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Zoid - 1987 Zoid



ARTIST: Zoid
ALBUM: Zoid
LABEL: Third Orbit Records
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jimm Richer - lead vocals * Harry Mantor - guitars * Todd Troubetaris - bass * Lou Segreti - keyboards * Mike Segreti - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can't Wait * 02 From Here To L.A * 03 Try Again * 04 I'm Not Foolin' * 05 Cards In Your Hands * 06 Makes Me Wonder * 07 It Just Ain't Right * 08 Woman Of Stone

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/zoidrocks


Background
Liverpool is well known to many of you, if you are a fan of The Beatles, the Kop, or even Everton FC. However the Liverpool we're talking about on this review is in Upstate New York (northwest Syracuse on the shores of Onondaga Lake to be exact), the home of AORsters Zoid, and their independent self titled 1987 LP. This region of AOR-space released a handful of good bands back in the day, Alecstar, Visitor, Touris, Todd Hobin, Flyer, not forgetting all those other Syracuse and Rochester based outfits from yesteryear. This lot however were hometown heroes, and I watched just recently on YouTube an old newsclip from 1987 introducing the band and a doing a few brief interviews with lead singer Jimm Richer and keyboardist Lou Segreti. Their sole LP was released independently at the time, and has been on many collectors wants lists from way back in the tape trading days. Now thanks to the Internet, these guys are better known. So who do they sound like exactly? Too many to be honest, but early Bon Jovi would be a good call, Redvette and indie AOR bands of that ilk. For an indie from 1987, this is very well produced!


The Songs
Lou Segreti's keys make a welcome introduction for the bands lead-off track 'I Can't Wait' but it's the sensational lead guitar work from former Alecstar six stringer Harry Mantor that astounds! 'From Here To L.A' gallops through speakerspace with good intent, reminding me of bands like Monro. I'm liking the expansive semi-ballad 'Try Again', with excellent AOR ideals but equipped with a hard rock sheen. Perfect stuff! 'I'm Not Foolin' has the feel of that debut Bon Jovi album, a great chorus and dynamic dark energy that belies an independent release. 'Cards In Your Hands' is quite poppy in flavour, it's followed by the mid-tempo keyboard dominated 'Makes Me Wonder', a true AOR affair, coupled with the sax solo that adds to the cruisy vibe. 'It Just Ain't Right' has all the ingredients for a ballad but doesn't quite remain mellow enough, still pretty cool track though. The album concludes with another mild pop rocker 'Woman Of Stone', again topped off by some fluid guitar soloing.


In Summary
The LP was made available primarily as a local pressing back in the day, not really selling outside of areas where the band didn't gig as there was no exposure. It really was a different time back then, these days, Facebook and MySpace make a lot easier for small town acts to have an international presence. Zoid did release a demo EP in 1988 featuring a cover of Uriah Heep's 'Stealin', but beyond that, the members moved on to different things once the fun-filled hair sprayed days of the 80's had passed. What is cool though is that Zoid exists in the MySpace realm for anyone keen to follow up on the whereabouts of the original band members. Go to it!


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#1 | george_the_jack on August 22 2010 01:26:55
I've been after this for a long time after hearing and reading good reviews but it was impossible to track it down.Nowhere on the net wherever I've searched.Any ideas on where to find it George? Smile
#2 | gdazegod on August 22 2010 01:29:22
You mean.. you want a copy? lol!
#3 | george_the_jack on August 22 2010 01:41:08
I fully doubt that there are copies of this out there George! Grin
#4 | super80boy on April 11 2015 23:59:26
Finally was able to score a vinyl copy of this AOR gem, been hunting for years. Even the bootlegged CDR version is tough to find and seems to go for quite a princely sum. The hype around this is real, the band delivers on all levels - 'From Here To L.A.' is one of many standouts with its heartfelt vocals and a driving keyboard /guitar interplay. Then you get 'Try Again', another prime slice of melancholic AOR, just great. The closer 'Woman Of Stone' is a perfect mix of hard rock guitar riffs and AOR harmonies. Highly Recommended.
 
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