Eddie Money 1977
Eddie Money is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Eddie Money, released in December 1977 by Wolfgang Records, a subsidiary of major label Columbia. Money, a Brooklyn native, grew up interested in music. In 1968, he moved to Berkeley, California, where he became a staple of Bay Area nightclubs. Rock impresario Bill Graham subsequently discovered Money and signed him to his Wolfgang imprint.
The album was mainly written by Money, though half of its contents were also credited to guitarist Jimmy Lyon. Eddie Money was successful in the U.S., where it was eventually certified double platinum, denoting two millions copies shipped. Its singles were hits on AOR radio, with “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” crossing over into the Top 40 format. The former charted highest, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is Money’s highest-selling album.
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.
|1.||“Two Tickets to Paradise“||Eddie Money||3:57|
|2.||“You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me“||Smokey Robinson||3:49|
|3.||“Wanna Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”||Money, Chris Solberg||3:58|
|4.||“Save a Little Room in Your Heart for Me”||Money||4:52|
|5.||“So Good to Be in Love Again”||Money, Jimmy Lyon||4:11|
|6.||“Baby Hold On“||Money, Lyon||3:30|
|7.||“Don’t Worry”||Money, Lyon||3:43|
|9.||“Got to Get Another Girl”||Money, Lyon||3:25|
|10.||“Gamblin Man”||Money, Dan Alexander, Lyon||3:58|
Video: Eddie Money – Baby Hold On (1977)