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Scram - 1980 Scram

ALBUM: Scram
LABEL: Retrospect Records
YEAR: 2009
CD REISSUE: Was originally released in 1980. This is the reissue.


LINEUP: Kenny Aronhalt - lead vocals * Glen 'Dole' Shaffer - lead guitar, vocals * Alex Rossitto - guitar, keyboards, vocals * Jeff Sandow - bass, vocals * Doug Gibson - drums, syndrums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Scram * 02 Second Time Around * 03 That's The Way It Goes * 04 Street Rat Shuffle * 05 Takin' To The Road Again * 06 Sunday Dinner * 07 The Crunch * 08 Patchwork Blue * 09 Mirror Minds


A vinyl hunters gem from the early 80's are Ohio based outfit Scram. This lot originate from Springfield Ohio, just north of Dayton, at the intersection of highways 4 and 40. This one-off indie effort appeared on everyone's want-lists for years. Thrown into the pomp/AOR bucket rather hurriedly, these guys upon further inspection aren't really a good fit for that sub-genre. Despite their Ohio origins, Scram swim in a sea of melodic southern rock, with a nod to many bands from the late 70's. I'm thinking Head East, Black Oak Arkansas, Nantucket.. that kind of direction. According to band leader Dole Shaffer, the band were very young at this stage of precedings.

The Songs
Leading off with the title track, you hear the brash commercial but southern sound immediately. It's in the vein of Nantucket, with singer Kenny Aronhalt sounding uncanningly like Larry Uzzell. 'Second Time Around' has a mild boogie quotient, similarly 'That's The Way It Goes' has that radio-friendly but slightly boogie oriented approach which was all the rage back in the glory days. 'Street Rat Shuffle' could be Black Oak Arkansas doing AOR, whereas 'Takin To The Road Again' is less of the boogie and more straight-ahead melodic rock. 'Sunday Dinner' is a very cool track, with tight guitar and keyboard interplay, landing somewhere between Mama's Pride and Head East (Keith Nagy, this is one for you.. lol! Ed) 'The Crunch' is probably the track which sounds unlike the rest, with near progressive streaks throughout including flowing harmony vocals. 'Patchwork Blue' is the album's ballad moment, with noticeable piano parts, but it's back to the melodic boogie with album closer 'Mirror Minds', which closes out the album in near epic fashion, an absolute foot-stomping slab of hard rock.

In Summary
For those of you into those late 70's outfits as mentioned above, then Scram will appeal to you. Good on Sam and Aaron at Retrospect for re-releasing this into the digital realm during 2009, a fantastic addition, and one that will knock down outrageous vinyl only prices on Ebay.. that is, if any vinyl copies are still lying around. Dole Shaffer (on his MySpace page) says that there is more to come. I assume this might be his other bands beyond Scram, including New Reason, The Press and Beards Ghetto. Scram can be picked up on CD over at Retrospect's website. For a bit of boogie flavored hard rock, Scram should be investigated.

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