MCA-36007 The Swinger
Produced by Al Kooper
(tracks 4 and 5 by Bruce Brown & Russell Dunlop)
Released on 1983
no chart information
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MCA-36007 cover
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W hen Phil Judd, a man whose sex appeal would rank right up there with Rowan Atkinson, purrs that “I want to rendezvous with a girl like you,” you can’t help but think that a rendezvous with the dollar cut-out bin is more likely. MCA apparently hoped to halve its losses by condensing his debut album, Private Lives, into a six-track mini-lp for American distribution. With minimal promotion, The Swinger didn’t sway many American listeners, and Judd was dropped with a thud. Originally a member of Split Enz, Judd was a prime candidate for the whatever-happened-to file, and The Swinger does answer that question. However, among extracurricular Enz albums, this one lacks helium; better to explore Crowded House and the solo music of Tim Finn first. As a freelance solo artist, Judd is no more or less interesting than Jerry Harrison, Chas Jankel, The Rumour, etc. “Dictionary of Love” is a charmer (kind of a Lowe Down Under), but The Swinger would need to cough up five more coulda-been hits like it just to get Judd to first base. It doesn’t, he didn’t, and what’s left is a failed entrée that makes for a mildly interesting appetizer.

MCA-36007 back cover
MCA-36007 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. WORLDS AWAY    4:38
  2. RENDEZVOUS (WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU)    3:56
  3. DREAM 'N' AWAY    3:56
  4. CONCRETE AND STEEL    (Judd/Stevens)    3:15
  5. LAYDOWN    3:40
  6. DICTIONARY OF LOVE    3:21

    All selections written by Phil Judd unless noted

CREDITS

PHIL JUDD --
Al Kooper -- arrangements
Tommy Steele -- design
Tom Gibson -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1983 MCA EP MCA-36007  

 

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