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Gino Vannelli - Powerful People [Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-041] (1974)

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Artist:

Gino Vannelli

Title:

Powerful People

Released: 1974
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Catalog: MFSL 1-041
Pressing: Victor Company Of Japan, Ltd.
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop


T R A C K L I S T:
01 People Gotta Move
02 Lady
03 Son Of A New York Gun
04 Jack Miraculous
05 Jo Jo
06 Powerful People
07 Felicia
08 The Work Verse
09 Poor Happy Jimmy (Tribute To Jim Croce)
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Album Review

Mark Allan [allmusic.com]

The music and singing are pleasant enough on this Montrealer's second outing. He avoids embarrassments like ''Mama Coco'' from the following year's Storm at Sunup, but lyrics are not his strong point. This release includes two of his stronger tunes in ''People Gotta Move'' and the title track. His heart is in the right place, as in a tribute to Jim Croce. Still, Vannelli should have left social commentary to others, or joined forces with a better lyricist.


Gino Vannelli - Brother To Brother [A&M Records SP-4722] (1978)

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Artist:

Gino Vannelli

Title:

Brother To Brother

Released: 1978
Country: US
Label: A&M Records
Catalog: SP-4722
Genre: Rock / Funk/Soul


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Appaloosa
02 The River Must Flow
03 I Just Wanna Stop
04 Love & Emotion
05 Feel Like Flying
06 Brother To Brother
07 Wheels Of Life
08 The Evil Eye
09 People I Belong To
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Jason Elias [allmusic.com]

By this point, Vannelli has pared away the often-bizarre edges of his sound and became more mainstream. That's not a bad thing. This album's predecessor, A Pauper in Paradise, seemed to blow up his pretensions to skyscraper size with only the melodic and gorgeous ''The Surest Things Can Change'' coming out unscathed. The good news is that Brother to Brother seems to pick up from that point. The big hit here, the sexy and confident ''I Just Want to Stop,'' gets a great vocal from Vannelli and the backing vocalists. Throughout, this one gets the sense that Vannelli finally got what made him special vocally and lyrically. ''Love and Emotion'' and ''Feel Like Flying'' have a maturity that he couldn't have pulled off two albums before. That is also true of the pensive ''Wheels of Life,'' a song that's so melodically rich and thought-provoking, it's surprising that Peabo Bryson didn't cover it on one of his albums. Gino Vannelli's often more personal than more artists, and the final track proves it. The sleek and well-arranged ''People I Belong To'' has Vannelli examining the lives of his parents and brothers in a way that can't help but be affecting. After a few years of successful albums for A&M, Brother to Brother coalesced the sound and is recommended to fans of pop and R&B.

Gino Vannelli's Biography

John Bush [allmusic.com]

During the late '70s and early '80s -- just before the rise of MTV, a period when album rock and soft rock experienced significant crossover -- Gino Vannelli racked up a number of adult contemporary hits. ''I Just Wanna Stop'' and ''Living Inside Myself'' both reached the Top Ten and their sleek, shimmering productions cemented the notion that Vannelli was a crooner, particularly since they remained adult contemporary staples through the decades, but they were preceded by a series of ambitious albums where he blended mainstream pop and progressive-leaning rock. These albums were hits in his native Canada, and he continued to chart in his home country after the hits dried up in the United States, but he never lost a following in either country. In 1998, 20 years after ''I Just Wanna Stop'' became a smash, he transitioned to singing jazz-inflected pop. This blend, combined with nods to his soft rock past, kept him active into the 21st century.

Vannelli learned to play the drums early in life and studied music theory at McGill University. He formed an R&B band with two brothers, but began recording solo material in 1970 for RCA. He became popular four years later when A&M released his hit single ''People Gotta Move,'' from the Powerful People album (later retitled People Gotta Move). Many albums followed, including Storm at Sunup (1975), Gist of the Gemini (1976), A Pauper in Paradise (1977), Brother to Brother (1978), Nightwalker (1981), Black Cars (1985), Big Dreamers Never Sleep (1987), Inconsolable Man (1990), and Live in Montreal (1992).

After a lengthy absence from the recording studio, Vannelli returned in 1995 with Yonder Tree; Slow Love followed three years later. After yet another lengthy absence from the studio, Gino recorded the ambitious Canto in 2003 and 2006's These Are the Days, which featured remastered recordings of some of his best-known work alongside seven new compositions. A Good Thing, featuring a CD and accompanying book of poetry, was issued in early 2009, followed by another CD/book package, Stardust in the Sand, later that same year. After a decade-long hiatus, Vannelli returned in 2019 with Wilderness Road.
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