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Knoblock, Fred - 1980 Why Not Me



ARTIST: Knoblock, Fred
ALBUM: Why Not Me
LABEL: Scotti Bros
SERIAL: SB 7109
YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Fred Knoblock - vocals, guitar * Larry Byrom - guitar * Gerry Puckett - guitar * Don Barrett - bass * James Stroud - drums * Russell Ferrante - keyboards * Steve Hulse - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Why Not Me * 02 Take A Flight Tonight * 03 Let Me Love You * 04 Laugh It Off * 05 Can't Keep From Crying * 06 Can I Get Wish * 07 A Bigger Fool * 08 Love Isn't Easy * 09 Still Feel The Same Way * 10 It's Over * 11 Father


Background
Despite being somewhat of a hit at the time of release in 1980, this excellent AOR album seems to have been overlooked over the decades that've followed. Knoblock (actually spelled Knobloch) was a journeyman country musician from Mississippi who spent the 70's trying to make it in the music industry as a session man. Knoblock was joined by fellow session musician Carson Whitsett, an experienced organ player who helped Knoblock compose his debut album. Knoblock signed to Scotti Bros, home of course to Survivor. In fact I saw references to Jim Peterik helping with the production of this album, but the sleeve credits drummer Stroud as producer. The album is very much in the soft rock mold, with country elements present but certainly not overwhelming.


The Songs
The title track was a hit for Knoblock, reaching number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, with its tale of Knoblock commiserating watching his old flame marrying someone else resonating with the public. It's a superb piece of songwriting, with a gentle arrangement comprising all the West Coast styles of the time. 'Take A Flight Tonight' displays Knoblock's ability to utilize a harder rock setting, this one in the vein of Pure Prairie League in the same period. The melodic ballad 'Let Me Love You' is a genuine AOR classic and gives Paul Davis a run for his money if we're talking about 1980. 'Laugh It Off' is another melodic gem and the sweeping orchestral West Coast 'Can't Keep From Crying' is in the same leagues as guy like Rupert Holmes. The sultry 'A Bigger Fool' has Pablo Cruise stamped all over it, cool and calculated AOR that should appeal to those who lean towards that form of melodic rock. 'Still Feel the Same Way' is another quality track, archetypical material with every West Coast element imaginable thrown in the mix. The Pablo Cruise comparison becomes evident again on 'It's Over' before the somber ballad 'Father' ends the album on an acoustic ballad note.


In Summary
This album is worth its weight in whatever you choose to describe it with. Somehow it was Knoblock's only album of the time and despite having several more country oriented singles he opted to go the songwriter route in Nashville. When he did record again it was far from the AOR of 'Why Not Me' which makes the album a one-off monument to the style of melodic rock which dominated in 1980. This belongs alongside the other 1980 AOR greats and rightfully takes its place here on the hallowed pages of Glory Daze.


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#1 | gdazegod on June 15 2014 23:11:55
Fred Knoblock - Why Not Me

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#2 | kim_hp on July 03 2014 22:05:16
I've had this in my mp3 archives for a while, but never gotten around to listen to it until now. I'm glad I did - very accurate review (as always!). Indeed very Paul Davis-like. Great stuff!
#3 | fenton on March 05 2015 01:34:57
More like Fred Cockblocked - given the lyrics of Why Not Me!
 
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