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Gruska, Jay - 1984 Which One Of Us Is Me



ARTIST: Gruska, Jay
ALBUM: Which One Of Us Is Me
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 23923
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2011, Warner Bros (Japan), WPCP-3482

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jay Gruska - vocals, production * Michael Landau, Tony Berg, Steve Lukather - guitars * Nathan East, Mike Porcaro, Abraham Laboriel, John Pierce, Neil Stubenhaus - bass * Michael Omartian, Randy Kerber, Creig Seigel - keyboards * John Robinson, Carlos Vega, Vinnie Colaiuta, Doane Perry - drums * Mike Fisher, Don Williams, Chaz Love - percussion * George Englund - flute * Jermaine Jackson, Brock Walsh, Joseph Williams, Nick Uhrig, Paul Gordon, Michele Gruska, Debbie Shapiro - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Desperate Eyes * 02 Atlanta Calling * 03 Tattoo * 04 The Motion * 05 Cancun * 06 Which One Of Us Is Me * 07 Take A Number * 08 Famous * 09 Circus * 10 Baby Theme

WEBLINKS: www.jaygruska.com


Background
Here's a guy well connected in AOR/West Coast circles. In fact, he's associated with many big names, both in recorded music and in TV land. Not only a singer, Jay is a songwriter, composer and producer, and in his early days had played with Three Dog Night. His debut solo album released in 1974 'Gruska On Gruska' included some of the earliest appearances of Larry Carlton and Dean Parks. However, he became better known as the lead singer of West Coast supergroup Maxus, who released their one and only album in 1981. Ten years after his debut, Jay returned with another West Coast effort called 'Which One Of Us Is Me'. The line up listed above is incredible. Everyone turns up to play.


The Songs
The sound on 'WOOUIM' straddles the fence put up by the likes John O'Banion, Carrera etc. Even Maxus, though to be honest, this album is lighter than all of them put together. Starting out with 'Desperate Eyes', it's archetypal light AOR, with stabbing keyboards and a typical 1984 era delivery. 'Atlanta Calling' is a fantastic slice of AOR, like 'Animation Generation' era Novo Combo with a little bit more urgency. 'Tattoo' is a stop start mish-mash, followed by 'The Motion' which features punchy rhythms and a soundtrack oriented style. 'Cancun' has a lazy Caribbean flavour to it. He should've written it for Jimmy Buffet, but it is sort of cool and cruisy. 'Take A Number' is another track to get the AORsters interested - fuelled by a urgent chorus, though by the time you get to the remaining three tracks 'Famous', 'Circus' and 'Baby Theme' the interest level is not sustained unfortunately.


In Summary
Jay has since been involved as a musical director of movies and TV drama shows, such as 'Lois And Clark' (Superman TV series), 'Beverly Hills 90210' and '30 Something' and countless more. A gifted musician, it would be nice to see him release something in the new millennium as a refresher for West Coast fans in particular.


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#1 | gerard on May 22 2013 22:52:32
'Atlanta Calling' is a great track indeed! Recently found a copy of a 45er called 'Lapti Nek Ouverture' from Return of the Jedi, which was produced by Gruska and also includes Joseph Williams.
#2 | code4 on October 23 2015 16:20:12
Pretty good album alright. Cancun was another one of the best songs i thought. He also did a lot of the somehow 'jungle-like' action music for Commando (the 1985 Schwarzenegger blockbuster). Not surprisingly you can hear similar sounds in the song 'In The Jungle' that he did with Alan Gorrie when producing Gorrie's album (Sleepless Nights) the same year.
#3 | rostoned on December 07 2016 15:12:19
Gruska sings the background vocals on the legendary track 'Stop This Heartache' off 1994: (the band) masterpiece 'Please Stand By...'! Thumbs Up
 
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