1982 Alessi – Long Time Friends

The Alessi Brothers are an American pop rock singer-songwriter duo, best known for their 1984 hit “Savin’ the Day” and also their 1977 hit “Oh Lori”. The duo are identical twin brothers, Bill (Billy) Alessi and Bob (Bobby) Alessi (born 12 July 1953, Long Island, New York).

Their song “Oh Lori” reached no. 8 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977, and “Put Away Your Love” reached No. 71 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1982. “Oh Lori” became a Top Ten hit in seventeen more countries. The Alessi Brothers recorded five albums on major record labels. They sold over eight million records worldwide, and toured with Andy Gibb on his Shadow Dancing tour. They also charted in Brazil with “Sad Songs” (from the album Alessi, 1977), “All for a Reason” (from the album All for a Reason, 1978) and “Forever” (recorded with Christopher Cross, from the album Long Time Friends, 1982).

Billy and Bobby Alessi co-operated with Art Garfunkel on his 1979 album Fate for Breakfast, mainly providing the background vocals. As vocal arrangers, the twins helped Deborah Gibson on her 2001 album, M.Y.O.B., including production work and writing the title track.

In 1984, the brothers released a song, “Savin’ the Day”, for the soundtrack to the film, Ghostbusters. The song was used in the 1986 cartoon based on the movie.

The Brothers have enjoyed success working on jingles and advertisements for David Lucas and many mainstream consumer products in the U.S. In the 2000s, they resumed their touring and album recording career as a duo, with the release of two new albums as Alessi, and also as part of group Barnaby Bye.

Tracks

1Jagged Edge (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi, Don Wood)3:34
2You Got The Way (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi)3:08
3As Far As I’m Concerned (Billy Alessi)4:10
4Rise Up (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi)3:38
5I’m Gonna Tell Her Tonight (Billy Alessi)3:46
6Put Away Your Love (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi)3:36
7What A Way To Go (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi)4:32
8Still In Love (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi)4:22
9How Long, How Much (Bobby Alessi)4:08
10Forever (Billy Alessi)3:52
11Long Time Friends (Billy Alessi, Bobby Alessi)2:48

Media

Musicians

1 Jagged Edge

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarChristopher Cross
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
HornJerry Hey
PercussionLenny Castro
KeyboardsRob Meurer


2 You Got The Way

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarChristopher Cross
Fender RhodesRob Meurer
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
PercussionLenny Castro


3 As Far As I’m Concerned

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionLenny Castro


4 Rise Up

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarEric Johnson
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
KeyboardsRob Meurer
PercussionLenny Castro


5 I’m Gonna Tell Her Tonight

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarChristopher Cross
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
Fender RhodesMichael Omartian
LyriconTom Scott
PercussionVictor Feldman

 

6 Put Away Your Love

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarChristopher Cross
KeyboardsRob Meurer
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker


7 What A Way To Go

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarSteve Lukather
KeyboardsRob Meurer
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SaxErnie Watts
PercussionLenny Castro
VocalsPatti Austin


8 Still In Love

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarChristopher Cross
KeyboardsMichael Omartian
PercussionVictor Feldman
PercussionLenny Castro
LyriconTom Scott


9 How Long, How Much

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarLarry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
PercussionLenny Castro


10 Forever

BassRoscoe Beck
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarChristopher Cross
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker


11 Long Time Friends

PianoMichael Omartian

Other Musicians

Hornsection

SaxErnie Watts
SaxJim Horn
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetJerry Hey

Liner Notes

Producer – Christopher Cross, Michael Ostin
Executive Producer – Quincy Jones
Arrangements (Strings) – Michael Omartian
Arrangements (Horn) Jerry Hey (Track 1)
Concertmaster – Assa Drori
Engineering – Richard Mullen
Second Engineer – Tom Cummings
Mixed – Chet Himes
Recorded – Chet Himes

Overdubbed & Mixed at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, Calif.
Recorded at Studios South, Austin, Texas Additional