is the mid-tempo Mark Avsec penned ballad 'Only The Lonely'. The song originally appeared on the 1980 disco album 'Mandolay' by La Flavour who smartly transformed in the excellent Fair Warning two years on and if some serious cash had been thrown its way, the song could have and should have been a hit I think.


In Summary
Not sure what happened to Cathy Cooper, but Jimmie Ross continues to milk the most out of 'The Rapper' on the oldies circuit. Good for him and good for 'Bottom Line' which has earned a following among the AOR remix crowd, something no one could have foreseen thirty some years ago.


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#1 | gdazegod on June 19 2011 13:57:41
OMG the cover art is a classic! As in classically awful.. lol! No doubt the music is much better. Love Jimmie's glasses, how about Cathy's Olivia Newton John image?
#2 | swazi on June 19 2011 17:35:52
The cover ... LOL! goodone
#3 | gdazegod on June 20 2011 12:13:30
I think Jimmie Ross and Jim Peterik went to the same Optometrist!
#4 | gerard on September 30 2015 21:34:55
Damn, had this in my hands today but passed up on it! Did buy 'Steve Carlisle Sings WKRP in Cincinnati', which also has a lot of Donnie Iris/B.E. Taylor etc. connections (included are Mark Avsec, prod. Carl Maduri, Kevin Valentine). Turned out to be a pretty good album by a great singer!
#5 | gerard on October 06 2015 23:22:27
'Real love': great song on Steve Carlisle's album, co-written by Mark Avsec:

[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7qYoeZxH4c[/movie]
 
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