Some of you should remember Richard Grieco, an '80s pop-culture actor who was a rising star in Hollywood at the end of that decade starring in the TV series '21 Jump Street' with Johnny Deep.
In 1991, Grieco made his feature film acting debut in the James Bond spoof 'If Looks Could Kill' (the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was posted on this blog a couple years ago) where he starred as Michael Corben.
He followed it up with the crucial role of Bugsy Siegel in 'Mobsters' (1991) with Christian Slater, Anthony Quinn and Lara Flynn Boyle. But after that, his career suddenly derailed and began a rapid descent into obscurity.
Well, seems Grieco was always involved with music as well, playing guitar and writing lyrics. He is the brother-in-law of Jon Dunmore (who has released some cool AOR albums) and between Richard's actor duties both make music together in irregular intervals.
Then Grieco met songwriter extraordinaire Mark Spiro, who was impressed by the actor's lyrics, and they started to write songs and recording demos.
By 1994, Grieco signed a record contract with the German label Edel Records, and released the CD "Waiting For The Sky To Fall" the following year.
Most of the songs in this CD were penned by Mark Spiro, while Grieco contributed much of the lyrics. Spiro, apart from producing the material, brought into the studio great session musicians such as guitar player / songwriter Tim Pierce (who also contributes with a song from his pen).
"Waiting For The Sky To Fall", as expected, has a pristine and clear production. Musically, if you like high quality, refined AOR music, you will enjoy it greedily.
In fact, it's like a Mark Spiro 'lost album', but not the acoustically tingled of his nineties albums, this is electric and pretty much '89-'91 style-wise with a sophisticated sound.
Richard Grieco's vocals aren't the most heart wrenching in the World, but the guy can sing a melody and write tasteful lyrics.
Only released in Germany, "Waiting For The Sky To Fall" was a successful album, as many of the tracks were used in a popular local TV Series.
Now out of print, it's impossible to find a copy anywhere.
01 - Stay Young, Stay Free
02 - Waiting For The Sky To Fall
03 - I Believe In You
04 - Please Let It Rain
05 - Voice With No Name
06 - Johnny Come Lately
07 - If Love Was On Your Mind
08 - Borrowed Time
09 - Anything For You
10 - Crying In The Street
11 - Lay Your Body Down
12 - The Innocence Of A Child
Richard Grieco - Vocals
Mark Spiro - Guitar, Backing Vocals, songwriter
Tim Pierce - Guitars, songwriter
Jon Dunmore - Guitar, Keyboards, songwriter
Eddie St. James - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Phil Soussan - Bass
Michael Dan Ehmig (Lita Ford, Glen Burtnik) - songwriter
...and many more.
R. GRIECO - Option 1
R. GRIECO - Option 2