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Cupples, Peter - 1984 Half The Effort Twice The Effect

ARTIST: Cupples, Peter
ALBUM: Half The Effort Twice The Effect
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 814 693-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2006, Sound Vault Records, SV0525


LINEUP: Peter Cupples - lead and backing vocals

Ross Inglis, Louie Shelton - guitars * Brian Hamilton - bass * Virgil Donati - drums, percussion * David Hirschfelder - keyboards * Christopher Bogan, Cory Fite - synths * Mike Fisher - percussion * Bill Reichenbach, Larry Williams, Dan Higgins - sax * Chuck Findley, Jerry Hey - trumpet * Adrian Campbell, Dani Micormick, Nancy Bouche, Petsye Powell, Dario D'Angelo Bidino, Cory Fite, Ross Inglis - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't You Leave Me Now * 02 Let Me Crawl * 03 Love Of Another World * 04 Just Can't Live * 05 Never Mind * 06 Party Lights * 07 In The Pitts * 08 Sitting Here * 09 Do You Still Remember Me * 10 On The Run


This bloke is reasonably well known in Australian music circles, going right back to the 1970's. For those of you who remember Australian television, in particular some of the music shows from that time, you may remember a band called Stylus who appeared often on the small screen. The band released a quartet of albums between 1975 and 1979. They played in a 70's funk rock style (we may look at some of their material in future), but beyond 1979, Stylus folded, while Cupples moved on to a solo career. His first LP was 1981's 'Fear Of Thunder', which wasn't too bad, but many were unprepared for the excellence of 'Half The Effort, Twice The Effect' which was released on the major label Mercury/Polygram. Listening to this, I am reminded of David Roberts superb 'All Dressed Up' two years prior, plus a dash of the late John O'Banion. Giving the album some oomph are LRB and John Farnham keyboardist David Hirschfelder and Southern Sons drummer Virgil Donati.

The Songs
There's a video up on YouTube already for lead-off track 'Don't You Leave Me Now', which really is bombastic stuff. Check it out. 'Let Me Crawl' is played in the style of those two blokes mentioned earlier, the tippy-tap piano lines are a giveaway. 'Love Of Another World' should please all the regular GDM visitors, it has every attribute you could want from this genre. 'Just Can't Live' goes down the dark and brooding path (some would say undercover lover path.. lol), and on some parts this comes across similarly to Le Roux's work on 'All Fired Up'! Holy heck! 'Never Mind' touches David Roberts once again, and by now I'm shaking my head in disbelief. 'Party Lights' continues the melodic assault, while 'In The Pitts' sees Peter return to west coast/funk territory as he did with Stylus, but really, this genre was well established in Los Angeles already, so it was nothing new to the assembled cast of studio musicians. 'Sitting Here' is the dreamy ballad of this 10 song collection, and you have to admire the backing vocals on this one. 'Do You Still Remember Me' is an infectious number, funky in its style, while the album closes with as much bombast as it started out with. 'On The Run' cleans up this album and it's time to hit the rewind button once again.

In Summary
Recorded up in Los Angeles with producer Louie Shelton, this one really sounds quite professional, and is an undeclared classic in the AOR genre. Cupples has released a bunch of solo CD's over the years, though admittedly none of them get to the same level as this one, in terms of playing within the AOR sub-genre. If you can find the 2006 CD reissue on the Australian label Sound Vault (which I think is Peter's own label), good luck to you. Totally recommended. [word count 481]

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#1 | gdazegod on April 03 2016 03:16:37
Peter Cupples - 1984 Don't You Leave Me Now
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#2 | Eric on April 03 2016 23:49:37
Stylus, had their debut years and years ago. Had a mask on the cover? It was OK, sort of like AWB or Puzzle who I reviewed here years ago.
#3 | gdazegod on April 04 2016 02:24:11
Yep, from 1975..
#4 | melodiapositiva on July 28 2017 20:06:42
A classic indeed. This could be the second David Roberts album, it's very, very similar...
#5 | RobLynott on July 29 2017 10:02:35
What a fantastic find, George! Never heard of him here in Germany...
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