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Album Review

Given that it didn't really matter what Shaun Cassidy sounded like, it is to his credit that he could make as creditable a record as his second album, Born Late. Well aware of his position, Cassidy, who had just turned 18 when this album was released, conjured up the elegant pop of his childhood with covers of songs like The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic" (which gave him a Top 40 hit) and The Rascals' "A Girl Like You." Best of all, though, was Cassidy's Top Ten recording of Eric Carmen's "Hey Deanie." Not that any of this mattered in the long term: although an instant platinum hit, Born Late was less of a success than its four-month-old predecessor, and Cassidy's reign as a teen dream was already more than half over.

Customer Reviews

Great follow-up to Shaun's debut

To correct one part of the review above, Shaun had turned *19* when this album was released (and his reign went well into '79, when the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries was finally cancelled, but that's another argument).

Another bright, poppy album from the best teen idol of the late '70s. Something about the tracks, though, sound different from the album I remember as a teen -- the songs are the same, but something about the mixes and arrangements are unfamiliar (esp. "Baby Baby Baby"?). Is this a re-master?

Anyway, standout tracks: the hit, Hey Deanie, of course, featured over and over on the Hardy Boys. Teen Dream is an unexpected pleasure, Do You Believe In Magic is a great take on the Lovin' Spoonful classic, and Walk Away is unexpectedly melancholic, with a bit more depth than one typically expects from pop idols.

Born Late

Another great album by Shaun Cassidy! He is the only artist in the world that has good enough songs that I like every single one of them!!!! Thanks for the amazing music, Shaun!!!!!

<3 SHAUN CASSIDY FOREVER <3

Shaun cassidy

So fun to listen to these songs i havent heard in over 36 years! Hey deanie is still my favorite!!!!

Biography

Born: September 27, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

A major teen idol of the late '70s, actor/singer Shaun Cassidy rocketed to fame both on the pop charts and on television, much as his half-brother David Cassidy had done earlier in the decade. The son of actors Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones, he was born in Hollywood on September 27, 1959, and formed his first band at the age of 11. After signing with Mike Curb's division of Warner Bros. in 1975, Cassidy issued his 1976 debut single, "Morning Girl," which became a major European hit and made the...
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