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

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

Media

Musicians

1 Jagged Edge

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Christopher Cross
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Horn Jerry Hey
Percussion Lenny Castro
Keyboards Rob Meurer


2 You Got The Way

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Christopher Cross
Fender Rhodes Rob Meurer
Synthesizer Michael Omartian
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Percussion Lenny Castro


3 As Far As I’m Concerned

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Acoustic Guitar Christopher Cross
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Keyboards Robbie Buchanan
Percussion Lenny Castro


4 Rise Up

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Eric Johnson
Acoustic Guitar Christopher Cross
Keyboards Rob Meurer
Percussion Lenny Castro


5 I’m Gonna Tell Her Tonight

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Christopher Cross
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Fender Rhodes Michael Omartian
Lyricon Tom Scott
Percussion Victor Feldman


6 Put Away Your Love

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Christopher Cross
Keyboards Rob Meurer
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker


7 What A Way To Go

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards Rob Meurer
Synthesizer Robbie Buchanan
Sax Ernie Watts
Percussion Lenny Castro
Vocals Patti Austin


8 Still In Love

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Christopher Cross
Keyboards Michael Omartian
Percussion Victor Feldman
Percussion Lenny Castro
Lyricon Tom Scott


9 How Long, How Much

Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Larry Carlton
Acoustic Guitar Christopher Cross
Fender Rhodes Robbie Buchanan
Percussion Lenny Castro


10 Forever

Bass Roscoe Beck
Drums Tommy Taylor
Guitar Christopher Cross
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker


11 Long Time Friends

Piano Michael Omartian

Other Musicians

Sax Ernie Watts
Sax Jim Horn
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Trumpet Jerry 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