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Granati Brothers - 1979 G Force

ARTIST: Granati Brothers
ALBUM: G Force
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Herman Granati - vocals, keyboards, synth bass * Ricky Granati - drums, vocals * Tony Lee Bonomo - drums, vocals * Joey Granati - keyboards, synth bass * David Granati - guitars, bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 What In The World * 02 You Looked So Good * 03 April * 04 I Can Do Without You * 05 No Stone Unturned * 06 Nite * 07 Nothin' * 08 Make It Last * 09 It Was You * 10 (Someone To) Take Up My Time * 11 She Doesn't Cry


Discovered in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania club by Gentle Giant's Schulman brothers, the Granati Brothers had a booking agent that would make most bands green with envy. Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, Heart, Rush and not just one, but two tours with Van Halen are just among the dozens of groups and artists the brothers shared a stage with. Yes, four of the five members of the band were related but it doesn't seem they used this connection as a marketing ploy a la Alessi, from the promo materials I have seen. Still, I have to wonder why with the obvious push this album received from the record company and high profile tours to back it up, the Granati Brothers never broke out in big way aside from their western Pennsylvania fan base since this is a damn fine record.

The Songs
The Granati Brothers born and bred in America's rust belt, comparisons to Michael Stanley Band and Donnie Iris are inevitable on tracks like 'What In The World' and 'I Can Do Without You' rock solid and both received a fair amount of airplay on the big east coast radio stations, but the Granati's a had a gift for writing memorable hooks as evident on 'No Stone Unturned' and 'It Was You', both of which deserved a shot at the public's ear drums. Of course this was released in 1979 and that hip new wave quirkiness that was all the rage crept into some of the material, trying I suppose to keep it current. The best example of this is 'Make It Last' which bops along like 'Remote Control' period The Tubes. A fun listen, but the band was much better at straight forward pop rock and in the end while 'G Force' didn't break any sales records, it's a nice piece of period AOR that should be in every collection.

In Summary
From what I understand, the Granati's recorded a second album for Atlantic records in 1986 called 'Enter', but I have never seen a copy so commentary here would be pointless since I am not sure it was officially released? In 2002, a CD called 'G- The Continuing Adventures of The Granati Brothers' hit the shelves and is reviewed elsewhere here on GD and it seems the boys are still gigging locally, so if you are ever in the Pittsburgh area check 'em out!

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#1 | super80boy on October 09 2016 16:09:50
These brothers have gobs of talent and this album shows flashes of it. Apart from the above mentioned radio airplay songs - 'You Looked So Good' and 'Nothin' are also quality radio worthy cuts. Even the quirky 'Someone To Take Up My Time' glides along with catchy melodies. AandM unceremoniously dropped the brothers after this album.
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