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Warner, Florence - 1982 Just Believe It

ARTIST: Warner, Florence
ALBUM: Just Believe It
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 6302 191
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Florence Warner - lead and backing vocals * Norbert Putnam - bass, production * Jon Goin - guitars * David Hungate, Mike Brignardello - bass * Shane Keister - keyboards, string arrangements * Randy McCormick, Bobby Ogdin - keyboards * Larrie London - drums * Larry Lee - percussion, backing vocals * Jimmy Hall - horns, backing vocals * Van Stephenson - backing vocals * Quitman Dennis - horns * Farrell Morris - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 You're The Love That I Need * 02 Distances * 03 Only Love * 04 Pirate * 05 Fire In My Passion * 06 Charity * 07 Oh Darlin' * 08 Here It Is * 09 Out Of The Blue * 10 Fade Right Through The Wall


Recently, we put this album up in our member-only file shares, to good acclaim. American singer Florence Warner (from Georgia) flew by the radar back in the day, which is a shame because judging by the material on this LP, and had she been better known, she could've made a splash. In much the same way as we profiled British singer Charlie Dore a few weeks back, Florence had an array of top American studio musicians appearing on 'Just Believe It' based out of Nashville, which makes for a compulsory write up here at GDM.

The Songs
This was Florence's third LP, her debut goes back to 1974, and she released 'Another Hot Night' a year before this. Some will remember she did a duet with Greek singer Denis Roussos, a cover of the Air Supply chestnut 'Lost In Love' no less. But to be fair, the songs on 'Just Believe It' are far superior. 'You're The Love that I Need' highlights Florence's voice, which is not unlike the aforementioned Charlie Dore. The song also features some lovely keyboard and synth work.. West Coast fans will simply love it. 'Distances' with an orchestral backing has a dramatic emotional edge, whereas 'Only Love' has a cruisy feel to it, again some terrific keyboard work, synths and rhodes combined, with some sax touches to boot. 'Pirate' is the first pure ballad, it doesn't raise the excitement levels but from here on in, the material moves up a notch. 'Fire In My Passion' easily moves into AOR territory, 'Charity' is heavy on the keyboard work, and will easily convince followers of female fronted AOR. 'Oh Darlin' with its stabbing piano parts has a legacy 70's sound to it, but it's the Toto like overkill of 'Here It Is' that does it for me. Following this, 'Out Of The Blue' is more FF AOR goodness, while the closer 'Fade Right Through The Wall' is probably the heaviest track here, and puts the seal on what to me is quite a stupendously brilliant West Coast/AOR record.

In Summary
All the tracks hover around the 4 minute mark, and never overstay their welcome. Even though she might look like a Yoga instructor on the front and back album jackets (a fine looking woman for sure), it's her voice that stands out here. The backing musicians do a sterling job, and this really has to be a (near) undiscovered classic of the genre during 1982. Given that new French label Sunset Dreams Records have taken Anne Bertucci's 'I'm Number One' as their next official reissue for early 2017, they could do no worse than add Florence Warner to their queue of possibilities on the SD roster. I reckon it'll be right down their alley. Just believe it!

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#1 | DEMONAOR on December 31 2016 07:41:31
A great record George. Picked it up years ago.
#2 | gdazegod on January 13 2017 00:47:42
Florence Warner - 1982 Fade Right Through The Wall
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