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March 7, 2017

Gino Vannelli – Powerful People (1974) – Lp

by Record Facts

Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian singer-songwriter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Gino Vannelli
Title:  Powerful People
Year:  1974
Format:  LP
Label:  A&M Records
Catalog# AMLS 63630

Powerful People is the title of both the second studio album of Italian-Canadian singer Gino Vannelli, and the sixth track on this album. The album was released in 1974, and was produced by Gino, his brother Joe Vannelli and Herb Alpert as associated producer.
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.
The funky “People Gotta Move” was Vannelli’s first hit in the United States, when disco music was gaining popularity. The song reached #22 on Billboard Top 100. The album is characterized by Joe Vannelli’s first experiments with synthesizers. The last track, “Poor Happy Jimmy”, is a tribute to American singer Jim Croce, who died in an airplane accident a year earlier.

 

Side one
1.  People Gotta Move (3:21)
2.  Lady (3:43)
3.  Son of a New York Gun (3:23)
4.  Jack Miraculous (2:42)
5.  Jo Jo (3:40)

Side two
1.  Powerful People (6:12)
2.  Felicia (3:04)
3.  The Work Verse (2:54)
4.  Poor Happy Jimmy (3:49)

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