Thursday, February 19, 2015

"When I'm Holding You Tight" by Michael Stanley Band

Song#:  1172
Date:  09/11/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  78
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Although he and his band would grab a couple of Top 40 entries, Stanley never fully broke through on a nationwide scale. However, his large and loyal Midwest following kept his records selling and concerts packed. Their eighth album, "MSB," kept things rolling with this first single circling the bottom quarter of the chart for a month. The LP was a slight drop off from their previous effort, but their loyal fans still managed to get it on the national album chart where it reached #136.

ReduxReview:  This song seems to move them out of their heartland rock towards mainstream rock ala Loverboy or Journey. I think it works for them. However, the drawback of doing something like this can be that it takes away some of their original musical identity. It's a good song, but almost sounds like a blatant stab for hitting commercial rock radio. But a good stab.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Although Stanley has continued to perform and record albums, he has retained a day job. Since 1990, he has been an afternoon drive-time DJ at Cleveland classic rock radio station WNCX.


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