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Valentino - 1989 Valentino [ep]

ARTIST: Valentino
ALBUM: Valentino [ep]
LABEL: Tidal Wave Records
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2007, Time Warp (Italy), bootleg


LINEUP: Rob Creek - vocals * Ray C Carr - guitars, vocals * George DeParis - guitars, vocals * Rich E Dane - bass, vocals * Richie LeBrock - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Let Me Go * 03 Eyes * 04 Someday * 05 Rocket Man

Valentino were a midwest American band with a sole 5 track EP to their name during 1989. Soundwise, I feel they were about 5 years too late with this effort. The band headed into Solid Sound Studios, IL with Phil Bonnet to record this EP which is mostly pretty solid, but with their image landing dead square in the hair-metal era, the band's name and image didn't quite fit the sophiscated sound emanating across the airwaves in 1989. If it were 1983 or 1984, Valentino might've been in with a chance. The dodgy personnel names (Ray C Carr.. is that for real? lol) makes this lot come across as Jag Wire part 2.

The Songs
If Valentino wanted to get their musical message across in 5 tracks, then they wasted their opportunity on the first track 'Intro', a pointless 70 second instrumental which went nowhere fast. Second track 'Let Me Go' is a pretty reasonable tune, sort of like early Bon Jovi meets Stone Fury. In fact, the singer sounds like a deadringer for Lenny Wolf! Interesting that I say that, because both those bands started life off in 1984. For me, 'Eyes' is the pick of the bunch. Some great guitar work here and a real anthem. Good work boys! 'Someday' is their most commercial offering with the ability to still riff freely though the lead guitar work was very ordinary. Valentino punch above their weight with the Vyper like 'Rocket Man', a song with a load of sexual innuendo throughout.

In Summary
Released on the small Tidal Wave label, this would be the one and only effort from this bunch of romeo wannabes. Reissued as a bootleg in 2007 by Italian rip-off merchants Time Warp, you should see this going on Ebay, or as a download elsewhere on the Net. Have fun.

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