2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY187COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Randy Hansen - vocals, guitars * Scott Rosburg - bass * Charles Tapp - drumsTRACK LISTING:
01 Champagne And Cocaine * 02 Watch What You Say * 03 Time Won't Stop * 04 I Want To Take You Higher * 05 Millionaire * 06 Dancin' With Me * 07 Don't PretendWEBLINKS: www.randyhansen.com
Over the years Randy has acquired himself a reputation as a Jimi Hendrix
clone, and in some ways this is quite justified. However, in saying that, his debut album released nearly two decades ago is one full of strong songs that are appealing enough to AOR'sters and melodic rock fans, as well as those guitar slingers among you. Hailing from the West Coast of the USA, Randy's stature was similar to other Hendrix clones of the time, Frank Marino
and Uli John Roth
being the two notables. Capitol Records should be commended for giving Randy a deal at the time, as the material they obviously listened to was more than enough to sway them, being that good.
Though the aforementioned guitar influences are undoubtedly there, it doesn't swamp the album all over. The opening pair of 'Champagne And Cocaine', and 'Watch What You Say' are reminders of what great guitar oriented rock was all about back in 1980. 'Millionaire' also is another stand out cut. Though there are seven songs all up, most of them are over five minutes long. The others are shorter guitar oriented rockers, for which the other two guys in the band Scott Rosburg and Charles Tapp get to work up some sweat keeping up with Randy on sonic overdrive. Not forgetting, the trio rip through a fantastic cover version of Sly And The Family Stone
's 'I Want To Take You Higher', with the famous 'boom shanga langa langa boom' phrase worked out to perfection!
I would say that this is probably his best album. In fact, I haven't heard any of his other material, but I understand the other albums released subsequent to this end up sounding more like a tribute or imitation of his hero. On this one though, you will not be disappointed. It is a severely good album and well worth the hunt.
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