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Deep River Band - 1981 Rocks

ARTIST: Deep River Band
ALBUM: Rocks
LABEL: Erect Records
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Ray Edmaiston - lead vocals, percussion * Marty Edmaiston - guitars, backing vocals * Doug Jonas - keyboards, backing vocals * Mike Burdett, bass, backing vocals * Bob Barthel, guitar, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 On Thin Ice * 02 Stormlord * 03 Do You Wanna Dance * 04 So Long * 05 Kiss It Goodbye * 06 Heartbreaker * 07 Medicine Man * 08 To Nobody

It's obscure records like this that gets my pulse racing. Back in 1981 how many second or third tier bands like this existed across the USA? Thousands probably, surely.. and we're still discovering these rarities decades later. Here's one from the suburbs of Chicago. The Deep River Band who ply a little bit of Styx and Morningstar in their musical delivery. Led by the Edmaiston brothers Ray and Marty, the band were ably supported by a cast who knew a thing or two about pomp rock, as this is pretty damn good.

The Songs
Check out the superb pomp of 'Stormlord', with a keyboard solo straight out of the late great 70's. 'Kiss it Goodbye' is another that works the pomp/hard rock style, with the guitar and keyboard interplay offset by some big funky bass grooves. 'Heartbreaker' is a chance for Doug Jonas to show us his keyboard chops so too the lead guitarists. DRB show their boogie tendencies on 'So Long' and 'On This Ice' while 'Do You Wanna Dance' and 'To Nobody' are luke-warm ballads which are kinda wishy-washy really.

In Summary
No doubt this is a band that thrived on work, and sounded better with the shackles cast aside and the foot off the pedal. I'd be interested to know if there was any other material out there, because the pomp and harder rockin' tracks are really quite good. We really need to source more of these rarities before we all forget they exist!

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#1 | Nick C on April 26 2016 19:30:56
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