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Riff Raff - 1981 Vinyl Futures

ARTIST: Riff Raff
ALBUM: Vinyl Futures
SERIAL: SD 32-108
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2010, Wounded Bird, WOU-2108


LINEUP: Doug Lubahn - vocals, bass * Werner Fritzsching - guitars * Ned Lieben - guitars * Mark Kaufman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Nina * 02 Shades Of Blue * 03 Treat Me Right * 04 I Ain't Gonna Run Anymore * 05 Mary Lou * 06 My My * 07 Love In Vain * 08 Heroes * 09 Time Riff * 10 Hall Of Mirrors

An interesting heavy melodic rock band, who made a slight impression with this their one and only album 'Vinyl Futures'. If my memory serves me correctly, these boys came out of Ohio but moved to New York to be closer to the action. They have a very heavy drum sound, similar to Billy Squier and also Illusion. The songs overall are great, and the rhythm guitar work of Fritzsching and Liben ventures into BTO territory most of the time, though the songs are not as ham fisted as their Canadian counterparts.

The Songs
'Nina' is the opening track, and is sort of a musically 'dark' song to open with, though it is still melodic. Next up is one of the best tracks on offer in 'Shades Of Blue'. A cover of 'Treat Me Right' made popular by Pat Benatar rears it head here, and is significantly different too. This is one of Doug Lubahn's original tracks. 'I Ain't Gonna Run Anymore' has a pop influence harking back to the sixties, though it's got a heavy guitar flavour throughout. Another standout track is 'Heroes' which has a Led Zeppelin/Kingdom Come streak through it. The instrumental workout 'Time Riff' is followed up by the epic and brooding 'Hall Of Mirrors', a fantastic ending to the album.

In Summary
As an aside, main man Doug Lubahn was once the main squeeze of then Scandal lead singer Patty Smyth, (before she became Mrs John McEnroe) and due to the failure of this album to secure any mainstream success, he then went on to join Billy Squier's band as bassist. I understand from reports on the Internet, he is now involved in Fishing Excursion tours down in the Florida Keys. Feel free to correct me otherwise.

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#1 | Nick C on June 07 2008 00:32:00
I absolutely love this album. Hall of Mirrors is an awesome song and matches Battles on the 1st Axe album as one of my favourite ever album closers. There's some overly catchy songs on this. The production is a little odd but not off putting.
#2 | kim_hp on June 17 2008 22:09:37
Agreed - very good album. Hard to call this AOR, this is hard-edged melodic rock with a kind of 'raw' production sound. But the songs are great. My favourites are the awesome opener 'Nina' along with 'Shades Of Blue' and 'Love In Vain'.
#3 | rostoned on June 28 2008 19:31:55
One of the best melodic rock artwork ever done by the legendary HIPGNOSIS studio. Too bad my copy is partly ruined by one of those 'oh so annoying' dj timing strip covering half of the vinyl eating dude pissed
#4 | Eric on November 01 2008 22:35:28
Doug Lubahn also played in Pierce Arrow with Werner Fritzsching. I guess I am in the minority here when it comes to this album. Never warmed to it, but agree with the cover-great!
#5 | rkbluez on July 23 2010 19:14:46
Agree with Nick and now the album has finally seen the light of day via Wounded Bird...who has been doing some real gems lately....Wildlife, Farrenheit, Fortress, Reckless, Trash.
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