1. Inner City Dreams (Vocals)
4. From The Heart (It’s Got To Be)
5. Everyone Needs Someone Like You
6. Inner City Dreams (Instrumental)
Source: Vinyl LP
Format: VBR V0 MP3, FLAC
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Though, a number of the selections of Kenny Pore’s Inner City Dreams could be categorized as “jazz” (albeit, the “contemporary” or “smooth” strain that was not quite a radio format when this album was released), the vocal pieces of this record hit the midpoint of R&B, jazz, and “album-oriented” rock that is often referred to as “yacht rock”. In fact, it was the title track of this album, that immediately brought to mind such a designation. Kenny Pore, the guitarist who headlines this album, was born in Chicago to a musical family, dropped out of school to find his way in the industry, a journey that took nearly 20 years to realize with this album. For as seemingly meticulously crafted as this album sounds, it was reportedly hastily put together with the limited studio time he was allowed. This is a testament to the musicians who participated on this album (notably keyboardist Pat Coil, and a host of names anyone who is familiar with the LA studio scene of the ’80s will recognize: drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, saxophonist Brandon Fields). Rick Riso is the voice you hear on exactly half of the album’s tracks; his vocal stylings are not unlike those of Eric Tagg (a discography that will be reviewed in future installments of the Vault).
Though the title track immediately catches the ear, “Everyone Needs Someone Like You” is the other reason curious ears would seek out this album. If not for elements of this album being brought to light years down the line, it likely would have faded into obscurity, though it’s a worthy listen, if you don’t mind softer sounds engineered for a yacht ride (or with windows up and A/C on in a luxury vehicle); Pore has since taken a number of these songs, plus some others from the sessions of around the same time and anthologized them. Inexplicably, “Everyone Needs Someone Like You” was left out.