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Carrera - 1983 Carrera

ARTIST: Carrera
ALBUM: Carrera
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 1- 23902
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: London McDaniels - lead guitar, vocals * Khris McDaniels - lead vocals, drums * Phil Roy - guitar, vocals * Eric Pressly - bass * Greg 'Harpo' Hilfman - piano * Dan DeSouza, Chuck Wild - synthesizer * Richard Elliot - sax solo ('One More Love')

TRACK LISTING: 01 One More Love * 02 Be Bpp A Lula * 03 Back And Forth * 04 Don't Ask For Nothin' * 05 Joli * 06 Lucky One (New York Boy) * 07 Right For Me * 08 Turn Of The Cards * 09 Still By Your Side

Not much known about these guys, but I'll take a punt that they come from Los Angeles judging from what little research I've been able to gather. Anyway, very much a west coast sounding album this one, right there alongside the likes of Michael McDonald and Robbie Dupree, and when they rock up a bit, they move into a lighter pulse driven AOR style a la John O'Banion, Farrenheit and Preview. Ted Templeman got the job twiddling the dials here, and back in 1983 he must have got bored or did a very fast job on the latest Van Halen album to get the nod for this one, which is as musically close to Templeman's heavy metal pedigree as the Andromeda Galaxy is to Earth.

The Songs
Perfect early eighties AOR opens up with 'One More Love', and is followed in the same vein by songs such as 'Back And Forth', the excellent 'Don't Ask For Nothin', 'Joli' and 'Turn Of the Cards'. Only one song really doesn't work on the album and that is a hi-tech rehash of the Gene Vincent stalwart 'Be Bop A Lula'. This version is so out of sorts it should've been included on a Tubes album where Waybill, Anderson, Prince and co would've made a meal of it! Still, all in all, a pleasant if not unspectacular effort, considering this album went nowhere fast.

In Summary
After doing one of my famous web searches, it will amuse you to know that Phil Roy is now a successful songwriter, and has written for Adam Cohen (son of Leonard), Sir Cliff Richard, Celine Dion, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and various other soundtrack projects. He also happens to be best friends with screen blockbusters Nicholas Cage and Jim Carrey. Carrey in fact was an old roommate of Phil's back in the days before mega millions and stardom came to Jim's door (excuse the trivia bent).

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#1 | gdazegod on January 12 2011 22:36:17
Thanks to Dan DeSouza for the updated (and more accurate) personnel listing for this album.
#2 | kim_hp on April 12 2011 14:57:43
This is a really good record. Highly enjoyable westcoast-ish lite AOR stuff.
#3 | code4 on October 24 2015 19:41:07
I don't think there has ever been an official cd release of this album? (even if somebody who uploaded the album to blogs many years ago included a cd back cover inlay that looked like one bearing the Warner logo and copyright warning etc).
Funnily enough every time i play 'One more love' i get reminded of the song 'One more broken heart' by the band Modesty. To tell the truth i don't remember much of the rest of this album very well as i long since lost the mp3 share but i'm fairly sure i liked other stuff on it in addition to that catchy opener.
#4 | mickey on March 31 2017 17:00:48
great review, as usual. i've always thought that Urge Overkill would make a great cover of the song Don't Ask Me For Nothing. that is my fave from this album.
#5 | melodiapositiva on March 31 2017 18:29:24
It would be great DL link for this one .
#6 | gerard on January 29 2018 22:02:36
The McDaniels brothers were also involved in a somewhat 'remarkable' project involving late seventies soft jazz/soft pop/soul and Krishna (!) inspired lyrics:

This Rasa album can be found - at least around here - in almost every thrift store...
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