"ABSOLUTELY"

Released 1977

Epic Records EPC 82151 (UK) - cover pictured above on left
Epic Records PE 34812 (US) - cover pictured above on right

Produced and Engineered by Jeff Glixman

           
SIDE A SIDE B
FOOL IN LOVE (Bogert/Patto) CAN'T STAND WHAT YOU DO (Bogert/Stainton/Patto/Fisher/Tuduri)
RED LIGHT FLYER (Patto) AS GOD'S MY JUDGE (Stainton/Patto)
BIG LUCY (Bogert/Stainton/Patto) RICH MAN'S DAUGHTER (Patto)
NO REPLY (Stainton/Patto) EVERYBODY'S A STAR (SO WHAT'S IN A NAME) (Stainton/Patto)
HAND ON YOUR HEART (Bogert/Stainton/Patto/Fisher/Tuduri)
     
 

   
From left to right:
Chris Stainton - Keyboards
Tim Bogert - Bass & harmony vocals
Adrian Fisher - Guitar
Mike Patto - Lead vocals and piano
Eddie Tuduri - drums


       
Recorded at Sound City, L.A.
Assistant Engineer: Tori Swenson
Mixed at Village Recorders, L.A.
Assistant Engineer: Terry Diane Becker
Mastered at Sterling Sound, N.Y. 
by George Marino
Design and Photography: 
Herbert Worthington
Logo: Jack Upston
         

"Red Light Flyer" and "Rich Man's Daughter" published by Front Line Music, Inc.;  "No Reply", "As God's My Judge", and "Everybody's A Star..." published by Geltho Music Co, Ltd../Front Line Music, Inc.;  "Fool In Love" published by Bogert, Inc./Front Line Music, Inc.;  "Big Lucy" published by Bogert, Inc./Geltho Music Co., Ltd./Front Line Music, Inc.;  "Can't Stand What You Do" and "Hand On Your Heart" published by Bogert, Inc./Geltho Music Co., Ltd./Front Line Music, Inc./Copyright Control/Pitt Bull Music, Inc. -- (all ASCAP).

                 

"Absolutely" was Boxer's and Mike Patto's final album.  Mike was the only member of the original lineup on the album.  Chris Stainton, who contributed on the "Bloodletting" from 1976, played most of the keyboards.  Tim Bogert's (Cactus, Beck Bogert & Appice et al.) creative bass playing is prominent throughout the album.  Adrian Fisher had the challenge of filling Ollie's shoes on guitar.  Adrian and Eddie were probably session players primarily.  Adrian played on a Sparks album that was produced by Muff Winwood, the producer of the Patto albums.

Of course, with the completely new band lineup, the "Absolutely" album is very different from the first two Boxer albums.  It moves away from the rawer, straight-ahead rock approach with a slicker production and more finessed instrumentation.  Mike's vocals are still in fine form -- he sounds great throughout the album.  While Adrian and Eddie are solid musically throughout the album, Tim Bogert's bass and Chris Stainton's keyboards perhaps dominate the musical side of things.  Tim Bogert's bass playing is particularly impressive, but it seems a bit too busy on some of the more simple tunes -- maybe too much of a good thing?

Mike collaborated with all the band members to write the album's material.  "Big Lucy", "Red Light Flyer", the Randy Newman-esque "Everybody's A Star...", and "No Reply" (despite the terribly out-of-place musical extravaganza after the first verses) are among the better cuts on the album..  Mike delivers a great vocal on "As God's My Judge".  "Rich Man's Daughter" is a remake of the version recorded by the original Boxer lineup for the 1976 "Bloodletting" album, which was not  released until two years later in 1979.

"Everybody's A Star..." was released as a single in the UK with "Can't Stand What You Do" as the flip side (Cat. # Epic EPC 5540).  A promotional single with a picture sleeve was also issued and contained the "No Reply" track (Cat. # Epic SHOTS 1).

Eddie Tuduri's book, "Sideman", includes a section about his days with Boxer.  Click here to read it!

Record Reviews:
Trouser Press, November 1977
Review by Ira Robbins
Melody Maker 7-16-77 Review by Allan Jones

Sadly, this final release to feature Mike's vocals failed to get much attention.  "Absolutely" has not been reissued on compact disc.

Click here for additional information on Sparks and Adrian Fisher at Xavier Lorente-Darracq's web site.
       

Records labels from the stock and promo US pressings.

The US promotional LP has a gold "For Promotion Only" stamp on the back cover and a Suggested Cuts sticker on the front cover.

       
EPIC's "Heat on the Streets" promo single with custom sleeve to promote Boxer, Crawler, and Moon (Cat. # Epic  HOTS 1).  "No Reply" on the A-side.  The B-side consists of tracks by Crawler and Moon.  Sleeve is stamped "5 JUL 1977," so "No Reply" was the first track pulled for a single, albeit a promo-only one.  
     

"Everybody's A Star..." c/w "Can't Stand What You Do" promo UK single (Cat. # Epic EPC 5540).  Release date of August 12, 1977.
      

   
German picture sleeve for "Everybody's A Star..." c/w "Can't Stand What You Do" single.

      
Full page-ad for the album and tour from Melody Maker,  July 16, 1977.

   

  

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