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Travolta, Joey - 1984 Hold On

ARTIST: Travolta, Joey
ALBUM: Hold On
LABEL: Sugar Hill Records
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Joey Travolta - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Thunder In My Heart * 02 Love You For All Times * 03 Is That You * 04 Hold On * 05 I Need Some One * 06 Once Is Enough * 07 Hurry Up And Wait * 08 Got You Right Where I Want You

Very much in the same vein as Frank Stallone comes Joey Travolta, who rode the coattails of his more famous brother John's success, but with his own brand of unique talent. Joey first appeared in 1978 with his self-titled debut album, which contained a pair of minor hits. The album was typical late 70's melodic disco of sorts, and Travolta immersed himself in the world of acting following this, appearing in dozens of TV shows and low budget movies. In 1984 Travolta decided to give the music world one more crack, which being in the heyday of AOR meant only one thing. The lineup on this album is unknown, but Travolta produced an album of considerable merit, living up to the time and place it was recorded in.

The Songs
There's only 8 songs, but the quality of each of them makes up for this. The opening track is a cover of Leo Sayer's 'Thunder in My Heart' and a glorious one at that. The synths run the show and Travolta's voice is a dead ringer for his brother. The only puzzling aspect is the track being credited to Travolta and Joey Robinson Jr., when clearly it isn't theirs. Someone would have to explain this oddity to me. 'Love You For All Times' is a low-key West Coast ballad of sorts, never really coming alive unfortunately. The same can't be said of 'Is That You' which takes the mantle of a Nielsen-Pearson for example, pushing the synth touches to overload, with funky bass moves. This one is something special, easily the album highlight. The title track is another ballad, this one even more syrupy, but certainly not lacking a flair for the dramatic. Travolta goes down the Barry Manilow road here, one for the daytime soap opera crowd of the 80's. The hard-edged 'I Need Some One' is another reversal in approach and far more satisfying. The chorus is huge, pulsating in bombastic fashion, just a crashing slice of melodic hard rock. All that's missing is a guitar solo to truly put it over the top. 'Once Is Enough' again reverts to the softer side, another sweeping ballad that could have been the end credit song for just about any 80's movie. 'Hurry Up And Wait' is a commercial piece which recalls the likes of Lionel Richie around the same period, but with both feet still firmly in the AOR camp. The stylish 'Got You Right Where I Want You' is a worthy closer, complete with a blaring synth solo amidst the laid-back late night AOR grooves.

In Summary
This is impossible to go wrong with, even with the ballads. Travolta never recorded another album following this, although he wouldn't have topped this. Another shining example of the endless supply of obscure 80's AOR albums, this one is worth picking up without hesitation.

Joey Travolta - 1984 Hurry Up (And Wait)

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#1 | gdazegod on November 12 2017 00:38:07
Surprisingly. I never had this in my collection. Picked it up on Soulseek the other day. The Leo Sayer track 'Thunder in My Heart' was pretty good, And yes DZ, you are correct about the credits, the song was written by Leo Sayer and Tom Snow.

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