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Julliet - 1990 Julliet



ARTIST: Julliet
ALBUM: Julliet
LABEL: Enigma
SERIAL: CDP 77 3530 2
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kenny McGee - vocals, Jimmy DeLisi - guitars * Ty Westerhoff - bass * Greg Pecka - drums

Guest: Frankie Sullivan - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eight Lives Gone * 02 Stay The Night * 03 Help (Is On The Way) * 04 No More Tears * 05 Little Bit Of Party * 06 Revvin' Me Up * 07 Something You Should Know * 08 Chip Away * 09 You Can Leave Your Hat On *10 Love Can Change You


Background
Here's another hair-metal band that released one album before Grunge killed everything in 1991. They were from Florida originally, and moved to El-Lay to be closer to the action. The duo of Jimmy DeLisi and Ty Westerhoff were the original nucleus of Julliet, but their fortunes changed once Kenny McGee joined. Jimmy and Ty knew about Kenny but he was with another band at the time. They knew McGee was a perfect match. Eventually adding some rhythm section clout was former Dokken and Hellion drummer Greg Pecka. Some big names stood by Julliet's side after they landed in L.A. The Quiet Riot pairing of Kevin Dubrow and Frankie Banali in particular. The early version of Julliet (without Pecka onboard at this stage) released material for an album called 'Passion', though this effort was not released during this early phase. Enigma Records came calling in 1989 and signed them up.


The Songs
What's interesting here is that Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan produced the band. There's no real trace of Survivor by the sounds of things. I'm listening to this and it sounds like White Lion revisited on some parts. Kenny McGee has obviously listened to Mike Tramp a few times, though his influences cover the gamut of American hard rock bands from the 70's. I like the way the album kick offs with 'Eight Lives Gone', coming along like a Ratt clone. 'Stay The Night' has that White Lion vibe filtering through, plus Sullivan's additional guitar work (he contributes on a number of songs here). 'Help Is On The Way' is standard hard rock with a sing-a-long chorus for good measure. Julliet enter ballad territory thanks to 'No More Tears', while 'Little Bit Of Party' with its glam styled chorus was very cliched and boring. 'Revvin' Me Up' was a hit for them.. apparently. Could've fooled me, as I didn't hear hit at all. Maybe hit and miss? 'Chip Away' reverts back to ballad-land, you can just imagine this one on MTV with the prissy blonde all windswept and exotic. 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' is a cover of the Joe Cocker standard, written by Randy Newman. In the end, it's not the sort of song required on an album like this. Ill-advised me thinks. The album ends with the plodding 'Love Can Change You'. Didn't set my bunsen burner on fire unfortunately.


In Summary
Was there something about Julliet that I missed? I don't think so. They hit the melodic rock scene just as the tide was going out, so most fans of the genre didn't miss a lot. If they hadn't signed a deal with Enigma, they probably could've had a retrospect reissue from a label like Eonian Music, so I guess it was fortunate for all involved that this didn't occur. Metal Mayhem Records reissued the 'Passion' around about 2002, plus another CD called 'Psycho Boyfriend'. Somehow I'm not inspired to check these two CD's out, preferring instead to leave the memory of Julliet back in the 80's where they truly belong. A reasonably good band, but I think I'd prefer to be listening to others, truth be told.


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Comments
#1 | Eric on April 17 2016 21:36:02
Talk about bad-timing. Drill-hole copies were plentiful for several years. Don't see it too often these days...
#2 | spawn71 on April 19 2016 19:00:16
As the review explains, there's nothing exceptional here, but it's an enjoyable record anyway...
 
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