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Eddie & The Tide - 2003 I Do It For You [Reissue]

Steve 'Eddie' Rice - vocals, rhythm guitars
Johnny Perri - guitars, vocals
Jeff 'Cazz' McCaslin - keyboards, vocals
George Diebold - bass
Scott Mason - drums, vocals

The roots of this band go way back to 1979, as the San Fransisco based The Suburbs. According to the bio, things started coming together in 1981 with the addition of new lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve 'Eddie' Rice. As a consequence the band changed handles to Eddie And The Tide. During the course of 1981-1983, the band built up a solid following throughout the Bay Area, culminating in their debut 6 track EP 'Maybe I'll Get Lucky' in 1983. A couple of the tracks from this set were doing really well on AOR Radio, so their label Spin Records, sent them into the studio (Fantasy Studios no less) for a couple of weeks to dress down a full length album. The result: 'I Do It For You' which was originally released in 1984.

The Songs
For this album, the style is more pop/radio rock than AOR per se. The approach taken is a fun and jangly one at best, invoking memories of Huey Lewis And The News, The Police, and bands of that ilk. Rice's vocals slotting somewhere between a Springsteen-esque warble, and if any of you melodic rockers have ever heard the Regatta album (Canadian band from 1989), then their lead-singer Chris Smith is an absolute deadringer! Many of the tunes from the EP made it onto the album, including two of their more popular ones from that era 'Running Wild Running Free', and the title track 'Maybe I'll Get Lucky'. However, tracks like 'One In A Million', 'Til I Can't Run No More' and the excellent 'Night Drive' give the album some appeal to eighties rock fans. The album also includes three additional tracks taken from the original session, though never released at the time. These were 'Jean', 'Anything I Do' and 'Don't Stop Now'. The only difference being the track order.

In Summary
On the strength of this album, two significant events occurred. The album won a BAMMY award for best independent release of 1984, and the Atco/Atlantic stable signed the band, who duly released two excellent albums: 1985's 'Go Out And Get It' and 1986's 'Looking For Adventure'. Of course the tale does not end there, the band releasing two more independent albums in 1988 and 1989. German label Target Records have done a wonderful thing in obtaining a retrospective release of 'I Do It For You' officially released as part of their 2003 Rock Classic Series, so well done to them. Let's hope we can see more of these rarities find their way into the digital domain during 2003.

Produced by: Bobby Corona

Track Time: 43.23

Track Listing:
01 Running Wild Running Free
02 One In A Million
03 Cold World
04 I Do It For You
05 Till I Can't Run No More
06 Room In Her Heart
07 Make Every Second Count
08 Maybe I'll Get Lucky
09 Night Drive
10 I'm A Little Bit Nervous
11 Jean *
12 Anything I Do *
13 Don't Stop Now *

* Bonus Tracks

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