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Sabu - 1980 Sabu

YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Paul Sabu - vocals, guitars * Dan Holmes - drums * Rick Bozzo - bass * Steffen Presley - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock Me Slowly * 02 Wet And Wild * 03 Turn Back * 04 Shakin' Loose * 05 Streetheart * 06 For Lovers Only


To most fans of the AOR/melodic hard rock genre, the name Paul Sabu surely requires no introduction. A highly respected musician with numerous production credits to his name his first hard rock outing has perhaps been overlooked in favour of his works with Only Child and later solo albums. In my considered opinion this mini album arguably represents his finest hour. It followed hot on the heels of his disco flavoured debut released the previous year, and some might say represented a welcome(!) change in musical direction. Our Paul was nothing if not eclectic in his music stylings. This being a refreshing change from the more blinkered attitudes of some hard rock musicians. It's often been a criticism (usually by non-rock fans) that the rhythm sections of hard rock outfits are as plodding and lead footed as the proverbial tap dancing hippo. However Sabu proved to be the exception to the rule, in the form of drummer Dan Holmes (ex Marcus) and the unfortunately named Rick Bozzo (certainly no mug) on the bass guitar. This sprightly talented duo really do add another dimension to the songs, and help bring them to life. In addition you have Steffen Presley's (no relation to Elvis) ever present tasteful keyboards, perfectly balanced with Paul Sabu's raw guitar and soulful vocals. Put all these tantalising ingredients together in the AOR melting pot, and what do you get? You guessed it an absolute hard rock classic!.

The Songs
The epic slow burning 'Rock Me Slowly' is a perfect introduction to Sabu's particular brand of hard rock, cruising effortlessly. Whereas they put their pedal to the metal on the hard driving 'Wet And Wild'. Steffen Presley is given the first of many chances to shine here with a frenetic keyboard solo. Side one closer 'Turn Back' is highlighted by an impassioned vocal performance and wonderfully fluid guitar solo from Paul Sabu. 'Shakin' Loose' has a lazy guitar riff, unforgettable keyboard refrain and yet another well oiled guitar solo. 'Streetheart' is an ode to, ahem a, 'lady of the night', and has a great hammond organ solo. Fortunately on this song Paul Sabu manages to eschew the usual cringe inducing macho lyrics peddled by Whitesnake amongst others (yeah right, how many times can you be 'born under a bad sign?'..Ed). My favourite the final track 'For Lovers Only', has a galloping rhythm section and some frenzied fretboard action. All you closet air guitarists out there would have a field day on this one!

In Summary
It only goes for me to say that if you don't already have this gem in your collection you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself, and take steps to rectify this obvious oversight immediately. Worthy of a CD re-release for sure, and given the great man's latest venture, perhaps he'll oblige with a few more bonus tracks thrown in? Now that really would be something to celebrate.

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#1 | sabace on March 15 2006 14:00:38
this ep and the heartbreak lp are my fave sabu release's - really excellent material .
#2 | rostoned on June 28 2008 22:45:25
My favourite of all Sabu releases. Forget the tragic artwork, this is a sure fire winner and deserves a sumptuous rerelease on CD...Derek Oliver can you hear me there in London?
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 29 2008 10:24:26
I think a bootleg CD exists of this album combined with the disco record released around the same time. There does appear to be a legit reissue of the disco album on CD.
#4 | rostoned on June 29 2008 10:55:19
Which label Dave (the legit reissue)? Don't see anything around
#5 | reyno-roxx on June 29 2008 13:32:50
The label is Disconnected. It's on Also available through Amazon.
#6 | rostoned on June 29 2008 15:12:36
Thanx Dave, I missed that by a mile. The label who reissued the disco EP actually is called GET DISCONNECTED, is from Miami and specializes in reissues of classic obscure disco stuff. The link of the label is, in any case I am sticking to my Ocean/Ariola US vinyl LP with all black embossed gatefold sleeve, that's enuff for this kinda music!
#7 | rostoned on June 29 2008 15:39:21
Paul Sabu is the son of famous actors Sabu Dastagir (neè Selar Shaik Sabu) and actress Marilyn Cooper; he had a sister called Jasmine, a screenwriter and a trainer of Arabian hybrid horses for motion pictures, who unfortunately died young at just 44 in 2001 - probably because of a cancer - and now is buried close to his father, who died young too at 39 of a heart attack, in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in LA . His mom is still alive.

A really long and interesting article on Sabu disco years and beyond can be read at this link
#8 | jeffduran on June 29 2008 19:56:17
all Sabu releases available at CD Baby!
#9 | DEMONAOR on July 21 2008 10:37:57
Good album
#10 | reyno-roxx on February 02 2009 19:18:28
After listening to this again earlier today, I really feel that Paul was going for a very Boston like vibe on 'Turn Back'. Listen to the guitar tone and, especially, the organ sound and see what you think...
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