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Carnes, Kim - 1981 Mistaken Identity

ARTIST: Carnes, Kim
ALBUM: Mistaken Identity
LABEL: EMI America
SERIAL: SO-17052
YEAR: 1981
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TRACK LISTING: 01 Bette Davis Eyes * 02 Hit And Run * 03 Mistaken Identity * 04 When I'm Away From You * 05 Draw Of The Cards * 06 Break The Rules Tonite (Out Of School * 07 Still Hold On * 08 Don't Call It Love * 09 Miss You Tonite *10 My Old Pals


It was one of the biggest selling albums of 1981, so by default, gets a mention here at GDM. I was just out of high school when this album appeared, released in early March of that year. Kim had released five albums up to that point, debuting in 1971. Signed to EMI America, 'Mistaken Identity' became record of the year, and was one example where the label got it right in terms of success, the other being the 'Freeze Frame' album by the J.Geils Band also during 1981. The songs on the album were a 50/50 mix of self written (and/or co-written) tunes, plus direct outside contributions. Two of the co-writes included participation from an artist recently mentioned at GDM: namely Wendy Waldman. The duo of Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford contributed 'Don't Call it Love', the pair also responsible for writing 'You Should Hear (How She Talks About You), covered by Charlie Dore but more importantly Melissa Manchester.

The Songs
Three singles were generated from the album. Of course the huge hit 'Bette Davis Eyes' is an iconic song of the 80's. Any musical mention of that decade would be incomplete without mention of that song. It went to #1, and was Billboard's record of the year. The first version of this song appeared in 1974 from one of the songs original writers: Jackie DeShannon, though the arrangement was nothing like the version Kim produced click here... The track 'Draw Of The Cards' was a moody track built around Bill Cuomo's synth parts click here.., plus the title track made it into the Billboard singles charts click here... Another song of note here was 'Miss You Tonight'. Written by Kim, but also covered by English AOR band Alaska, appearing on their 1985 LP 'The Pack'.

In Summary
Carnes would continue to find success all the way through the 80's, with albums such as 'Voyeur', 'Cafe Racers' and 'Barking At Airplanes', though nothing since matched the success of 'Mistaken Identity'. She does have an extensive discography, but for readers of this site, her albums from 1980 through to 1991 are probably the pick of the bunch.

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#1 | rostoned on December 19 2016 18:15:51
Keyboardist Bill Cuomo should be way more famous just for his fab arrangement and unforgettable synth riff on the legendary 'Bette Davis Eyes'! Bill other masterpieces IMHO were his pompy touch on Perry's 'Oh Sherrie' and all his keyboards/synth bass work on Whitesnake 'Here I Go Again' (1987 album version)! and those intros are indeed stuff of legend! clap
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