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Call, Alex - 1983 Alex Call

ARTIST: Call, Alex
ALBUM: Alex Call
LABEL: Arista
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Alex Call - lead and backing vocals, guitar * Peter Maunu - guitars * John McFee - guitars, backing vocals * Joel Jaffe - guitars * John Pierce - bass * Tony Braunagel - drums * Peter Wolf - keyboards * Steve Price - percussion * Ron Nevison - production, engineering * Lorin Rowan, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Charra Yuill-Thornton, Reni Grilli, Zoe Fox - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Just Another Saturday Night * 02 Blue Avenue * 03 Dark Side Of The Night * 04 Annie Don't Lie * 05 Love Dogs * 06 New Romeo * 07 Going Through The Motions * 08 Hung Over You * 09 There Goes Another Fool In Love * 10 * You Don't Have To Tell Me That You Love Me Tonight

Here's an interesting bloke who has his origins in the 60's but became more prominent in the 70's and 80's. Alex is best known as the co-songwriter for Tommy Tutone's 1981 hit '867-5309 Jenny', which was power-pop personified from that early 80's era. He was also a member of San Francisco notables Clover, which also featured Huey Lewis, John McFee (Doobie Brothers), Southern Pacific and drummer Mickey Shine (Burning Rome, Tommy Tutone). Alex played on all four of Clover's studio LP's from 1970 through to 1977. Eric's review of Clover's 1977 fourth and final LP 'Unavailable' is in the GDM database for further reading.

The Songs
After Clover closed up shop, Alex ventured into songwriting, did some work outside of music and as mentioned, had success with Tommy Tutone. Based on that, and other contributions, Arista Records came calling (excuse the pun) in 1982, and his self-titled LP came out in 1983. It features a solid line-up of players including John McFee, studio hound Peter Wolf on keyboards, drummer/percussionist Steve Price from Pablo Cruise and to top it off, a high quality production from Ron Nevison (UFO, Thin Lizzy, The Babys, Jefferson Starship etc). 'Just Another Saturday Night' was the lead-off, and given a budget to make a video clip too, which you can see underneath. A nice way to introduce Alex's power-pop style. 'Blue Avenue' takes us into AOR territory effortlessly, and two tracks in and I'm impressed. Alex's vocal sounds scarily similar to the late Marc Hunter from Kiwi/Aussie legends Dragon. 'Dark Side Of The Night' takes the sombre route but still has enough melodies to smooth over any rough edges. Love the radio friendly 'Annie Don't Lie' which really is a time-stamped product of the 1983 year. Nice stuff. 'Love Dogs' is without doubt the quirkiest tune here, some of you can pick the eyes out of this one. 'New Romeo' is also hugely delightful, with a jangly delivery and a great chorus. 'Hung Over You' is one of my faves on the LP, purely because it sits squarely in the AOR camp, so too the mid-paced 'There Goes Another Fool In Love', a track which could've been covered by any AOR artist and made to sound just as good.

In Summary
The album was released on the same day as Christian band The Call, so you can imagine this would've caused confusion out there in Billboard/Radio land at the time. Most of the tracks you can hear on YouTube. Also, there is a historical article on the album click here.. . Alex is still involved in music, but a little less active than previously. A one-off album definitely worth checking out.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 29 2017 03:36:42
Alex Call - 1983 Just Another Saturday Night
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#2 | gdazegod on June 29 2017 03:41:28
Alex has also written a book: '867-5309 Jenny: The Song That Saved Me', which came out in 2011.
#3 | melodiapositiva on June 29 2017 17:03:15
Imho a classic aor album, really, really good .
It's a pity there's no cd version, i would buy it without doubt.
#4 | gdazegod on June 30 2017 16:57:19
I agree Jose, some record label out there should really reissue this.. DO IT!
#5 | super80boy on July 29 2017 16:03:25
Couldn't agree more with gdazegod, this puppy is absolutely worth the investigation. A strong songwriter from his days in Clover, Alex pivots and releases a consistent set of energetic period AOR for his debut. Solid album with a variety of great tracks, including: 'Blue Avenue', 'Hung Over You', 'Just Another Saturday Night' and 'There Goes Another Fool In Love'.
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