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Weaver, Patty - 1982 Patty Weaver



ARTIST: Weaver, Patty
ALBUM: Patty Weaver
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: BSK-3665
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Patty Weaver- vocals * Marty Walsh, Hadley Hockensmith, Red Rhodes - guitar * Abraham Laboriel, Mark Leonard - bass * Jeff Porcaro, Mike Baird - drums * Robbie Buchanan - piano * Michael Omartian - keyboards * Ian Underwood - synthesizer * Paulinho Da Costa, Steve Barri - percussion * Fred Selden, Kim Hutchcroft, Steve Madaio, Jerry Hey, Dick Hyde - horns

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Love Too Late * 02 Somebody's Gonna Get Hurt * 03 Shot In The Dark * 04 I Wanted It All * 05 Part Time Man * 06 It's Your Move * 07 Don't Want A Heartache * 08 Line Of Fire * 09 The Best Is Yet To Come


Background
This is an album I remember seeing floating around the internet frequently a number of years ago but for whatever reason I never acquired it. Thankfully our esteemed editor George came to the rescue years later and obtained it for us to hear, a masterstroke on his part! Although Patty got her break starring on 'Days Of Our Lives' in the 70's she actually started out as a singer, something her acting career allowed her to pursue later on. Weaver actually recorded two albums in 1976, 'Feelings' and 'As Time Goes By' which were both covers albums of pop standards. By 1982 Weaver decided to give her music career one more shot and naturally the result was an AOR album firmly rooted in the classic sound of that year. A familiar cast of studio names appear (although sadly Steve Lukather isn't present) and simply by scanning the above names seasoned pros of this genre know exactly what to expect. Determining on your tastes the album cover can be viewed as slightly disturbing, as Patty is obviously in a state of near ecstasy with her hands unseen to the naked eye. Perhaps she was simply overjoyed with the results of the album..


The Songs
Coming as no surprise all the tracks are written by outside writers, with 'The Best Is Yet To Come' a cover of the old Clifford T. Ward standard. Names such as Marcy Levy, Barry DeVorzon and Michael Omartian can be seen among the credits, assuring quality material. This album falls squarely into the camps set up by Jesse Colin Young, John O. Banion, Greg Guidry and Jon Stevens in 1982 also, veering into hard rock, pop and ballads. As far as FF AOR goes this is one of the better examples of the genre, rivaling a Pat Benatar or Sharon O' Neill for vocal excellence. Highlights are many, particularly the opening trio of 'One Love Too Late' 'Somebody's Gonna Get Hurt' and 'Shot In The Dark.' The latter features an extended melodic guitar solo guaranteed to get the most ardent AOR devotee's heart racing. 'Somebody's Gonna Get Hurt' has Franke And The Knockouts written all over it, with Franke a frequent reference point on these types of albums. 'I Wanted It All' is a powerful ballad which is more in a Barry Manilow or Dionne Warwick style and the horn infused 'Part Time Man' is bouncy pop which is redeemed by another great guitar solo. The edgier likes of 'It's Your Move' and 'Don't Want A Heartache' are more on the level, with the latter represented by a video of MTV at the time, with Patty looking most sultry. This is quintessential AOR, with a style heard many times but always appreciated. There's nothing weak about 'Line Of Fire' either, another energetic workout with the fire and desire word combination amidst some excellent musical passages. As mentioned 'The Best Is Yet To Come' is a cover and in Weaver's hands it's transformed into gentle West Coast fare, with guitars totally absent and close in sound to O' Banion's 'I Don't Want To Lose Your Love.'


In Summary
This appears to have been Weaver's last album, with her acting career taking focus, although from doing some scouring she still performs regularly. For those of us who have a never ending appetite for AOR of this variety we should be thankful for this offering, another notch in the 1982 cannon that will never be topped.


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#1 | jefflynnefan on December 16 2013 02:13:07
Wow, I'm surprised to see this album here. I have this album and like it. I think Westcoast fans would appreciate this album. I don't think it's ever had a cd release? Maybe in Japan? When Patty left DOOL she was replaced with another singer - Glory Loring, who is Robin Thicke's Mom.

This site should do a review on MacDonald Carey's daughter Lynn Carey, who was in several bands including the band called Mama Lion. Whose debut cover of Lynn nursing a Lion's cub was banned in places. She has a Janis Joplin like voice for those interested. She even appeared in Penthouse to promote the album! I believe one of her early bands featured the guy from Chevy Chase's 60's band Chameleon Church who put out one album on MGM.
#2 | gdazegod on December 16 2013 04:07:29
Thanks for that detail Chris. Looks like I need to do some research on Lynn Carey then.. mmm.
#3 | kim_hp on December 17 2013 20:28:25
jefflynnefan: there's a CD copy on eBay right now...japan pressed, so I guess you are right.
I'd be very intrested to hear this myself as I'm a sucker for female fronted, and in particular early 80's, AOR.
#4 | super80boy on December 22 2013 16:20:00
What a great find, thanks for bringing this to light. I'm a huge fan of FF AOR and this was yet another quick addition to the collection after reading your article. There are plenty of modestly priced vinyl copies traversing the web. The album does start strong with three stellar songs, 'Shot In The Dark' being the best of the trio. Side Two has a couple more very good songs in 'It's Your Move' and 'Line Of Fire'.
#5 | dangerzone on December 22 2013 23:28:40
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