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DFK Band - 1980 Dudek Finnigan Krueger Band

ARTIST: Dudek Finnigan Krueger Band
ALBUM: Dudek Finnigan Krueger Band
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: JC 35770
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2007, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU 5770


LINEUP: Les Dudek - guitar, vocals * Jim Krueger - guitar, vocals * Mike Finnigan - keyboards, vocals * Trey Thompson - bass * Mike Hossack - drums * Bill Meeker - drums * Max Carl Groenthal - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Angels Fall * 02 Just Like The Weather * 03 Drinkin' Alone * 04 I Know You're In There * 05 It's All About You * 06 Just Be Happy * 07 That's Wrong * 08 You Cut So Deep

Seemingly forgotten is this minor West Coast classic featuring the abundant talents of accomplished musicians Les Dudek, Jim Krueger and Mike Finnigan, who all made their mark in the 70's performing with various big names, as well as their own solo projects. At the time of this albums release, all three were on the same label and had associated with each other previously, thus this one-off concept was initiated. Dudek had been a member of Boz Scaggs band for a lengthy period and recorded a series of solo albums of which Finnigan had guested on. Finnigan meanwhile was a veteran of numerous projects including Jimi Hendrix and Big Brother while Krueger and Dudek themselves, have played together on Krueger's 1978 'Sweet Salvation'. Krueger had been a member of the Dave Mason Band meanwhile, co-writing the hit 'We Just Disagree'. With pedigrees such as this the collaboration was bound to succeed, which it duly did, musically at least. The album was produced and engineered by Andy Johns, whos brother Glyn was of course well known for his work with heavyweights like The Who.

The Songs
In the most inimitable West Coast fashion, 'Angels Fall' kicks things off with the classic sound of the beloved genre. Sound wise it's reminiscent of England Dan and John Ford Coley, Ambrosia and Kenny Loggins, with easy going keyboard use and some dramatic melodic breaks in between. Quite unoffensive and pleasant is 'Just Like The Weather', a jaunty piece of AOR with maximum harmonies in all departments, including a chorus that once heard cannot be shaken off! Noticeably heavier is 'Drinkin' Alone' which evokes the Doobie Brothers late 70's Michael McDonald era, a fabulous song with a never ending series of tangents. 'I Know You're In There' has a dark vibe complimented by some pumping synth and bass work which lead into a mammoth chanted hook which itself is superlative. Four tracks, four classics. Keeping things going is 'It's All About You', which is so melodic I can only shake my head in disbelief as to how they did this. Simply a must hear. 'Just Be Happy' strolls along calmly until a bridge of epic proportions strikes at the 1.35 point, which attacks with wave after wave of layered melody, followed by a timeless guitar solo. Taking a funk direction is 'That's Wrong', close in spirit to Tommy Bolin's solo work, followed by more abrasive AOR in the form of 'You Cut So Deep' with some stunning fusion work between the guitars and keyboards.

In Summary
There are times when you think you've heard it all when a relic like this presents itself and blows you away. I had no idea of this albums existence until a few days ago when I chanced upon it and just a few days later I can easily recommend this to anyone as a masterpiece. The skills of these three men were utilised to the fullest, resulting in easily one of the best West Coast albums laid on vinyl. It contains every vital ingredient necessary multiplied infinitely. After this, all three went back to their various careers, Dudek hooking up with Cher for a period, while Krueger rejoined Mason. Finnigan went on to perform with a myriad of artists as eclectic as Leonard Cohen to Joshua Kadison. As a one-off this is unbeatable and it begs the thought of what might have transpired in later years. One to go out of your way for which shouldn't be too difficult now as the album is now out on CD courtesy of Wounded Bird Records.

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#1 | super80boy on December 21 2013 15:14:36
I'm surprised there are no comments thus far for this album since it was reviewed back in 2003. As the reviewer states, this is a top drawer West Coast geared AOR album. It drips with stellar musicianship. Every song is well played, produced, thoughtful and just down-right excellent. This is the type of album that warrants many repeated spins.
#2 | gdazegod on December 21 2013 21:27:15
I should check to see if the Wounded Bird CD is still available.. hmm..
#3 | kim_hp on December 27 2013 07:38:21
This seems very unavailable and the only copies I've found on the net are pricey.
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