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Pyle, Artimus (Band) - 1982 A.P.B

ARTIST: Pyle, Artimus (Band)
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Darryl Otis Smith - vocals * John Boerstler - guitars * Steve Lockhart - guitars * Steve Brewington - bass * Artimus Pyle - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Know Her Name * 02 It Ain't The Whiskey * 03 Makes More Rock * 04 Maybelline * 05 My Whole Worlds Upside Down * 06 Rock And Roll Each Other * 07 Shes My Baby * 08 Take A Look * 09 The Road Never Ends * 10 Town To Town


Of the survivors of the tragic Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in 1977, drummer Artimus Pyle (real name Thomas Delmar Pyle) may have been the unluckiest of all besides those who perished. While wandering off to seek help as he was the only one capable, Pyle was shot and wounded by a local thinking he was an intruder! This disaster sidelined Pyle for sometime, causing him to turn down the drumming position in the Rossington Collins Band, not that a motorcycle accident helped his cause any. Pyle's eventual comeback was with his own band, and a good one at that. The first of two albums, 'A.P.B.' (rumoured to stand for 'All Points Bulletin') was a satisfying mixture of southern fare and more commercial AOR, seemingly a must for any Southern band at the time. Furthermore MCA, Skynyrd's label, stayed faithful to Pyle handing him a deal. Could anyone see that happening today?

The Songs
'Town To Town' follows the trail of similar period .38 Special, namely the hit 'Hold On Loosely', a commercial sound with slightly southern riffs. So identical to .38 is this, that it could have been an easy hit. Pyle takes the vintage Skynyrd sound into full swing for 'Didn't Even Know Her Name', evoking the 'Street Survivors' era, especially 'You Got That Right', making for compelling listening, the track matching Skynyrd's best. More reserved is the ballad 'It Ain't The Whiskey', which does indeed drown its sorrows in misery! A sharp stab at AOR is attempted with 'She's My Baby', written by guitarist Lockhart. Keyboards are to the fore with some stunning melodic interludes I swear Paul Dianno ripped off for his 1984 album. The cover of Chuck Berry's 'Maybellene' is energetic but token, no match for Pyle's only written effort 'Makes More Rock', heavy duty boogie that perhaps indicate the direction Skynyrd would've taken in the 80's. This would have easily fit on Danny Joe Brown's solo album. 'Take A Look' toys with spitfire riffing, a Southern gem that nears dual guitar overload towards the end. 'Rock And Roll Each Other' is nothing special, a standard mid paced rocker which doesn't live up to the title.

In Summary
Near flawless and another album worthy of a reissue. The quality of Southern albums from the early 80's was always guaranteed, especially with the made for radio melodies that tended to dominate. The APB were no exception, this able to stand with Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Henry Paul Band and Point Blank as highlights of a fantastic era. The band went further with the AOR direction for 1983's 'Nightcaller', with a couple of lineup changes, including the addition of female vocalist Karen Blackmon, which wasn't a wise move.....Pyle rejoined Skynyrd for their reunion tour of 1987, but left a few years later, reforming the APB for several more albums in the 90's. Somehow I believe they wouldn't have been in the league of their debut, a crucial addition for fans of Skynyrd and 80's Southern Rock.

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