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Visitor - 2009 Take It



ARTIST: Visitor
ALBUM: Take It
LABEL: Retrospect Records
SERIAL: RR 472
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Retrospect Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bill Teller - lead vocals * Marty Wagner - guitars, vocals * Joe Saba - bass * Matt Karwiel - keyboards, guitars

Additional Musicians: Nick Zarrelli - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Playing The Game * 02 Your Love Keeps On Showin' * 03 Eyewitness * 04 Falling In Love * 05 Take It * 06 Invasion * 07 Undercover Lover * 08 Electronic Thunder

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Background
If you were living in the Midwestern states of the USA during the late 70s and early 80s, there is every likelihood that you would have run into the band Visitor somewhere along your journey of the bars and clubs. They were the sort of band that played every venue from Denver to Pittsburgh and back again. I'm not quite sure where they originated from, my educated guess suggests that they came from upstate New York. Visitor released three albums in their time, between 1980 and 1983, though it appears the band were in operation for much longer than that. We have already reviewed the first album from 1980, the second album from 1982 '4 By 5' (an EP) is extremely hard to find, I understand there were only 500 copies pressed. The album being reviewed here, 1983's 'Take It', though also rare at time (released by Blue Elf Records), is readily available now thanks to a 2009 reissue by Retrospect Records. For some reason, it was originally called a mini LP, despite the fact that there are eight tracks on it.


The Songs
There is a certain rawness to this album that I really enjoy. That's an obvious statement to make considering the low end production and budget afforded to this album. Previous comparisons to a band like Redvette still hold, but when the keyboards take over they move in a completely different direction. As with the opening track 'Playin' The Game' which could be Angel meets Le Roux. The keys towards the end of the song are classic stuff indeed. Visitor crank it up for the next track 'Your Love', the guitars are absolutely smokin' on this one, plus there's a zany little keyboard solo here as well which will amuse pomp fans. More straightforward is the hard rock of 'Eyewitness'. The guitars chug along nicely for the next track 'Your Love', integrating well with some cool keyboard layers. The title track 'Take It' is another to feature chugging guitar lines with Marty Wagner's playing a real standout. The guitar and organ interplay on 'Invasion' sounds like the ultimate throwback to the early 80s style and sound. The riffs on 'Undercover Lover' sound like they have been lifted from a Judas Priest track, mainly 'Heading Out To The Highway' from 1981's 'Point Of Entry' album, though the rest of the song is very different. The last track 'Electronic Thunder' is a real rebel rouser. I can just imagine this band playing this song live, in some bar back in the 80's somewhere in America. Judging from a brief video that I have seen of the band live, they must have been amazing! By the way, check out the crazy outro of this song!


In Summary
'Take It' was originally released on the Blue Elf label back in 1983. Their brand of melodic hard rock is well suited to this website. Kind of indie based, of which there were a number of similar acts plying their trade around about the same era. In the 'where are they now stakes', only Marty Wagner has appeared elsewhere, now a member of Texan band Austin Law. According to Aaron at Retrospect, there may yet be some video material to be released on DVD sometime in the future. This appears to have been put together by Joe Saba (real name Joe Zaza) who now runs a family video production house. I'll be very interested to see if this eventuates.


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#1 | Recordjnky on April 18 2010 11:49:28
Awesome review! Thanks so much for that! It will be very interesting to see what Joe will let us release next! All the best!
Aaron
#2 | Eric on April 18 2010 12:48:44
I don't think they ever made it to Minneapolis- too cold maybe? Cool record....
 
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