Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)" by Air Supply

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0761
Date:  09/26/1981
Debut:  54
Peak:  5
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Air Supply was riding high after getting their first (and only) #1 hit with the title track to their LP "The One That You Love." It was their fourth consecutive Top 10 and this second single from the album continued the streak. The song title on the album is just "Here I Am," but since that phrase is prominent in the chorus of "The One That You Love," to avoid any confusion the subtitle was added on single release.

ReduxReview:  So how do you follow up a big-ass hit ballad? With another big-ass hit ballad, of course! It is Air Supply after all. Although this one is not as good as that the title-track song, it was definitely another winner. Whether you like this type of pop-easy listening-schmaltz or not, the one thing that can't be disputed is that Air Supply were experts at crafting this style of music.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song's writer, Norman Saleet, had some prior success with his songs being recorded by Johnny Mathis, Art Garfunkel, Barry White, and others. He submitted this song to Arista label head Clive Davis specifically for Barry Manilow. However, Davis decided to give the song over to Air Supply. Saleet's songwriting success lead to his own recording deal with RCA and he released the album "Here I Am" (which included his version of the hit) in 1982. Unfortunately, it didn't sell and there was no follow-up.


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