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Montan, Chris - 1980 Any Minute Now

ARTIST: Montan, Chris
ALBUM: Any Minute Now
LABEL: 20th Century Fox Records
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Chris Montan - vocals * Amos Garrett, Dean Parks, Mark Goldenberg, Geoff Leib, Thom Rotella - guitar * Brad Palmer, Max Bennett, Scott Chambers, Rick Chudacoff - bass * Beau Segal, John Guerin, Peter Bunetta - drums * Everett Bryson - percussion * Bill Elliott, Bill Payne, Larry Muhoberac, Geoff Leib - piano * Doug Livingston - keyboards * Phil Kenzie - sax, horns * Andrew Gold, Arno Lucas, Karla Bonoff, Lauren Wood, Brock Walsh - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Is This The Way Of Love * 02 Any Minute Now * 03 Empty Bed Blues * 04 Let's Pick It Up (Where We Left Off) * 05 This Could Be The Night * 06 Doesn't Mean Much To Me * 07 All Night With Me * 08 Ann * 09 Intentions * 10 Everyday I'm Gonna Love You More

Known primarily these days for being the president of Walt Disney's lucrative music department, Chris Montan's only contribution to AOR is one held in high regard among collectors, especially those leaning towards West Coast. Although details on Montan's origins are thin to say the least, he performed on backing vocals for artists like Juice Newton, Michael Martin Murphey, Laura Branigan, and Maxine Nightingale, although most of these cameos were after his album. Visually Montan adopts the tried and tested 'undercover lover' look on the cover, looking away pensively, a cross between Kenny Loggins and Robbie Dupree. There's some impressive guest appearances on vocals, indicating Montan was making all the right moves in the business, but for whatever reason this proved to be his swansong before immersing himself in the far more profitable world of Disney.

The Songs
This album veers towards the extremely lighter side of AOR and anyone expecting to hear any melodic guitar work will be disappointed. The Loggins comparison also fits musically on opener 'Is This The Way Of Love' which establishes Montan's laid back agenda nicely. The title track opens with some melodramatic lines and is punctuated by some biting synth stabs along the way and vocally Montan recalls James Taylor rather heavily. 'Empty Bed Blues' is very restrained, AOR made for late night listening, with jazzy refrains dominating the sound. It's not compelling sadly and the jovial harmonica opening of 'Let's Pick It Up (Where We Left Off)' could be seen as slightly nauseating, this one very close to Andrew Gold, who guests on the album. 'This Could Be The Night' takes an unexpected ELO turn, sounding as if Jeff Lynne snuck into the studio undetected. There's a hint of Player on the more upbeat 'Doesn't Mean Much To You' especially in the keyboard and bass work, and in their hands this would've been even better. The best track is 'All Night With Me' thanks to a classic AOR chorus, this one in the mold of an England Dan and John Ford Coley AM hit. Sadly this direction isn't expanded on, a great song regardless. The sultry 'Intentions' has the same effect as the brilliant Wilson Brothers album a year earlier, a dead ringer for that album, with some welcome guitar work noticeable for a change. Both 'Ann' and 'Everyday I'm Gonna Love You More' lack any real bite, as feather duster heavy as it gets, just a touch too filler for my liking.

In Summary
A mixed bag but still one worth seeking out for those who it may have slipped by. It's a pure statement from an era when albums like this were common place, but doesn't hit the heights you might expect. Montan's career with Disney has been littered with awards and production credits on huge movies from the company and you can only guess the riches he's amassed in his position there. It's a shame he didn't add a few more albums in the 80's because the promise was there, but as a single statement this is still a consummate addition to the West Coast sound we all admire.

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