ARTIST: Vergat, Vic
ALBUM: Down To The Bone
SERIAL: 1C 064-46 350
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Vic Vergat - vocals, guitars * Guy Rollinger - bass * Gerhard Jerlach - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Down To The Bone * 02 Breakaway * 03 I Don't Wanna Lose You * 04 Walk * 05 Hot Love * 06 You Never Tell Me You Love Me * 07 I Believe In Love Music * 08 Mean Mean Cat * 09 Hey Love
I looked at the cover of this album and thought to myself 'this guy looks as if he could play some mean guitar'. Unfortunately the appearance I was looking at did not quite equate to the sound I was hearing, although it is not the worst album I've ever heard - quite the contrary. It is just that looks can be deceiving. Vic Vergat (real name Vittorio Vergeat) with Italian/Swiss origins, had an early start to musical life, as a member of the 70's band Toad
, based out of the UK. It wasn't until he joined allegiances with producer Dieter Dierks that things took off for him. 1981 saw the release of his debut solo album, and though the lineup above was featured, they did not form his touring band. Instead, Vergat recruited Tom Croucier (refer Life By Night
) and Bobby Blotzer (refer Ratt
) as his band. Vic Vergat toured the USA during 1981 to promote the album, and musically, 'Down To The Bone' came off looking and sounding like an amalgam of Billy Squier
, Adam Bomb
, Billy Rankin
and Gus And The New Breed
, but with more of a blues edge to it.
Vic plays with a gruff guitar, and an entertaining style which by the sounds of it would've gone down well in a live environment. Just why he goes down the Aldo Nova
route and includes the word 'love' so many times in his song-titles is a bit of a worry.. lol! Vergat goes all out to prove that a broken heart is probably caused by a guitar ploughing through an amplifier, as depicted on the back cover of the album.
Since then, Vergat has been involved with the Euro hard rock band Paganini
, plus he joined forces with Krokus
lead singer Marc Storace to form the excellent AOR flavoured duo Blue
. As mentioned, a gruff guitar, a good image, and a reasonable, if not dated album that is worth the occasional listen.
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