Robert Byrne: Blame It On The Night (1979)

One of the most popular posts on this site was the Byrne & Barnes classic “An Eye For An Eye”. So, here is Robert Byrne’s equally delightful platter “Blame It On The Night”, his only solo effort and which came before that collaboration. This album features the singing efforts of Mac McAnally and Lenny LeBlanc, but more importantly a bunch of fantastic tracks, all of which are winners. All killer, no filler.

He went on to produce the likes of The Pointer Sisters and Patti Austen, but sadly he was found dead at his Nashville, Tennessee house on June 27, 2005, having died of unknown causes.

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Producers: Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford

Musicians:
Drums: Roger Clark
Keyboards: Clayton Ivey
Bass: Bob Wray
Guitars: Robert Byrne, Mac McAnally, Larry Byron, Bill Hines, Dennis Clifton, Tippy Armstrong
Percussion: Tom Roady
Synthesizer: Clayton Ivey, Robert Byrne
Woodwinds: Jim Horn
Background Vocals: Mac McAnally, Lenny LeBlanc, Eddie Struzick, Marie Tomlinson

Tracklist:
1. Baby Fat
2. Blame It On The Night
3. That Didn’t Hurt Too Bad
4. Pretend He’s Me
5. I Did It All For Love
6. No Love In The Morning
7. Tell Me It’s Over One More Time
8. Southern Gun
9. You And Me
10. She Put The Sad In All His Songs

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Rick Bowles: Free For The Evening (1982)

Of Rick Bowles’ two albums, this is my favourite. The other one (No Man’s Land [1984]) is good, but this pips it. I often find that with debut albums. Maybe it’s because the artist has more time to write the songs for a debut? Who knows.

Apart from the great songs, another plus is that Robert Byrne and Brandon Barnes also perform on the album, having released their own album the year before. Nonetheless, this is a nice album. give it a try.

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Producer: Ted Daryll

Musicians:
Drums: Andy Newmark, Brandon Barnes, Bob Ryley
Bass: Tom Wolk
Guitars: Robert Byrne, Tom Wolk, Nicky Moroch, Rick Bowles
Piano: Richard Putman
Percussion, Pancho Ramon, Ray Bardani
Synthesizer: Ted Daryll
Background Vocals: Robert Byrne, Brandon Barnes, Kim Carlson

Tracklist:

  1. Too Good To Turn Back Now
  2. (Tonight I’ll Be Your) Fool Again
  3. Your Loss
  4. Eagle And The North Wind
  5. So Far So Good
  6. Listen To Last
  7. Right
  8. Dragon Suite

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Byrne & Barnes: An Eye For An Eye (1981)

Everyone knows this one, so it requires no introduction from me, but I’ve loaded it here for my man Lakis Bar Bar. Apparently, when Ed Motta found a copy of this on vinyl in Japan, he nearly cried. That’s how important it is. This is the later, reissued version.

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Musicians:
Robert Bryne: lead vocals, backing vocals, guitars
John Willis: guitars
Jerry Wallace: guitars
Brandon Barnes: synthesizer, bass, backing vocals, drums
Randy McCormick: synthesizer
Lenny LeBlanc: bass
Roger Clark: drums
Milton Sledge: drums
Mickey Buckins: percussion
Jim Horn: sax
Buddy Barnes: trumpet
Herthey Reeves: backing vocals
Clayton Ivey: piano and organ

Tracklist:
1. An Eye For An Eye
2. Standby Lover
3. Crack The Whip
4. Keep On Running
5. One More Try For Love
6. Never Gonna Stop Lovin’ You
7. Love You Out Of Your Mind
8. I’ll Try A Little Everyday For You
9. Making Love For The First Time
10. Be My Baby
11. Right Through The Heart
12. That’s The Way She Goes
13. Who’s That Look In Your Eye

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