Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"Take Away" by Big Ric

Song#:  1589
Date:  09/03/1983
Debut:  95
Peak:  91
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Three members of this LA rock quartet got well acquainted when they were members of Barry Manilow's touring band. They teamed up, grabbed a lead vocalist (Joel Porter), and proceeded to sign with Scotti Brothers for a self-titled debut album. This first single was issued and it ended up being a minor blip near the bottom of the Pop chart. The album came and went as did Big Ric. Two members of the band, John Pondel and Bud Harner, later formed a crossover jazz/fusion band called Uncle Festive. In addition to making an appearance on Manilow's 1988 Big Fun on Swing Street TV special, the combo recorded six albums between 1987 and 1992. Harner would later become VP of A&R at Verve Music Group.

ReduxReview:  I listened to this song about four times in a row. It's not a bad tune, but after a little bit of time I came back to write the blog entry and couldn't even remotely remember how the song went. That's not great for a single that is trying to climb the Pop Everest. I think the video is actually more memorable than the song. They kept up with Manilow, so you know these are quality musicians. Unfortunately, their material was a bit lackluster.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The fourth member of the band, Kevin DiSimone, not only played in Manilow's band, but a song he wrote with James Jolis ended up being recorded by Manilow. "Stay" was the closing track on Manilow's 1982 LP Here Comes the Night. The tune was originally recorded by the R&B trio Ray, Goodman & Brown. It served as the title track to their 1981 album and was issued as a single. Unfortunately, it did not chart. Manilow's version was not released as a single.


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