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Marino, Frank (and Mahogany Rush) - 1981 The Power Of Rock and Roll

ARTIST: Marino, Frank
ALBUM: The Power Of Rock and Roll
SERIAL: FC 37099
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1998, Black Rose Records (Germany), BR-128 * 2006, Rock Fever Music (Germany), RFM-116 * 2012, Beat Goes On (BGO), BGOCD1061 (2 on 1 with 'Juggernaut') * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY327


LINEUP: Frank Marino - vocals, lead guitar, synthesizer * Paul Harwood - bass * Jimmy Ayoub - drums * Vince Marino - rhythm guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Power Of Rock and Roll * 02 Play My Music * 03 Stay With Me * 04 Runnin' Wild * 05 Crazy Miss Daisy * 06 Go Strange * 07 Younger Man * 08 Ain't Dead Yet


Wasn't 1981 a great year for hard rock? I thought so. Many excellent LP's found their way into my collection, but it would be many years later that Frank Marino's 'The Power Of Rock N Roll' would find its way to my vinyl pile. So too the 1982 follow-up 'Juggernaut'. And this despite the OTT accolades I gave Marino's amazing 1980 set 'What's Next'. Along with the rather excellent comic-book cover-art (which Frank hated btw.. lol!), this album continues Marino's change of pace, from sleepy blues-hazed psych trippin' hard rock to full-on heavy metal with that all important blues twinge in the background. The only notable change is the dropping of the Mahogany Rush signage. This album, and the next couple of albums featured Frank as top billing, though old boys Harwood and Ayoub are still on the team.

The Songs
Leading off with the title track, 'The Power Of Rock N Roll' is a good-time romp with a bluesy backdrop and hard rock face paint. The soloing from Frank is searing hot, as can be expected. 'Play My Music' holds off on the speed and generates momentum through intensity instead. A more traditional southern rock and blues workout hits home on 'Stay With Me', though admittedly heavier than any southern band of that era could deliver! The longest song at near on 7 minutes is the boogie extravaganza of 'Runnin' Wild'. It's got barroom boogie written all over it, plus a load of guitar solos which reminds of 'Somethings Coming Our Way' from 'What's Next', but in a slightly different context. It's a return to some power rock 'n' roll with 'Crazy Miss Daisy', although the typical structure for blues oriented tunes still prevails on this one. Hard to make sense of 'Go Strange' because it really lives up to the song-title. The tempo is all over the place and the song itself is unique, weird, and upbeat. Hard to describe it.. you just have to listen to it for shits and giggles! back to the traditional Marino overdrive, 'Younger Man' is stirring stuff, but the best is left till last with the incredible 'Ain't Dead Yet'. It's 6 and half minutes of high voltage Maple Leaf mayhem! Probably the best track on the album along with the opener.

In Summary
Along with this album, Marino and his reliable cohorts of Harwood, Ayoub and brother Vince, put on a steaming performance at the August 1981 Port Vale Holocaust in Stoke-On-Trent, England; with what was described as the biggest P.A system on the planet. Marino put it to good use, so too headliners Motorhead who, upon the success of their (then) live album LP 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith', gave the audience an aural meltdown. Recently reissued as par of a 2CD reissue (with 'Juggernaut') on the Beat Goes On (BGO) label, 'The Power Of Rock N Roll' should be pretty easy to find now. Go to it.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 23 2013 14:27:27
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#3 | david on April 23 2013 21:10:41
Port Vale was a Fabulous concert. I went mainly for Riot, but was blessed with seeing all the other great sport bands, including Randy and Ozzy.

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