Making Every Moment Count

Making Every Moment Count

by Peter Allen
     
 

Making Every Moment Count was Peter Allen's eighth solo studio album of new material and his solo tenth album overall, if you threw in his two live LPs. It was also his first collection of new recordings in seven years, although in that stretch he had focused on writing and starring in his Broadway musical Legs Diamond, also appearing on the 1989…  See more details below

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Making Every Moment Count was Peter Allen's eighth solo studio album of new material and his solo tenth album overall, if you threw in his two live LPs. It was also his first collection of new recordings in seven years, although in that stretch he had focused on writing and starring in his Broadway musical Legs Diamond, also appearing on the 1989 original cast album. The project was not entirely forgotten here: Allen teamed with Harry Connick, Jr. to duet on "When I Get My Name in Lights" from the score. He also combined voices with Melissa Manchester, who had scored a hit with his song "Don't Cry Out Loud," on the title song, a touching ballad. These may have been nods to his past, but otherwise Allen was very up to date on Making Every Moment Count, employing five different producers to come up with a recording that had a timely sound, complete with icy synthesizer riffs and programmed drums coming on like torpedoes. (Of course, this effort to make the music sound trendy for 1990 only made it sound dated a few years later.) Nowhere was the contemporary sound more apparent than on the leadoff track, "Tonight You Made My Day," which was vaguely reminiscent of Christopher Cross' "Ride Like the Wind." Happily, Allen remained musically eclectic, with "When I Get My Name in Lights" having a 1930s swing sound appropriate to Legs Diamond, and "Why Not?" in a smooth jazz style. But he remained most affecting on the ballads, which had a poignancy that would be accentuated by Allen's death from AIDS in 1992, making the album his final one. In that context, the concluding song, "Love Don't Need a Reason," with its final line, "What we don't have is time," seemed heartbreakingly appropriate. It was Allen's last great song, and helped turn his last album into a valedictory statement.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/1990
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266040926
catalogNumber:
60409

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Tracks

  1. Tonight You Made My Day  - Peter Allen
  2. Making Every Moment Count  - Peter Allen
  3. When I Get My Name in Lights  - Peter Allen
  4. Nobody Can Break Us Up  - Peter Allen
  5. I Could Marry the Rain  - Peter Allen
  6. See You in the Springtime  - Peter Allen
  7. So Much Depends on Love Today  - Peter Allen
  8. Why Not?  - Peter Allen
  9. I Couldn't Have Done It Without You  - Peter Allen
  10. Love Don't Need a Reason  - Peter Allen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Allen   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Connick   Piano,Vocals
Melissa Manchester   Vocals
Grady Tate   Drums
David Buskin   Background Vocals
Darryl Tookes   Background Vocals
Donna De Lory   Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Rick Baptist   Horn
Angela Cappelli   Background Vocals
Brad Cole   Keyboards
Luis Conte   Percussion
Louis Cortelezzi   Saxophone
Michael Cruz   Keyboards
Steve Ferrone   Cymbals,Hi Hat
Irwin Fisch   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Diane Garisto   Background Vocals
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Dan Higgins   Horn
Michael Jay   Percussion,Background Vocals
Zev Katz   Fretless Bass Guitar
Harry Kim   Horn
Mark Leggett   Guitar
Don Markese   Horn,Saxophone
Andy Martin   Horn
Marty Nelson   Background Vocals
Rick Palombi   Background Vocals
Larry Saltzman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Marc Shaiman   Conductor
Steve Thornton   Conga
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
Ben Wolfe   Bass
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
Mark Berger   Bass
Joseph Davis   Horn
Steven Holtman   Horn
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael McDonald   Engineer
Peter Allen   Arranger
Brad Cole   Arranger
Michael Cruz   Arranger,drum programming
Michael Farrow   Engineer
Irwin Fisch   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Michael Golub   Engineer
Michael Jay   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Larry Saltzman   Arranger,Producer
Marc Shaiman   Arranger,Producer
Michael White   Engineer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Rick Kerr   Engineer
Spyros Poulos   Programming
Mark Berger   Vocal Arrangements
Seth Swirsky   Producer
Fred Guarino   Engineer

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