Picks and Pans Review: I Could Have Been a Sailor
Finally out of the shadow of Judy Garland, his early mentor, and Liza Minnelli, his former wife, Peter Allen is, at 35, finding some starlight of his own. Though/Could Have Been a Sailor lacks the exuberant cabaret sparkle of his 1977 live album, it shows the Australian-born pianist-singer-composer (he co-wrote Olivia Newton-John's/Honestly Love You) at his reflective best. Two Boys, a collaboration with pals Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch, is a gentle excursion into gay sensibility. (Allen has always in the past had a large gay following.) He notes in If You Were Wondering, one of his own compositions, "I am a man/Just like any other man/Unlike any other man/There's nothing wrong with me." There's very little wrong with this album either.
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