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Medley, Bill - 1982 Right Here And Now

ARTIST: Medley, Bill
ALBUM: Right Here And Now
LABEL: Planet Records
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Bill Medley - vocals * George Doering, Paul Jackson, Ira Newborn, Waddy Wachtel, Tim May - guitar * Neil Stubenhaus, Nathan East, Abraham Laboriel - bass * John Robinson - drums * Robbie Buchanan - keyboards, synthesizer * Michael Boddicker - synthesizer * John Barnes- keyboards * John Parolo - organ * Paulinho Da Costa, Bobbye Hall - percussion * Heart Attack Horns - horns * Lee Thornburg - horns, trumpet * John Berry - trumpet * Jim Cole, Bill Bergman, Greg Smith - sax * Phil Perry - falsetto vocal, backing vocals * Michael McDonald - harmony vocals * Clydene Jackson, James Ingram, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Phillip Ingram, James Gilstrap, Linda Lawrence, Sherry Paine - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Right Here And Now * 02 I'm No Angel * 03 For You * 04 Heart And Soul * 05 If You Remember Me * 06 Almost All The Way To Love * 07 I Need You In My Life * 08 The Best Of My Life * 09 Please Come Home

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One half of the legendary Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley followed the herd and took a shot at the AOR scene in the early 80's, admittedly with a voice that was made for the genre. Medley's career had stalled somewhat in the 70's when he took time off after his ex-wife was murdered, but he returned with some middle of the road MOR at the end of the decade, leading to this star studded release. Medley lined up some of the premier session men of the time, with the tracks all written by outside sources, including Michael Bolton and Michael McDonald.

The Songs
The album is an admirable stab at the AOR sounds of the day, slightly restrained, but with some intriguing moments. The title track makes heavy use of massive backing vocals, with the kind of sound reminiscent of something equally as tear jerking as 'Up Where We Belong' from the same year. 'I'm No Angel' was a hit for Gregg Allman in 1987, and to be honest this song's never done anything for me, reminding me of something by The Fabulous Thunderbirds or an equally tepid rock act. 'For You' is the first inevitable ballad, another one bound to get the eyes watering at a high school prom or wedding. The Michael McDonald penned 'Heart And Soul' is laid back West Coast fare, with McDonald featuring on backing vocals. The synth work here steals the show, parping away like nobody's business. The Michael Bolton penned 'I Need You In My Life' is easily the best track, superb AOR befitting the 1982 period in the finest tradition. Everything you'd expect from a Bolton track is there, dynamic melodies and keyboards, reminding us of what a legend he was back then. Thankfully Medley takes the ball and runs with it, giving it the impetus it deserves. I'm not as enraptured with Bolton's second contribution however, the rock and roll infused 'Please Come Home.' This one isn't really AOR, with horns and 60's styled soul at the forefront, more in line with Medley's early work.

In Summary
There's no way I could recommend this as being a lost gem from 1982, it really isn't. Yes it's AOR for the most part, but lacking consistency to really earn it the 'classic' tag. Look out for 'I Need You In My Life' however. It's worth picking up for that alone. Medley made even more of a resurgence through the 80's and his follow up 'I Still Do' has some choice moments, especially the title cut.

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