Lights In The World (Refuge R3746) 1980

 

 

The former drummer for Paul McCartney and Wings breaks away to become the Christian Gino Vanelli. Minus the gaudy display of chest hair, thankfully. Ok, so Gino ain’t exactly Rolling Stone’s artist of the but regardless, this slab of catchy pop-rock puts most of the bland ccm of the era to shame (and when you get right down to it so does Gino for that matter). Lights Of The World features hit-worthy commercial tunes with a sharp professional sound, dynamic guitar/keyboard action, sophisticated horns and soulful female bgvs. It’s that not-too-heavy not-too-light 1980 pop radio sound in all its glory. I half expected the Pointer Sisters to join in with a chorus of ‘He’s So Shy’ on the synth-bouncy ‘Midnight Angel Choir’. Dave Perkins gets some good growlin’ guitar opportunities on ‘Is The King Your Friend’. Others guests include Bonnie Bramlett, Russ Taff and Phill McHugh. Most songs written by John Rosasco and Don Rogers. Belongs next to your Michael & Storrnie Omartian, Bruce Hibbard, etc. in your “good pop” section. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Ken for the front cover photo and Discogs for the label and rear cover photos and track list.

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1To Love Is To Live3:49
1-2Shine On3:48
1-3Dyin'3:44
1-4Is There Not One Good Man3:49
1-5Midnight Angel Choir3:38
2-1Get Ready3:10
2-2Is The King Your Friend3:30
2-3The Lord Never Leaves3:48
2-4Praise Him3:17
2-5Keep In Touch1:57

 

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