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Attitudes - :Attitudes

Attitudes - :Attitudes

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Ugly generic 1970s cover art; well known journeymen/sessions players (keyboardist David Foster, guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist Paul Stallworth) ... Didn't sound very promising. Yeah. here's one I bought for the label - namely George Harrison's short-lived A&M-affiliated Dark Horse imprint.

At least on paper the line up was pretty impressive with all four members (particularly Keltner and Kortchmar), having played with and provided support to scores and scores of bands. The four had crossed paths while supporting Harrison while recording 1975's "Extra Texture" and with support from Harrison, decided to try a collaboration. Co-produced by Lee Kiefer and the band, 1975's cleverly-titled "Attitudes" underscored the reason why so many corporate super groups floundered ... There was certainly plenty of talent here. Unfortunately relatively little of it was showcased with all four members finding themselves put into positions that ignored their artistic strengths while spotlighting their limitations - how else to explain Danny Kortchmar and Paul Stallworth being given lead vocal assignments. Seemingly aware of the band's vocal limitations, producer Kiefer smothered much of the album in a sea of female backing vocals. It didn't really help and in some cases only served to underscore how bad the lead vocals were. Similarly the quartet seemingly couldn't fabricate a unique sound, leaving much of the performances to stumble around from one throwaway genre to another ... that left listeners subjected to uninspired slices of AOR, disco, jazz-rock fusion, pop, and even new age flatulence.

- 'Ain't Love Enough' was a throwaway, disco-tinged slice of puffery. Built around a dull melody that was smothered in shrill female backing vocals, the song was made even worse by Paul Stallworth's hideous lead vocal. Thoroughly anonymous and forgettable, for some weird reason Dark Horse management saw fit to tap it as the leadoff single. Yech !!! rating: * star
- 'Street Scene' at least boasted a nice Kortchmar guitar riff. Unfortunately, the rest of the song was pretty forgettable offering up a strange blend of AOR and funk and served to make it clear why Kortchmar was known as a guitarist rather than a vocalist. rating: * star
- The group penned instrumental 'A Moment' was exactly that - literally a minute of keyboard dominated new age slush. (Okay, okay - technically it clocked in at 59 seconds.) rating: * star
- The lone non-original number, 'You And I Are So In Love' was a bland keyboard and cheesy synthesizer propelled ballad. Once again Stallworth's unsteady lead vocals managed to suck out what little energy the song had (there really wasn't much too start with). rating: * star
- Another group composition, the instrumental 'Squank' found the band taking a stab at Jeff Beck-styled jazz-rock fusion. This time out the spotlight was clearly on Kortchmar's guitar. Shame he wasted the opportunity. rating: ** stars
- Wow, you'd be hard to find a song with a more '70s feel than the Stallworth-penned ballad 'Lend A Hand'. Very adult contemporary and very bland. rating: ** stars
- With a modest reggae flavor, 'Chump Change Romeo' was actually one of the better tracks. Yeah, it sounded more than a little like Lowell George and Little Feat but maybe that's why I liked it. rating: *** stars
- In spite of the title, 'First Ballad' found the band diving back into instrumental jazz-rock fusion territory. It was about as interesting as the earlier '' which is to say it wasn't ... rating: ** stars
- Yeah, most folks probably recognize the song from James Taylor's hit cover, probably not realizing that Kortchmar wrote it. The fact of the mater is that Taylor's playful cover is a thousand times better than this ragged version. That said, Kortchmar's ragged performance was probably the best song on this album explaining why it was tapped as the second single. rating: *** stars
- The album's best pop number, 'In The Flow Of Love' at least boasted a memorable melody, Stallworth's best vocals, and Kortchmar's best guitar solo. rating: *** stars

As mentioned, the album was tapped for a pair of quickly forgotten singles:

- 1975's 'Ain't Love Enough' b/w 'The Whole World's Crazy' (Dark Horse catalog number DH10004)
- 1975's 'Honey Don't Leave L.A.' b/w 'Lend a Hand' (Dark Horse catalog number DH10008)

Probably the dullest LP I heard all year long ...

"Attitudes" track listing:
(side 1)
1.) Ain't Love Enough (David Foster - Brenda Gordon Russell - Brian Russell) - 3:14
2.) Street Scene (Danny Kortchmar) - 3:29
3.) A Moment (instrumental) (David Foster - Jim Keltner - Danny Kortchmar - Paul Stallworth) - 0:59
4.) You And I Are So In Love (B.J. Cookie - E. Mercury) - 3:59
5.) Squank (insrumental) (David Foster - Jim Keltner - Danny Kortchmar -Paul Stallworth) - 4:23

(side 2)
1.) Lend A Hand (Paul Stallworth) - 3:02
2.) Chump Change Romeo (Danny Kortchmar) - 2:28
3.) First Ballad (instrumental) (David Foster - Jim Keltner - Danny Kortchmar - Paul Stallworth) - 4:00
4.) Honey Don't Leave L.A. (Danny Kortchmar) - 3:43
5.) In The Flow Of Love (Gilbert Bottiglier - Chuck Higgins Jr. - Paul Stallworth) - 4:10
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