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Doyle Whiting Band - 1985 Good Rockin' Tonight

ARTIST: Doyle Whiting Band
ALBUM: Good Rockin' Tonight
LABEL: Blue Wave
SERIAL: Blue Wave 102
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Mark Doyle - guitar, vocals * Joe Whiting - lead vocals, guitar, sax, production * Tony Schimizzi - keyboards, trumpet, backing vocals * Pat DeSalvo - bass * Robbie Spagnoletti - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Power * 02 Cadillac Walk * 03 Chain Of Fools * 04 The Law * 05 It's All Over Now * 06 World Upside Down * 07 She Walks In * 08 When I Was Young * 09 Harlem Nocturne * 10 I'm Movin' On

WEBLINKS: see below

Here's an interesting and obscure release from this mid 80's Syracuse area band from upstate New York. Though the band might have flown under the radar, guitarist Mark Doyle certainly hasn't. You can find his name among the credits of the likes of 70's pop rocker David Werner, the erstwhile Bryan Adams (circa the 'Cuts Like A Knife' album.. you know who that guy is right?), and 70's/80's artist Cindy Bullens and Meatloaf. In between times, Mark had formed a lifelong partnership with vocalist Joe Whiting. The pair go right back to the early 70's with a band called Jukin' Bone who released two LP's for RCA. During the mid 80's, after numerous get-together's in other bands, projects and live touring, the Doyle-Whiting Band was formed, and released this one-off LP on Blue Wave Records (courtesy of label head Greg Spencer), right in the middle of the stylistically challenged year of 1985.

The Songs
This is one of those 80's second-tier AOR bands that were known locally, but were mostly unknown elsewhere. 'Good Rockin' Tonight' was recorded digitally, and features a bunch of Simmons drums, which loses warmth and character along the way. There's ten songs, and it hovers between regional AOR and a form of power-pop. When they do tough it out, DWB sound like a variant of the Iron City Houserockers. Some of you might remember Joe Grushecky's band and their two 80's LP's 'Have A Good Time (But Get Out Alive)'and 'Blood On The Bricks'. Tracks like the raucous 'I'm Movin' On' and 'It's All Over Now' would suggest some similarity. 'When I Was Young' is the truest AOR track here, some sonic guitar work from Mark while the synths are also given some attention. 'She Walks In' is also heavy on synth and could possibly be pigeon-holed as AOR. There's a couple of odd-ball tracks. I have a hard time describing 'Harlem Nocturne'. Parts blues, part jazz (due to the sax), OTT guitar solos from Mark, and it's totally instrumental. The tempo is so under-powered, even a bicycle could go faster. 'World's Upside Down' totally defies classification. I'm not quite sure to make of it. Miami Vice lite?

In Summary
An interesting LP, though probably won't be of interest to many GDM regulars. This LP came at me from a wants-list that came over my email, and I was certainly interested to read of Mark's extensive session and production work over the years. Talented bloke it would seem. Doyle and Whiting have collaborated on many projects since, so have a look over at Joe's website, or Mark's.

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#1 | dangerzone on May 20 2016 21:07:59
Those Jukin Bone albums are fairly standard 70's hard rock workouts. For 1973 they're obliterated by Montrose, Kiss or Aerosmith.
#2 | gdazegod on May 20 2016 23:39:29
I haven't heard them, but I am inclined to pick them up regardless.
#3 | super80boy on May 22 2016 14:37:56
I have a 1986 album by these guys called 'Flesh and Blood'. It's heartland blues tinged AOR rock sounding.
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