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Tyketto - 1991 Don't Come Easy

ARTIST: Tyketto
ALBUM: Don't Come Easy
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Danny Vaughan - vocals * Brooke St James - guitars * Jimi Kennedy - bass * Michael Clayton - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Forever Young * 02 Wings * 03 Burning Down Inside * 04 Seasons * 05 Standing Alone * 06 Lay Your Body Down * 07 Walk On Fire * 08 Nothing But Love * 09 Strip Me Down * 10 Sail Away


A bunch of melodic rockers from New York with a storming album from 1991. All relatively familiar faces on the New York club scene and good friends with band personnel from White Lion for instance, Tyketto initially came together as the primary working duo of Danny Vaughan and drummer Michael Clayton. Vaughan had prior stints with bands such as Allied Forces and Waysted (refer to their 'Save Your Prayers' album), but after those fell apart, he formed this band. The name Tyketto came later, sourced from an unlikely spot, a wall in downtown New York. Signed to Geffen and bringing in Richie Zito to do the production chores, 'Don't Come Easy' as a debut is easily a highlight for it's year. I recall waiting with anticipation for this album, after all the pre-release press which was generated, and I think looking back it certainly lived up to the hype..

The Songs
As a melodic rocker, you can't help but be impressed with the opener 'Forever Young', a glorious affair, with a strong vocal performance by Vaughan. 'Wings' is a crisp upbeat track, with a lovely chorus accompanied by some nice flowing accoustic guitars before the sonic six string antics of St James kicks in. The anthemic 'Burning Down Inside' has a big drum sound as well some keyboard bursts through the middle. The Mitch Malloy flavoured 'Seasons' is a highlight for me, as is the next one, the power ballad 'Standing Alone', reminding me a lot of Warrant's (or should that be White Diamond's) 'Heaven'. Brooke St James pulling a Joey Allen type guitar solo. 'Lay Your Body Down' has a guitar groove stolen (I'm sure Brooke won't mind me saying this) from Journey's 'Dixie Highway' (off their 'Captured' live album), while the accoustic/electric workout 'Walk On Fire' could be a heavied up Nelson for all we know..

In Summary
The air was sort of let out of the bag after this album unfortunately. Even though they did a few tours including one to the UK with White Lion, Geffen dropped them after not so good sales figures. The band still continued on with a pair of albums following on from this, the admirable 'Strength In Numbers' and 'Shine' which featured Steve Augeri on vocals. However, for a definitive Tyketto experience, it don't come easier than this one.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on December 19 2007 18:09:27
This is one of the many CDs I bought in 2007 (thanks to this web site Cool ). The first two tracks are as good as any two opening tracks I've heard, and the whole CD is very solid. They also have a video for 'Standing Alone' (which I expect will make it here soon...). 'Standing Alone' is one of those songs that should have been HUGE, every bit as big as Poison's 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'.
#2 | richardb on June 15 2008 17:11:29
A very strong debut though like so many classy releases of the early 90's a victim of the 'grunge scene'. Had it been released 3 or 4 years earlier who knows what might have happened..

Richard B
#3 | rostoned on November 30 2008 11:36:09
To these ears Danny Vaughn sounds like a (very good) poor man's Jimi Jamison, certainly a more good looking version. That previous single 'Heaven Tonight' from Waysted 'Save Your Prayers' (with Vaughn on vox) sounded sooooo much like Survivor too...
#4 | jeffduran on December 03 2008 04:27:21
"Forever Young" is a classic!
#5 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 14:57:24
In the store that had that RTZ-CD this CD was on endless repeat each time I visited.It all sounded good IMHO.
#6 | reyno-roxx on January 20 2013 17:16:00
I've been listening to the Doobie Brothers 'Greatest Hits' en route to and from work a great deal this week and was struck by how much 'Nobody' from the first album is to the more acoustic based stuff Tyketto have delivered over the years. The Doobies were certainly an influence, as I remember being hugely impressed with a version of 'Long Train Running' that Tyketto performed at a soundcheck on the 'Strength In Numbers' tour. They absolutely nailed the song even without the harmonica solo!

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