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Rossington Band - 1988 Love Your Man

ARTIST: Rossington Band, The
ALBUM: Love Your Man
SERIAL: MCA-42166 (LP), MCAD-42166 (CD)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2005, Lemon Recordings (UK), CD LEM 58


LINEUP: Dale Krantz-Rossington - vocals * Gary Rossington, Jay Johnson - guitars * Tim Lindsey - bass * Tim Sharpton - keyboards * Ronnie Eades - sax * Mitch Rigel - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Losin' Control * 02 Welcome Me Home * 03 Call It Love * 04 Holdin' My Own * 05 Rock On * 06 Love Your Man * 07 Stay With Me * 08 Nowhere To Run * 09 Say It From The Heart * 10 I Don't Want To Leave You

The story that Gary Rossington can tell on his life would be an interesting one at best. He is perhaps best known for his role as a guitarist with southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd. Though many will remember the tragic loss of life when their chartered plane crashed into a Mississippi swamp during October 1977, there were survivors.. Rossington, guitarist Allen Collins, drummer Artimus Pyle and bassist Leon Wilkeson among them. Though all were seriously injured, in time they recovered. Pyle went on to form his own band APB (which stands for???), while Rossington And Collins joined forces to create the originally named Rossington Collins Band during 1980. Their debut album 'Anytime Anyplace, Anywhere' went gold and did very well at the time. Unfortunately their follow-up 'This Is The Way' was not so roundly received and the band folded. Collins unfortunately did not fear so well, he was paralysed in a car accident in 1986 which claimed the life of his girlfriend, and four years later succumbed to pneumonia. After the demise of RCB, lead singer Dale Krantz, a southern rock singer with more than a hint of Janis Joplin about her, had married Gary Rossington. They then put together their own band simply called The Rossington Band. They bought onboard many players who had an association with the Muscle Shoals Recording Studio in Alabama. Their first album released in 1986 was called 'Returned To The Scene Of The Crime' (Atlantic). The line-up was basically the same as above, except for keyboardist Gary Ross. The following year, first thoughts about reforming the defunct Lynyrd Skynyrd came to fruition, and Rossington hooked up with the aforementioned remaining members, plus Johnny Van Zant, brother of Ronnie, Skynyrd's singer who was killed in the 1977 plane crash. Similtaneously, the Rossington Band released album number 2 for MCA in 1988, and though it continues the great tradition of southern rock, it is tempered with many commercial/AOR traits, keyboard layers and a slick production. Comparison wise, we see a mix of April Wine commericality, .38 Special and that classic 1985 album by Van Zant.

The Songs
Immediately the keyboards are heard in the mix on 'Losin' Control' with Dale's vocal giving the track added power. 'Welcome Me Home' and 'Rock On' are also solid radio-rock numbers. The title track 'Love You Man' integrates traditional southern rock with a gospel-type backing section. The lovely ballad 'Stay With Me' is very AOR, Sharpton's keyboard runs makes sure of that. It's followed by the equally intriguing AOR of 'Nowhere To Run', with the galloping guitar riff and keyboard dabbles living up to the song-title. 'Say It From The Heart' again shows commercial appeal, lots of keyboard layers, and melodies to burn. Though the sentiment is understood, the album closer 'I Don't Want To Leave You' is rhetorical. A great rockier track with the Peter Frampton styled vocoder used as the solo piece, and as such, the curtain closed on the Rossington Band. I can say that Side Two is definitely stronger than Side One, a pleasant surprise, and some great tunes to get familiar with, which is what I'm doing, having had this album for years but virtually ignoring it!

In Summary
After the album, the Rossington's devoted all their energies to the Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion, and to this day are an integral part of that band.

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#1 | swazi on October 30 2011 10:27:46
I have owned this CD since its release and must have spun it a 100 times since. I remember I had it in my car one day and a friend totally freaked over it and bought it straight after. Ha, memories ...! Smile
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