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Paradise Ballroom *

  • 1. Paradise Ballroom
    2. Human
    3. Everybody Needs Somebody
    4. All Is Fair in Love
    5. Down, Down, Down
    6. In the Light of Night
    7. Caroline
    8. Be My Eyes
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2143

  • Credits
    ProducerGraeme Edge; Adrian Gurvitz
    EngineerAnton Matthews; Paul Gurvitz; Ron Capone

    Personnel: Graeme Edge (drums); Paul Gurvitz (vocals); B.J. Cole (guitar, strings, horns); Bill Easley (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lawrie McMillan (flute, tenor saxophone); Emerson Able (baritone saxophone); Edgar Matthews, Ben Crawley (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ken Spain (trombone); Blue Weaver (organ, synthesizer); Tony Hymas (keyboards); Rebop Kwaku Baah (percussion).
    Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
    Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
    Recording information: Andent Studios, Memphis, TN (1977); Threshold Studios, London, England (1977).
    Having been pushed to the periphery on his sophomore solo album, KICK OFF YOUR MUDDY BOOTS, Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge wrestled back control for the follow-up, PARADISE BALLROOM. On BOOTS, singer/guitarist Adrian Gurvitz shared the limelight only with keyboardist Mickey Gallagher, leaving his own brother, bassist Paul, and his putative employer, Edge, to languish in the shadows. Now the tables were turned, as Edge insisting on co-writing all the tracks with Adrian (the drummer contributed only three on his debut), and promoted Paul to lead vocalist. This resulted is a much more coherent set, and a far funkier one, throwing the spotlight directly onto the rhythm section, bolstered by guesting Traffic percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah. Of course, Adrian's lead guitar still splays across the album, but so does a full horn section, as the set sashays around disco, reggae, Motown, funk, and soul, the upbeat songs counter-balanced by gorgeous, introspective numbers. The disco-fied adaptation of "Everybody Needs Somebody" is inspired, the breezy "In the Light of Night" a delight, and the funky title track a soul filled extravaganza. The Estoeric reissue adds the propulsive "Be My Eyes", the b-side of the band's 1977 single, to this stellar solo effort.

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he band display an economical, craftsmanlike pop sensibility easily the equal of peers such as Gallagher & Lyle."
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