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Raynor, Dave - 1981 Rain Or Shine

ARTIST: Raynor, Dave
ALBUM: Rain Or Shine
LABEL: First American Records
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2000, Dave Raynor Productions


LINEUP: Dave Raynor - lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, harmonica, production * Frank Butorac, Terry Lauber - guitars, backing vocals * Rob Moitozia, Gary Ruhl - bass * Stacy Christenson, George Merrill - keyboards, backing vocals * Kenny Day - keyboards * Michael Kinder - drums * Seattle Strings Ensemble - strings

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Way It Used To Be * 02 Leave Me Alone Tonight * 03 Stay Here Tonight * 04 Rain Or Shine * 05 Slip Away Tonight * 06 I Can't Take It * 07 You've Got It * 08 Little Ones


I chanced upon this album thanks to a YouTube video. Dave Raynor, not a name that most AORsters would know, but possibly West Coast fans might. Dave is from the Seattle area, and initially made his name up there, before moving down to Los Angeles to further his career in advertising and jingle work, and studio engineering. Before he left for 'El Lay' in 1984, Dave recorded a fabulous LP called 'Rain Or Shine', stuck smack-bang in West Coast territory. Not because he's from the Pacific Northwest, but the fact the music is. If you're into artists like Michael McDonald, Greg Guidry, or the late Roger Voudouris or even the late John O'Banion, then Dave Raynor needs to be on your radar.

The Songs
It's a very pleasant and flowing LP, with only eight tracks, and all can be described as mellow ear candy. Perfection even. 'Leave Me Alone Tonight' is prime-time Michael McDonald material, while the profound 'I Can't Take It' is a straight out doppelganger for Roger Voudouris's hit single 'You Better Get Used To It'. The title track 'Rain Or Shine' shimmers with that early 80's orchestration, and you pick the eyes out of this one. Perhaps a bit of John Ford Coley? 'Slip Away Tonight' loosens up a bit. A tad rock n roll, some bouncy piano work too. 'You've Got It' grooves in a late 70's mode. Slightly white man's funk, and toss in some string work from the Seattle Strings Ensemble and you get the picture. Little Ones' is the slo-mo track of the album, not forgetting the Greg Guidry referenced 'Stay Here Tonight' (lots of tonights in the song-titles here!), or the John O'Banion styled 'The Way It Used To Be'. Some superb songs songs here, while Raynor's vocal is a ideally suited to the sub-genre's we all know and love.

In Summary
'Rain Or Shine' was a private pressing, and commands hefty prices on Ebay. Probably a better bet would be to try and acquire the CD reissue from Dave's own Production company, released in 2000, but no doubt it's long out of print, but you maybe able to find it on a Japanese CD retailer site. These Jap sites just love this style of music, so there maybe a copy lying around. In the meantime, Dave has returned to Seattle, and is still active in the industry today. Somebody should sign this guy up for another album!

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#1 | gdazegod on September 27 2015 02:03:04
Dave Raynor - 1981 Leave Me Alone Tonight
#2 | gdazegod on September 27 2015 02:04:02
Dave Raynor - 1981 I Can't Take It
#3 | swazi on October 01 2015 20:19:40
I seem to have this CD reissue, but it is a CDR and not a silver-printed either. Is this correct or is mine a bootleg?? hmm!
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