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Litterer - 1987 Rock This City

ARTIST: Litterer
ALBUM: Rock This City
LABEL: Catamount
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Tom Litterer - bass, lead vocals * Steve Litterer - guitars, vocals * Carleen Litterer - keyboards, vocals * Brent Estlund - guitars, vocals * David Litterer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ghost Town Park * 02 Rock This City * 03 Lost In Time * 04 No More Lies * 05 Romancing The Night * 06 Rock On Through The Night * 07 Broken Hearts * 08 High Roller * 09 City Lights

Litterer - a band made up of family members plus one hanger-on (Estlund). From Iowa, these guys are just as notoriously legendary as that other well-known outfit from the region - Lynn Allen. This band have been compared to debut album era Danger Danger, but probably lack the intensity and superlative musicianship that D2 displayed. Vocally though, it's as though we are hearing Ted Poley sing these songs rather than Tom Litterer. A compliment indeed. The band surely look the part, a great image, which would give other hair-metal merchants such as Autograph and Winger a good foot race to the nearest hairdressers!

The Songs
The album entree 'Ghost Town Park' sounds familiar, like a workingman's Danger Danger but the arrangement doesn't quite hit the mark. Both guitarists get to trade licks on the title track 'Rock This City', sounding like a melodic rock equivalent of Virgin Steele, the edgy tune given some assistance by Carleen Litterer's keyboards. The dual axe approach stands out again on 'Lost In Time', the L.A metal styled riff a familiar sound during the era. Litterer meander through the ballad 'Romancing The Night' before blitzing us with 'Rock On Through The Night', a track which can't decide whether to be AOR or metal! Similarly 'Broken Hearts'.. which starts out mid-tempo and gradually works itself up the scale. Finishing off with a flurry is 'City Lights' which ends up in the same territory as Leatherwolf, that is.. guitars flying all over the place, aided by some well placed synth layers.

In Summary
Litterer released a CD in 1995 called 'Romancing The Night'. It included tracks from this album plus an EP called 'She's So Dangerous'. Catamount did the honours for that one too. A good band, good image, and an example of melodic keyboard laced hard rock from the hair-metal era without being on a big label.

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#1 | super80boy on May 11 2014 19:47:50
Here's a standout private pressing one off. I like the keyboard and metal guitar riffing interplay throughout the album, like in the masterful melodic hard rock AOR of 'Lost In Time'. Litterer don't get too ahead of themselves in their playing and go all out metal, yet they stay focused and melodic, which suits the proceedings very well. The original vinyl version is a tough album to come by in collector circles, but well worth the hunt.
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