Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
You must login to post a message.

22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1980 Articles » Nantucket - 1980 Long Way To The Top
Nantucket - 1980 Long Way To The Top

ARTIST: Nantucket
ALBUM: Long Way To The Top
SERIAL: JE 36523
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2004, Wounded Bird, WOU-6523


LINEUP: Larry Uzzell - vocals * Tommy Redd - guitars * Mark Downing - guitars * Eddie Blair - keyboards, saxophone * Pee Wee Watson - bass * Kenny Soule - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's A Long Way To The Top * 02 Living With You * 03 Time Bomb * 04 50 More * 05 Media Darlin' * 06 Rugburn * 07 Too Much Wrong In The Past (For A Future) * 08 Over And Over Again * 09 Turn The Radio On * 10 Tell Me (Doctor Rhythm Method) * 11 Rescue * 12 Rock Of The 80's


Looking like a rag tag bunch of barroom merchants are this lot from North Carolina called Nantucket. Now lets get this straight, North Carolina and Nantucket are quite away from each other geographically speaking. If one knows their map of the USA, Nantucket is an island just south of Cape Cod Massachusetts. Where the inspiration for the name comes from is a mystery from this Raleigh N.C based band, but it sounds cool nonetheless. 'Long Way To The Top' is Nantucket's third album, having released their debut and 'Your Face Or Mine' the prior two years. They are coming at you very much in a radio rock direction, with a bit more variety in their approach (piano, sax etc), sounding more rounded out than the one-dimensional approach of some of their contemporaries of that same era. In vocalist Larry 'The L Factor' Uzzell, they have a singer who straddles the fence between Steven Tyler and Tommy Keifer (Cinderella), but in a rough-house sort of way. The producer is Tom Allom, who has obviously added his weight behind the band, without over-producing it. A couple of changes in the band this time around: Mike Uzzell had left, and Pee Wee Watson had joined as the bassist, taking over from Larry Uzzell who would just focus on the lead vocals instead.

The Songs
As for the songs, well they're a mixed bag, styles that is, and not the lack of quality. The album opener is the aptly titled AC/DC standard 'It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)'. Not a wise move to open an album I think, despite the fact it's dedicated to Bon Scott in the liner notes, but hey.. they did it anyway. Second up is 'Living With You', which is a good party time rocker. Light and refreshing. The quirkiness of 'Time Bomb' doesn't do anything for me I'm afraid, but they do improve things with a better effort on '50 More'. I definitely liked 'Media Darlin' and 'Tell Me (Doctor Rhythm Method)', both great cranky guitar workouts, whlist 'Rugburn' also a guitar based track has choruses akin to Airborne's material. Side two's material ventures more into the AOR/melodic rock arena, with keyboards coming to the fore. Tracks like 'Too Much Wrong In The Past', 'Over And Over Again' and 'Turn The Radio On' all hark back to classic Michael Stanley era radio rock, though not in the same class.

In Summary
There are enough moments of intrigue to generate some interest among the older melodic rock collectors out there. Check the website below, and if you have any queries about Nantucket related material, Steve (over at the site), will be able to assist you.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | gdazegod on November 22 2009 04:15:33
Surely one of the best album covers of 1980. I love it! King Kong has morphed into a crab!
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 100% [1 Vote]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Nexx - 2001 Promo CD, King Harry - 1977 Divided We Stand, King Kobra - 1985 Ready To Strike, Giuffria - 1984 Giuffria, Dukes, The - 1979 The Dukes, InTensity - 2010 Times [ep], Oldfield, Mike - 1980 QE2, Atlas (UK) - 2017 World In Motion [ep], Iris, Donnie - 1993 Footsoldier In The Moonlight, Medusa - 1978 Medusa, Lost Weekend - 2000 Presence Of Mind, Aerosmith - 1982 Rock In A Hard Place, Roadmaster - 1980 Fortress, Styx - 1980 Paradise Theatre, M.O.D - 2003 The Rebel You Love To Hate
Hirsh Gardner New England Flies On Fire Wounded Bird Riff Raff Anubis Gate Sinner Brian Auger Eloy Richard Torrance Rock Candy Records Honeymoon Suite Dream Evil Dare Eyes (USA) Allen Lande The Constant Dirtyworks Franke And The Knockouts The Rockets Waysted Various Artists Stan Bush Lake Louise Goffin Nantucket Wounded Bird REO Speedwagon Ian Hunter Krokus Steel Attack Chorale Jack Wagner Last Autumns Dream
All Tags
Search DDG