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Album: Hollywood Party Tonight [Expanded Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Single Again/What Time Does the Balloon Go Up
2)    Pride
3)    You Wouldn't Know Real Live True Love if it Walk Right Up, Kissed on the Cheek and Said Hello Baby
4)    Hey Bill
5)    Lilley and Harvey, Late to the Party Again
6)    Lucky Star
7)    Comin' Back for More
8)    I Dare Ya
9)    Single Again/What Time Does the Balloon Go Up [Single Version]
10)    Lucky Star [Single Version]
 
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Performer Notes
  • 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 Lillian and Louise Lopez remained, but Tony Reynolds had been replaced by Billy McEachern.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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