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Hollywood Party Tonight [Expanded Edition]

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Odyssey 4/8/2014

Review

Hollywood Party Tonight, the second album by Odyssey, found the New York trio unveiling a new lineup. Lillian and Louise Lopez remained, but Tony Reynolds had been replaced by Billy McEachern. However, Reynolds' departure didn't make much of a difference; Odyssey's soft, laid-back style of soul-pop (which had a subtle Caribbean flavor and occasional hints of jazz) was still distinctive and easily recognizable. Although not as strong or as consistent as Odyssey's self-titled debut album, Hollywood Party Tonight is a generally decent sophomore record. The 1978 LP, which went out of print after only a few years, didn't contain any hits; nonetheless, hardcore Odyssey fans who bought it found tracks like "Hey Bill (Last Night Was Really a Thrill)" and "Single Again" to be pleasant, if unremarkable. From a commercial standpoint, the problem with this album was a shortage of disco -- people associated Odyssey with the exuberant disco smash "Native New Yorker," and Hollywood Party Tonight doesn't contain anything as overtly dance-oriented. Not that Odyssey was under any obligation to record disco; most of the tunes on its promising debut album were for listening rather than dancing. And the same thing can be said about this uneven sophomore effort, which isn't a masterpiece but has more ups than downs. ~ Alex Henderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Single Again/What Time Does the Balloon Go Up Odyssey 4:40
  3. 2 Pride Odyssey 3:41
  4. 3 You Wouldn't Know Real Live True Love if it Walk Right Up, Kissed on the Cheek and Said Hello Baby Odyssey 3:28
  5. 4 Hey Bill Odyssey 3:45
  6. 5 Lilley and Harvey, Late to the Party Again Odyssey 3:59
  7. 6 Lucky Star Odyssey 4:24
  8. 7 Comin' Back for More Odyssey 3:58
  9. 8 I Dare Ya Odyssey 4:1
  10. 9 Single Again/What Time Does the Balloon Go Up [Single Version] Odyssey 3:33
  11. 10 Lucky Star [Single Version] Odyssey 3:37

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