Billy Vera/Billy Vera & the Beaters: Billy Vera; Pete Carr (guitar); Brian Cumming, Jerry Peterson (saxophone); Chuck Fiore, Tommy Cogbill (bass guitar); Jim Ehinger, Beau Segal, Jimmy Johnson , Gene Chrisman, George Marinelli, Ron Viola, Jeff Baxter, Ronnie Eades, Lon Price.
Personnel: Billy Vera (guitar, piano); Jimmy Johnson , George Marinelli (guitar); Jeff Baxter (steel guitar); Ron Viola, Ronnie Eades, Lon Price, Bryan Cumming (saxophone); Jim Ehinger (piano); Beau Segal, Gene Chrisman (drums).
Liner Note Author: Todd Everett.
Recording information: Cherokee Sound, Los Angeles, CA (01/1981-12/1981); Muscle Shoals Sound, Muscle Shoals, AL (01/1981-12/1981); The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA (01/1981-12/1981).
Authors: Billy Vera; Richard Foos.
The incidental use of his then years-old romantic ballad "At This Moment" on the 1980s TV show FAMILY TIES resulted in a mega-hit for Billy Vera that topped the charts in several genres. But listeners may not remember that Vera also had other big singles--like the buoyant rockabilly number "Millie, Make Some Chili," or the lovely country waltz title song. This comprehensive collection includes 14 Vera hits altogether, all distinguished by the singer's gruff, deep register that bursts often into sweet soulfulness.
Record Collector (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The latter selections are particularly rewarding, particularly the ballad 'Once In A Lifetime' and the strings-enhanced title song. A terrific spotlight on Vera in his prime."