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Sheriff - 1982 Sheriff

ARTIST: Sheriff
ALBUM: Sheriff
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST 12227
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1988, Capitol, CDP 7 91216 2 * 2012, Rock Candy Records, CANDY126
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Freddy Curci - vocals * Steve DeMarchi - guitars * Arnold Lanni - guitars, keyboards * Wolf Hassel - bass * Rob Elliott - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Remind Me * 02 California * 03 Makin' My Way * 04 When I'm With You * 05 Kept Me Coming * 06 Mama's Baby * 07 Crazy Without You * 08 Elisa * 09 Living For A Dream * 10 Give Me Rock 'n' Roll

Listening to this album time and again still sends shivers of AOR delight down my spine. It's hard to believe this piece of Canadian perfection came out in 1982, it still sounds fresh now as it did back all those years ago. Initially this album sort of came out of nowhere, though a big label release on Capitol got it a higher profile. From my perspective not much is known about the bands earlier history (apart from being Toronto natives), though they began around 1979 and we all know that the members (with the exception of Elliott) went onto bigger and better things with their future respective projects. For me Sheriff first came to prominence courtesy of their appearance in Derek Oliver's Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal. Upon their description I knew I just had to have this album so in 1982 I imported it from the UK and was not disappointed. The 'X factor' with Sheriff is obviously the incredible vocals of Freddy 'The Human Siren' Curci. This guy sings with power and melody and to this day I rank him right up there with the Mark Free's and Steve Perry's of this world. However, not to be outdone is the gifted song writing talent that is Arnold Lanni. His contribution to the album is enormous, in fact his efforts are represented on all the songs and melody and harmony are a pre-requisite.

The Songs
All the songs are wonderful, some more than most. 'California', and 'Makin' My Way' feature soaring vocals from Curci while 'Kept Me Coming' and 'Give Me Rock And Roll' really rock the ante up a bit. For me the highlights are the AOR tastic 'Mama's Baby' and the superb ballad 'When I'm With You'. Funny how 6 years after the bands demise does this track get radio play to the point of going to No#1 on the US Top 40! Funny also how the track as it appears on the remastered CD from 1988 is slightly different to the original version put on vinyl in 1982. For collectors see if you can spot the difference..

In Summary
Sheriff went nowhere fast and by 1985 they were no more. Later on they metamorphosed into two separate units: Frozen Ghost featuring Lanni and Hassel while Alias contained Curci and De Marchi (along with ex Heart members) and in itself was a fine band. Even with the success of 'When I'm With You' in 1988, Sheriff could not be persuaded to rejoin, mainly because Lanni had the Frozen Ghost gig happening and was the principle songwriter and did not want Sheriff going out without his involvement. Alias was also happening but by the time their second album was due, the bottom fell out and the material eventually became Freddy Curci's 1994 solo album 'Dreamers Road'. However, even after thirty years, you can't keep a good album down, and 2012 paid tribute to this great album with a Rock Candy reissue, adding eight additional bonus tracks of a 1983 live performance at El Mocambo (7 tracks + intro).

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#1 | rostoned on May 13 2008 14:23:58
It is very little known that there's a megarare promo-only live vinyl LP released by Capitol Canada to promote this album and recorded on February 2nd 1983 at the El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto. 7 songs taken from this LP. It comes with a plain white sleeve holed in the middle to let you see the label. I purchased a copy on the net 2 or 3 years ago. In any case here you can (still?) download it (thanx Demonaor)
#2 | reyno-roxx on May 13 2008 19:39:21
I remember getting a cassette recording of this much sought after promo back in the day. An incredible performance. Freddy Curci could certainly do it live as well as in the studio. The vinyl is still on my wants list, I was offered a copy back in the early 90s but for silly money (that I'd probably pay out for it now. LOL) but I did track down the just as rare Helix Live At The Marquee promo for a mere £2 a few years back.
I think the Sheriff album should be re-released on CD to reinstate the last few seconds of 'Give Me Rock 'N' Roll' that were stupidly, probably mistakenly, edited from the original track.
#3 | jeffrey343 on May 13 2008 20:08:56
I've been pretty fortunate lately finding stuff on Rhapsody. Maybe ten percent of what I see on this site is available. But this is one of them. Twenty-six years after it was released, I finally listened to this for the first time (except for 'When I'm With You', which was all over the radio years ago). Pretty darn good. It led me to the Alias album, also on Rhapsody, which is pretty dang awesome.
#4 | Eric on July 19 2008 04:48:12
I sat in the rain in Hamilton, Ontario for two hours for Sheriff to take the stage at a local band shell. They never played and I was pissed. Nuff said.
#5 | jeffduran on July 20 2008 06:56:19
why is the cover blurry? cassette has always been like that too
#6 | gdazegod on July 20 2008 22:32:14
I'll try and find another one Jeff. It shouldn't be.
#7 | rostoned on August 08 2008 17:37:40
The album, thanx to its #1 smash hit ballad, entered the chart in 1988 and peaked at an interesting #60 during a 14 week run. It's funny to think about that on original release the album just 'bubbled under' the top 200 at a shameful #210 (!) position for 1 week. The power of the right love song dudes!
#8 | thejbl on July 29 2009 20:20:23
a mega classic
#9 | gdazegod on March 17 2012 03:40:42
The new Sheriff Rock Candy reissue includes those 7 El Mocambo tracks. Great liner notes once again Reyno.
#10 | gdazegod on September 04 2016 10:42:14
Sheriff - 1982 You Remind Me (Live)
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