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Bandit - 1978 Partners In Crime



ARTIST: Bandit
ALBUM: Partners In Crime
LABEL: Ariola
SERIAL: SW-50042
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gerry Trew - vocals * Danny McIntosh - guitars * Tony Lester - bass * Theodore Thunder - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't You Worry * 02 Change Of Heart * 03 Memories Of You * 04 Love Song * 05 Best Of You * 06 High On Your Love * 07 One Way Love * 08 Visions Of You * 09 Stick Around * 10 Rocker


Background
Despite the hackneyed album cover, this is seventies melodic radio rock from this British based four piece. Obviously influenced by their American counterparts, Bandit's major accomplishment was their penchant for tight vocal harmonies, and clean guitar lines by the band's leader Danny McIntosh. In fact, with this album 'Partners In Crime', this is their second effort, with the debut coming out a year earlier, on a different label, with a different lineup, and with a different sound. Back then it was blues based boogie/hard rock, but as pointed out earlier, the style has become more radio oriented. 'Partners In Crime' was produced by Matthew Fisher, more renowned for his work with that other British institution Procol Harum.


The Songs
They get off to a great start with the pairing of 'Stick Around' and the smooth radio effort 'High On Your Love'. The drums pound away at the beginning of the quirky 'Love Song' while there is a disco flavour on 'One Way Love' which the band could best be forgiven for. 'Visions Of You' has a commercial slant to it while 'Rocker' has early Thin Lizzy stamped all over it (even the song title is nearly similar), which is followed by the Pat Travers soundalike 'Best Of You'. Not so convincing is the placid 'Memories Of You' as is 'Change Of Heart' sounding like a weaker version of The Babys. All in all, it's not a convincing change in direction, but it's admirable nonetheless.


In Summary
As far as I'm aware, there was a third unreleased Bandit album which was recorded in either 1979 or 1980, but has since remained unreleased. Elsewhere, McIntosh went on to stints with Grand Hotel and Night. These days, Gerry Trew is more famous for travelling the world as a Rod Stewart tribute act, and even back as far back as 1978, you can hear his vocal inflection, a deadringer for Stewart even then.


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#1 | Harvey Mettle on September 26 2006 18:07:34
The coment about the 'hackneyed' cover is interesting as I have two copies of this LP, both British but with different covers, the music appears to be the same on both. I've never been able to find out which came first and why there was a change! I suspect that the 'guns' cover was the first though, there is a lack of info on the sleeve. My copy of the edition you have is an undated white label. My other copy is dated 1979 (on the cover, 1978 on the record) and with the same catalogue number but Danny McIntosh is no longer in the band (replaced by Mick Grabham)
#2 | tompa on January 01 2010 14:47:18
Besides moving on to Grand Hotel and Night, Mcintosh also landed the slot of becoming Kate Bush's boyfriend.... Now THERE'S an achievement.
#3 | rkbluez on September 10 2010 22:38:32
IMO this is a great album that me and my friends played to death...I'd love to see a label like Rock Candy do this album although it's doubtful and being an Ariola piece makes it that less possible...I'll just listen to my vinyl to disc version...like I said I really like this record.
#4 | super80boy on May 05 2013 16:42:21
This is a fantastic record. I really enjoyed listening to this all the way through. Lots of killer melodies and arrangements with AOR and melodic rock sounds.
#5 | joske on January 12 2016 16:03:03
This record reminds me a lot of the first Export (uk) album Smile
 
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