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Undervalued band with another very fine album.,
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This review is from: Rock 'n' Roll Telephone [Deluxe] (Audio CD)
Well if it is Dan's last recorded output with the band he can look back with pride on an outstanding catalogue (minus most of their 80s output) of music over the last 45 years. Since the bands renaissance back in 1998 with the Boogaloo album after years of producing kitsch 80s pop / hair metal music they have re-discovered their mojo and returned to their blues based rock with a touch of sassy funk and boogie.
Dan's vocal remain the epitome of a REAL rock singer akin to sounding like AC / DC's Brian Johnson gargling with broken glass. The album starts off with an outstanding shuffle - like riff with the title being all you need to know about the lyrics...dirty boys!! Highlights thereafter, for me, is a beautiful ballad 'Winter Sunshine' (maybe it will replace the irritating Love Hurts during their concerts), the pounding 'One Set Of Bones' and the heavy boogie shuffle of 'Not Today' and maybe Dan's best vocal on 'Just A Ride' (deluxe edition). Another notable mention is the rather strange 'Long Long Time' with it's funky guitar picking riff that really gets under the skin. Could be a good candidate for a single.
Aside from the misstep of a rather dreary blues ballad 'The Right Time' the remainder ain't too shabby either!
For many i know the band are perceived as a purely 70's act and that their best days are behind them. Therefore may i suggest you give this album a try and the preceding 3...you maybe pleasantly surprised.
I know Dan is unlikely to read this short review but you and the band have been an integral soundtrack to me for most of my life. The band has given me so much pleasure and i'm deeply saddened that you cannot do it 'live' anymore. Please don't be lost to music and fingers crossed we can look forward to new music from you. Of course most importantly take care of yourself.
As for the rest of the band...very good luck to you all for the future especially to the new chap...wow you have some shoes to fill lad.
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Initial post: 14 Jul 2014 15:36:40 BDT
Excellent review of a brilliant album.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2014 13:08:30 BDT
B. Strong says:
you are very very kind...thank you.
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