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Street, Judy - 1983 More Than Enough [ep]



ARTIST: Street, Judy
ALBUM: More Than Enough [ep]
LABEL: Chameau Records
SERIAL: JS 1-A
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: Self Released, CDR

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Judy Street - lead and background vocals * Pat Kelly - guitars * Michael Sifret - bass * Bob Selvin - synthesizers, organ, emulator * John Hobbs - piano * Paul Gladen - drums * Terry Schonig - percussion * Danny Timms, Chris Brosius - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 More Than Enough * 02 Heartache And A Half * 03 Where Do We Go From Here * 04 Give Me A Reason

WEBLINKS: www.judystreetwhat.com


Background
Indiana born and raised, it wasn't until Judy Street ventured west, first a relocation to Phoenix Arizona with her family, and then onto California in the late 60's that her musical career took off. Well sort of. Her best known song 'What' was recorded in 1968, but really didn't take off until the early 70's, whereby her manager had sent the record off to England where it was spun by DJ's to great impact! In the meantime, and unbeknown to Judy, the record was reissued twice in the UK, all the while Judy was performing right across America with her own bands between 1970 and 1990. During this timeframe, she even managed to record an obscure 4-track EP in Nashville, called 'More Than Enough'. Many years later we've been able to track this down courtesy of some GDM regulars who have pointed us in the right direction. Though Judy started out as a soul singer, she sung in many other genres during the course of her career, so by 1983, it wasn't a coincidence that her voice and music was a reflection of that era.


The Songs
Let's take a listen to these four tracks. Time wise, they are bright and breezy, all around the 3 minute mark. The title track 'More Than Enough' is just classic period west coast/AOR. It was written by the Nashville pair of Randy Guidry and Michael Jay. If you think the Guidry surname is familiar, you'd be right, as Randy is a sibling of the late Greg Guidry, himself a former Nashville resident. Check out the YouTube video below. 'Heartache And A Half' is tougher vocally, not unlike Heart's Ann Wilson doing some radio friendly material. 'Where Do We Go From Here' is tremendous stuff, musically this sits in prime-time Toto territory, the guitar solo section from Pat Kelly in particular is all about the Lukather doppelgänger! Vocally, Judy sounds similar to Scandal's Patty Smyth. The fourth and final track 'Give Me A Reason' drops into ballad-land, with Judy's voice soaring over the piano laden delivery. A pleasant back-drop without sounding too sugary sweet.


In Summary
So there we have it. Four tracks that sit nicely in the west coast/AOR mould that most of our readership cherish so deeply. Judy continues to work, and has connected with the Northern England soul movement that took her 'What' single to giddy heights. She returns to England every so often and participates in soul music festivals. The EP is readily available from Judy's website, just tell her that GDM sent ya!


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#1 | super80boy on August 23 2014 22:42:38
Good post on this one...In my never ending search for female fronted AOR, I found this vinyl EP many years ago and was immediately impressed with the gem quality of the title song. I only wish Judy had gave us more AOR and had done a full length vs. an EP.
 
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