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Billy Katt – Secret Smiles [1982]

Billy Katt - Secret Smiles 400Country USA          

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members William ‘Billy’ Katt – Vocals, Bobby Donati,John Goux,Billy Katt,John McFee,Steve Trovato – Guitars, Sandy Berman – Keyboards, Mark B. Murphy – Bass, Chet McCracken,David Platshon – Drums, Tony Papa – Percussion, Mike Linn – Strings,Horns, Mark B. Murphy,Sandy Berman,Rosemary Butler,Billy Katt,Billy Kirkland – Background Vocals

Tracks 01. Sleeping Beauty, 02. A Girl Like You, 03. Secret Smiles, 04. China, 05. One Night, 06. Nobody’s Fool, 07. Winter Love, 08. Wrote A Letter, 09. By The Sea

Profile Eighties nostalgics should remember William Katt. This prolific Hollywood actor always be remembered for his main role on ‘The Greatest American Hero’ TV series during 1981-86. But he has been part of major movies such as the classic ‘Carrie’ or the comedy / horror ‘House (1986)’ flick as well. Due the success of ‘Greatest American Hero’ first season, his management decided to exploit William’s vocal studies and inked a deal with MCA for a LP. Released under the moniker ‘Billy Katt’, “Secret Smiles” failed to chart and quickly went out of print. 

The truth is that William at the mic isn’t bad at all. In fact many songs here are really well performed and production is fine. Style-wise this LP is basically radio rock & pop oriented with the typical early ’80s sound. The vinyl is a collector’s piece among Westcoast fans, as some slow tunes here go in that direction. “China” is the ‘action-movie’ uptempo AOR track on the album, and a quite good one, in the Frank Stallone’s ‘Far From Over’ vein. Nice cheesy ’80s stuff and very hard to be found….

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