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Y & T - 1985 Down For The Count

ALBUM: Down For The Count
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2005, Majestic Rock, MAJCD054 * 2009, Universal Japan, UICY-94055 (remastered)


LINEUP: Dave Meniketti - vocals, guitars * Joey Alves - guitars, vocals * Phil Kennemore - bass, vocals * Leonard Haze - drums

Guests: Randy Nichols, Claude Schnell, Steffen Presley - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Summertime Girls * 02 Looks Like Trouble * 03 Your Mama Don't Dance * 04 Don't Tell Me What To Wear * 05 Hands Of Time * 06 In The Name Of Rock * 07 All American Boy * 08 Anytime At All * 09 Anything For Money * 10 Face Like An Angel


So what's a hard rock band doing in a self-confessed AOR addicts music collection? The answer is simple. Several bands who are traditionally considered to be 'hard rock' have an abundance of AOR appeal, manifested through melody and sheer class. Such bands would include the likes of Y&T, Legs Diamond, Whitesnake, Triumph and Starz, even selected portions of the Kiss catalogue. Keyboards are frequently brought in to add that extra AOR touch, resulting in a sub-genre you could call Hard AOR - and you can't get much better than Y&T for a place to start.

The Songs
'In The Name Of Rock' is a big slice of melodic bombast, the hook reminiscent of 'Megaforce' era 707, complete with matching anthem chorus - summing up the point I was making about Hard AOR: the perfect midpoint between hard rock and AOR. Having been helped along the way by fellow Bay Area legends Journey, the influence is apparent in 'All American Boy' and especially 'Anytime At All', both waving the AOR flag with pride and conviction in the Journey/Survivor vein. Keys are used to great effect in enhancing the hook, and the wall of cascading vocals make the Anytime chorus worth the price of admission. 'Anything For Money' operates in more straight ahead hard rock territory, more frenetic and lighter on melody, an obvious dip from the opening three tracks. 'Face Like An Angel' gets everything back onto AOR Boulevard though, combining a stirring Schon-esque lick with an intense vocal attack at chorus time. 'Summertime Girls' proves to be nothing short of classic AOR, doing justice to the very best Survivor, Shooting Star or Loverboy could offer (and that's saying plenty). The combination hook of guitar riff and keyboard proves irresistible and the chorus reminds one of the flowing milk and honey from the best of Boston harmonies. As a single it reached Billboard's top 60 but deserved better. 'Looks Like Trouble' is hard rock by numbers, and the cover of 'Your Mama Don't Dance' (Loggins/Messina) is entertaining but little more. 'Don't Tell Me What To Wear' is pretty ferocious hard rock, almost devoid of melody and certainly a throwaway. However, they do close the disc in considerable style - 'Hands Of Time' ushers the AOR melodies and keyboards back in for a power ballad/grand epic reminiscent of Triumph or even Magnum. Needless to say, a great album closer.

In Summary
There you have it, possibly one great track short of classic status, but very close. Majestic Rock has done great work with the sound and presentation of this reissue in 2005, and the Kevin Beamish production tugs out the very best of Y&T on most of this disc. He would repeat that achievement on 1987's Hard AOR classic 'Contagious'. Note also that Majestic Rock have also reissued the great 1984 'In Rock We Trust' album, featuring one of the AOR classics 'Don't Stop Running'. Also worth purchasing! I got them both from

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#1 | sabace on October 23 2008 13:44:17
a great lp! a bit more commercial than usual but full
of great songs IT AMAZES ME THAT THIS BAND WERE NOT HUGE! I notice John Nyhann is on backing vocals so he goes way back with band!
#2 | Eric on October 23 2008 17:37:24
Just an observation, but I don't think YandT had a very good booking agent in the States. They had pockets of popularity (Texas etc.) but were almost unknown in other regions, including here in the Upper Midwest were they almost never came through town...
#3 | rkbluez on July 10 2012 03:37:17
Not one of YandT's best albums IMO but still better than what most other bands were doing at the time...quess the record company put pressure on them for hits and to make their sound more poppy...record companies suck...YandT was a kick ass band and were at their best when they are rocking out.
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