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Money, Eddie - 1982 No Control

ARTIST: Eddie Money
ALBUM: No Control
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: FC 37960
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Eddie Money - lead and backing vocals, arrangements * Jimmy Lyon, Marty Walsh - acoustic and electric guitars * Chuck Kirkpatrick - guitars, backing vocals * Ralph Carter - acoustic guitar, bass, backing vocals * Alan Pasqua - piano, electric piano, clavinet * Randy Nichols - synthesizer, organ, piano, backing vocals * Ed Calle - sax * Art Wood, Gary Ferguson, Gary Malaber, Joe Caldo, Tony Brock - drums * Lynn Carter - backing vocals * Tom Dowd - production, arrangements

TRACK LISTING: 01 Shakin' * 02 Runnin' Away * 03 Think I'm In Love * 04 Hard Life * 05 No Control * 06 Take A Little Bit * 07 Keep My Motor Runnin' * 08 My Friends, My Friends * 09 Drivin' Me Crazy * 10 Passing By The Graveyard (Song For John B.) * 11 It Could Happen To You

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I just finished writing an article on Eddie's previous album to this: 1980's 'Playing For Keeps'. By this stage, things are getting serious, with 1982 being a clutch year for some of the greatest albums ever released in the AOR sub-genre. When it comes to overlooked albums from 1982, I'll go out on a limb and say 'No Control' was definitely pigeon-holed in that category, considering all the other great releases back then. I do remember buying the LP, and the subsequent CD when it was issued, so I knew I was onto the case, but what about others?

The Songs
Compared to Eddie's previous albums, I found this one to be well centered in the radio friendly/AOR zone, though it does have its up's and downs. The big hit from the LP was 'I Think I'm Love', with the strange vampire themed video which followed. Apparently it was quite a popular vid on MTV at the time. But wind things back to the start, and 'Shakin' is surely a doppelganger of Billy Satellite? To think this came two years before the Satellite crew landed, I am astounded. 'Runnin' Away' is another perfect AOR affair, with pumping bass, in some ways I am reminded of The Outfield. This style continues on the jangly 'Hard Life', full to the brim with sweet guitar melodies. 'Take A Little Bit' is propelled by a sustained keyboard attack that just exudes 1982 from the pores. 'Keep My Motor Runnin' displays a tougher stance, so too the energetic 'Drivin' Me Crazy' with chugging guitars and a sassy delivery. A couple of blue-eyed R&B/soul tracks in 'Passing By The Graveyard (Song For John B.) and 'It Could Happen To You' (a co-write with Frankie Bleu round things up.

In Summary
The album takes the identity of jekyll and hyde. The first half is very good, the second half falls away somewhat, the quality of the songwriting not quite to a consistent level throughout. The two singles from the album: 'Think I'm In Love' and 'Shakin' both did ok on the charts (16 and 63) while doing better on the Billboard Rock Charts (1 and 9). Both featured as videos as shown below. Money continued rocking through the 80's with three more albums appearing.

Eddie Money - 1982 Shakin' (featuring Apollonia)

Eddie Money - 1982 Think I'm Love

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#1 | jeffrey343 on April 12 2018 14:54:29
I'd largely forgotten about this one, aside from the radio hits that get played frequently on a couple of SiriusXM stations. 'Take A Little Bit' is the non-single that I really enjoyed back in the day. But after playing this last night, the whole album is quite good, and is my favorite of his catalog.

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