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Cafferty, John (And The Beaver Brown Band) - 1985 Tough All Over

ARTIST: Cafferty, John (Beaver Brown Band)
ALBUM: Tough All Over
LABEL: Scotti Bros
SERIAL: FZ 39405
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: John Cafferty - vocals, guitars * Gary Gramolini - guitars * Pat Lupo - bass * Kenny Jo Silva - drums * Bob Cotoia - keyboards * Michael 'Tunes' Atunes - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 Voice of America's Sons * 02 Tough all Over * 03 C-I-T-Y * 04 Where The Action Is * 05 Dixieland * 06 Strangers in Paradise * 07 Small Town Girl * 08 More Than Just One Of The Boys * 09 Tex-Mex (Crystal Blue)

Despite having the reputation as one of Rhode Islands most popular bar bands, The Beaver Brown Band were unable to secure a record deal, the band having plied their trade since the early 70's. In 1983 it all changed when the band supplied the soundtrack to the film 'Eddie And The Cruisers', enjoying chart action with 'On The Dark Side' and 'Tender Years'. The band was reviled by critics as a blatant Springsteen copy, but with the soundtrack going platinum, Cafferty and co were signed by the CBS subsidiary Scotti Bros, whose most notable artist wasSurvivor. 'Tough All Over' was released in the summer of 1985, supplying the band with more top forty hits in the shape of the title track and 'C-I-T-Y'.

The Songs
The opening number 'Voice Of America's Sons' was used on the soundtrack of Sly Stallone's 'Cobra', and emphasises the bands interesting sound of AOR meets earthy rock and roll. The synth work is overpowering, but there's room for an old fashioned rocking guitar solo to compliment an American anthem. Cafferty's subject matter concerns small town America and hard life in the city, witness the gritty strains of 'Tough All Over' and the furious 'C-I-T-Y', admirable for their salutes to the common American. 'Where The Action Is' revisits the sixties surf sound, while 'Dixieland' and its sax work sounds like it came off ANY Springsteen album unfortunately. There's a ton of melodic synths running through 'Strangers In Paradise', AOR of the finest sort, but 'Small Town Girl' is more plaintive, gentle ballad fare. There's room for another Springsteen carbon copy in 'More Than Just One Of The Boys', which doesn't mean it's inferior at all. 'Tex-Mex (Crystal Blue)' is dodgy country material, best left unheard.

In Summary
'Tough All Over' certainly contains enough bite and melody to recommend it. It stayed in the charts for an impressive thirty two weeks, freeing the band of the one hit wonder tag. The follow up 'Roadhouse' appeared in 1988, but was quickly forgotten as the bands appeal faded. There was further soundtrack work for 1989's 'Eddie And The Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives!', the last studio recordings to date from Beaver Brown. The band continues to tour on the nostalgia circuit, reasonably content with their achievements apparently.

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#1 | Dag H Moldskred on August 19 2007 21:24:37
Good evening

Here is a keeper for aor ala Born in USA stuff.
Very good album much like Springsteen mixed with Billy sattelite
only the last song is no good a slow country tune,rest is great.


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