Martin Briley

Dangerous Moments

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Having scored a fluke hit with "Salt In My Tears" on his last album, Martin Briley went for the gold ring on his third album, hiring top pop producer Phil Ramone and studio ringers like Anton Fig and G.E. Smith. He then spent all of Side One looking for another hit, to the point of writing cliches instead of twisting them, as he had in the past, with the help of such co-writers as Nick ("Hot Child In The City") Gilder. The effort was in vain. On Side Two, he presented more of his typically clever pop-rock songs, especially "Before The Party Ends," in which he noted, "Everybody knows where I come from/I've been living in the shadow of the Beatles and the bomb." But the question, after this album disappeared from the charts, wasn't where Martin Briley had come from; it was where he was going.

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