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T-Ride - 1992 T-Ride



ARTIST: T-Ride
ALBUM: T-Ride
LABEL: Hollywood
SERIAL: HR-60993-2
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 2008, Krescendo (UK), KRECD25

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dan Arlie - vocals, bass * Jeff Tyson - guitars, vocals * Eric Valentine - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Zombies From Hell * 02 Backdoor Romeo * 03 Ride * 04 You And Your Friend * 05 I Hunger * 06 Luxury Cruiser * 07 Hit Squad * 08 Bad Girls And Angels * 09 Bone Down * 10 Fire It Up * 11 Heroes And Villains


Background
A supremely talented and under estimated trio from the Bay Area of San Francisco who released their one and only album during 1992, though who had been in existence for many years prior. For a trio, these guys surely pack a punch: technically adept, resourcefully different, with a flair for the dramatic. Guitarist Jeff Tyson is a bit of a guitar prodigy, having being taught by guitar guru Joe Satriani, while Valentine is the bands producer, the band themselves thumbing their nose at established producers to work on the material for the debut album. For three guys, they can all surely sing and harmonise. It's no secret that Queen and Van Halen have been a big influence on these boys: the bombastic vocal arrangements are second to none, the cut and thrust musical approach featuring some mad-dash histrionics from Tyson. There is a funky element to their music too, not unlike Extreme from their debut.


The Songs
We get a movie soundtrack like intro to 'Zombies From Hell', a strange title yes, but varied, interesting, and definitely cool. It ends up being like a hi-octane cross of Shotgun Messiah meeting Extreme at the entrance to the Underworld (literally)! 'Backdoor Romeo' apart from the dubious sounding title is a bit of melodic rock theater, all sorts going on within this track. 'Ride' is a short and sweet power-blast, followed by the strange and quirky 'You And Your Friend'. We're back on target with the electric razzle of 'I Hunger' - still very funky sounding mind you, despite the nimble fingerwork of Mr Tyson. Not sure what the inspiration was behind 'Luxury Liner' - it stomps along for the most part, with the occasional lead guitar breakout. The insane rap on 'Hit Squad' is straight out of the 'alley', while Mr Van Halen gets a sonic mention on the impressive instrumental 'Bone Down'.


In Summary
Obviously there's some tongue and cheek humor in their songs, and it's definitely not as weak as ersatz Queen clones Lost City (Scotti Bros) who released an album around the same time. Unfortunately due to the changing musical landscape (ie: Nirvana), T-Ride the album was not picked up by the mainstream public, despite it's off the wall appeal. Unsure what the band are doing, perhaps someone can drop us a line.


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#1 | Nick C on October 21 2008 04:24:44
This album is a bit like Marmite....you love it or hate it. I've never known an album to polarise people so much (okay maybe WWIII with Mandy Lion...strangely enough released on the same label).
I actually think it's brilliant, the fact that no two songs are alike just cheers me up no end.
The drum sound is huge and the guitar just shreds, the bass playing is bang on too. The only thing that may not be to everyone's taste is the vocals which I find cool but I could imagine them irritating some folk...oh yeah and the fact that the album is over the top in practically every department. For me a 10/10 album as all the tracks are excellent and compelling...one of those albums I can't take off once playing.
But you've been warned it may not be to everyone's tasste so don't blame me if you buy it and hate it.
Now where'd I put that Marmite sandwich?
 
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