Sunday, May 8, 2016

"Take Another Picture" by Quarterflash

Song#:  1639
Date:  10/01/1983
Debut:  76
Peak:  58
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Quarterflash's second LP, Take Another Picture, got them a third Top 20 hit when it's first single, "Take Me to Heart," reached #14 (#6 Rock/#28 AC). They were hoping this next title-track single would keep up the momentum, but it faltered before getting into the top half of the chart. The lack of a significant follow-up slowed the sales of the album, which had peaked at #34 - a significant drop from the #8 platinum showing of their debut album.

ReduxReview:  Quarterflash's Marv Ross did have a knack for writing some solid, tight pop/rock tunes. His best efforts were on their debut LP, but he did some good work on their second album including this title track. While it's not as catchy as their previous hits, I think it works well. Rindy Ross sells it with her vocals and sax while the band jams all the way through. While not a fantastic single, it's still a good song that probably should have moved up into the Top 40.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The producer of Quarterflash's first two albums was John Boylan. He had been involved in the music business since the late 60s and at one point became Linda Ronstadt's manager early in her career. He was instrumental in getting Don Henley and Glenn Fry to play in Ronstadt's backing band. Soon after, the Eagles were born. Boylan would go on to produce many artists with one of his best successes being the co-producer of Boston's hugely successful 1976 debut album. He would also branch out into children's music and worked on projects by The Chipmunks and the Muppets. He produced the album Elmopalooza in 1998, which netted him a Grammy award for Best Musical Album for Children.


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