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Tin House - 2009 Winds Of Past

ARTIST: Tin House
ALBUM: Winds Of Past
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: David Mikeal (Tin House)


LINEUP: Floyd Radford - guitars, vocals * David Mikeal - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Robby Crouse - guitars, vocals * Jimmie Smith - bass, vocals * Mike Logan - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 What Your Head Says * 02 Thundercloud * 03 Don't Destroy Our Future * 04 Long Gone * 05 World Of Ours * 06 All Your Love * 07 Be Good And Be Kind * 08 It's Your Day * 09 Allusion * 10 Straight And Cold * 11 Photograph * 12 Winds Of Past



Winding the clock back to the early 70's rock scene in Florida is full of hazy memories. Tin House is one of the bands from that era that has made a recent comeback, still fighting fit after nearly three decades of inactivity. Two of the personnel from that band are intact; singer/guitarist Floyd Radford and drummer Mike Logan. The band released one self titled album for Epic Records back in 1971. It's hard to find on vinyl nowadays but two European labels reissued it on CD (Lion - Germany and Big Joe Records - Holland), whether they are genuine or not is doubtful. I'm not totally sure as to to the reasons why for the Tin House comeback, I guess that is something I'll need to ask the band in due course. The 2009 version of the band also includes former MPG and current David alumni David Mikeal, however don't expect Tin House to be caught in an onslaught of pompous synths or twenty million overdubbed vocals, because pomp is not their game. Good old southern rock is the prevailing style here, think Allman Brothers at the raw end, perhaps Atlanta Rhythm Section at their most melodic.

The Songs
The album starts out with an Allman Brothers styled riff on 'What Your Head Says', unusual that an opening track is 7 and a half minutes long! Talk about retro - sounds like the old days of vinyl! By the half way mark, the song kicks into galloping high gear, a southern rock closeout with guitar solos flying off the CD in typical Molly Hatchet mode. The solos sound as if they have a half-open wah-wah pedal setting, similar to the tone generated by guys like Barry Goudreau and Michael Schenker..

A gentle Rhodes piano opens up 'Thundercloud', but disappears soon after, the song swirls on a set of repeat chord changes, and is offset by a decent guitar solo courtesy of Floyd Radford.

'Don't Destroy Our Future' sounds as if it could've been sourced from those David CD's. The message is very much about the here and now (re: environment, climate change etc). Musically, the style is very much AOR, less so typical Florida southern rock.

Shifting to a milder sound a la Atlanta Rhythm Section is 'Long Gone' - you can sense some melodic overtones in the way that A.R.S made popular during this timeframe.

'World Of Ours' is similar to the previous track - an overall milder sound, though the guitar lines are fluid, and really start taking off on the extended solo section.

Dropping into slower gear even more is the cool near jazz oriented 'All Your Love'.

A nice bit of pitch-shifted guitar leads us into 'Be Good And Be Kind', and the riff is repeated throughout the song, with a healthy supply of guitar solos from the TH boyz! This track appeared on their debut album and is given a 2009 update.

Getting back to a harder rock vibe is 'It's Your Day', a much needed injection of energy after the last few tracks.

The Allman Brothers influence kicks in once more on 'Allusion', familiar guitar tone, foot stomping piano, it's all here.

'Straight And Cold' is a different feel, sounding very symphonic, similar to recent British acts such as Elliot Minor.

The lovely piano tapping on 'Photograph' suggested this track was down the middle of the road, and that it is, without straying off to the nearest hobo railway line - no leadbelly guitars or harmonicas in sight.

Tin House finish up the same way they started, with a near 8 minute close out of the title track 'Winds Of Past'. It's full of guitar solos, even has a bass solo and drum solo to boot. Not quite Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, but enough to satisfy the most hardened of acid guitar freaks. The end of the song (sort of like a hidden, but not quite hidden track) includes a montage of Tin House's previous material in a digital cut/paste.

In Summary
Their debut LP has long been considered a classic in the eyes and ears of 70's hard rock fans. Tin House continued for a few years after their 1971 album, which was incidentally produced by Rick Derringer, and it's amazing to consider the original band (Radford, Logan and bassist Jeff Cole) were only aged about 18 or so, at the time. Radford went on to play with both Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter, and is still considered a great six string slinger to this day. Though the modern digital era has changed Tin House's original sound, they do well to keep it authentic and traditional in the true meaning of southern rock, and this is with the inclusion of three additional members. Nice to have them back. If interested, check out the link above, and while you're at it, have a hunt for the 1971 album too.

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