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HYTS - 1983 HYTS
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on August 15 2009, In 1983 Articles , 4 Comments , 2997 Reads , Print

LABEL: Gold Mountain
SERIAL: GM-80002
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Roland Little - vocals, guitars * Tommy Thompson - guitars, keyboards * Stan Miller - bass * Roy Garcia - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lady Of The Night * 02 Loveblind * 03 Backstabber * 04 Better Watch Out * 05 This Is Your Night * 06 You're The One * 07 Back On The Streets * 08 Tears Will Flow * 09 Lovetaker * 10 Hold You Through The Night

HYTS were a San Francisco band that were unfortunate not to have had greater success back in the early to mid 80's. The band members came together during the late 70's, in what was a highly fertile musical nursery during this timeframe. I have no idea what HYTS means.. does it rhyme with 'hits', or 'heights'? Or does it have some connection to the 'Haight Ashbury scene? I'm guessing the latter, because Haight Ashbury is commonly associated with the hippie movement of San Fran, plus other musical and cultural associations - notwithstanding, it has geographical significance to that city in much the same way as Soho does to London or Greenwich Village does to New York. Not that this lot are hippies by any means, though their classy brand of hard rock does soak up some southern moonshine on occasion. Think a more commercial version of Doc Holliday from around this period, and you'll get my gist.

The Songs
The band chug away nicely on the opener 'Lady Of The Night', though the 'woh woh woh's' on the chorus sound a bit cheesy. 'Loveblind' features some swirly synth and slow to mid-tempo riffs that all about the slow burn approach to hard rock, though things do speed up a bit. 'Backstabber' is one of HYTS better known tracks, it has a Duke Jupiter like presence, and prowls around the soundscape trying hard to be mean. More synths abound on 'Better Watch Out', putting an AOR perspective on the whole deal though the rough-edged guitars keep it from sounding too fluffy. HYTS get a bit more aggressive on 'This Is Your Night', Little's vocals have a Dave Meniketti edge to it, plus we've got some slide guitar appearing into the mix. 'You're The One' happens to be one of the better tracks here, mixing all the musical components together nicely (vocals, guitars, organ, keys etc). The title of 'Back On The Streets' might indicate all things rebellious, and in a way you might be thinking Gamma's 'Razor King' as a comparison, but it's not as good. We'll skip the ballad 'Tears Will Flow' which is pretty weak to be honest, much better is the cranky 'Lovetaker' which probably best represents the HYTS sound in an overall sense. 'Hold You Through The Night' is the album closer, and is a pleasant mid-paced rocker with a commercial slant.

In Summary
HYTS were being mucked about from pillar to post. Their second album 'Looking From The Outside' was another great LP, which simply went nowhere. By 1985/86, the writing was on the wall.. To add insult to injury, producer Matthew Kaufman re-released some of the HYTS material under the banner Eleven Bloody Men. Released in 1988 on the Beserkley label, this appeared to be a blatant money grab by Kaufman and the label, as the members of HYTS received absolutely no financial recompense for the album, annoying them beyond belief. It contained a handful of songs from both albums, but was not a complete compilation as there were only 9 songs on the disc. These days, Roland Little is doing a solo gig, while Tommy Thompson is the keyboardist in the Alameda Allstars, featuring members of Night Ranger and 38 Special. A good band, which you can file away under the category 'shafted beyond compare'.

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#1 | Eric on August 16 2009 11:25:18
I remember seeing these guys on 'Solid Gold', but I can't remember what song they were lip-syncing to. Surprised the clip hasn't made it to You Tube yet....
#2 | gdazegod on January 06 2010 10:26:00
The Gold Mountain label changed hands in 1985 or 1986, and eventually became Gold Castle, I think the Karla Bonoff LP 'Brand New World' was released on GC in 1988.
#3 | swazi on October 31 2011 06:32:31
I own both releases as extremely well done bootleg CD's, nice artwork and print on CD's. I bought them at Hangloose Records, but I have no idea where they come from. Obviously from a rather dubious source.
#4 | rkbluez on July 13 2012 14:59:41
Love this band...this s/t album IMO is the better of the 2...the 2nd has a more sterilized production and has a lot more keys and a lot less rawness...they kind of operate in the same style as Axe...I have both on CDr from a bootleg source but they do sound really good.

Man this is another group I'd love to see Rock Candy resurrect from obscurity and give it the treatment it needs to sound killer!!!!!!!!!!!
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