Michael Sembello: Bossa Nova Hotel (1983)

This is a proper mixed bag of an album, touching on Westcoast AOR (Lay Back), Hi-Tech AOR (Automatic Man) and Hi-Energy (Maniac). To be fair the album is coherent and works well despite the mix of styles.

‘Lay Back’ has become something of a minor Westcoast classic in it’s own right, appearing in many mixes and on many compilations. You’ll know ‘Maniac’, of course.

This version includes some bonus tracks.

Cover

Producer: Phil Ramone

Musicians:
Drums: Carlos Vega, Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitars: Michael Sembello
Bass: Michael Sembello, Danny Sembello, Nathan Watts
Piano: Danny Sembello
Keyboards: Don Freeman, Danny Sembello, Michael Sembello
Synthesizers: Danny Sembello, Chris Page, Dennis Matkosky, George Duke
Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Herbig, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach
Background Vocals: Danny Sembello, John Sembello, Cruz Baca Sembello

Tracklist:
1. Automatic Man
2. First Time
3. Cowboy
4. It’s Over
5. Maniac
6. Godzilla
7. Talk
8. Cadillac
9. Lay Back
10. Superman
11. Automatic Man (maxi)
12. Maniac (extended)
13. Maniac (instrumental)
14. Summer Lovers (bonus)

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