B.J. Thomas – Midnight Minute [1989]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: Germany          STYLE: AOR

RATING: 85/100

BAND MEMBERS

Billy Joe “B. J.” Thomas – Vocals, Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Dean Parks – Guitars, Joe Chemay – Bass, Pat Coil, Randy Kerber – Keyboards, Paul Leim – Drums, Joel Peskin – Saxophone, Joe Chemay, Tony Sciuto, Julia Tillman Waters, Carmen Twillie, Luther Waters, Oren Waters, Maxine Willard Waters & Terry Williams – Backing vocals

TRACKS

01.Half a heart, 02.Don’t leave love (out there all gone), 03.Midnight minute, 04.Second chances, 05.One last one more time, 06.Someone like you, 07.Young hearts, 08.If it takes all night, 09.One woman, 10.As long as we got each other (Duet with Dusty Springfield)

PROFILE

B.J. Thomas has performed during four decades, sold more than 70 million records, won 5 Grammy Awards and scored 15 Top40 Pop/Rock Hits.
But all this success was achieved in the country/pop genre.
At the middle of the eighties, AOR rule the charts, and he was seduced by TV soundtracks guru STEVE DORFF to record the main theme for the soap opera ‘Growing Pains’.
The single (a duet with Jennifer Warnes) was a hit, and B.J. understood
that was the direction to take.

“Midnight Minute” is the only Adult Contemporary / WestCoast / AOR album recorded by Thomas. And what a good one.
Glorious mid-tempo tunes, heartful ballads and a couple uptempo songs like ‘If It Takes All Night’ (written by STAN MEISSNER), the absolute winner here, TOP AOR.

Thomas’ voice is deep and distinctive, remembering BENNY MARDONES at some point.
Needless to say that production is top notch, and the guitars of masters HUFF / LANDAU a pure pleasure.
Also included here is the re-recorded version of ‘As Long As We Got Each Other’ with Dusty Springfield, used for “Growing Pains” fourth season.
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