Money, Eddie - 1983 Where's The Party


ARTIST: Money, Eddie
ALBUM: Wheres The Party
SERIAL: FC 38862
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Eddie Money - vocals, saxophone, piano * John Nelson, Steve Farris, Frank Linx, Jimmy Lyon - guitars * Ralph Carter - bass, guitar * Michael Botts, Gary Ferguson, Gary Mallaber, Art Wood - drums * Randy Nichols - Hammond B3, synthesizers * Duane Hitchings, Mitchell Froom, Alan Pasqua - synthesizers * Frank Linx, Paulinho Da Costa - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Maybe Tomorrow * 02 Bad Girls * 03 Club Michelle * 04 Back On The Road * 05 Don't Let Go * 06 The Big Crash * 07 Where's The Party * 08 Leave It To Me * 09 Backtrack (Money)


It's hard to believe Eddie Money has not made it to Glory Daze! (well actually, we've written a few more since this one.. Ed)

Money never made a bad album since his 1977 debut, they are all deserving of review, but 'Where's The Party' is the quintessential melodic rock choice of his career.

The crazy thing is it has always been passed off as a failure or retread of 'No Control'. I disagree, even if it sounds a lot like his 1981 hit in some spots, it includes material any melodic rock/AOR fan will lap up.

The Songs

Thanks to Tom Dowd and Andy Johns' sparkling production, Party is never dull in sounding. The drums are crisp and Alan Pasqua's synth work doesn't hurt either.

In fact Pasqua appears in the lead off track 'Maybe Tomorrow' which harkens back to Money's 'Life For The Taking' sound of the late 70's.

'Bad Girls' is a full boar banger, but unfortunately the weak hook makes it peter out along the way.

Then comes the minor hit 'The Big Crash'. A catchy, mid tempo rocker, Duane Hitchings synths on this makes for an AOR essential.

The other hit here is the chugging, flat sounding title track. This always rears its ugly head on Money Best Of's and is the one song people may know here. It's not bad, but tries too hard to be anthemic and comes off forced.

'Club Michelle' is an AOR classic and one of Eddie's finest moments.

'Don't Let Go' is a tender ballad and criminally overlooked. Money claims he only performed this once on the 'Where's The Party' tour eventually was taken out of his live set for good.

Also great is the slightly heavier, barroom boogie of 'Leave it to Me' which could of been a left over from his 'Playing For Keeps' release.

The only negative here is the closer 'Backtrack'. Perhaps Money's 'Party' ways clouded his judgment in choice to round out what is by definition his most overlooked effort.

In Summary

The album became his lowest charting album to date at No.67. A comeback for Money came in the form of 1986's 'Can't Hold Back' which featured the single 'Take Me Home Tonight', co-sung with Ronnie Spector, which reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. That album eventually went platinum.

His 1988 album 'Nothing to Lose' and 1991's 'Right Here' were more polished AOR platters and featured outside songwriters like Dianne Warren.

It's possible all the criticism of 'Where's The Party' and sales stemmed from Money's debilitating substance abuse problems at the time. He is an AOR genius who could rock and 'Party' with the best of them. And with this he did just that.

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