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Martinez, Rosco - 1994 Rosco Martinez

ARTIST: Martinez, Rosco
ALBUM: Rosco Martinez
SERIAL: ZADV 11072-2
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Rosco Martinez - vocals, guitars * Peter Wolf - bass, keyboards * Mischa Kraus - fretless bass (track 12) * Vinnie Colauita - drums (tracks except 10 & 13) * Tris Imboden - drums (tracks 4, 10, 13) * Raphael Padilla - percussion * Ina Wolf, J.D Nicholas, Rose Stone, Merry Clayton, Bill Champlin, Philip Ingram - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Shes Wearing My Love * 02 Neon Moonlight * 03 Marie-Ana * 04 No Method To This Madness * 05 The Watersong * 06 Dulces Tiempos * 07 Here I Am * 08 Take Me To Your Jungle * 09 Dying To Live * 10 I Won't Rain On Your Parade * 11 Capturame * 12 Una Noche * 13 Thanks

I remember this album well. I bought it pretty much from day one, but the gloss wore off soon after and it disappeared in a trade within 6 months. In a case of hasty offloading, it has taken me fourteen years to add it back to the CD collection, and I doubt it will be going anywhere fast. Rosco is a very talented Latin singer/guitarist, who's 1994 self titled album stood out like a shag on the rock. It was unusual to see a latin guy like this rock out in the way that he did, and with Peter Wolf's hi-tech production, this probably moved the album into no mans land - not claimed by either the rock fraternity nor the Latin crowd. From South Florida, Rosco had some big money behind him on this record, though the Latin crossover market was a bit hazy back during that timeframe. One wonders if he had held off until the end of the decade, he would have been up there with the Ricky Martin's and Luis Miguel's of this world!

The Songs
The album is a blend of numerous styles. Rock, R&B, funk, jazz, hi-tech AOR - the latter style being compared to Canadian Tim Feehan. It's all rolled together like one big musical tortilla. Rosco has been compared to a Latin/Spanish version of Michael Bolton. The comparison is a good one, particularly for vocals, as he been described as a bit of a crooner with the occasional penchant for 'rocking out' as it were. All but two of the songs are Martinez and Peter Wolf co-writes. The remaining pair is a Peter and Ina Wolf joint effort called 'Marie-Ana' and an Edgar Winter composition called 'Dying To Live'. The stand out song on the album is the single 'Neon Moonlight' (which you can see on video below). The Spanish language equivalent of this track is 'Capturame', with this one you can hear Martinez's breathy vocals taking over the show. Other highlights include the tight vocal of 'Here I Am' which comes off like Tim Feehan, the surging 'Water Song' which includes some killer guitar work from our Rosco plus the melodic opener 'She's Wearing My Love', with more fiery guitars on display.

In Summary
An interesting album with a load of depth, which means there's a lot going on under the hood with different instruments and sounds. Rosco apparently did release a Spanish language album somewhere along the way, but I've never heard about it nor laid eyes on it. Someone out there might know. Rosco did have a website up plus a Myspace page but these are both defunct. At last report, he was still in the business, and playing gigs around the USA, with a rumored new album in the works. More news as we know it.

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#1 | roadrunner158 on January 11 2012 15:49:41
Very enjoyable album! Highlights are tracks 2 to 4, but there is really no weak track to find. Where is this guy now?
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