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Messendger - 1982 Messendger

ARTIST: Messendger
ALBUM: Messendger
LABEL: JAB Records
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Brad Sayre - guitar, vocals * Allen Poole - bass, vocals * John Buchan - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Strangers * 02 Hang On Sloopy * 03 Be Bop A Lula * 04 Living Part 1 - This Crazy Life * 05 Living Part 2 - No One Will Stand In The Way * 06 Living Part 3 - Ecstacy * 07 Tomorrows Dreams * 08 Don't Look Back * 09 Lonely Nights

Messendger were a very loud three-piece outfit hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. They were on the map the same time as another local trio were doing the rounds: Fortnox, but ended up following different paths. The band were well known on the southern bar circuit, but it is the talent of guitarist Brad Sayre that has been tagged to this band before, during and after their demise. Soundwise, Messendger fuse early Triumph and Wizard with G-Force era Gary Moore. Brad Sayre's guitar is very raw in the mix. 'Messendger' the album was a small privately pressed LP financed by the band themselves, and even earned high praise from the bible of all bibles within the melodic rock world.. The International Encyclopedia Of Hard Rock And Heavy Metal written by Tony Jasper and Derek Oliver.

The Songs
Interestingly, the band perform two well known covers: 'Hang On Sloopy' and 'Be Bop A Lula', the latter in particular played in a southern bar-room boogie style. However, the other tracks are an array of hard rock and progressive styles - all meeting up at the Florida/Georgia interstate. Starting out with 'Strangers', yes it would be hard to ignore those G-Force comparisons. The three part series 'Living' veers toward the progressive path. I am reminded in parts by L.A prog/melodic rockers Wizard, especially Allen Poole's bass lines emulating Bruffie Brigham. 'Tomorrows Dreams' initially drifts along in a prog haze, but by songs end, Sayre has completely taken over the show with a blistering guitar workout that Frank Marino would be proud of. 'Don't Look Back' is a mid-paced affair where Sayre's rhythm work is reminiscent of Tony Iommi's work with Black Sabbath. More like Wizard like prog rock on 'Lonely Nights' finishes up the album.

In Summary
According to French blogsite Hardblog, an exclusive 7 inch single was sold with initial copies of the album. It is unsure just what tracks on are on that single. Amazingly for a private pressing, the LP generated interest in Europe, to the point of being re-pressed and re-distributed on Bernett Records, a French label who were also responsible for the one-off Stress LP 'Killing Me Night And Day'. A couple of 7 inch singles were released subsequently, both in France and the USA. Despite the level of interest, the bar circuit must have got the better of the trio because they disbanded the following year. Since then, Sayre has been the most active. During his career he has played guitar for the Danny Joe Brown Band and Dr Hook, and more recently has hooked up with bassist Davis Simmons as part of the performing duo AcoustiCon. Along the way he has also picked up numerous awards for his prestigious guitar talent. At least on Messendger, you can hear him purely in a rock/metal environment.

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#1 | rkbluez on February 15 2008 00:59:55
Wow I used to have that album a long time's cool seeing the album cover again...I remember their claim to fame was their guitarist who didn't use a pick and just played with his fingers if I'm not mistaken. The G-Force comparision is a good one cause it did have a real dirty guitar sound from what I remember.
#2 | Eric on February 16 2008 03:58:39
Odd how much this looks like the Work Of Art cover! Look close.. hmm!
#3 | gdazegod on November 09 2013 01:58:45
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