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Street, Jack (Band) - 1982 Jack Street Band



ARTIST: Street, Jack (Band)
ALBUM: The Jack Street Band
LABEL: RCA, Tuneworks
SERIAL: NFL1-8010
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jack Street - vocals, acoustic piano, acoustic guitar * Jeff Ballew - guitars * Danny Prosser - guitars * Steve Cunningham - keyboards, synthesizers * Clark Kearny - bass * Jimmy Monroe - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 In Over My Head * 02 Don't You Wanna Be Loved * 03 Two Hearts * 04 Choosy * 05 Annie * 06 Baby It's You * 07 Not A Minute Too Soon * 08 If I Had Your Love Again * 09 Jupiters Theme * 10 Vision


Background
A much underrated and under loved opus is this one from AOR hero Jack Street. Put together and managed by the same guys that looked after the band Player and Peter Beckett, namely Tuneworks Records and their main guy Dennis Lambert. Dennis produces this self titled album for Jack, and a good one it is too. Jack's voice is plainly suited to the softer style of AOR, centering around radio oriented ballads. There are inflections of Michael Stanley, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), as well as a smoother Kevin Chalfant in some places.


The Songs
The album is primarily ballad based, with the occasional rocker thrown in for good measure. 'In Over My Head' is one of those, as well as the sassy 'Choosy', which moves in the same direction as Workforce. The album opener 'In Over My Head' is a rocky effort too, with Peter Beckett throwing in some songwriting assistance too. On that one the comparison is again Michael Stanley, especially with those blaring saxophones taking the focus. The ballad 'Annie is a softer effort but is fairly classy. One of the album's standout moments is 'Don't You Wanna Be Loved', very AOR paint by numbers but very superbly done nonetheless. 'If I Had Your Love Again' is the other, with cascading piano lines, and a gorgeous chorus to boot. 'Not A Minute Too Soon' harks back to classic AOR era Michael Stanley, and if you recall songs like 'The Damage Is Done' then you'll know where these guys are heading. Unfortunately, 'Vision', the last track on the album is a bit of a let down, ending the affair with a whimper rather than a bang, a very unmemorable ending, and that, as the story goes, is how the album was best remembered unfortunately.


In Summary
Definitely a contender for the 'one-off wonder' award, as nothing has been heard of ever again from Jack and his troupe.


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#1 | rostoned on May 26 2008 11:20:01
Drummer Jimmy Monroe reappeared the following year (1983) in the STORM line up which released a s/t album on Capitol. Moral of the story: from cult to cult or better from cut out bin to cut out bin! real sad
#2 | rostoned on June 15 2016 09:04:54
Jack Street real name is Jack D'Amore and before this solo record he was the drummer of Rock Rose who had an album out on Columbia in 1979. Today a tattoo artist in Arizona, Jack co-wrote (as Jack D'Amore!) with Peter Beckett, Steve Kipner and Dennis Lambert a track on Heart's 'Bad Animals' million seller, namely 'You ain't so tough'. Jack is pictured on the net in front of two platinum album awards of it.....Thumbs Up
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 30 2017 20:26:36
The late Danny Prosser had previously played in the St. Louis club band Griffin with Felix Robinson before the latter joined The Word and then Angel.
 
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