Sep 042005
 

From NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR
Written by David Foster & Peter Allen

Peter Allen returned in 1983 with a new label, Arista Records, and a new record entitled “Not The Boy Next Door.” The singer was quite popular in those days having won an Academy Award co-writing “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” and the success of his wonderful “Bi Coastal” album and its single, “Fly Away,” plus his unique, over-the-top live shows. “Not The Boy Next Door” followed the footsteps of “Bi Coastal” with a well-dosed mix of romantic ballads and pop/dance numbers. David Foster, who was the architect behind “Bi Coastal,” returns here to co-write and play for Allen while Richard Landis handled the production. Foster’s “Just Another Make-Out Song” opens the album. Allen gently sings about lost love on the classy, up-tempo arrangement with Foster’s keyboards leading the show on a sea of strings and horns. “Not The Boy Next Door” includes other bittersweet gems like “You And Me (We Had It All),” and “Once Before I Go,” co-written respectively with Carole Bayer Sager and Dean Pitchford. Allen offers two very emotional performances on both songs coupled with arrangements rich with huge orchestral crescendos and the intense keyboard playing of Foster and Russell Ferrante of Yellowjackets. The elegant title track, co-written with Pitchford, is one of the more relaxed moments of the record with its dance rhythms, high-tech arrangement, strong horns and prominent backing vocals. “You’ll Always Get Your Way,” co-written with Tom Keane, echoes the refined sounds of the Al Jarreau records of that era with rhythm guitars, horns breaks and time changes.
A couple of years later Allen released, “Captured Live At Carnegie Hall,” which included many songs from this album as well as a few gems from “Bi Coastal.” It is a precious documentary of Peter Allen’s energy and extraordinary talent.


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Lead Vocals: Peter Allen
Keyboards: David Foster
Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
Guitars: Charles Johnson
Drums: Vince Colaiuta
Percussion: Steve Forman & Victor Feldman
Background Vocals: Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman & Clydene Jackson
Arranged by Charles Calello
Produced by Richard Landis


Lyrics

I’d throw away all your pictures
Burn all your letters too
I can try to erase
Any trace that there ever was of you
But one thing ain’t right
Since you’ve been gone
I’ve still got one question
I hope that I’m wrong

Do you make love to him
To my music
Am I right there with you
Singin’ of love gone wrong
Am I the melody
There in the background
Tell me when did I turn into
Just another make-out song

It didn’t take you too long
To find somebody new
I just turned around
And I found he had hold of you
But I can’t take back
All the things we had then
But please don’t share my feelings
With your brand new friend

Do you make love to him
To my music
Am I right there with you
Singin’ of love gone wrong
Am I the melody
There in the background
Tell me when did I turn into
Just another make-out song