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Doucette - 1979 The Douce Is Loose

ARTIST: Doucette
ALBUM: The Douce Is Loose
LABEL: Mushroom Canada
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Jerry Doucette - vocals, guitars * Brett Shindell - guitars * Ron Cummings - bass * Robbie King - organ * Duris Maxwell - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Run Buddy Run * 02 Rita * 03 Someday * 04 Father Dear Father * 05 Nobody * 06 Before I Die * 07 All Over Me * 08 Further On Up The Road (Live)


He was a bit of a Canadian guitar hero back in the 70's, releasing three solo LP's between 1977 and 1981. This is his second, the 1979 effort 'The Douce Is One The Loose'. As Alun eluded to on his review of the 1977 LP 'Mama Let Him Play', Jerry played in different styles; there was hard rock coupled with soft radio oriented rock. That strategy was also the same for the material two years later, but I have to say, if I was forced to make a decision about which one i prefer, I'd say this one, and that's purely on the back of being more familiar with this LP from the early days, and having it in my collection since the very early 80's.

The Songs
There's only eight tracks onboard, commencing with the catchy hoe-down prairie rock of 'Run Buddy Run'. The spacey lead synth is prominent throughout, but the song overall is very bouncy. 'Rita' is the tale of a lovely lolita, which is played in a typical Canadian 70's style. More synths introduce 'Someday', but it's the stunning lead guitar from Doucette which gives this song the required boost. 'Father Dear Father' is the ballad moment on the LP. A sweeping orchestral piece with Jerry's lead guitar added as a point of difference. Next up is 'Nobody', a radio rock with a hint of orchestral pop a la 10cc or E.L.O but not as overblown, though that streaky lead synth appears once again. Doucette and his team lear it up for the next two tracks. 'Before I Die' takes on a tame hard rock approach, while 'All Over Me' borders on heavy metal. It really is good, and is my favourite track on the LP. The album concludes with a live version of 'Further On Up The Road', a blues cover from 1950's artist Bobby Bland, which has some hot streaks and guitar whiplash within.

In Summary
The record books will show that 'The Douce Is Loose' didn't crash the Canadian charts in a big way, and certainly didn't springboard off the minor success that surrounded the preceding LP 'Mama Let Him Play'. Doucette and Mushroom Canada parted ways not long after, though he would return on the small label Rio, for 1981's 'Coming Up Roses'.

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