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Revolver - 1979 A Piece Of The Action

ARTIST: Revolver
ALBUM: A Piece Of The Action
LABEL: Revolver Music
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Kent Lohman - vocals, guitars * Randall Reeves - vocals, guitars * Rick Whitley - bass * Wendell Fry - drums * Kirk Dawtrey - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Changing All The Time * 02 In And Out Of Heaven * 03 A Piece Of The Action * 04 Magic In Your Soul * 05 No Room To Talk * 06 Locomotive Lady * 07 Bye Now * 08 Send Me Home * 09 Straight Shootin' Woman * 10 Can't Believe My Ears

In all the years of researching bands trying to dig up any possible facts to spice up a review I doubt I've ever come up shorter than I have with Revolver. Unearthing the albums cover and band lineup was all that the internet would summon and the fact that someone on a record collector website is asking one hundred and fifty dollars for the vinyl original of this album means it's either a treasured obscurity or there are some demented people out there. Revolver were from Texas, and this was self released on their own label, and production wise it shows, with bottom of the barrel production masking some effective, typical late seventies melodic hard rock. Cues are taken from all the ubiquitous figures of the era, Styx, Kansas, Starz, Kiss and in my opinion this is almost identical to Steeplechase's lone 1981 release, keyboard dominated hard rock with a heavy edge (sounds like it could also be Legs Diamond!! Ed). It's a basic affair, but explosive enough to have warranted more than being lost in the shuffle.

The Songs
'Changing All The Time' is the right way to start any album, not far from Zon, with swirling synthesizers adding a pomp element, but the brutal guitar work is true hard rock and on one occasion leads into a suitable Southern tangent. Very eclectic, but unique. The keyboards interplay with the guitar harmonies to superb effect on 'In And Out Of Heaven', and it's a shame the poor production makes this appear more 1977 than 1979. The title track is closest to the Steeplechase comparison, this of course coming first, but if you've ever heard Steeplechase's ' Rock And Roll Appetite' you'll know what to expect here. Fans of atmospheric synths will be in rapture during 'Magic In Your Soul', although 'No Room To Talk' is far harder, closer to Angel's more commercial years. The keyboard flurry highlighting 'Locomotive Lady' is must hear, pure 1979 gold and differs greatly from 'Bye Now', which might be a lost Uriah Heep track from 1974. Far more on the level is 'Send Me Home', tough riffs that bring Detroit's Adrenalin instantly to mind, particularly 'Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' from 1979 also. There's allowances made for boogie during 'Straight Shooting Woman', and the ending 'Can't Believe My Ears' captures early Styx with all the brilliant excesses of Kansas through glorious melodic vocal harmonies.

In Summary
This might not be worth paying outrageous sums for, but it is not worth shying away from also. How easy it is to track down is another question, but this is more than just another American hard rock act in a field of thousands that were following the same path. That serious money is being asked means Revolver have a reputation and it would be utterly fascinating to know more about this band and what became of them. For the legions of lovers of melodic 70's rock this is a sure fire winner. It's not predictable, despite the many similarities noted, and despite its obscurity maybe this review will trigger a few memories.

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#1 | richardb on January 01 2016 20:37:34
This did nothing for me I'm afraid (even taking into account it's a private pressing). Relieved that I didn't shell out big bucks for this on Ebay, back in the day...
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