People Staff
June 04, 1979 12:00 PM

Peter Allen

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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