Alan Gorrie – Sleepless Nights [1985]

Alan Gorrie

Scottish born bassist, guitarist, keyboardist and singer Alan Gorrie, founding member of the classic ‘Average White Band’, released his one and only solo album in 1985.

Co-written and produced by Jay Gruska, the album mixes classic Westcoast AOR elements with the typical ’80s Hi-Tech synthetic sounds. Gruska is a reference in the Westcoast world because he was the leader of Maxus and worked with Joseph Williams, Chicago, Marilyn Martin, etc.

‘Electric Between Us” sounds a lot like Kenny Loggins mid-eighties stuff. ‘Diary Of Fools’ is a beautiful ballad in the Maxus style, while ‘That Kinda Girl’ wouldn’t be out of place in any Michael McDonald’s album. ‘I Can Take It’ goes very hi-tech, the title track is a sensual ballad that reminds me Ned Doheny, and ‘The Age Of Steam’ is a classic and really good ’80s piece. The ‘Who’s Who’ top notch players-session man are present here: Michael Landau, Dan Huff, Nathan East, Joseph Williams…

Overall it’s a good Westcoast/AOR album with Hi-tech elements àla Tim Feehan released first time in cd in 2006 through River Records in limited copies.

Band Members
Alan Gorrie -Vocals, bass, backing vocals, Additional keyboards, Linn drum
Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Michael Mugrage – Guitar
Larry Williams – Keyboards, bass keyboard, Saxes, Synth bass
Jay Gruska – Keyboards, backing vocals, Additional keyboards, Synths
Gary Chang Fairlight – Sampling & Programming
Paulinho Dacosta – Percussion
Alex Ligertwood, Michelle Gruska, Joseph Williams, Joe Pizzulo – Backing vocals
Nathan East – Bass
Randy Kerber – Acoustic piano & Synth, keyboards
Michael Boddicker – Additional Synths
Jai Winding – Acoustic piano
Ernie Watts, Jerry Hey – Saxophone
Gary Grant – Trumpets
Jeff Bova – Rhodes Croma keyboards & bass
Steve Tavaglioni – Steiner Solo
Dennis Herring g- Guitar & Linn drum Programming
David P. Bryant – Synths, Synth bass, backing vocals
John Robinson – Drums

Tracks
01. Up
02. Electric Between Us
03. Diary of a Fool
04. That Kinda Girl
05. I Can Take It
06. The Girl Upstairs
07. Sleepless Nights
08. The Age of Steam
09. In the Jungle

 

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