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Michael, Louis - 1991 Living For The Music

ARTIST: Michael, Louis
ALBUM: Living For The Music
LABEL: AMI Records
SERIAL: MI-24027
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Louis Michael - vocals, piano * Jerry McPherson - guitars * David Hungate - bass * Jackie Street - bass * Blair Masters - keyboards * Rob Olds - keyboards * Scott Moore - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Believe * 02 Baby Grand * 03 Live A Long Time * 04 Emotional Girl * 05 Lay With Me * 06 Living For The Music * 07 Not Giving Up * 08 Friend To Me * 09 Secrets

A bit of rarity these days, this independently released effort from 1991 straddles the fence of many melodic genres. Unusually, the lead guy here - Louis Michael, is a singing pianist who originates from the mid-west.. St Louis to be exact. This is a pretty good lineup of musos assembled to appear on his one-off album 'Living For The Music'. David Hungate is ex Toto, Blair Masters is ex Giant, while guitar maestro Jerry McPherson is a Nashville six-stringer held in the same esteem as Dann Huff. McPherson has played with everyone from Amy Grant to Reba McIntyre. The class and quality are prevalent throughout these nine tracks. Reading elsewhere on the Internet, someone described Louis as an AOR version of Joshua Kadison. A pretty poor description admittedly, though the obvious reference to singer and piano was easy to spot, but not accurate. For my money, this has bits of Giant and Rick Matthews included, and for that, a review is well overdue.

The Songs
Tinkly piano lines open 'I Believe' - the track meanders along for a few minutes, it doesn't really come to life until Jerry McPherson blasts out the cobwebs with a well timed guitar solo. 'Baby Grand' sees Louis take complete command of this track, with jazzy piano licks living up to the song title! Reverting to a big anthemic track is 'Live A Long Time', where McPherson draws power chords out of thin air! Louis lays on the sugary ballad with 'Emotional Girl' which reminds you of Billy Joel at his most touch-tender, whereas 'Lay With Me' is a cool funky slab of rock with a touch of Zappacosta and Gino Vanelli in the mix. The title track 'Living For The Music' opens with a brief mellow intro, before bursting to life in pure AOR fashion in the vein of Sugarcreek. Probably the most AOR track is 'Not Giving Up', which again brings out reminders of Sugarcreek. Glorious stuff! Another ballad 'Friend To Me' is presented, this time a bit rockier with the obligatory big guitar solo through the middle. The closer 'Secrets' is a straight-forward rocker that doesn't offer a great deal of interest unfortunately.

In Summary
The album went nowhere at the time, though has commanded reasonable prices on Ebay ever since. Michael went on to teach music and also plays a variety of piano gigs in downtown St Louis. Some interesting and good songs onboard, and 'Living For The Music' is certainly worthy a place on this site nestled nicely in our 1991 reviews section.

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#1 | jeffduran on July 05 2008 04:38:56
Agree. Discovered this just last year in a bargain bin for 25 cents! Worth it!
#2 | DEMONAOR on July 05 2008 14:17:34
Pretty ok album
#3 | swazi on February 02 2012 13:10:19
Good disc and pretty rare. It took me a while to find it, but middle of last year I was finally successful . It cost me more than 25 cents, though. Sad
#4 | gdazegod on November 29 2014 19:25:44
Louis Michael - 1991 Baby Grand
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#5 | gdazegod on November 29 2014 19:27:30
Louis Michael - 1991 Not Giving Up
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