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Franke And The Knockouts - 1981 Franke And The Knockouts

ARTIST: Franke And The Knockouts
ALBUM: Franke And The Knockouts
LABEL: Millenium
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1998, Escape Music, ESM-040


LINEUP: Franke Previte - vocals * Billy Elworthy - guitars * Leigh Foxx - bass * Blake Levinsohn - keyboards * Claude LeHanaff - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Come Back * 02 Sweetheart * 03 She's A Runner * 04 You're My Girl * 05 One For All * 06 Tonight * 07 Running Into The Night * 08 Tell Me Why * 09 Annie Goes To Hollywood * 10 Don't Stop * 11 I've Had The Time Of My Life

Another legendary band from New Jersey. Perhaps playing a style which best represents the entire musical genre known as AOR. So, if you want to find out all about AOR, then these guys are your first reference point. Well, Franke Previte.. he's a bit of singing star me thinks.. Blessed with a superb voice either when he rocks out or when laying on the velvet in a ballad. Franke started his musical career at a young age, he started his own band called The Intruders and then played with other bands such as the Oxford Watch Band and Bull Angus. After meeting guitarist Billy Elworthy, they signed with RCA/Millenium after only three weeks, and this their self titled debut album is the culmination of that association. The band's sound echoes reminders of West Coast acts such as Pablo Cruise, though in saying that, they have a sound unique to themselves, one which was copied on in later years by other artists playing in a similar style.

The Songs
Hauling in other locals such as Foxx, Levinsohn and Le Henaff, the band was complete, and it headed into the charts powered along by the hit single 'Sweetheart' which made a serious dent into the US Top 40. Other great songs included 'You're My Girl', 'She's A Runner' and the fantastic pomp of 'One For All'. Side Two has some great moments as well, including 'Tell Me Why' and 'Don't Stop'.

In Summary
The follow up 'Below The Belt' is another wonderful album, and is worthy of it's own review, while the band did some serious touring with the likes of The Tubes, Toto, Loverboy and April Wine, back in the days when concerts actually meant something. It took some seventeen years later for this debut album to finally see the light of day on CD, along with an extra bonus track of 'I've Had The Time Of My Life', a tune written by Previte, made popular on the movie 'Dirty Dancing'. Thanks to the guys at Escape Music, and of course NEH Records in the USA for a stateside distribution. Courtesy of these people, you too can experience an AOR delight.

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#1 | rostoned on February 06 2008 00:15:54
George the song 'I've Had The Time Of My Life' was made VERY popular, as sung by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley, on the soundtrack of the movie 'Dirty Dancing', not 'An Officer And A Gentleman'! Well it was SO famous (say HUGE) that it went to number 1 on the American Hot 100 and even gained Franke an Academy Award as the best song from a movie! I guess this, and another Franke-penned top 5 from the DD sdtrack (Hungry Eyes, sung by Eric Carmen), made Franke wealthy for life...thanx God and glory to mr.previte! clap
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 03:26:24
This is very lite, but does contain the excellent 'Sweetheart' 'Comeback' & 'Running In The Night'. Not as good as the next 2 releases, but don't dismiss this if you are a fan of Lite/ Westcoast stuff, as their is plenty of good material on show.
#3 | richardb on June 13 2008 13:15:57
Probably my favourite album of theirs. Some great songs 'Come back','You're my girl' (Killer hookline) and Billy Elworthy ensures they never sound too wimpy.

Richard B
#4 | Eric on June 13 2008 13:30:14
Agree Richard. This is one of my favorite AOR albums period.
#5 | gdazegod on June 13 2008 23:43:05
A beautiful album. Still gets an airing in my household.
#6 | rostoned on August 05 2008 13:22:34
The album peaked at #31 on THE BILLBOARD 200 Us album sales chart.
#7 | gerard on February 14 2013 21:22:40
Just noticed that one Leon Medica (Le Roux's, I'm assuming?) contributed to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack too. Apparently, he produced Tom Johnston's song on the album.
#8 | gdazegod on January 14 2016 09:12:52
Franke and The Knockouts - 1981 Sweetheart
[Great clip, and that BC Rich guitar of Billy Elsworthy is kinda stunning!]
YouTube Video:
#9 | swazi on January 14 2016 13:25:41
My favorite FATK release is 'Makin' the Point', but I am enjoying this one also very much. This CD is getting pretty rare these days, but I have a spare copy, should someone be looking for it. Wink
#10 | gdazegod on January 14 2016 21:07:20
I love all their albums, but this and 'Below The Belt' are slightly ahead of 'Makin' The Point', due to the line-up changes.
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