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Good Rats - 2000 Cover Of Night


GOOD RATS - COVER OF NIGHT (2000, FRONTIERS)
Peppi Marchello - vocals
Gene Marchello - guitars
Dean Giuffrida - bass
Stefan Marchello - drums


Background
The Good Rats in one form or another have been around for years. In fact their earliest history goes back to the late sixties and early seventies, though obviously the music then was nothing like it is now. What is a common fixture throughout those years is main man Peppi Marchello. Some great players have played with the Good Rats over those years, including Peppi's brother Mickey, John Gatto, Lenny Kotke, Bruce Kulick, Schuyler Deale and Joe Franco. Always considered one of New York's legendary outfits, perhaps their greatest moment (well for me at least) was the superb 'Live At Last' album from 1979. However during the last wee while, the Good Rats have experienced a bit of a rebirth, due in no uncertain terms to the presence of young guitar monster Gene Marchello (son of), who was also the kingpin behind the sensational hard rockin' outfit simply called Marchello who put out the classic album 'Destiny' from a few years ago. The guitar bludgeon is very much to the fore again from Gene, but also this set of songs includes a wonderful cast list such as David Rosenthal, Bruce Kulick and Schuyler Deale.

The Songs
Some of these tracks are right on the button, like the very Skull sounding title track 'Cover Of Night' and the power rock of 'Get It Right'. Man that guitar of Gene just shreds! Also, we get some upfront and in your face rockers such as 'Love On The Beach' and the relentless driving fury that is 'Snakebite'. 'Hotline' has a swagger similar to Jesse Bradman's Saints And Sinners. Of course any Good Rats album would not be complete without some mild form of quirkiness as evidenced by some of their past material. Not as weird or as clapped out lyrically as someone like Donnie Iris for instance, but strange nonetheless. Tracks such as 'Football Madness' and 'Major Minor Chord' exemplify this to a tee. But that's Peppi for you.

In Summary
Musically similar to bands like the aforementioned Skull and Marchello, while still retaining that Peppi streak of humor from prior Good Rats releases, is where you'll find yourself with this album. Guitar crunch and solid arrangements make this a worthy release for those with a penchant for guitar driven melodic rock.

Track Listing:
01 Cover Of Night
02 Get It Right
03 Thunder Rocks My Soul
04 Feelin' Good Again
05 Love On The Beach
06 Evil Little Boy
07 Major Minor Chord
08 Crazy Wild And Angry
09 She's Stayin' Home Tonight
10 Hotline
11 Snakebite
12 Football Madness

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 26 2011 23:15:47
I think it was this CD that I used to have once.I think your cover is different to the one I had though.I can only remember the logo and title against a blue background.Maybe I was not paying attention.The one shown here is fantastic though.I hope to hear everything pre-1980s by this band.I hope I will like it.
 
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