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Grieco, Richard - 1995 Waiting For The Sky To Fall

ARTIST: Grieco, Richard
ALBUM: Waiting For The Sky To Fall
LABEL: Edel/Ultrapop
SERIAL: 0095932ULT
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Richard Grieco - lead vocals * Mark Spiro - guitars, backing vocals * Tim Pierce - guitars * Jon Dunmore - guitars, keyboards * Eddie St. James - guitars, backing vocals * Phil Soussan - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stay Young Stay Free * 02 Waiting For The Sky To Fall * 03 I Believe In You * 04 Please Let It Rain * 05 Voice With No Name * 06 Johnny Come Lately * 07 If Love Was On Your Mind * 08 Borrowed Time * 09 Anything For You *10 Crying In The Street * 11 Lay Your Body Down * 12 The Innocence Of A Child

Who remembers actor Richard Grieco? No? Yes? You'd have to wind the clock back nearly 30 years to tickle the memory bank. Does 21 Jump Street alongside Johnny Depp ring a bell? Well, Depp still remains relevant, even if his recent marriage (ending in tears and divorce) to Amber Heard did not. So too Grieco, who seems to have slipped off the face of the earth. However, he did strive for a movie career in the early 90's, but that career move died on the vine, so he resorted to a music career instead. The mid 90's was not the time to be thinking about a recording career, unless you were Black, had lots of bling, and had no idea how to play a drum machine or synthesizer! However, music was in the blood, and along with family members and friends in the biz, a deal was signed with Edel Records (or more particularly: Edel's subsidiary Ultrapop) out of Germany. The origins for 'Waiting For The Sky To Fall' was born.

The Songs
After bumping into GDM hero Mark Spiro and roping in his sister's hubby John Dunmore, Grieco assembled a decent set of players for his debut album. This is mostly a Grieco/Spiro affair, with its heart set in stone for the late 80's and early 90's era. The lovely anthem 'Stay Young Stay Free' leads the album off, the chorus on the catchy side, the lyrics quite useful too. The title track is second up, not dissimilar to Spiro's own body of work. 'I Believed In You' is played out with acoustic intent, only just managing to make it over the finish line with a puff of breeze for assistance. The energy lifts for 'Please Let It Rain' but I think the melodies on 'Voice With No Name' goes a step further, ending up being one of the album highlights, the end sequence being quite epic in a Southern Rock manner. Once you hear it you'll understand where I'm coming from. The air is taken out of the sails for 'Johnny Come Lately'. Why was I thinking of Billy Idol's 'Hot In The City' when listening to this? lol! I blame the bass line. There's a direct comparison to Mark Spiro's solo material on 'If Love Was On Your Mind'. An airy affair which could've found a home on any of Mark's MTM Music albums during the 90's. 'Borrowed Time' is a likeable mid-paced rocker played in a melodic country rock style, it's followed by the big sounding 'Anything For You' which is another album highlight. Crying In The Street' features some very strong guitar lines, making this more of a hard rock track, whereas the final two tracks glide out without too much fanfare. 'Lay Your Body Down' didn't really do a lot while 'Innocence Of A Child' is a piano ballad.

In Summary
Due to the German record label and European CD issue, this never saw a release in the US, and in fact, this has always been a hard to track down CD even in today's second-hand market. There are a handful of useful tracks to be found here, 'Voice With No Name' and 'Anything For You' are my personal stand-out's. Mark Spiro fans should definitely try and track it down if you haven't heard it already.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on November 22 2016 01:29:48
I enjoyed this review! I was surprised to see it. I have this cd and I like it a lot. There is nothing mind blowing on it but as a whole, it's a very enjoyable west coast type of album. With a lot of great players on it. And it is a very hard to find cd. But at least it's on cd unlike Phoebe Cates' Paradise album. Which was never released in the USA either.
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