A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
TWO AMAZING SIDES, both clocking in at or just shy of our top grade of A+++! The typical pressing doesn’t sound anywhere near this good — which is a shame, because when you get a White Hot Stamper copy like this, the music is a lot of fun.
A+++, absolutely As Good As It Gets! The bottom end is solid and punchy, the top is open and transparent, and there’s plenty of fullness and presence in the mids. Nothing else in our shootout could compare to this one!
A++ to A+++, very nearly as good as side one! The life and energy here are off-the-charts. Pay particular attention to the drums — it’s a rare copy that reproduces them with this kind of snap and punch!
The average copy is way too compressed, which kills the highs (by making the cymbals aggressive) and the vocals too midrangy. When you’ve got a copy of Eddie Money’s debut album that’s doing what it’s supposed to, you know it quickly. The highs are sweet and extended, the vocals are present, but without any spit or strain, and there is solid bass and low end propelling everything else forward.
Eddie Money don’t get no respect, and for the most part he doesn’t deserve any. He’s only made one good record: this one. Fortunately, it’s a GREAT one and we don’t have to play his other crappy ones. Thank God. This guy had so much promise, based soley on his debut here, and he turned into just another mainstream rock hack.
He lost his brilliant guitarist and arranger, Jimmy Lyon, soon after this first album was made, and that may account for his slide into mediocrity. But this record is outstanding from first note to last. If at the end of the second track — a cover of You Really Got A Hold On Me — you are not rockin’ out, then Eddie Money is not for you. I love this album and I have played it scores of times.
Two Tickets to Paradise
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star
Save a Little Room in Your Heart for Me
So Good to Be in Love Again
Baby Hold On
Got to Get Another Girl
This strong debut benefits greatly from the expertise of veteran producer Bruce Botnick as well as the likes of former Steve Miller bassist Lonnie Turner and saxman Tom Scott. Guitarist Jimmy Lyon was to Money what Keith Scott was to Bryan Adams. Money, son of a New York City cop, had a rock & roll epiphany en route to following his dad’s career path. The debut album, long on craft but not without inspiration, deservedly shot radio-ready tunes ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ and ‘Baby Hold On’ up the charts, the latter helped by former Elvin Bishop songmate Jo Baker. The key tune is the spirited ‘Wanna Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,’ which spells out the game plan.
With much of the same urgency Money stands as perhaps a lighter but still gutsy-voiced Bruce Springsteen. His performance exudes a certain authenticity of main line rock without seeming derivative or repetitious. Part of the credit goes to his backing, a tight and sizzling but not bombastic rock force of musicians that support Money’s vocals, sax and keyboards.
Best cuts: “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” “Wanna Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star,” “Got To Get Another Girl.”
– Billboard, 1977.