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Patrick Simmons – Arcade [1983]


Guitarist and vocalist PATRICK SIMMONS has been The Doobie Brothers’ only consistent member throughout their career. In 1983 Pat released his first solo album “Arcade”, sonically pretty away from his main band, much more commercial with the typical eighties rhythms.

Co-produced by John Ryan (Styx) and Ted Templeman (Michael McDonald, Van Halen), “Arcade” counted with invaluable contribution of the great Chris Thompson co-writing four tracks and doing more than back-up vocals. With top session musicians such as Mike Baird, Leland Sklar or John Elefante (just check personnel), “Arcade” includes lovable radio friendly tunes like the uptempo poppy AOR “Out On The Streets” and “Don’t Make Me Do It”. Although the top-ten first single “So Wrong” is definitely pop (and a good one) and also had an extended dance version, this is the only track in this style on the album.

The beautiful Doobie Brothers influenced “Why You Givin’ Up” is the first song in the tracklist leaning into Westcoast territory, as later the soft “Have You Seen Her” is in a true Michael McDonald style with good orchestrations, while “Sue Sad” has that classic L.A. Westcoast flavor. The uptempo AOR “Knocking At Your Door” (penned by Andy Fraser) reminds us that Simmons can rock good, and the melodic “Dream About Me” sports a memorable refrain and melody.

I always loved the true ’80s “Arcade” sound and style, and this remastered CD reissue really hits home. Funnily enough, this CD reissue by a US label came to avoid the expensive Japanese-only digital version of this album, but it was pressed in limited quantities and now fetches around $150 on auction sites. Pure eighies sound. Guaranteed.

Band Members
Patrick Simmons – Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars
Chris Thompson – Lead & Backing Vocals
Michael McDonald – Keyboards, Synths, Backing Vocals
John McFee, Jeff Baxter – Lead Guitar
Alan Pasqua – Keyboards
Patrick Henderson – Organ
Jude Cole – Guitars
Leland “Lee” Sklar, Dennis Belfield – Bass
Bill Payne – Fender Rhodes
David Campbell – Strings Arrangements
Victor Feldman – Percussion
Mike Baird, Rick Shlosser – Drums
John Elefante, David Pack, Jeff Wilson – Backing vocals

01. Out On The Streets
02. So Wrong
03. Don’t Make Me Do It
04. Why You Givin’ Up
05. Too Long
06. Knocking At Your Door
07. If You Want A Little Love
08. Have You Seen Her?
09. Sue Sad
10. Dream About Me

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