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Bogart - 1980 Brandnew

ARTIST: Bogart
ALBUM: Brandnew
LABEL: EMI Electrola
SERIAL: 1C 064-45-929
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Bastos - lead & backing vocals, guitar * Gunter Lammers - grand piano, keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Dieter Petereit - bass * Willi Ketzer - drums * John Parsons, Burkhard Lipps - guitars * Rolf Lammers - organ * Lennie Mac Dowell - flute

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dance When The Music Plays * 02 Sweet Darlin' * 03 Spend A Night In Love With Me * 04 Overnight * 05 On Broadway * 06 Stop Lovin' You * 07 Brandnew * 08 Alone Again * 09 You're Not Gonna Stop Me * 10 I Play My Music

A pop duo, the Bogart story like so much German music from the classic era isn't well-documented but here's what we know through the miracle of the Internet. Front man Bastos is actually Jay Bastos who released several solo singles going back to the early 70s with a pair landing as moderate hits. He was also a member of the band Santiago and I seem to remember owning a funky pop 45 of theirs at one point but sold or traded it for reasons I can't recall at the moment. Sidekick Gunter Lammers doesn't have much of a history prior to Bogart but went to become an in-demand pop producer for the likes of Taco, Transmission, Pussycat and several others. Bogart released a couple of LP's that I'm aware of; their debut 'Brandnew' and 1981's 'Again' although I've never had an opportunity to hear the latter.

The Songs
First listen to opener 'Dance When The Music Plays' can be a bit off-putting depending on tolerance for disco and while it does drag on a minute or two too long, it's easier to digest on a second or third play recalling Foxy, Heatwave and other quality soul/dance bands. From here 'Brandnew' gets better and in a hurry with a threesome of delectable west coast-ish pop rock in the style of Player and Alessi. 'Sweet Darlin', the nicely-paced ballad 'Spend A Night In Love With Me' and my personal favourite 'Overnight' are all worth a search for the LP although the falsetto vocals found on the album's minor hit single 'On Broadway' are just a little too much like the Bee Gees to be taken seriously. Honestly, in 1980 I was burnt out on the Brothers Gibb as I'm sure most German radio listeners were - hence the songs middling chart placement. On side two shades of KISS and their brief flirtation with disco is plagiarized to the hilt on 'Stop Lovin' You', borrowing the same riff from 'I Was Made For Loving You' and not nearly as tasty. Lastly, the title track smacks of poppy Chicago while 'Alone Again' heads right back into mid-tempo Player territory and is the side's hands down winner.

In Summary
A non-LP single 'Primaballerina' was released in late 1980 just prior to the follow-up although why Bastos and Lammers never recorded another album is unclear. Second tier stuff for sure and yet a 2 on 1 reissue would be more than welcome. Unfortunately Bogart was signed to EMI and we all know what a mess that outfit's been when it comes to their back catalog. I'm not holding my breath.

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