Life For The Taking is Eddie Money‘s platinum selling second album. It was recorded in 1978, and released in 1979 on manager Bill Graham’s Wolfgang imprint via Columbia Records. The album includes the singles “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”, “Gimme Some Water” and “Maybe I’m A Fool.”
With Money seemingly endlessly on the road promoting his previous debut album, this effort was primarily written in hotel rooms with a variety of band members and worked up during sound checks prior to performances. The final track, “Call On Me” was often interjected into the set lists prior to the release of this album and received a strong response in spite of its more soulful, less frantic composure.
This album also marked a conscious effort to expand Money’s audience with the inclusion of several more pop and dance oriented numbers. This direction would continue to be expanded upon with the subsequent release “Playing For Keeps”. The album was met with less enthusiastic critical response than its predecessor with a number of the pundits citing a weakness of quality songwriting and the inconsistency of style as pitfalls.
Money resumed his frantic promotion and touring schedule upon the release of this album. The cover shot plays on a rendition of the artist mocking his debut album artwork but with an obvious worn and tired appearance.
As with the previous release, both singles were issued in promotion only edited versions, while the retail releases featured tracks from the album as B-sides. By now, the artist was headlining mid sized venues and a number of the dates featured the then up-and-coming Pat Benatar as support.
1 Life For The Taking (Eddie Money) 4:47
2 Can’t Keep A Good Man Down (Eddie Money, Christopher Solberg, Dan Alexander) 3:40
3 Nightmare (Eddie Money, Jimmy Lyon) 4:24
4 Gimme Some Water (Eddie Money) 3:38
5 Rock & Roll The Place (Eddie Money, Jimmy Lyon) 3:05
6 Maybe I’m A Fool (Eddie Money, Lee Garrett, Lloyd Chiate, Robert Taylor) 3:06
7 Love The Way You Love Me (Eddie Money, Steve Howard) 3:38
8 Maureen (Eddie Money, Christopher Solberg, Ernie Makaway, Lloyd Chiate) 3:36
9 Nobody (Eddie Money, Jimmy Lyon) 4:41
10 Call On Me (Eddie Money, Jeremy Storch) 6:02
4 Gimme Some Water
5 Rock And Roll The Place
7 Maybe I’m A Fool
Arranged By (Horns) – Tom Scott, Eddie Money
Arranged By – Jimmy Lyon, Eddie Money
Engineer (Occasional) – Rik Pekkonen
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Mixed By – Andy Johns
Recorded By – Andy Johns
Art Direction – Mick Brigden
Design – Nancy Donald
Photography – Gary Heery, Dennis Callahan
Mastered At Capitol Mastering
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