Sunday, May 18, 2014

"Keeping Our Love Alive" by Henry Paul Band

Song#:  0850
Date:  12/12/1981
Debut:  88
Peak:  50
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Southern Rock

Pop Bits:  Paul joined the Southern Rock band The Outlaws in 1972 and two years later that group was signed to Arista by Clive Davis. They went on to have some good success including the #34 "There Goes Another Love Song" in 1975, but they never really broke through to the mainstream. Paul left the group in 1977 to pursue a solo career and soon signed to Atlantic where he and his band released four albums from 1979 to 1982. His third album, "Anytime," featured this single which became his one and only song to reach the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  This is an odd song. It starts out Southern-rock-ish with an E Street Band piano lick and then it goes into something that sounds either like a TV sitcom theme or a song from an 80s B-grade brat pack movie. And then there is the ending. Whoa. That wail is like something from a Jim Steinman production. And finally, a dreamy finale. Very, very weird. I can't say I hate it, but can't say I love it. Just...interesting.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  After his group disbanded, Paul went back to The Outlaws for an album. Then in 1992 he formed the country band Blackhawk with Van Stephenson and Dave Robbins. The trio went on to chart seven Top 10 country hits throughout the 90s. Although the lineup has changed several times since their heyday, the group is currently active with Paul as a member.


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