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Rods, The - 1981 The Rods



ARTIST: Rods, The
ALBUM: The Rods
LABEL: Arista
SERIAL: AL 9558
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1997, High Vaultage (Germany), HV-1015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dave 'Rock' Feinstein - vocals, guitars * Gary Bordonaro - bass, vocals * Carl Canedy - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Power Lover * 02 Crank It Up * 03 Hungry For Some Love * 04 Music Man * 05 Woman * 06 Nothing Going On In The City * 07 Get Ready To Rock 'n' Roll * 08 Ace In The Hole * 09 Rock Hard * 10 Roll With The Night


Background
Who remembers these guys? The Rods. A manic and rabid trio of heavy metallers from New York. Well that's how they might have ended up, but initially when they first came out, their music was great commercial flavoured hard rock, and well worth a review on this site at least. The Rods were formed around talented drummer/producer Carl Canedy, as well as ex Elf guitarist Dave 'Rock' Feinstein, a cousin of the Dungeons And Dragons lord master Ronnie James Dio. The guys put out a small self financed promo called 'Rock Hard' which was produced in 1980, then got themselves a deal to Clive Davis' Arista label, more renowned for softer rock artists and disco artists at the time.


The Songs
The ensuing self titled debut owes more than a debt to some of the hard rockers of the day, including Rainbow, and Sammy Hagar. It's a whole lot more commercial than their follow up efforts, and some of the songs become favourites of mine during 1981. For instance, 'Power Lover' and 'Crank It Up' were a great introduction to the band's style of hard rock. Some of the more commercial tracks like 'Get Ready To Rock 'n' Roll' and 'Rock Hard' appeared elsewhere on various compilations at the time. My own personal faves include the mighty 'Nothing Going On In The City' (still a classic to this day), as well as the subdued 'Ace In The Hole'.


In Summary
Like Y&T they become big favourites over in Europe, and toured with Iron Maiden riding on the back of their 'Number Of The Beast' popularity. The follow up 'Wild Dogs' was less commercial though still good, and become the door for them to pass through into heavier territory. They later signed with Music For Nations to release further albums, again in that heavier style. The Rods are still a band worthwhile checking out some of their back catalogue, including this one.


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#1 | 287 on March 16 2006 01:16:52
Indeed it was (and still is) a great album. And you where right saying that the song 'Nothing Going On In The City' is a classic. More so for me as being a dutch guy, coz it is a cover from a dutch band called 'White Honey' with a female singer Hanneke Kappen. She later became a DJ on the radio broadcasting rock and hard rock. The band made, as far as i know, 1 album in the late seventies.

Tony van Hemert
#2 | sabace on March 19 2006 14:16:33
PURE ROCK 'N ROLL DELIGHT!
#3 | shelf stacker on October 03 2008 11:28:27
A superb album. I rushed out to buy this after seeing them support Iron Maiden. As a discerning 13 year-old I dismissed Maiden as 'kiddy metal' and thought The Rods blew them away. Think I may have been the only person in the Hammersmith Odeon who thought so though. Follow up, Wild Dogs, is also excellent, particularly the track 'End of the Line' which is a melodic rock classic.
#4 | sabace on October 23 2008 13:40:13
I WAS AT THAT GIG AS WELL AND YOU'RE RIGHT, THE RODS BLEW THEM AWAY!
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