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Dufay, Rick - 1980 Tender Loving Abuse

ARTIST: Dufay, Rick
ALBUM: Tender Loving Abuse
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6294
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Rick Dufay - vocals, guitars * Eric Holland - keyboards * Gary Seitz - bass * Jeff Seitz, Tico - drums * Jack Douglas - percussion, production * Record Planettes - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Is The Only Way (I Go Down) * 02 Tonight * 03 Don't Talk Back * 04 10,000 Bands * 05 Up To You * 06 Baby Now I * 07 Straight Jacket * 08 Don't Wake Me Up * 09 Fool No More * 10 Tender Loving Abuse


Long out of print and never released on CD, Rick Dufay's debut LP is an interesting blend of sharp hard rock fashioned with a glam sense of musical appeal. Of course is better known for his brief incursion to the dysfunctional family that would be Aerosmith during a turbulent time of their history, replacing Brad Whitford who had formed his own band Whitford St Holmes, with mercurial lead singer Derek St Holmes (St Paradise, Ted Nugent). Rick appeared on their 1982 'Rock In A Hard Place', and toured with the band right through until 1984. By the time 1985's 'Done With Mirrors' came out, both guitarists Brad Whitford and Joe Perry had rejoined the fold. Enough of Aerosmith, let's get back to the matter at hand.

The Songs
Dufay has guitar and vocal influences going way back to the halcyon days of British rock. Names such as Alvin Lee, Steve Marriott and Eric Clapton have all been acknowledged. For this debut, Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas organises the dials, and to these ears, this comes across as a very 70's and British sounding album, as a result. 'Love Is The Only Way (I Go Down)' features some strutting guitars, steering toward a hyped up pop rock delivery method. 'Tonight' is a very upbeat tune, which is probably the closest to what would be considered AOR or radio rock, but then again, in saying that it's still some way off. 'Don't Talk Back' is an awkward arrangement, somewhere between Detective and the J Geils Band. As you can imagine, it doesn't quite work. Much better is '10,000 Bands', which definitely has this Queen going on, the solo is very Brian May inspired. 'Up To You' is a brash sounding affair, with a degree of piano bashing amid an early 70's British rock onslaught a la Humble Pie and The Who. Changing gears, 'Baby Now I' is delivered with a hard-pop edge. 'Straight Jacket' with its wacky entrance, is a tough rocker, akin to The Rolling Stones upping their game somewhat. 'Don't Wake Me Up' is the album's milder moment, though not quite reaching ballad territory. It does tend to stretch out toward the end, putting paid to the 'mild' tag I initially gave it. 'Fool No More' continues the cranky side of Dufay's musical persona, and again, British styles kick in. The album closer is the title-track 'Tender Loving Abuse' which winds things down in a melancholy fashion.

In Summary
If anyone is keen to reissue this on CD they would be doing many punters a favour. Unfortunately the fileshare I have is pretty patchy, recorded from vinyl, the sound is etched with dust collected on the needle, making for an unpleasant listening experience. During the late 80's, Rick was gearing up to release a second album. It was recorded in London circa 1989, but the record label he was dealing with went under, and so too his chances of getting these batch of songs released officially. Thankfully, the Internet delivers decades late, and you can hear them at this link: click here... Rick would also spend time with Karen Lawrence in the band Blue By Nature, but beyond that, has been relatively quiet keeping out of the public eye. In other trivia, he is also the father to Hollywood actress Minka Kelly, who has starred in the TV series 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Almost Human'.

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#1 | super80boy on August 12 2017 15:35:08
Lots of flourishing guitar antics against pretty decent song arrangements that deliver charged up variety. 'Don't Talk Back' has an understated, almost new wave rock Cheap Trick vibe. 'Baby Now I' is another spirited ride.
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