Saturday, February 1, 2014

"Just Like Paradise" by Larry John McNally

Song#:  0700
Date:  08/08/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  86
Weeks:  2
Genre:  Singer/Songwriter

Just Like Paradise by Larry John McNally on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  Originally from Bangor, Maine, McNally cut his teeth on the singer/songwriter circuit around Portland and other New England locals. He got signed to Columbia and issued a self-title debut album that featured this single. The song spent a minor couple weeks on the chart, but McNally's songs were getting attention and several would wind up on albums by artists like the Eagles, Don Henley, and Bonnie Raitt. It would take another five years before he issued a follow-up LP, but by then any momentum gained by this slight showing was gone and it disappeared quickly. This would be his only chart entry.

ReduxReview:  I don't think this is really a great single, but there is something about its shuffle and lyrics that are really quite good. My first listen was kind of like, meh, but a couple more listens later it really pulled me in. Although a bit weak to compete as a single, it's a quality tune and worthy of a listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  McNally's most notable hit as a writer was when Rod Stewart covered "The Motown Song." Stewart reached #10 with his version in 1991 which also featured The Temptations. McNally had originally recorded the song for his second LP, 1986's "Fade to Black."


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