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Press, The - 2009 Words: Hot Off The Press

ARTIST: Press, The
ALBUM: Words: Hot Off The Press
LABEL: Retrospect Records
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Retrospect Records


LINEUP: Dole Shaffer - guitars, backing vocals * Doug Smith - vocals * Jeff Gastineau - synthesizers, guitars, vocals

Additional Musicians: Rich Keen, John Durso - bass * Sam Hoof, Frank Debevec - drums * Sally Harriman - vocals * Columbus Gospel Singers - choir vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Words * 02 Do You Care Anymore * 03 Where Were You * 04 Never Say Goodbye * 05 Playing Your Game * 06 Tell Me * 07 Something For Nothing * 08 Time For A Change



The Press are an offshoot of Ohio based 70's/80's rockers Scram. That band is featured in our reviews database, but former members Jeff Gastineau and Dole Shaffer were the two founding fathers of The Press back in 1984, with singer Doug Smith completing the lineup a year later. Gastineau in particular was a prolific musician in the Ohio industry, and initially, The Press were set up as a studio project only. In fact, it wasn't until 1987 that the band ventured out into a live setting. The Press released one very hard to obtain EP, but by 1988 the band/venture had run its course. Following the band's demise, Gastineau continued writing songs and recording songs for what became the unreleased 'Gastineau' CD. These never came to fruition until the very early (and productive) days of the old website. Jeff put some of his material online, but it wasn't until 2008 that things took an interesting turn for Gastineau's old material. Bemused that his material was being found in online websites, Jeff received an inquiry from Retrospect Records, who not only requested the original EP material, plus an extra four tracks to fill out this pretty amazing CD.

The Songs
Only the eight tracks, but damn these are real good! The lead off track 'Words (Said In Anger)' is just amazing, from the bombastic vocals and chorus, the AOR approved ivory tapping, the song is guaranteed to appeal to the regulars here. Add to that the impressive 'Do You Care Anymore', with huge vocals and keyboard fills everywhere. Dropping into ballad territory, 'Where Were You' might be a well worked Journey title, but this touches all the right notes and it's AOR in its purest sense. 'Never Say Goodbye' moves up a gear into mid-tempo mode and in parts has a bit of Twenty Twenty coming to the surface. 'Playing Your Game' features some keyboard wizardry from Gastineau and picks up the pace generally with surging guitars in the vein of Idle Cure at their best. Check out Jeff's OTT keyboard solo on 'Tell Me', or the hard rocking 'Something For Nothing', which sounds similar to the Workforce version, but it's a different version altogether. 'Time For A Change' is the last track on offer, another big sounding track with a hint of early Biloxi in the power department.

In Summary
Wow, eight tracks of AOR goodness, can't say anymore really. Who knows, there may be even offerings in the wind with Gastineau and Shaffer's past material. Time wll tell. It is surely a rich vein that Retrospect must continue to tap into, for the benefit of AOR fans and listeners of good quality melodic rock.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 29 2010 21:56:57
Jeff Gastineau just dropped me a line to say thanks for the article! Thumbs Up
#2 | swazi on May 03 2010 15:50:52
It's sold out at Retrospect. Sad Damn ..! How could I have missed this ?!?! bugs
#3 | Recordjnky on May 04 2010 02:03:47
just got another shipment in so it should be available again very shortly!
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