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Van Zant, Johnny (Band) - 1980 No More Dirty Deals

ARTIST: Van Zant, Johnny (Band)
ALBUM: No More Dirty Deals
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6289
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY023


LINEUP: Johnny Van Zant - vocals * Robbie Gay, Erik Lundgren - lead guitar * Danny Clausman - bass * Robbie Morris - drums

Additional Musician: Al Kooper - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 No More Dirty Deals * 02 Coming Home * 03 634-5789 * 04 Put My Trust In You * 05 Only The Strong Survive * 06 Hard Luck Story * 07 Stand Your Ground * 08 Never Too Late * 09 Keep On Rollin' * 10 Standing In The Darkness


The legaacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd can't be ignored within the context of southern rock. Though the band is in operation today, it's a far cry from the original. Added to that, we have two forks in the road from that band: Donnie Van Zant who built the 38 Special brand, and younger brother Johnny Van Zant, who built his own outfit: the Johnny Van Zant Band. While 38 Special had kicked into gear around 1977 for A&M Records, Johnny and his band surfaced in 1980 on Polydor with 'No More Dirty Deals'. The JVZ Band remained intact all through the 80's Polydor and Geffen years, but this is where it started.

The Songs
Produced by audio engineer Al Kooper (Blood Sweat & Tears, Lynyrd Skynyrd), 'No More Dirty Deals' has its moments. It showcases a very young band coming to grips with a commercial brand of southern rock. All of the songs bar one were written by Johnny, with co-writes alongside some of the other guys in the band. Looking back, the album overall doesn't really stand out a great deal. The one song that wasn't theirs ('634-5789') was a bit of a shocker. Let's just say the band were still in their infancy. 'Standing In The Darkness' is very good though, where the band gallop along in epic mode, trying to emulate the revered southern classics such as Skynyrd's 'Freebird', Molly Hatchet's 'Boogie No More' and The Outlaws 'Green Grass And High Tides'.

In Summary
JVZ would go on to release two other releases for Polydor (listed below), and got better as a result. But they disappeared off the map for two years; reconvening in 1985 for Geffen Records under the banner Van Zant. We all know how good that album was! All of the Polydor releases are now available from Rock Candy Records. [word count 302]

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#1 | rkbluez on January 12 2016 11:12:12
Out of all the JVZ albums I like this one the best...every album after this one went in a more AOR direction...this one is pure raw and rockin' Southern Rock more in the lines of early Skynyrd, Point Blank and Blacckfoot. The newer more AOR stuff is really good to but I just like the vibe on this album a little more.
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