Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Playing with Lightning" by Shot in the Dark

Song#:  0553
Date:  04/04/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  71
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Guitarist Peter White began playing with Al Stewart on his hit album "Year of the Cat" in 1976. By the next album, White was co-writing with Stewart (specifically on the hit title track "Time Passages," #7) followed by White's band fully backing Stewart on his "24 Carrots" album. The backing band was called Shot in the Dark and they got their own chance to record and issued a self-titled album in 1981. This first single eked onto the chart for a few weeks, but that would be it for the band. They would not record again and White, in addition to other gigs, remained with Stewart through out the next couple of decades.

ReduxReview:  This is a slick, soft rock tune that shuffles along with that polished SoCal sound that was around at the time. Almost Fleetwood Mac-y in a way. It's a good tune but there is not much to grab on to in order to keep it playing in my head.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  White later went on to play with other artists like Basia ("Time and Tide," #26, 1988). He also turned to jazz and recorded several solo albums that were Top 10 hits on the jazz chart.


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