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Frey, Glenn - 1982 No Fun Aloud



ARTIST: Frey, Glenn
ALBUM: No Fun Aloud
LABEL: Asylum
SERIAL: E1-60129
YEAR: 1982

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LINEUP: Glenn Frey - lead and backing vocals, all instruments

Additional Musicians: Danny Kortchmar, Josh Leo, Wayne Perkins, Duncan Cameron - guitars * Bryan Garofalo, Bob Glaub, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Roberto Pinon - bass * John 'J.R.' Robinson, Michael Huey, Roger Hawkins - drums * Steve Forman - percussion * David 'Hawk' Wolinski - synthesizer * Clayton Ivey - piano * Greg Smith, Al Garth, Harvey Thompson, Ernie Watts, Jim Horn, Bill Bergman, Jim Coile, Ronnie Eades - saxophone * John Berry, Jr, Lee Thornburg - trumpet * Jim Ed Norman - horn and string arrangements, strings * Lee Thornburg - horn arrangements * The Heart Attack Horns - horn * Leon Blazek, Freddy Buffett, Bill Champlin, Urban Azoff, Hugh Gotteny, The Monstertones, Tom Kelly, John McEnroe, Marcy Levy, Tommy Obnozzio, Floyd Tempchin, Julia Waters, Oren Waters, Buckley Wideface, Maxine Willard Waters - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Found Somebody * 02 The One You Love * 03 Partytown * 04 I Volunteer * 05 I've Been Born Again * 06 Sea Cruise * 07 That Girl * 08 All Those Lies * 09 She Can't Let Go * 10 Don't Give Up

WEBLINKS: glennfreyafterhours.com


Background
After the acrimonious bust-up between Glenn Frey and Don Felder on stage in 1980, the career of The Eagles ground to a halt, at least for the next 14 years. Frey set about forging his solo career, resulting in this debut effort in 1982, the same year fellow Eagles leader Don Henley released his own 'I Can't Stand Still'. The cast of musicians who feature as guests here almost borders on ludicrous and would be longer than this review itself. But being 1982 and the golden age of AOR there are several familiar names who guest, although the addition of John McEnroe on backing vocals provided somewhat of a laugh. The album is far from an undiscovered AOR classic, although there are some standout choices. Supposedly the album title comes from the tension that soured The Eagles later years and was supposed to be ironic as Frey claimed making the album was the complete opposite of 'The Long Run' several years earlier.


The Songs
To my ears this is what an Eagles album would probably have sounded like in 1982 and if you took the best tracks from this, Henley's album and Felder's 'Airborne' it would have been a tremendous album by all means. Then again this is somewhat of a stylistically uneven album, with Frey seemingly unable to decide what direction to take. The sax laden opener 'I Found Somebody' has the 'Long Run' vibe about it but could also have been culled from an early Eagles album too, with its laid back vibe. 'The One You Love' was a top twenty hit, again the sax at the forefront, dominating a superior slice of smooth MOR along the same lines as The Eagles 'I Can't Tell You Why'. The rock and roll vibe of 'Partytown' again recalls early Eagles material, particularly the country influenced years, this one capturing a raucous honkytonk groove which is rather satisfying. The organ based 'I Volunteer' is a fairly limp ballad however, easily surpassed by the horn infused 'I've Been Born Again' and its upbeat melody. 'That Girl' is one ballad too many, going nowhere melodically unfortunately. 'All Those Lies' is a virtual rewrite of 'Witchy Woman', easily the closest to The Eagles as it gets although 'She Can't Let Go' isn't far off, somewhat the offspring of 'New Kid In Town'. The AOR highlight is 'Don't Give Up' where the guitars and synthesizers come to life in brazen circumstances unlike anything off the album so far. The rest of the album should have followed suit, although clearly Frey still hadn't found his footing in terms of direction. This track is worth seeking however, somewhat of a minor gem.


In Summary
Despite the patchy nature of the album it went gold and established Frey as a solo artist for the rest of the decade, as witnessed by his well-worn hits 'The Heat Is On' and 'You Belong To The City'. Like him or not there's no denying Frey's songwriting prowess during his heyday and this is worth listening to regardless of the varied content. It's certainly better than anything he's recorded since the reformation of The Eagles, which has never once reached any great heights despite their enduring popularity.


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on October 29 2014 12:10:04
Frey is out here in Perth during Feb 2015. I hope he understands what a heat-wave is. It'll be bloody hot around then..
#2 | jefflynnefan on November 08 2014 02:54:37
This is a great cd! It's worth getting just for 'The One You Love' . But the cd as a whole is worth it too.
 
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