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Chevy - 1980 The Taker

ALBUM: The Taker
LABEL: Avatar
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY182


LINEUP: Martin Cure - lead and backing vocals, guitars * Paul Shanahan, Steve Walwyn - lead guitars, backing vocals * Bob Poole - bass, backing vocals * Andy Chaplin - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Taker * 02 You Got Me Running * 03 Skybird * 04 Chevy * 05 Too Much Loving * 06 Turn On The Light * 07 Shine On * 08 Cold And Lonely * 09 Rock On

Chevy were a band caught in the thick of the NWOBHM back in the late 70's and early 80's, although their history goes way back into time. Lead singer Martin Cure is the most notable bloke here, having performed in numerous British bands since the mid 60's. He appeared with the band Still Life, who released a pastoral flavoured pop/prog album back in 1971, which was reviewed by Eric a few years ago. Chevy though is a different kettle of fish. After a life of music in London, the formative members relocated to the Midlands, and formed Four Wheel Drive which would eventually morph into Chevy. During the early part of 1980, they recorded some material which they then put out to record labels. The band eventually landed on the 'Metal For Muthas II' compilation LP issued by EMI. From there, things moved ahead quickly. Chevy found themselves signed to the Avatar label, a new entity formed by Jerry Rafferty's former publishers, Robert Patterson and John Brewer. A single was promoted ahead of the LP ('Too Much Loving' / See The Light') during July 1980. The album (recorded that same month) was released by Avatar in September, to slow sales but excellent feedback. Unfortunately, the latter does not help pay the bills, and the album died on the vine, despite seeing action in many countries around the world, including New Zealand.

The Songs
It's no wonder that Chevy are synonymous with the NWOBHM scene, as 'The Taker' is so representative of that era, the title-track quite powerful for an introduction. There's the obligatory twin guitar, though not in the same league as a Saxon or Iron Maiden. 'You Got Me Running' has a punchy delivery, and I really liked Cure' vocal on this, sounding like Daryl Braithwaite circa his Sherbet era. 'Skybird' is as majestic as the song-title, soaring into the heights. Very good tune. 'Chevy' (the song) tries to emulate Thin Lizzy though I'm sure the Irish boys never sang about cars during their long career. The first single 'Too Much Loving' is next, and to be honest, I reckon they should've chosen another tune for that task. The next pair of songs sound like Bad Company has been summoned from an Ouja Board. 'Turn Out The Lights' is pretty good while 'Shine On' sounds like a mellow version thereof, Cure giving his best Paul Rodgers impression. However, for mine the best track is left till last. 'Rock On' is just classic boogie, and after listening to this, I am surprised they didn't kick on with blues/boogie being their predominant style. They were really good at it, and British audiences really appreciated that sub-genre over the years.

In Summary
Interesting to note that the guy who produced the Van Wilks LP 'Bombay Tears'; John Stronach, was also behind the desk for Chevy. I read somewhere that Chevy were not very happy with the final result, and bassist Bob Poole was quoted as saying that the producer (we can only assume this to be Stronach), was strung out and didn't know what time of the day it was. Hmm. Chevy nearly released a second LP but threw the towel in with their label Avatar before it was released, who it seems were as hopeless as tits on a bull. A new lineup resulted, but by 1983 it was all over. Many years later, Chevy reunited for a reunion gig in 2010, while 'The Taker' saw a CD reissue from Rock Candy Records in 2013, no doubt you can read more about the band thanks to the Essay notes within. A product of its time, but still a reasonable listen decades later. By the way, what is the significance of the album cover? After all these years, I've never quite worked it out.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 14 2016 01:10:47
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#2 | sabace on July 15 2016 20:52:29
good stuff, I remember Mick wall reviewing YandT's meanstreak lp and referencing this lp, He claimed the chevy lp was better so I purchased the lp and you know it's not better then Yandt close though .
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