BUGZY – Center Of Attraction (2018)
After last year’s release of BUGZY unreleased album under the title ‘Plan B’, Divebomb Records has decided to delve further into the band’s catalog to release two more CDs. Seems BUGZY recorded a lot of material, and each of the 2 new CD’s include no less than 18 tracks.
Let’s go with this one titled “Center Of Attraction“.
BUGZY’s roots date back to late 1983, when 19-year-old guitarist / vocalist William “Bugsy” Boyer, keyboard player Franki Gorgo, and drummer Bob Kimmel crossed paths as members of a full-time, internationally touring cover band called Pentagon. By 1985, Bob and Franki had struck out to create their own original material, and Bugsy — initially still a member of Pentagon — would join their sessions as his schedule allowed.
In 1988, the three had officially joined forces and fleshed out a lineup to begin performing live — “BUGZY” being the simple result of needing a name for their first gig.
Within a year, a short-lived production deal with producer Tony Bongiovi led the group to record a few tracks in NYC’s historic Power Station studio; and in 1990, a production/management deal with L.A. record producer John Ryan (Santana, etc.) resulted in three years of nonstop work on new material with assorted session musicians.
Into the mid-’90s, with the help of hit record producer Chris Lord-Alge, BUGZY was courted by no less than three major labels – RCA, Polygram, and EMI – but the trio’s decade of hard work would shockingly fail to yield the release of one single piece of music until the summer of 2017, when Divebomb Records finally rescued 17 songs for BUGZY’s debut CD: Plan B.
The AOR / melodic rock-based Plan B made its mark and sold well – well enough, in fact, that the label has decided to release more of the band’s material.
This particular collection, “Center Of Attraction”, contains 18 more diverse songs from the BUGZY catalog culled mostly from very early material on into the band’s middle period of songwriting.
It’s all enjoyable stuff with a late Eighties / early Nineties sound & production style for the genre, and while some tracks are labeled as pre-production material, the sound quality is very good.
01 – Center Of Attraction
02 – Shannon
03 – Hold On To Me
04 – Lose No Sleep (Over You)
05 – What Do All The People Know
06 – Make A Wish
07 – All In One Night
08 – Big Girl Now
09 – Donna
10 – Be A Big Man
11 – Little Girl Lost
12 – Father Time
13 – Forget It Girl
14 – Maria
15 – Maybe You Were Right
16 – Out From Under
17 – Hold Me Now
18 – Take Me Away
William “Bugsy” Boyer – vocals, guitars
Franki Gorgo – keyboards, synths, backing vocals
Bob Kimmel – drums, backing vocals
and various session musicians
BUY IT !