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Downes And Price - 1986 Downes And Price

ARTIST: Downes And Price
ALBUM: Downes And Price
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 81637-1
YEAR: 1986


LINEUP: Cliff Downes - keyboards, vocals * Jimmy Price - vocals * Gordon Kennedy, Jeff Southworth, Joe Taylor, John Goin - guitars * Larry Fast, Rob Moundsy, Shane Keister, Tommy Mandel - keyboards * Bob Babbet, David Hood, Gary Lunn, Michael Rhodes, T.M. Stevens - bass * Jerry Carrigan, Larrie Londin, Roger Hawkins - drums * Charlie DeChant - sax * Ahmet Ertegun - production

TRACK LISTING: 01 New York Hold Her Tight And Reprise * 02 Where Does Love Go * 03 Save Your Love * 04 My Imagination * 05 I Go To Pieces * 06 (I'm Gonna) Miss You Girl * 07 Promises Are Made To Be Broken * 08 This Time (I'm Really In Love) * 09 Girls Voices * 10 Feed The Fire

Without doubt, the pairing of Downes And Price were the epitome of 'soundtrack AOR'. The sort of music you can see and hear on YouTube when you bring up 'Best AOR' in your search engine. This duo were based in Nashville. Cliff Downes was the principal songwriter, and moved to Nashville after spending his formative years at the University of Alabama during the early 80's. In fact, Downes songwriting work drew the attention of Atlantic Records head-honcho Ahmet Ertegun, who offered a deal, and provided the glossy production. Bringing in Jimmy Price as the vocal talent was a good move, so too the assembled talent of Nashville's best studio hounds.

The Songs
No two ways about it, there is some fantastic hooky AOR on display, which should have been huge back in 1986. Sure, we all heard about Van Stephenson's 'Suspicious Heart' which was also a local Nashville product at the time, so too others, but Downes and Price didn't even register a blip on the charts. Just take a listen to the superb 'Save Your Love' which reminds me of Joe Bruce And Second Avenue. 'Where Does Love Go' is just mid 80's AOR perfection, and though the chorus might sound a touch familiar, when it's played this well who cares? 'Promises Are Made To Be Broken' is another exceptional track, breathy and spacious, pumping bass, and synths dabbling in the higher registers. It's all good really.

In Summary
On the album jacket, the boys could've been auditioning for Miami Vice, and to be perfectly honest, some of thie songs would've been a perfect fit for that TV show. However, truth be told, both guys are better known in the country music scene, and that is where they've made their name, particularly as songwriters for other country artists. The album drew three singles ('New York Hold Her Tight And Reprise', 'Where Does Love Go' and 'Save Your Love'), but overall, the album got lost in the shuffle of 1986. This is definitely an album worth an official CD reissue, and hopefully one day this might happen.

Downes And Price - 1986 Promises Are Made To Be Broken

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#1 | melodiapositiva on January 09 2018 19:47:30
Wow,i like them a lot ! the vocals are great and sound a little like I -ten ,great sound and some very good songs .
Thanks George because i think i wold never buy this album with such a cover Grin
#2 | reyno-roxx on January 09 2018 20:07:14
Very 80's Nashville image. Probably why I may have passed this one by at the time, but don't actually recall ever seeing it in my trawls through 80's record shops to be honest. Would've certainly bought it if I'd heard them beforehand. Good stuff.
#3 | gdazegod on January 09 2018 20:07:18
Save Your Love is really good. I am going to turn it into a video song.
#4 | rostoned on January 10 2018 17:15:56
If Wounded Bird has reissued The Ladder from the same year, sound and (almost) label, they could as well do this... hopefully! Along with Blue Yonder, thanks. Grin

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