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Cintron - 1982 Cintron (4 track)
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ARTIST: Cintron
ALBUM: Cintron (4 track)
LABEL: In Rock Records
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: George Cintron - guitar, vocals * Ray Callahan - percussion * Leo Green - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Getaway * 02 Fortunate Son * 03 Never To Return * 04 Going Crazy

Cintron were a power trio from Long Island NY that played their way around local gigs during the late 70's and early 80's. Formed by ex Tattoo guitarist George Cintron, the band were prolific giggers, accruing upward of 1200 shows or more during their time together. Their one-off four track EP found it's way into the International Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal, hence my interest in it when said publication referred to them as Van Halen contenders. Having owned the EP from its very early days, I didn't actually hear a lot of VH, though I do understand that George did actually undertake an entire VH tribute set at one point. The band were described as Black Sabbath meets Van Halen, but their earthy sound played out the through the hands of a power trio wasn't quite on the mark. However, for its time, this is a pretty good effort.

The Songs
There are only four songs onboard. Opener 'Getaway' is a cool hard rock track, with some admittedly Tony Iommi flavoured riffs, but this is far from Sabbath material. It could certainly have been a contender for Mike Varney's US Metal franchise, though it lacks the flash of many bands that eventually ended up there. In fact, there was some talk that Cintron the band were going to be featured on the US Metal compilation, but the band and Shrapnel management appear to have disagreed on the choice of song. Covering Credence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' was a wise choice, and sounds good in Cintron's hands, but admittedly, they could've covered any number of songs - considering their vast repertoire. 'Never To Return' is a nice acoustic wash, but gradually gathers a head of steam, sounding somewhat like a cross between Wizard and Fortnox. 'Going Crazy' closes up the EP, typical of that raw hard rock sound from the early 80's which has an inordinate amount of charm.. it has to be said.

In Summary
This EP was obviously intended as a taster of things to come, but despite the Varney connection, and the promise of a full album in 1983, nothing eventuated. A pity then, because Cintron certainly had paid their dues considering their time on the NY club circuit, supporting everyone from Twisted Sister through to Zebra and Anvil. George Cintron still continues to play, and is still a name around the Long Island music community. Nice to look back at a slab of vinyl that graced my collection for years.

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#1 | Nick C on November 27 2011 04:54:35
I came across this the other day while mooching around my vinyl, in fact it prompted a search for it here at GDaze. and put it on....it is a pretty nice slice of hard no frills rock and put a big smile on my face.
It's on blue vinyl, and has a bumper sticker...but I swear blind it also came with a sew on patch.
#2 | gdazegod on November 27 2011 05:01:07
It did Nick. I bought my vinyl from Shades, as an import, the patch was included.
#3 | super80boy on May 19 2013 22:27:29
I've got this vinyl and wish they had put out a full length backed with a strong producer. I bet it would have been a great one. My vinyl copy comes with a bumper sticker, patch, radio station record list and business card stating '24 Hour Hotline'. They must have really wanted that contract. Too bad.
#4 | gdazegod on May 19 2013 23:30:15
They don't promote records these days like they used to! Lol!
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