Posts Tagged ‘TOTO

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May
08

Peter Allen “Bi-Coastal”

I’m always hoping I’ll listen to some unknown record like this and be surprised by a secret masterpiece, or even something at all unexpected. Not this time. I’ve been admittedly not very attentive to this, aurally, as it just kind of passed by like a little mouse fart in the California breeze. Though actually an Australian, Peter Allen is 100 percent Californian late-seventies style, and the Christopher Cross sound is not surprising as he co-wrote that horrible “Arthur’s Theme” song. The inner sleeve reveals lyrics, though I don’t hate myself enough to give them a chance, and lots and lots of smooth jazz session hack credits, including some scary names I associate with Toto, if that gives you any idea of the sonic dishwater created here.

The most interesting thing is the album cover which is like a strange airbrushed monochrome portrait that looks neither very masculine nor attractive. It has the kind of Sears portrait studio look that people appropriate now ironically, but irony was pretty unheard of in 1980, wasn’t it? That Peter Allen was married to Liza Minnelli is interesting, though it doesn’t really explain anything. He died in 1992. I wonder how many men who have been in love with Liza Minnelli have actually been in love with Judy Garland? But that’s a serious can of worms, no time for that kind of thing here. This is about records.

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