ARTIST: Crimson Tide
ALBUM: Reckless Love
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Wayne Perkins - vocals, guitars * J Jackson - vocals, bass * Bobby Delander - guitars, vocals * Richard Wolf, Greg Straub - keyboards * Dale Perkins - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Reckless Love * 02 Wayward Lover * 03 Trick Rider * 04 Piece Of The Rock * 05 Taxi Girls * 06 I Want You To See * 07 One From The Heartland * 08 Jessie
Here's an Alabama based outfit based around the presence of guitarist Wayne Perkins. A six-string bender from way back, Wayne has played with just about everyone in the business, as well as being associated with some of the biggest names out there. Some of his credits include playing live and on albums for Bob Marley
, The Rolling Stones
, Lonnie Mack
, Leon Russell
, as well as his own projects including Smith Perkins And Smith
when based in the UK, and this band Crimson Tide. During 1977, the Alabama Power Band
as they were known then, were gigging in their hometown of Birmingham, where Wayne's brother Dale was the drummer. The brotherly connection saw Wayne join the band, change names to Crimson Tide, and negotiate a deal with Capitol. The band released two albums, their self titled debut produced by the well known pairing of Carter and Richard Landis (LeRoux
, Stone Fury
) came out in 1978, and this second effort 'Reckless Love' a year later, produced by Donald 'Duck' Dunn and Steve Cropper..
The music is a swipe at the late seventies hard rock scene, which sees many contemporaries thrown in for comparison. Sure, there's a southern blend, but there's also latin rhythms, blues, and keyboard based AOR, the latter being only a mild flavour. Perkin's guitar is authoritative throughout, no doubt due to his many years working as a session king at Muscle Shoals. A couple of AOR-ish efforts comparable to a band like Fandango
are 'I Want You To See' and the title track 'Reckless Love'. Comparisons to Santana
's 'Inner Secrets' are heard on 'Wayward Lover', where the percussion and organ get the feet tapping. Meanwhile 'Trick Rider' is like a pumped up Steely Dan
. 'Piece Of The Rock' is a good grunty rocker though 'Jessie' is a softer track which does tend to plod a bit. It's followed by the epic nature of 'One From The Heartland' which ends the album in atmospheric style.
The band were together for a few years, and I suppose time and history will reveal they didn't actually achieve a great deal. At the end of 1979, the band and Wayne parted on not so good terms unfortunately, and Crimson Tide were destined for the scrap heap not long after, without Wayne's presence and experience around. Perkins has since moved to California and has released a solo album 'Mendo Hotel' in 1996.
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