1979 Peter Allen – I Could Have Been A Sailor

I Could Have Been a Sailor is a 1979 album by singer-songwriter Peter Allen, released on A&M Records. It is notable as containing Allen’s versions of his songs “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love”, which were major successes, as covered by others.

I Could Have Been a Sailor was Peter Allen’s fifth studio album, and his third for A&M Records. It followed the double-album live release, It Is Time for Peter Allen (1977), on the same label. The album is notable for its association with producer Marvin Hamlisch. Allen also performs his versions of two songs he co-wrote with Carol Bayer-Sager, “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love”.

“Don’t Cry Out Loud” had been popularized by Melissa Manchester prior to Allen’s release. Manchester’s recording of the song was released in late 1978 and spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also the title song of Manchester’s related album. The song had been co-written by Allen and Carol Bayer-Sager; Bayer-Sager was also a co-writer with Manchester. “I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love” was popularized by Rita Coolidge in 1979, as well as being recorded by Dusty Springfield, among others.

The album was Allen’s first to make the US albums chart, peaking at No. 171 on the Billboard 200. The album has been subject to limited reissue on CD. It was reissued on CD in 2001 in Japan, on Universal/A&M. It has not been reissued on CD in North America or elsewhere.

Tracks

1I Could Have Been A Sailor (Peter Allen)3:55
2Don’t Wish Too Hard (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager)5:14
3Two Boys (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager)3:29
4Angels With Dirty Faces (Peter Allen, Adrienne Anderson)3:51
5Don’t Cry Out Loud (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager)4:11
6If You Were Wondering (Peter Allen)4:47
7Don’t Leave Me Now (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager)3:24
8I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager)3:40
9We’ve Come To An Understanding (Peter Allen)3:54
10Paris At 21 (Peter Allen)6:58

Media

Musicians

1 I Could Have Been A Sailor

BassWill Lee
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsRichard Tee
PianoPeter Allen
PercussionJim Maelen
Background VocalsBruce Roberts
VocalsPeter Allen


2 Don’t Wish Too Hard

BassAbe Laboriel
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarDan Ferguson
GuitarRay Parker Jr
PianoPeter Allen
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsMarty McCall
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsPeter Allen


3 Two Boys

BassWill Lee
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsRichard Tee
PianoPeter Allen
PercussionJim Maelen
VocalsPeter Allen


4 Angels With Dirty Faces

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsSteve Schaeffer
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel
PianoPeter Allen
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen
Background VocalsJoey Scarbury
Background VocalsLinda Dillard
VocalsPeter Allen


5 Don’t Cry Out Loud

BassLeland Sklar
BassJim Pierce
DrumsSteve Schaeffer
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel
PianoPeter Allen
Background VocalsHerb Pedersen
Background VocalsJoey Scarbury
Background VocalsLinda Dillard
VocalsPeter Allen


6 If You Were Wondering

BassDavid Parlato
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarDan Sawyer
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoMarvin Hamlish
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsPeter Allen


7 Don’t Leave Me Now

BassWill Lee
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsRichard Tee
PianoPeter Allen
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionJim Maelen
VocalsPeter Allen


8 I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love

BassWill Lee
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarDavid Spinozza
KeyboardsRichard Tee
PianoPeter Allen
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
ProgrammingMichael Boddicker
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsMarty McCall
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsPeter Allen


9 We’ve Come To An Understanding

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsSteve Schaeffer
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel
PianoPeter Allen
VocalsPeter Allen


10 Paris At 21

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsSteve Schaeffer
GuitarJay Graydon
KeyboardsLarry Knechtel
PianoPeter Allen
PercussionGeoff Howe
PercussionMike Post
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsPeter Allen

Liner Notes

Producer – Marvin Hamlisch
Engineer – Geoff Howe, Les Cooper, Neal Ceppos
Mastered By – Mike Reese
Arranged By – Bob Alcivar (Track 1)
Arranged By – Velton Ray Bunch (Track 2)
Arranged By – Marvin Hamlisch (Tracks 3, 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By – Mike Post (Tracks 4, 5, 9, 10)

Art Direction – Roland Young
Design – Junie Osaki
Photography By – Brian Hagiwara

Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – A&M Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Sound Mixers
Recorded At – Wally Heider Recording Studio, Los Angeles
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab