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Bodine - 1981 Bodine



ARTIST: Bodine
ALBUM: Bodine
LABEL: Rhinoceros
SERIAL: 58.278
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1996, Pseudonym, CDP-1030-DD (remastered, bonus tracks)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jay Van Feggelen - vocals * Rheno Xeros - guitars * Armand Van Der Hoff - bass * Gerard Haitsma - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock Rosetta * 02 Back Street Crawler * 03 Freight Train * 04 Gonna Get Back To You * 05 You Didn't Give Me Love * 06 On The Lookout * 07 New York City Streets * 08 Oh Wee Baby * 09 Foggy Fantasy * 10 Shooting Dice


Background
A likeable band from The Netherlands, who perhaps struggled for identity with their style early on in the piece. On their debut album reviewed here, Bodine (is it pronounced Bo-Dean or Bo-Dine?) have taken on a solid southern rock and blues sound, influenced by the likes of early Whitesnake (or should I say David Coverdale?) and other US outfits from the late seventies. No doubt this was due to the influence of Jay Van Feggelen, who has a great voice soaked in the tradition of other Jack Daniels influenced vocalists from the Confederate territory. Now you'd find it hard to understand how a Dutch band can sing about all these different subjects captured in their lyrics. I mean 'New York City Streets' and 'Freight Train' for instance. The sound is so American, so good on them on that front. Okkie Huysdens from Diesel does the production on this one, so perhaps that American slant ain't so out of place, as Diesel did 'Sausalito Summernights' which was a huge hit for them Stateside, but nowhere near the Zuider Zee!


The Songs
Anyway, back to Bodine's songs. 'Rock Rosetta' and the aforementioned 'Freight Train' are two of my favourites on the album. Absolute blues swaggering belters! 'Gonna Get Back To You' is another swagger and strut effort which has some smoking guitar from Xeros. They don't let up on Side Two either, with 'On The Look Out', 'New York City Streets' and the powerful 'Shooting Dice' all contributing rock solid tunes. Somewhere in between they even manage to find time to play a ballad called 'Foggy Fantasy'. Dopey name yes, but a slow blues burner it is. Overall they manage to balance their blues tendencies with an all out hard rock assault, which as it turns out, is a great hybrid sound.


In Summary
Bodine moved in a heavy metal direction for their next two albums 'Bold As Brass' and 'Three Times Running', which also saw Van Feggelen replaced by new singer Axel Langmeijer. Consequently the southern blues sound was replaced by contemporary euro metal, which unfortunately meant that Bodine got lost in the shuffle of other euro-metal bands on the same merry-go-round at the time.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 24 2008 19:35:40
'Bold As Brass' kicks this album totally into the dirt!
#2 | Harvey Mettle on May 05 2010 19:48:05
I'm on the opposing side here! I think this first album is superlative. Awesome heavy blues boogie - just stunning. The CD reissue (I only have the vinyl sadly) has two extra unreleased songs and 5 different versions of stuff on the LP.
#3 | gdazegod on July 30 2011 15:47:43
Rock Rosetta.. classic boogie. A dutch band doing early Whitesnake?
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