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Zappacosta - 1990 Quick.. Don't Answer Any Questions

ARTIST: Zappacosta
ALBUM: Quick Don't Ask Any Questions
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: A2-40710
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Alfie Zappacosta - vocals, guitars * Gerry 'The Mozz' Mosby - guitars * Marco Luciani - keyboards * Darren Bowler - bass * Tony Azzopardi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Letter Back * 02 Nothing To Do With Love * 03 Simple Words To Say * 04 Good Intentions * 05 Place On The Beach * 06 The Only One * 07 Manny's Dilemma * 08 All Night * 09 Keep Up * 10 I'll Be The One * 11 Worries Away


Here he is .. one of the kings of Canadian melodic rock and a seriously talented dude to boot! All lovers of Canuck rock will remember Alfie Zappacosta's initial band Surrender, who released a great album back in 1979 (do we all remember the fantastic track 'Turn Down The Mission') as well as a follow-up 4 track EP 'No Surrender'. When Surrender transformed into the band Zappacosta, Alfie had managed to take a few of his former band mates with him, notably drummer Paul Delaney and guitarist Steve Jensen. Joining the fold was journeyman keyboardist Gerald O'Brien who had appeared with numerous Canadian bands including Wrabit and Exchange. Zappacosta released two albums during the eighties, the self titled in 1984 and 'A To Z' in 1986. For 'Quick ... Don't Ask Any Questions..' Alfie changes tack slightly and heads down a predominately MOR road, but the material is classy enough to get AOR heads and melodic rockers interested.

The Songs
The production is super tight, added to that the crispness of the instruments: notably Luciani's wonderful piano and synth textures, as well as Bowler's pulsing bass. But by and large it's Alfie's impassioned vocals which win the day. This guy could sing in a bus stop, a jazz bar, a shower, or a large concert arena and still sound great. He opens the album with the rather funky 'Letter Back' which leads us into the sublime 'Nothing To Do With Love' where Luciani's stabbing grand piano tones resonate class and reminds one of an AOR version of UK's greatest jazz/funk/pop exponents Shakatak. The gorgeous ballad 'Simple Words To Say' is pretty amazing to say the least. This one has some awesome lyrics. Guys .. if you need to strike up the courage to get close to that special lady of your dreams, then listen to this track! The tight jazz fusion flavoured 'Good Intentions' is carried on a wave of a tight bass and piano arrangement. Very nice, as is the piano solo and haunting vocal harmonies. An AOR delight is the subtle warmth of 'The Only One' where the keyboards are like a warm blanket drifting off into the stratosphere. 'Keep Up' is an upbeat affair with a vocal dialogue like a TV Cop Show narration! Interestingly different, as is the jazz workout 'Manny's Dilemma'. There are some quieter moments which could have used a bit of a 'rev' like the wimpy ballads 'I'll Be The One', and 'Don't Ask Me' while 'Worries Away' is very LA session oriented, in part due to Luciani's rhodes/piano stylising.

In Summary
A man of this calibre only releases albums infrequently, so if and when you are out collecting CD's for your collection be sure to add Alfie Zappacosta's material to your list.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 23:43:30
After the 2 excellent 'Zappacosta' & 'A-Z' releases Zappacosta goes down a more MOR route - although this is still excellent throughout. I could listen to this guys voice all day (i even bought his jazzier cd's 'Innocence Ballet' 'Dark Sided Jewel' and his excellent new 'Start Again' album). This may not appeal to the heavier rock fans out there, due to the range of the material, but for those with an open mind and an appreciation for fabulous musicianship, you won't go wrong with this.
#2 | code4 on October 07 2015 15:29:05
I love me some 80's Zappacosta. His first two albums still largely floor me, one song after the other ('over 60 minutes', the cd that collects most of these two albums on one disc is a really great purchase, still in print as of writing).
This 3rd album was very different. As you mentioned, it's clearly often aiming it's sights at smooth jazz-pop/AC radio with it's musical leanings (and exquisite production quality) yet it can certainly still be very good and essential for the westcoast type of fan. 'Simple Words to Say' is pretty stellar indeed. My personal two favourites on here are 'The Only One'- mid tempo westcoast pop with nice keyboard chops over the chorus (instantly a haunting song) and 'Don't Ask Me', a very soft acoustic guitar ballad with a great bridge section. Something like 'Place on the beach' on the other hand can make me want to change track. As decent as it is, it's a bit sterile and sleepy for my ears. Zappacosta's voice was really reaching a quite breathtaking level of brilliance with this album i agree. Definitely his vocals are also one of highlights upon the album. Cheers
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