Part Time Love

Part Time Love

by Kerry ChaterKerry Chater


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According to Gene Sculatti's liner notes in Real Gone's 2014 reissue of Part Time Love, Kerry Chater always wanted to be a writer -- nothing more, nothing less. His songs are what landed him a deal with Warner Bros. and they're the foundation of his long career as a songwriter in Nashville, and the best that can be said of his 1977 debut is that it's very much a writer's record: a collection of songs designed to be big hits. That they weren't big hits in 1977 is neither the fault of co-producer/arranger Michael Omartian, who gives this record a lovely Los Angeles studio sheen that is partially indebted to Boz Scaggs and partially indebted to England Dan & John Ford Coley, nor is it the fault of Chater the writer, who does pen a bunch of sunny, appealing songs in a couple of different idioms. The deliberate ballads ("No Love on the Black Keys," "Here Comes the Rain") fall just short of majestic, "Misty Mary" shimmers like a sunset on a beach, "Beginning of the End" has a nice propulsion that's somewhat eclipsed by the giddiness of the bouncing soul beat of "Part Time Love." Every one of these is nicely crafted SoCal soft rock and Chater the singer gives them a friendly spin that is just a shade nondescript. He sings like a writer, staying within the precise lines of the melodies and making sure not to get in the way of the songs. This may have kept Part Time Love off the charts in 1977, but the songs' sturdiness and Omartian's lush but not florid arrangements make this a nice little yacht rock treasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064002734
catalogNumber: 400273
Rank: 150273

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kerry Chater   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Nino Tempo   Horn Section
Steve Barri   Percussion
Carol Carmichael Parks   Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Horn Section
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone,Soloist,Horn Section
David Hungate   Bass
Michael Omartian   Percussion,Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Stephanie Spring   Percussion
Sally Stevens   Background Vocals
Jackie Ward   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Steve Douglas   Horn Section
Dan Walsh   Percussion
Michael Price   Percussion
Steve Medalo   Horn Section

Technical Credits

Robbie Patton   Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Stormie Omartian   Composer
Kerry Chater   Composer
Steve Barri   Producer
Howard Gale   Engineer
Phil Kaye   Engineer
Michael Omartian   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sid Sharp   String Section
Roger Karshner   Composer
Gene Sculatti   Liner Notes
John Sweetland   Composer
Doug Foxworthy   Composer
Ron Willins   Composer
Claire Morales   Reissue Design
Tom Vicari   Engineer
Linda Taylor   Engineer

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