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Saker - 2010 Saker

ALBUM: Saker
LABEL: Retrospect Records
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Jason Baruner, Steve Taylor - vocals * Dave Saker - guitar * Chris Costa - vocals, Keyboards * Phil Bennett - Keyboards * G.T. Lyons, Steve Nystrem - bass * Joe Bennett, Anthony Riso, Scotty Smallwood - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cry Out * 02 Edge Of Love * 03 Jump * 04 Passion Spin * 05 How Do You Feel Tonight * 06 Spell On Me * 07 Pussycat Purr * 08 Your Love * 09 Funky Monkey * 10 Still Loving You * 11 Party * 12 You & Me



Like a number of bands featured here at GD, Saker were a Bay Area based outfit that went through numerous lineups, and recorded material only for it to surface years later. Some of you will remember bands such as Jet Red, Allied Nation, Roulette and Workforce, all generally operating out of the wider Bay Area, who had material released at the time, but also unreleased stuff which never saw daylight until just a few years ago. Saker's new CD for Retrospect covers all of their previous recordings under the one reissue, bringing together their music featuring all the different lineups. Through all the change and turmoil, one guy stood fast. Guitarist Dave Saker, for whom the band was named after. Nicknamed Tone Junkie Saker, Dave has been rockin' the northern parts of San Fran for years, and without hesitation, Retrospect have labelled 'Saker' as one of the best CD's of their entire catalogue!

The Songs
Don't be thinking this is an HM record judging by the name and image. Oh no. This lot are full of keyboards, fiery guitarwork, gangchant choruses and melody through every fibre and thread. In places, I am reminded of primetime Artica, Eyes, 7 Months and a bit of Extreme too. The kick off track 'Cry Out' is perhaps the heaviest cut on the CD, blazing its way forward with muscular guitarwork and a tapestry of keyboards. 'Edge Of Love' is one of many songs that have a Jeff Scott Soto/Eyes vibe going through them. Melodic, with a hint of a funky overtone which never quite gets there. 'Jump' is an outrageously good song with a Ray Gillen styled vocal, this one just rips! The Eyes comparison rears again for 'How Do You Feel Tonight', a smoky rocker with power aplenty, but for me 'Spell On Me' is one of the best songs here, an acoustic/electric hybrid with a killer chorus.. turn it up! 'Pussycat Purr' is an interesting number. Sort of barroom boogie initially, which then ends up as a cross between Eyes and Extreme, with a hint of Dave Meniketti and Y&T thrown in for good measure. The toe tapping piano solo is straight out of a wild west saloon. 'Your Love' is another different sounding track, fusing 70's R&B with 80's hard rock. Not sure it works, but they put it out there. Same goes for 'Funky Monkey', which could be Mr Big on any other day. 'Party' is another highly unusual song, and by now I'm thinking these guys are as unusual and erratic as recently reissued outfit Burning Tree. However they temper things with three acoustic based efforts.. all pretty good too I might add.. 'Passion Spin' is the first of these but the lovely 'Still Loving You' is probably the pick of the lot, which sounds like a Nelson track.

In Summary
As you can see, 'Saker' is a variety packed CD, with many styles and approaches. It's very much a retrospective album and an ideal fit for the Retrospect label, in terms of packaging all their material onto one CD. Not sure where everyone is nowadays, though Dave Saker does have a presence on MySpace and Facebook. Someone send him over this way to say hi!

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