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Reed, Dan (and Network) - 1988 Dan Reed Network



ARTIST: Reed, Dan (and Network)
ALBUM: Dan Reed Network
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 834 309-2
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: Reissue list..

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LINEUP: Dan Reed - lead vocals * Brion James - guitar * Melvin Brannon II - bass * Daniel Pred - drums * Blake Sakamoto - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 World Has A Heart Too * 02 Get To You * 03 Ritual * 04 Forgot To Make Her Mine * 05 Tamin' The Wild Nights * 06 I'm So Sorry * 07 Resurrect * 08 Baby Don't Fade * 09 Human * 10 Halfway Around The World * 11 Rock You All Night Long * 12 Tatiana

WEBLINKS: www.sevensistersroad.com/band


Background
Formed by charismatic vocalist Reed and drummer Daniel Pred, the band quickly made an impact on the live scene as a result of their energetic performances and their ability to traverse a number of diverse musical genres with consummate ease. They even got a mention in The Washington Post, who described one live performance by the band 'as easily charming its audience with an unlikely brand of heavy metal-ish rock sharpened by junk funk and plenty of rock 'n' roll theatrics,' This lofty publication wasn't the only one to notice the band's potential, as they caught the ear of A&R king Derek Shulman whose reputation was flying high as a result of his previous signings Bon Jovi and Cinderella. He took the Dan Reed Network under his wing and was instrumental in them securing a deal with Mercury, who put out the eponymous debut.


The Songs
The band had a diverse ethnical background, resulting in a melting pot of musical influences - hard rock, soul, funk and jazz. Production duties for the debut album were handled by Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Loverboy) who gave it a highly polished sheen, ensuring the material had a commercial flavour and was primed for radio airplay. The brief rap intro on 'World Has A Heart Too' segues into 'Get To You' which is a heady cocktail of pulsating synths, funky bass slapping and razor sharp guitar which typifies the Dan Reed Network's unique hybrid of funk and hard rock. 'Ritual' is another enticing blend of funk and rock, embellished by Blake Sakamoto's synth work, tribal rhythms and some powerful guitar on the chorus. 'Forgot To Make Her Mine' features some raw and dirty guitar riffing from Brion James which is once again played out against a backdrop of funk rhythms. Then the tempo is slowed for 'Taming The Wild Nights' proving that the band were adept at handling subtle balladry when necessary. Side two is an equally compelling listen, highlighted in particular by the urgent pulsating rhythm on 'Resurrect' and the infectious groove laid down by 'Baby Don't Fade'. Refreshingly unpredictable, even as the album draws to a close, the band manages to produce another leftfield manoeuvre by incorporating a passage from that old chestnut 'Ain't No Love In The City' into 'Rock You All Night Long'.


In Summary
Despite winning a number of fans with their stylish debut (the notoriously stingy 'Rolling Stone' magazine included) because of poor promotion, album sales failed to gain any momentum in the US. Sadly it would seem that their record company was more focused on marketing the latest release by their label mates, a certain British rock band called Def Leppard whose latest album at the time was called 'Hysteria'.. [word count 450]


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#1 | Nick C on January 30 2016 10:51:34
I still think this was by far their best album. After that I thought they got slightly weaker with each release. It seemed everyone was jumping on the funk rock bandwagon not long after, the bulk of which either came off as a cheesy desperate attempt to be relevant and cool or generally leaves me cold...I put it in the same league as jazz fusion and rap rock crossovers. But within those genres as with this album some bands just get it right and leave the rest trying to emulate it sound lame. I still rate this album after all these years and it still gets regulr spins. To me it's still one of the best examples of doing the whole crossover thing right and 'getting it' .
 
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