Monday, February 28, 2022

"The Love in Your Eyes" by Eddie Money

Song#:  3766
Date:  01/14/1989
Debut:  88
Peak:  24
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Money's seventh studio album Nothing to Lose got a boost from its first single "Walk on Water." The tune would get to #2 Rock while becoming Money's third Pop Top 10 hit. For a follow up, this next track was selected. It would end up becoming Money's third and final #1 on the Rock chart. Over on the Pop chart, it wouldn't do as well. The song stopped short of the Top 20. Without the extra push from a second big mainstream hit, the album halted at #49 and would fail to reach the gold level sales mark.

ReduxReview:  While this song wasn't quite as strong as his previous big hits, it was still a nice, quality track that I thought might get closer to the Top 10, especially since it got to #1 at Rock. What really stood out to me on the track was the "nothing but blue skies" sections with the background vocalists. The chord changes injected the track with a different feel. It was almost like a cool distraction from the regular verse/chorus hooks. A bit of a forgotten track now, but a worthwhile listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Adrian Gurvitz, David Paul Bryant, and Steve Dubin. It was the first US hit for English singer/songwriter Gurvitz. He had previously reached the UK Top 10 twice; once in a band and once as a solo artist. Gurvitz's first band, Gun, got to #8 in 1968 with their rock track "Race with the Devil." After two albums, the band split. Gurvitz would go on to form Three Man Army and then the Baker Gurvitz Army. Each band had limited success. By 1979, Gurvitz was a solo act. He would released two albums for Jet Records, but neither made a big splash. He moved over to RAK for the 1982 LP titled Classic. The title track would reach #8 in the UK. The LP was distributed in the US by Geffen, but it failed to generate interest. Gurvitz would then turn mainly to writing songs for other artists. After a move to the US, Gurvitz would have his first success on the US chart with this track from Eddie Money. A few years later, one of his compositions would get placed on one of the biggest selling albums of all time. With Franne Golde, Gurvitz wrote "Even If My Heart Would Break." The song, recorded by Kenny G and Aaron Neville, would be included on the soundtrack to the Whitney Houston movie The Bodyguard. The album was a massive hit becoming the biggest selling soundtrack in history with 45 million copies sold worldwide. It would also with the Grammy for Album of the Year. Gurvitz's song would not be released as a single from the soundtrack. However, Kenny G would put the tune on his 1992 album Breathless and later in '94 it would be the LP's fourth single. It would only reach #28 at AC. Gurvitz would go on to write songs for other artists like Steve Perry and REO Speedwagon. In 2015, he would co-write the majority of songs on the debut album of R&B singer/songwriter Andra Day Cheers to the Fall (#6 R&B/#48 Pop).


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