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Winery Dogs, The - 2013 The Winery Dogs
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on December 07 2013, In 2013 Articles , 0 Comments , 777 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Winery Dogs, The
ALBUM: The Winery Dogs
LABEL: Loud And Proud, Three Dog Records
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Richie Kotzen - guitar, vocals * Mike Portnoy - drums, backing vocals * Billy Sheehan - bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Elevate * 02 Desire * 03 We Are One * 04 I'm No Angel * 05 The Other Side * 06 You Saved Me * 07 Not Hopeless * 08 One More Time * 09 Damaged * 10 Six Feet Deeper * 11 Criminal * 12 The Dying * 13 Regret

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WEBLINKS: www.thewinerydogs.com


Background
Well this album would have to go down as being one of 2013's most poorly marketed and represented CD's. Who the fuck are these idiots at Loud And Proud anyway? What a bunch of no-hopers. Not only was it near-on impossible to get pre-review copies of the CD, the thing was released in the USA without a serial number of all things! And still as 2013 winds down to a halt, Winery Dogs are just about invisible on the landscape, and that's a shame, as the trio are a supergroup of titanic proportions, and the music is just kick ass as anything. Enough to drop kick Loud And Proud into the next universe that's for sure! If personnel credits such as Mr Big, Dream Theater, Talas, Arthurs Museum and Poison (err, I shouldn't really have mentioned Poison, a blot on Richie's CV) mean anything to you, then the Winery Dogs are yours for the taking.. bait and all!


The Songs
Without doubt, they're a musicians band, and despite there being only three blokes in the band and no keyboards (gasp!!), this is musicianship and then some. It's got a retro vibe, imagine Mr Big if they were around in the 70's. Of course, other late 60's and early 70's are represented. Think Cream, Led Zeppelin.. it's all here. Big songs, and I can just see Richie Kotzen dressed up in bell-bottom flared trousers with psychedelic wall coverings as a back-drop. Get my drift? Lead off 'Elevate' perhaps should be renamed 'Accelerate', such is the pursuit of speed achieved in a short space of time. The thunderous bass of Sheehan all told, so too the dynamic drum-work from Portnoy. Kotzen's guitar sounds like it is fried to a crisp on the 70's flavoured 'Desire', while the groove-laden 'We Are The One' just spanks the term 'cool' to another level. There's a hint of a slow southern vibe with 'I'm No Angel', and it's kinda well suited with a slide guitar sound. The pace quickens on 'The Other Side', driven by Sheehan's relentless bass lines, but complimented by Kotzen's off-the-wall guitar. 'You Saved Me' has the same intro as the old chestnut 'Friday On My Mind', but changes direction not long after. Kotzen's guitar takes on a Neal Schon like tone. I like the very laid-back slide of 'Damaged', like a song from an old 70's soundtrack, while 'Six Feet Deeper' just keeps on churning up big riffs and even bigger backbeats like a bulldozer in a backyard! TWD ease out with the restrained 'The Dying', the song itself an introspective affair, but musically, Kotzen's guitar alternates between clean lines and ultra fuzzy riffs, particularly on the chorus. 'Regret' closes the album, a sort-of ballad with bluesy organ filled sounds; Leon Russell meets Mr Big? That doesn't sound quite right does it?


In Summary
After finally listening to this album after hearing all those prelim clips on Youtube months ago, my view is a little bit diminished. I think the months it took to finally get to this review probably told in the end. I like what the three blokes are trying to do. It's a really retro album, and they've down well to keep it within that framework. For really old school rockers, there's something here that could appeal, though the OTT guitar licks from Kotzen probably prevent it from being a truly authentic early 70's rehash. I mean, who actually played riffs and licks this good way back then? Answer: nobody. Still, the Winery Dogs for me is a better attempt at this style than say a band like Chickenfoot, and in this regard, their first up album is good for what it is!


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