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Room to Grow

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All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
With the formidable combination of talent, good looks, and a world class producer, it is surprising that Barnaby Bye's debut album, Room to Grow, wasn't a runaway smash. The talented twin teen-heartthrobs Bobby and Billy Alessi, together with former Blues Magoos guitarist Peppi Castro aka, Emil Thielhelm, and ex-Illusion drummer Michael Ricciardella released Room to Grow in 1973 on Atlantic with some success, but without the popularity they probably deserved. Their combination of Beatles-inspired songwriting, Queen-like vocal harmonies, and predilection for camp actually worked because they were talented enough to pull it off without sounding completely derivative. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
With the formidable combination of talent, good looks, and a world class producer, it is surprising that Barnaby Bye's debut album, Room to Grow, wasn't a runaway smash. The talented twin teen-heartthrobs Bobby and Billy Alessi, together with former Blues Magoos guitarist Peppi Castro aka, Emil Thielhelm, and ex-Illusion drummer Michael Ricciardella released Room to Grow in 1973 on Atlantic with some success, but without the popularity they probably deserved. Their combination of Beatles-inspired songwriting, Queen-like vocal harmonies, and predilection for camp actually worked because they were talented enough to pull it off without sounding completely derivative. Exemplified by tunes like the wonderfully Brit-sounding "Jessie Girl," and the Marc Bolan-meets-Roy Wood rocker "Marsha Mamaillia," the boys proved that they could pay homage to their heroes without quoting them directly. As a result, the album is surprisingly solid and cohesive, with ballads like Billy Alessi's "I Feel for You" and Bobby Alessi's "Laneya" providing just the right amount of breathing room for the more upbeat tracks. Barnaby Bye's Long Island-take on Brit-pop was probably more of a template for later retro-rock outfits like Jellyfish and the Merrymakers than the original bands themselves. A solid, fun, and enjoyable effort, Room to Grow should find a comfortable spot in any serious collection of '70s pop
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140727328
  • Catalog Number: 7273
  • Sales rank: 126,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Day Came On (3:18)
  2. 2 I Feel For You (2:52)
  3. 3 She Was Pleased (2:55)
  4. 4 I Think I'm Gonna Like It (3:04)
  5. 5 Boopa (3:00)
  6. 6 The Way (0:49)
  7. 7 Laneya (4:00)
  8. 8 Jessie Girl (4:25)
  9. 9 Marsha Mamaillia (3:24)
  10. 10 Dreamer (3:44)
  11. 11 Something Good About Nothing (3:02)
  12. 12 I Won't Step On Your Shoes (1:14)
  13. 13 She's Leaving Home (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barnaby Bye Primary Artist
Billy Alessi Keyboards, Vocals
Bobby Alessi Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Ricciardella Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Peppy Castro Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Barnaby Bye Producer
Billy Alessi Composer
Bobby Alessi Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Joel Kerr Engineer
Gene Paul Engineer, Remixing
Bill Robertson Engineer
David Gohr Cover Photo
Mary Kelly Composer
Peppy Castro Composer
Lew Hahn Engineer
Kenneth Stuart Jr. Composer, Lyricist
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