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Medlocke, Rick (And Blackfoot) - 1987 Rick Medlocke And Blackfoot



ARTIST: Medlocke, Rick (And Blackfoot)
ALBUM: Rick Medlocke And Blackfoot
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 81743-1
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2003, Wounded Bird, WOU-1743

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rick Medlocke - vocals, guitars * Wizzard - bass * Doug Bare - keyboards * Harold Seay - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Back On The Streets * 02 Saturday Night * 03 Closest Thing To Heaven * 04 Silent Type * 05 Reckless Boy * 06 Private Life * 07 Liar * 08 Steady Rockin' * 09 My Wild Romance * 10 Rock 'n' Roll Tonight

WEBLINKS: http://blackfootusa.com


Background
After a three year recording break, 'Rick' Medlocke returned in 1987 with a new lineup and an even more streamlined hard rock based AOR sound. It was a development of the style he tried on the unfortunate 1984 'Vertical Smiles' album, which although good, was buried by critics and fans who never quite accepted former Uriah Heep keyboard player Ken Hensley as a member. It is true that all the Southern elements had disappeared, which killed off the fan base who had been so devoted to the one time Southern boogie boys. If any hardcore Blackfoot fans had aspirations of a return to the old style of 'Strikes' or 'Marauder', then this must have appalled them, considering members of Mothers Finest, Atlanta's finest (sic) funk band have hooked up with Medlocke this time around. But for fans of AOR and Southern rock it's a perfect combination.


The Songs
This album is much in the vein of Molly Hatchet's 'The Deed Is Done' in fact. 'Back On The Streets' is an anthem for all the rebels out there. From the start it is clear that the keyboards are to be the predominant instrument but Medlocke supplies a host of scorching solos that would make any Blackfoot album proud. 'Saturday Night' is predictable lyrically, but it kicks into high gear with the 'I just can't wait' hook before the final chorus. 'Closest Thing To Heaven' is a pure AOR ballad, which sees 'Rick' share vocals with Liz Larin. It's done with class and could have been a top twenty smash. It represents Blackfoot at their most radio friendly which is never a bad thing. 'Silent Type' is more of the same, only moodier and Doug Bare must be praised for self-penning such fine music. Medlocke was looking for crossover success and should have had it. 'Reckless Boy' ups the rock ante, with nice interplay between all concerned. It's proof Blackfoot could still turn it up, but in a high tech 80's manner. Everyone did at the time, but only .38 Special had any results. There is a cover of Russ Ballard's 'Liar', Blackfoot becoming the latest in a long line to attempt the mans work. No Rainbow like results here. The chorus of 'Private Life' bounces along, highly catchy with enough synths to make you sweat. 'Steady Rockin' is a basic rocker with more lyrics about going out on the town - drinking and driving. Some good breakdowns before the final hook. 'My Wild Romance' is an automatic classic because it contains the line 'she loves to live in the danger zone'. An essential AOR term. It finishes with the definitive rocker 'Rock 'N' Roll Tonight', which needs no explanation. The steam it produces is too much to comprehend, and the huge chants of the chorus are massive. The line 'rock 'n' roll kids, rock 'n' roll babies, gonna rock and roll though the 1980's' is hysteria inducing.


In Summary
Don't believe all that you read out there regarding this album. It is beautiful good time stuff.


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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 13:26:15
now this is well worth searching out a mixture of aor & funk
it features the talents of wyzzard bass player with mothers finest great songs!
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 15:54:16
Nothing really to do with Blackfoot and their classic Suvvvern sound, except Ricky Medlocke and the usage of the name. Still it's very good and has some great songs, most memorably 'Silent Type' & 'Private Life'. This also features a couple of covers, namely The Russ Ballard penned 'Liar' (used by Graham Bonnet on his 'Line Up' release) and 'Rock 'n' roll Tonight', originally on Mothers Finest's fabulous 'Ironage' album.
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 13 2008 16:35:51
Not only Wyzard but his brother Harold on drums as well. A rhythm section that's also seen action on a few occasions in Mother's Finest live over the years.
 
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