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Jack Wagner – Don’t Give Up Your Day Job [1987]


When actors become singers… usually close to disaster. However that was not the case with talented JACK WAGNER. Occurs that the good Jack not only has a smooth voice but he was able (and his manager) to surround him with the best of the best.

For his 3rd LP “Don’t Give Up Your Day Job” (1987), we have again the cream of the ‘L.A. boys’: Michael Landau, Dann Huff, Clif Magness, Robbie Buchanan, Glen Ballard, Nathan East… and the list never ends.

Although at the time of its release “Don’t Give Up Your Day Job” was marketed as ‘West Coast pop’, the album is a pretty uptempo collection of AOR songs.  Of course there’s a couple of suave, charming West Coast ballads, but this is a mid-’80s sounding record destined to radio. You can feel Glen Ballard’s touch (one of the producers) and his hand for poppy, commercial radio-friendly sounds.

“Don’t Give Up Your Day Job” is impeccably recorded and performed, and I like all the songs. Wagner co-penned half of the tracks, with outsider contributions from the likes of Diane Warren, Clif Magness, the mega-talented Billy Steinberg (on my favorite cut “Easy Way Out” also recorded by I-Ten) or Ballard itself.

For years, “Don’t Give Up Your Day Job” was really hard to find and rarer is the 2009 remaster which adds even more splendor to these meticulously recorded & produced songs.

Band Members
Jack Wagner – Vocals, Guitar
Michael Landau,Dann Huff,Nick Kirgo,Clif Magness,Tony Peluso,Paul Warren – Guitars
Nathan East,Joe Chemay,John Farrar,Abe Laboriel – Bass
Robbie Buchanan,Randy Kerber,John Farrar,Glen Ballard,John Hobbs,John Van Tongeren,Mike Egizi,Marcel East – Keyboards
Randy Kerber,John Farrar,Jim Lang,John Van Tongeren – Synths
Vinnie Colauita,Paul Leim,Tony Humecke,David Logeman,Jack Bruno – Drums
Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion
Siedah Garret – Guest Vocals(duet Track 4)
Joel Peskin – Saxophone
Joe Pizzulo,Gary Falcone,Roger Freeland,Maxine Waters,Julia & Oren Waters,Edie Lehman,Clif Magness,Glen Ballard,Joe Turano,John FarrarJohn Batdorf,Brie Howard,Paul Warren,Bryan McDonald,Robbie Buchanan – Backing Vocals

01. Weatherman Says
02. Island Fever
03. Love… Find It
04. It’s What We Don’t Say
05. Easy Way Out
06. Common Man
07. Lovers In The Night
08. Sneakin’ Suspicions
09. It’s Been A Long Time
10. Back Home Again

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