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Spanos, Danny - 1980 Danny Spanos

ARTIST: Spanos, Danny
ALBUM: Danny Spanos
LABEL: Windsong
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Danny Spanos - lead and backing vocals * Duane Hitchings - keyboards * Sam Pate, Kim Gardner, Pat Vegas - bass * A.J.Mayday, Ross Salamon - drums * Earl Slick - guitars * Curly Smith - harmonica * Tom Scott - saxophone * John Joyce - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Night Stands * 02 Going For The One * 03 Rastaman * 04 Livewire Express * 05 In The Morning * 06 Queen Of The Boulevard * 07 Under My Skin * 08 She Is Butter * 09 Come See Me Live * 10 Rock Me Shock Me

Many years ago when George reviewed Spanos final solo album 'Looks Like Trouble', he bemoaned the lack of information about Danny's musical career. So I'd say that at times researching some of the artists we cover on this site, is similar to being an archaeologist (bear with me). In other words an arduous process, requiring some luck and a lot of patience that hopefully yields results. Anyway, since our editor last wrote about Danny, I've managed to unearth a little bit more about him. Apparently Danny (real name George) cut his musical teeth as a drummer with Redbone playing on their top 10 billboard hit 'Come And Get Your Love'. Fans of classic 1970's TV cop shows will also be interested to note he also gained a performance credit on the theme tune to 'Starsky And Hutch'. He then must have generated sufficient interest to secure a contract with Windsong - a subsidiary of RCA who put out his debut album.

The Songs
I'm not sure if his record company were trying to cultivate a roughhouse image - he appears to be posing behind bars (or is it light sabres?). Certainly musically speaking, Eddie Money is a good reference point for Spanos' gravelly, slightly laconic vocal warblings. The album starts impressively enough with 'One Night Stands' driven along by Duane Hitchings keyboards and features a tasty solo from veteran guitarist Earl Slick (David Bowie, Silver Condor). 'Going For The One' starts slowly though it's underpinned by some gritty guitar. The tempo is upped again for 'Rastaman' with its pumping bassline and strident keyboards embellished by Earl Slick's power chords and is probably my favourite cut musically. Lyrically though, I think Spanos paints a rather idealistic picture of a tropical lifestyle (you'll understand if you listen to the lyrics). The heartfelt delivery on the simple but effective 'In The Morning' proves he's equally adept at handling at sensitive ballads, perhaps he's just a bad boy with a heart of gold? (see my comments above). Unfortunately the consistency isn't maintained over on side two. 'Queen Of The Boulevard', 'Under My Skin' and the sub boogie romp of the curiously titled 'She Is Butter' whilst listenable lack sufficient quality to leave a lasting impression. The lively and energetic 'Come See Me Live' and the gritty 'Rock Me, Shock Me' the latter punctuated by sax blasts at least ends the album on a high note.

In Summary
Spanos eventually jumped ship to Epic and put out the harder rocking 'Looks Like Trouble' which we've covered elsewhere on this site. What he's up to now is anyone's guess (though if you're reading this Danny..). Not sure how easy this is to pick these days, though one for fans of the aforementioned Eddie Money and early 1980's radio friendly rock I would suggest.. [word count 461]

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