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Hansen, Randy - 1980 Randy Hansen

ARTIST: Hansen, Randy
ALBUM: Randy Hansen
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12119
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY187


LINEUP: Randy Hansen - vocals, guitars * Scott Rosburg - bass * Charles Tapp - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Champagne And Cocaine * 02 Watch What You Say * 03 Time Won't Stop * 04 I Want To Take You Higher * 05 Millionaire * 06 Dancin' With Me * 07 Don't Pretend


Over the years Randy has acquired himself a reputation as a Jimi Hendrix clone, and in some ways this is quite justified. However, in saying that, his debut album released nearly two decades ago is one full of strong songs that are appealing enough to AOR'sters and melodic rock fans, as well as those guitar slingers among you. Hailing from the West Coast of the USA, Randy's stature was similar to other Hendrix clones of the time, Frank Marino and Uli John Roth being the two notables. Capitol Records should be commended for giving Randy a deal at the time, as the material they obviously listened to was more than enough to sway them, being that good.

The Songs
Though the aforementioned guitar influences are undoubtedly there, it doesn't swamp the album all over. The opening pair of 'Champagne And Cocaine', and 'Watch What You Say' are reminders of what great guitar oriented rock was all about back in 1980. 'Millionaire' also is another stand out cut. Though there are seven songs all up, most of them are over five minutes long. The others are shorter guitar oriented rockers, for which the other two guys in the band Scott Rosburg and Charles Tapp get to work up some sweat keeping up with Randy on sonic overdrive. Not forgetting, the trio rip through a fantastic cover version of Sly And The Family Stone's 'I Want To Take You Higher', with the famous 'boom shanga langa langa boom' phrase worked out to perfection!

In Summary
I would say that this is probably his best album. In fact, I haven't heard any of his other material, but I understand the other albums released subsequent to this end up sounding more like a tribute or imitation of his hero. On this one though, you will not be disappointed. It is a severely good album and well worth the hunt.

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#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:27:12
amazing guitar muddy production love it though!
#2 | The Clone Ranger on August 30 2006 11:04:19
yep, I do agree with sabace. That's one of the best badly produced albums I own Wink
[br] With a bit clearer production 'Don't Pretend' would have become a killer radio ballad back then...
[br] and of course 'Champagne and Cocaine' would have blasted out of many p.a.'s to heat up arena audiences...
#3 | imprimateur on July 24 2008 04:11:25
Why this album hasn't got an official CD release I'll never know. Yes, as pointed out above, despite muddy production, I love this LP too. Perhaps digital remaster might clean it up?
#4 | rkbluez on November 26 2008 03:50:52
A mega classic guitar record IMHO...the solo in Watch What You Say' still sends shivers up my spine when I blast it...yeah this had a real muddy production...but if the master tapes were still around it would sound killer on CD...I did it from vinyl I couldn't wait any to see Capitol let some reissue label do this one right...maybe Rock Candy.
#5 | gdazegod on April 12 2013 14:52:30
Now due on Rock Candy Records May 2013. YEEAAAHHH!~
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