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La Famiglia Superstar - 2010 La Famiglia Superstar

ARTIST: La Famiglia Superstar
ALBUM: La Famiglia Superstar
LABEL: Heart Of Steel Records
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Terry Ilous - vocals * Steve Saluto - guitars * Marco Mendoza - bass * Atma Anur - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Never Enough * 02 Rain * 03 I Miss You * 04 What We Gonna Do * 05 I Come Around * 06 Closer * 07 Can U Tell Me * 08 Here I Go Again * 09 The Wind * 10 Visions


WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/lafamigliasuperstar

La Famiglia Superstar are a band that have been around since 2008, and their lineup is a dream team of rockers which fit the supergroup tag easily. Looking at the lineup you'll see XYZ singer Terry Ilous, guitarist Steve Saluto, a noted jazz/rock exponent, Macro Mendoza, who has worked with and is working with the likes of Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Ted Nugent, plus session great Atma Anur on drums, a veritable drum monster, who has played with.. well, who hasn't he played with? - should be the question! Originating in Los Angeles, this band have time-slipped back into the 70's, laying down some mean grooves. Initial comparisons would compare this lot to material being played by the likes of Richie Kotzen, Beggars And Thieves, but at times LFS slip into territory that borders funk, classic rock, R&B, soul. It's a total 70's experience from my point of view, don't be thinking that these boys are gonna tear up the Hollywood Strip with some modern rockin'. Leave that to the young guns. LFS prefer to tantalise and hypnotise with their compelling brew of 70's melting pot rock.

The Songs
Immediately from the opening notes of 'Never Enough', LFS are gonna be different. This track has a few similarities to David Hallyday & Blind Fish from the mid 90's, which in itself was a return to a more rootsy sound.. something new to Hallyday at the time. The 70's throwback is apparent on tunes such as 'Rain' and 'What We Gonna Do', the wah/flanger effects enhance that feeling.. Saluto having a grand time with these by the sounds of things. 'I Come Around' will appeal to those of you into Robin Trower, the OTT flange effects are a huge reminder of RT's 70's albums, though the track also has a lot in common with Seal's early work. Acoustic guitar is the main driver on the tracks 'I Miss You', 'Closer' and 'The Wind', all three are near unplugged affairs with harmony vocals as a backup. Saluto's slinky guitar lines feature prominently on 'Can U Tell Me', a straight forward funky rocker that sounds like a whole bunch of fun. For something different, LFS perform a cover of the Whitesnake hit 'Here I Go Again', though this version is low-key, non-metal, and very R&B. Cool to hear it played like this. The last track 'Visions' is probably the heaviest track on offer, some huge riffs from Saluto give this track some power.

In Summary
Released on the Italian Heart Of Steel Records, La Familgia Superstar should interest those into the old school of hard rock. There are many songs that will leave you spellbound in a 70's sort of way. If you like everything from Hendrix, Trower and all those older cats, plus the mid 70's funk rock/classic rock crossover, I'm sure LFS might present an interesting challenge.

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#1 | gman on April 24 2010 14:00:57
I bought it on iTunes and really loved it. Terry Ilous' performance is a revelation. The playing is dynamic, while the songs retain a certain warmth. At times, the Trower-esque guitar tone seems a bit out of place, but that's rare. I would have liked to have bought it on cd, but it doesn't seem to be readily available in that format. Thank you for turning me onto this album.
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