Monday, March 16, 2015

"So Much in Love" by Timothy B. Schmit

Song#:  1198
Date:  10/02/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  59
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  On this date, three former Eagles already had songs on the chart - Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Randy Meisner. Why not make it four? Like the others, Schmit embarked on his own post-Eagles solo career. Although not a founding member (he joined the Eagles in 1977), Schmit stayed with the band through to their breakup in 1980. Initially, Schmit got involved in session work playing bass and doing background vocals. But then came the opportunity to do this song for the soundtrack to the film "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Thanks to connections, Don Henley, Don Felder, and Joe Walsh also contributed tracks to the soundtrack, which made Schmit the fourth Eagle to participate. However, his was the only song by a former Eagles to be issued as a single from the LP. The song couldn't quite crack the top half of the chart, but it would still be included on his debut solo album that would be released two years later.

ReduxReview:  This lovely and warm classic (see below) gets turned into something bland and cold by Schmit, who, by the sound of it, provides all the vocals (most likely not, but sure seems that way). It's like Schmit cracked open a vein and let all the life blood run out of the song. There is not even anything remotely different or interesting in this version. I'm not sure who thought this was a good idea, but it wasn't. This is one lame and flightless Eagle.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of a 1963 hit by The Tymes. The R&B vocal group would take the song (their debut single) to #1 on the pop chart. Then, twelve years after Schmit's version, another R&B vocal group, All-4-One, took the song to #5. Just like The Tymes, it was their debut single.


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