Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Put Away Your Love" by Alessi

Song#:  1008
Date:  05/01/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  71
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Alessi is a duo consisting of twins Billy and Bobby Alessi. The singer/songwriters signed with A&M and released four albums for the label beginning with a self-titled debut in 1977. Although the LPs were not successful in the US, they did have some luck overseas. The song "Oh Lori" from their debut album was a UK hit reaching #8. After leaving A&M, the duo recorded a demo that found its way to Quincy Jones. He signed them to his new Qwest label and with Christopher Cross co-producing (in addition to singing on one track), Alessi issued the LP "Long Time Friends." This single got them on the US chart for the first (and only) time.

ReduxReview:  This ended up very Christopher Cross-lite. Even the vocals sound similar (and for someone who doesn't particularly like Cross' voice, that is not good). The production is quite weak with an AM-lite sheen complete with chirpy keyboard sounds. It's an okay song that's a bit too wispy/wimpy to standout on radio.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  After their chart time was over, the brothers went on to arrange and produce for many major artists including Paul McCartney, Olivia Newton-John, and Deborah Gibson. They also had a very successful career writing commercial jingles for companies like Ford, Greyhound, JC Penny, and McDonalds. Bobby spent 14 years heading up the ads for Diet Coke.


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