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Money, Eddie - 1986 Can't Hold Back

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ARTIST: Money, Eddie
ALBUM: Can't Hold Back
SERIAL: FC 40096 (LP), CK 40096 (CD)
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 2013, Music On CD (Europe), MOCCD13082 * 2015, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY252


LINEUP: *Eddie Money - lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizer arrangements on 'One Love' * Richie Zito - guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, synthesizer arrangements on 'One Love' * Duncan Rowe - guitar arrangements on 'One Love' * John Nelson - guitars * Arthur Barrow - keyboards, bass * Randy Jackson, Greg Lowry, Nathan East - bass * Steve George - Keyboards, vocal backing * Gary Chang - synthesizers, synthesizer arrangements on 'One Love' and 'I Can't Hold Back' * Paul Hanson, Danny Hull - saxophone * Mike Baird - drums, percussion, drum overdubs on 'Stranger In A Strange Land' * Pat Mastelotto - drum programming * Ronnie Spector, Henry Small - additional vocals * Marilyn Martin - vocal backing on 'I Wanna Go Back'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take Me Home Tonight * 02 One Love * 03 I Wanna Go Back * 04 Endless Nights * 05 One Chance * 06 We Should Be Sleeping * 07 Bring On The Rain * 08 I Can't Hold Back * 09 Stranger In A Strange Land * 10 Calm Before The Storm

WEBLINKS: www.eddiemoney.com

1986's 'Can't Hold Back' was a (sort of) comeback album for the 'Money-Man' - Eddie Money. Despite a string of consistent releases during the early 80's (1980 'Playin' For Keeps', 1982 'No Control' and 1983 'Where's The Party'), Eddie went undercover between 1983 and 1985. Much was made of his drug addiction during this timeframe, and despite those releases getting him into the living rooms of American households via MTV, they weren't as successful as his two 1970's LP's, and his career looked like it was heading into freefall. Suffice to say, this did not happen. Columbia Records continued to back Money, and they were justified with the success of this album, which went gold pretty quickly, and easily made the top 10 charts, and two top 20 singles.

The Songs
'Take Me Home Tonight' was the big hit single off the album, getting to a high chart position of #4. The song featured Ronnie Spector (former wifer of producer Phil Spector. The interesting thing here is the vocal mash-up provided by Ronnie utilising her chorus of The Ronettes 60's classic 'Be My Baby'. Great song. 'One Love' is a very hi-tech affair, lots of percussion, synths and the obligatory sax solo. Track three will be familiar to Billy Satellite fans. 'I Wanna Go Back' was also a reasonable hit for Eddie, reaching #14 in the Billboard charts. The arrangement is quite different to the original, but good to hear it in a different context nonetheless. 'One Chance' is a track written by Stan Meissner, which also appeared elsewhere in 1986, namely on Stan's 'Window To Light' album. 'We Should Be Sleeping' is a cranky rocker which sounds like it nicked a few ideas from Robert Palmer and his 80's band Power Station. 'I Can't Hold Back' is another AOR-ish tune, followed by 'Stranger In A Strange land', co-written with former Small Wonder and Prism alumni Henry Small.

In Summary
Overall, a very good comeback by Money, which placed him back in the greater consciousness of the American muic buying public. 1988 would also yield results, with his 'Nothing To Lose' album, and another top 10 hit with 'Walk On Water'. In later years, 'Can't Hold Back' would make it into reissue territory, with Rock Candy Records reissuing all his albums from 1978 through to this one. All worth getting.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 16 2015 21:48:21
Eddie Money - 1986 Take Me Home Tonight (with Ronnie Spector)
#2 | gdazegod on December 16 2015 21:49:27
Eddie Money - 1986 I Wanna Go Back
#3 | gdazegod on December 17 2015 02:19:08
Here is the Billboard ad for the album, as published back in 1986.

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#4 | Nick C on December 17 2015 17:40:15
This was the album that got me into EM, I remember watching the video for Take Me Home Tonight on a video jukebox (yeah remember them) in Manchester one night ... The pub was the Shakespeare ... what a memory. I was there with a load of my mates having a beer and one of them said about some other guy in the pub that "he has the kind of face you want to punch" ... not a violent lot in the least our little group and my mate didn't act on his rougish instinct but it did make me laugh. Anyway I watched the video and pretty much bought the album a day or so later. Still probably my fave by him and his next two albums were just as good, but he hit a wall with Love and Money, my least favourite album by the man.
#5 | super80boy on December 18 2015 23:46:33
After his 1977 debut, this is top of the heap, lots of quality songs. Like the non single 'Bring On The Rain', 'Stranger In A Strange Lane' and 'Calm Before The Storm'. I remember seeing him in concert at an outdoor festival in the early 2000s…he put on an energetic show.
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