David and Homer Bellamy, aka The Bellamy Brothers, epitomized the slick pop-crossovers of country music in the late 1970s and '80s... A hugely successful act, they are probably best known for their first single, the disco-tinged AOR hit "Let Your Love Flow," which actually did better on the Pop charts than on Country... On later records the Bellamys shifted more solidly over to the Nashville side of the street, and even though they tried all kinds of hybrid sounds (including reggae and rap) they found their 1980s niche as country dudes. Here's a quick look at their work...




Discography

The Bellamy Brothers "Greatest Hits, v.1" (Curb, 1995)
They struck gold with the 1976 pop-country crossover "Let Your Love Flow," then they sort of pounded the formula to death, with their purty harmony vocals framed against increasingly strained material. Really, this disc has all their best stuff: when they got ahold of a good song, the Bellamy's could do it up right. Thus, "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me" is a classic, "(I Love You) For All The Wrong Reasons" is fun, and "Get Into Reggae Cowboy" is kind of a dud. But if you wanna check out the Bellamy Brothers, this disc pretty much covers their most worthwhile stuff.


The Bellamy Brothers "Greatest Hits, v.2" (Curb, 1995)
The Bellamys had plenty more hits as the '80s wore on, but fewer and fewer that stand the test of time. Mostly pretty sappy stuff, with tons of those goddawful synthesizers and keyboard riffs that everyone loved to use back then. Not my cup of tea.


The Bellamy Brothers "Greatest Hits, v.3" (MCA, 1989)




Original Albums

The Bellamy Brothers "Let Your Love Flow" (Curb/Warner, 1976)


The Bellamy Brothers "Plain & Fancy" (Curb/Warner, 1977) (LP)


The Bellamy Brothers "Beautiful Friends" (Curb/Warner, 1978) (LP)


The Bellamy Brothers "The Two And Only" (Curb/Warner, 1979) (LP)


The Bellamy Brothers "You Can Get Crazy" (Curb/Warner, 1980) (LP)


The Bellamy Brothers "Sons Of The Sun" (Curb/Warner, 1980) (LP)


The Bellamy Brothers "When We Were Boys" (Curb/Elektra, 1982) (LP)


The Bellamy Brothers "Strong Weakness" (Curb/Elektra, 1982) (LP)


The Bellamy Brothers "Restless" (Curb/MCA, 1984)


The Bellamy Brothers "Howard And David" (Curb/MCA, 1985)


The Bellamy Brothers "Country Rap" (Curb/MCA, 1986)
"Country rap...?" In 1986? Dude, these guys were waaaay ahead of their time! Suck on that, Cowboy Troy!


The Bellamy Brothers "Crazy From The Heart" (Curb/MCA, 1987)


The Bellamy Brothers "Rebels Without A Clue" (Curb/MCA, 1988)


The Bellamy Brothers "Reality Check" (Curb/MCA, 1990)


The Bellamy Brothers "Rollin' Thunder" (Atlantic, 1991)


The Bellamy Brothers "Neon Cowboy" (Jupiter, 1991)


The Bellamy Brothers "Beggars And Heroes" (Jupiter, 1992)


The Bellamy Brothers "Nobody's Perfeect" (Jupiter, 1994)


The Bellamy Brothers "Rip Off the Knob" (Intersound, 1994)


The Bellamy Brothers "Take Me Home" (Intersound, 1994)


The Bellamy Brothers "Sons Of Beaches" (Intersound, 1995)


The Bellamy Brothers "Tropical Christmas" (Intersound, 1996)


The Bellamy Brothers "Dancin' " (Intersound, 1996)


The Bellamy Brothers "Over The Line" (Intersound, 1997)


The Bellamy Brothers "The Reggae Cowboys" (Intersound, 1998)


The Bellamy Brothers "Live At Gilley's" (Atlantic, 1999)


The Bellamy Brothers "Lonely Planet" (Blue Hat, 1999)


The Bellamy Brothers "Redneck Girls Forever " (Curb, 2002)


The Bellamy Brothers "The Reason For The Season" (Curb, 2002)
A little long in the tooth, but still pretty heartfelt and still masters of the cheesy production style that folks who like commercial Christmas music seem to love so much. Perhaps the most notable tracks are "God Bless America This Christmas This Year," written in the wake of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks, which asks listeners to send their prayers out to the troops in Afghanistan, and extols the virtues of American life. "We All Get Crazy At Christmas" is okay, and "Old Hippie Christmas" is also kinda cute, although they share the lethargic feel of the album as a whole. Not great, but not bad. (BTW, if you like holiday music, check out my Country Christmas section...)


The Bellamy Brothers "Angels And Outlaws" (Curb, 2005)
Re-recordings of some of their old hits...


The Bellamy Brothers "Jesus Is Coming" (Curb, 2007)




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