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Venice - 1990 Venice

ARTIST: Venice
ALBUM: Venice
LABEL: Modern/Atlantic
SERIAL: 91351-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Kipp Lennon - lead vocals * Mark Lennon - lead vocals * Michael Lennon - guitar, vocals * Pat Lennon - guitar, vocals * Mark Harris - bass * Monroe Jones - keyboards * Scott Crago - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 All My Life * 02 Sacrifice The Fool * 03 Mr Lonely * 04 Change In The Season * 05 Kaylee * 06 Pushed Her Too Far * 07 Time * 08 Ocean * 09 People Laugh * 10 Save The Legion * 11 Hideaway Hill * 12 Ball And Chain


Over the years we've written about hundreds of artists and acts that have made a living in the West Coast sub-genre of rock music. Yet not once have we mentioned the gifted Los Angeles band Venice, who really should have been reviewed right at the very start of this website's creation. The band are built around the Lennon family, and have ostensibly included cousins Kipp and Michael, who formed Venice in 1977. Pat (brother of Kipp) and Mark (brother of Michael) joined a year later. As a band, these guys have recorded from 1986 up to the current day, and have seen numerous musicians come in and out of the band. The list reads like a who's who in the L.A rock music scene. Honestly!

The Songs
The band first released an EP in 1986 called 'Do It Yourself' as a taster of things to come. Their breakthrough album was their 1990 full-length debut, produced by Danny Kortchmar. Now signed to Modern Records (a subsidiary of Atlantic), the album was full of rough and tumble diamonds that was more about hard rock whilst dipping into pools of West Coast goodness, sort of like a harder version of Ambrosia. The first two tracks 'All My Life' and the exceptional 'Sacrifice The Fool' set the tone early. Listening to the vocal harmonies on the latter is where the Ambrosia comparison comes in. 'Mr Lonely' is another crunchy rocker with a great chorus. Another highlight is the sanguine 'Change In The Season', from its lilting piano intro to the massive chorus. It's no wonder that West Coast greats such as David Crosby and Jackson Browne right this band so highly. 'Kaylee' is a number played in the style of the late great Brett Walker, while 'Pushed Her Too Far' is a piano led ballad which finishes up the first half of the record. Again vocal harmonies are to the fore.

In Summary
Listening to this record after a long hiatus is like welcoming back a long lost friend. There are so many highlights onboard, and if anyone likes a harder style of West Coast, say, the aforementioned Brett Walker or a less hairier version of Nelson (lol!), then Venice deserve your TLC. They've released a swag of albums since this one, and we'll be filling out their back catalogue here on GDM in the coming months.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 29 2017 03:52:17
Venice - Change In The Season (Live 1990)
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#2 | gdazegod on June 29 2017 03:56:57
Venice - 1990 Sacrifice The Fool
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#3 | gdazegod on June 29 2017 03:59:14
'Sacrifice The Fool' (I've since found out) was written by Les Dudek, and first appeared on his 1981 LP 'Gypsy Ride'. Great song.
#4 | roadrunner158 on June 30 2017 11:25:17
Change In The Season is one of my all-time favourite songs.
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