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Redvette - 1982 Redvette

ARTIST: Redvette
ALBUM: Redvette
LABEL: Redvette
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Joe White - vocals * Kevin Luce - guitars * Tim Girard - keyboards * Jack Gleason - bass * Grant Walthal - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Coast To Coast * 02 Bent On Success * 03 Earth Mover * 04 One Night, One Lover * 05 How Can You Love Me * 06 Crazy Love * 07 Love's Got A Hold * 08 Hog Heaven * 09 Leadfoot * 10 Time Keeps On Slippin'

WEBLINKS: www.garageband.com/artist/redvette

Redvette were a short-lived band that came from San Francisco (Redwood City), and graced us with a one-off album back in 1982. If I recall, the original vinyl was red, something afforded by its independent status. The album despite its indie claims was imported to the UK, which is where I first heard about these guys through the some of the sales lists/ads by long-lost fave store Shades. The music is good solid melodic rock with keyboards. Nothing earth-shattering, it is ham-fisted at times, but it has favorable comparisons with bands like Angel, Jagwire and when the keyboards fire up (particularly the organ work) then a comparison to a workingman's Legs Diamond is appropriate.

The Songs
The addition of keyboards within Redvette help colour what is essentially a hard driving guitar oriented album. The opener 'Coast To Coast' features Boston like guitar parts and this early on, Kevin Luce gets to let loose. It's all party-anthem stuff on 'Bent On Success', while the organ flurries are prominent on 'Earth Mover'. Redvette drop back to mid-tempo mode on 'One Night, One Lover'. I guess this is their token slow-mo moment. Picking up to party-anthem speed again is 'How Can You Love Me' followed by the southern swamp rock of 'Crazy Love', which could've been a favourite of barroom patrons in Florida! The keyboards sound positively dated on 'Love's Got A Hold'. Now ordinarily I am a fan of keyboards being used to embellish a song, but Tim Girard's use of a sine-wave oriented synth patch is awful. 'Hog Heaven' is pretty silly really, a rawk and rawl song fit for the farm. Thankfully, the final pairing of 'Leadfoot' and 'Time Keeps On Slippin' takes on a Legs Diamond assault and finishes the album with a bit of hurry and flurry. Great stuff. After an encouraging start and a dodgy middle section, thankfully we have both barrels burning at the tail-end.

In Summary
Apparently, the story goes that the band more or less fractured during the production/mixing process, obviously not happy with the final result. You see, it doesn't really matter whether you are a top-line act or not. Perfection is still a sought-after commodity even among the lesser lights. Still, a worthwhile addition if you can track it down that is, because after twenty plus years this is as rare as rockinghorse droppings!

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#1 | swazi on January 04 2017 22:06:58
Wow! The first comment after 10 years! Smile
This is great stuff! Does anyone have the tracks, which he could upload?
#2 | gdazegod on January 04 2017 22:51:15
Refer the Member DL area.
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