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Marino, Frank (and Mahogany Rush) - 1980 Whats Next

ARTIST: Mahogany Rush, and Frank Marino
ALBUM: Whats Next
SERIAL: JC 36204
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1999, Black Rose Records (Germany), BR-130 * 2006, Rock Fever (Germany), RFM 117 (5 bonus tracks) * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY326


LINEUP: Frank Marino - vocals, guitars * Vince Marino - rhythm guitars * Paul Harwood - bass * Jim Ayoub - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Got Livin' * 02 Finish Line * 03 Rock Me Baby * 04 Something's Coming Our Way * 05 Roadhouse Blues * 06 Loved By You * 07 Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame * 08 Mona


Montreal's finest (forget Celine Dion) Frank Marino released this rock 'n' roll stormer in 1980 which saw his style move away from the traditional acid soaked psychedelic leanings towards a more sonic and dynamic sound. Another Hendrix ripoff I hear you say? No way! For years now Frank has been twiddling his effects boxes like there was no tomorrow. Wah wah this, phase that, distortion here, overdrive there .. wow man what a cosmic trip. Frank assures us he was more into Pink Floyd in his early days, as evidenced by his albums of that era which were very progressive, and got heavier with each release. His excellent 'Live' album from 1977 was a precursor of things to come.

The Songs
Some dodgy efforts in between like 'World Anthem' and 'Tales Of The Unexpected' didn't help but the record was set straight with 'Whats Next'. Still a sonic listening experience to this day. No one million overdubs here folks, as Frank piledrives his way through 'You Got Livin' and 'Finish Line' as if powered by the engine on the front cover on the album. Amazing guitar extravaganzas in the shape of 'Something's Coming Our Way' and 'Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame' will really test your air guitars in the front lounge believe me!

In Summary
Self indulgence yes, Hendrix ripoff no. If you can stand six minute solos (yes I timed them), complete with gruff vocals like 'aawwllrigghhtt' and 'yyeeaahh' then this albums for you. Footnote: This album is now on CD, circa 2000.

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#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:30:50
love this lp!
#2 | gdazegod on November 05 2011 07:05:40
Not having heard the quality of the two German CD reissues of this album, perhaps this is also a contender for a Rock Candy reissue.. Certainly the liner notes would make for some interesting reading.. lol!
#3 | gdazegod on November 05 2011 07:19:56
Classic video of Frank from the 1979 Day at the Green. Check out his onstage pedalboard around the three minute mark. From there onwards, sounds like a collision between a V8 engine and a dive-bomber!

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#4 | Eric on November 05 2011 12:26:39
Headliner at the above show was Journey.
#5 | rkbluez on February 21 2012 02:08:20
Yeah those German Black Rose versions sound like shit! Now it's available as part of a 3 on 2 from BGO...but I'd rather see Rock Candy do "What Next", "Power Of Rock 'n' Roll' and "Juggernaut" separate and give them the quality release these classic's deserve...and it would be cool if they added cool liner notes...and maybe some bonus material.
#6 | aaasreg on August 07 2014 17:00:14
My favorite by Frank Marino. The production, the rhythm section, the guitar solos all in all a brilliant affair. I adore Frank's style.
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