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Leo, Josh - 1983 Rockin' On 6th
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gdazegod
on July 14 2017, In 1983 Articles , 3 Comments , 116 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Leo, Josh
ALBUM: Rockin' On 6th
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 23913-1
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Josh Leo - lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars * Craig Hull, Andrew Kasner - guitars * Bryan Garofalo, Scott Chambers, Veylor Hilderbrandt - bass * Steve Goldstein - keyboards, synthesizer, piano * Vince Melamed - synthesizer * Peter Wood - keyboards * John Paruolo, Hawk Wolinski - organ * Max Gronenthal - piano, backing vocals * Craig Krampf, Claude Pepper - drums * John Robinson - timbale, drums * M. L. Benoit - conga, percussion * Sam Clayton - conga * Robert Greenidge - steel drums * Heart Attack Horns - horns * Freebo - tuba * J.D. Souther, Timothy B. Schmit, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Clayton, Bryan Garofalo, Brock Walsh, Dave Ellingson, Greg Prestopino, Harry Stinson, Wendy Waldman - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Workin' Class * 02 She Don't Need Nobody * 03 Do It All For You * 04 Two Car Garage * 05 Let It Ride * 06 Rockin' On 6th * 07 What It Is * 08 If You Don't Want My Love * 09 Rise Up World

WEBLINKS: Josh Leo's Wikipedia Page


Background
These days, he's well known in the Nashville A&R scene, but back in the 70's and 80's, he was singing for his supper like many others. He is Josh Leo, signed to Warner Bros, with a sole LP release in 1983 called 'Rockin' On 6th'. Before that though, he was a member of Chicago based Eddie Boy Band, with a 1975 LP for MCA to their credit. During the late 70's, Josh was playing guitar for the likes of J.D Souther, Kim Carnes and Jimmy Buffett. A 1983 co-write with Laurel Canyon alumni Wendy Waldman called 'Baby What About You' became a hit single for country star Crystal Gayle. It was during 1983 that Josh's songwriting career kicked off, further venturing into production and artist management in later years.


The Songs
So what about 'Rockin' On 6th'? Great album title by the way, and a stellar line-up of guests many of whom are mentioned throughout the numerous articles of history here at GDM. Things get off to a rousing start with 'Workin' Class', and it's followed up by the Michael Stanley Band styled 'She Don't Need Nobody', raising a few eyebrows. 'Do It All For You' is the first ballad. The session for this song is light on contributors, but the synth work of Vince Melamed is what holds it together. 'Two Car Garage' is another MSB soundalike, mid-west rock n roll to a tee. 'Let It Ride' is a groovy tune, with a some big sounding female backing vocals from Bonnie Raitt and Merry Clayton. The title track is a tough urban rocker, as you can expect from the backstreets, while 'What It Is' is an R&B flavoured workout, typical of the era, complete with horns, organ and rollicking piano. 'If You Don't Want My Love' sounds eerily like the Doobie Brothers 'Dark Eyed Cajun Woman', though a bit heavier. The finale 'Rise Up World' eases up for the finish, a tender acoustic ballad with some nice vocal work.


In Summary
Though this would be the only solo album for Josh Leo, he moved more into songwriting and production, working with a slew of artists ranging from LeeAnn Rimes through to Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Refer his Wikipedia page (link above) for more.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 15 2017 14:13:40
Josh also wrote Restless Heart's hit single 'Tell Me What You Dream'.
#2 | Eric on July 17 2017 03:05:14
Nice find G. God, I used to see this album in cut-out bins constantly but never put 2 and 2 together and thought the cover looked too like a Springsteen, Iron City Houserockers type thing which isn't exactly a sound I gravitate to. I'm old enough to remember the Eddie Boy Band. I'll have to check this out..
#3 | gdazegod on July 17 2017 06:19:10
Cool backgrounder video with Josh.

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