you end December last year the debut
album from The Raz bandcould imagine, now following a good eight
months later with "The Best Of Raz" equal to the lookup. Although it
was Michael 'Raz' Rescignosince high school days music with
drummer Jeff Hutchinson connected, but took not only now and then a
time-out, the albums published for a long time under the name Raz ,
what of course always on solo discs hinted. Besides Hutchinson only the
bassist seemed Jim Manzo a rock solid they flank Rescigno to
the years, but also created genuine friendships with people likeJoey
Molland (ex Badfinger , Ex- Natural Gas ) or Joe Walsh - Crosby,
Stills & Nash and Eagles -Drummer Joe
Vitale . It is these appeared sporadically over again sometimes in the
recording studio and let it be taking to jam with their buddies. "The Best Of
..." spans practically the entire career of the protagonist and thus leaves much
room for stylistic change.
admittedly are not really dramatic, but the journey of American from early - but
ajar a good bit of punk rock - effervescence over hefty rock to
Sixties-influenced pop / rock is already clear. Really good is the fact
that Raz over the years repeatedly sometimes wind instruments (mainly
saxophonist) with had in the boat, which the variability of course very well and
does the present disc adds a lot of oomph. Not that the panel would be boring
otherwise, but it is only by the stylistic interpretation already clear
why Raz never really came on insider status also.
you dive but something deeper, then one can very often really strong (punk) rock
music to the ears. Raz is obviously a big fan of all early American
punk bands, as was elsewhere a certain affinity to a Stooges - classic conspicuous so can here "Naked on The Floor"
a relationship to Johnny
Thunders ' "Chinese Rocks" not really resist. Evil is not, you take it only
with a broad grin note.
big surprise is the number "Sittin On My Bed" for Carla Olson (also
with the blessed Gene Clark , ex- Byrds, playing
already recorded an album and concerts) guitar and lead vocals took over. Of
course, the title stands out somewhat because it - is still less progressive -
no bad. At the very end there with "The Boy" and "The Times Together" two live
pieces that go really nice on the Twelve. Eben quite as how these tracks desires
live on stage.
That Raz was
also the Psychedelic not completely averse to showing the song "I Said To
Myself: Self", which, incidentally, none other than the former Creedence
Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook was a guest there. Finally,
also three titles of the aforementioned board of The Raz band with
this, but what the listening does not diminish. On the contrary…
who does not expect glossy production and has a certain penchant for rough rock
with punk influences, will surely have fun here.
'Raz' Rescigno (guitars, lead vocals) Jeff Hutchinson (drums, background
Wiggins (guitars, background vocals - # 1.2) Randy Anderson (guitars - # 4,
slide guitar - # 5) Joey Molland (lead guitars - # 4,7,12-17, background
vocals - # 3, 4,7,12,13,16,17) Pat Whisnant (guitars - # 6,18,19, mandolin
& violin - # 13, background vocals - # 18.19) Ruben DeFentes (lead
guitars - # 6) Rick Anderson (guitar - # 16) Kenny Miles (bass - #
1,2,18,19) James Cleaver (bass - # 3-5) Rick Bozzo (bass - # 6) Jim
Manzo (bass - # 7-12,14- 17) Stu Cook (bass - # 13) Tommy Amato (drums -
# 3-5) Jim Serpiello (piano - # 1, Hammond B-3 - # 2) Bob Lorentz (organ
- # 3, keyboards - # 5.6 ) Joe Vitale (keyboards - # 8-10,13,15-17,
background vocals - # 8,13,15,16) Steve Gunner (keyboards - # 14) Craig
Williams (saxophones - # 1.2) Stan Kabuki ( saxophone - # 3.4) Paulie
Cerra (saxophones - # 15) Craig Williams (saxophones - # 18-19) Paul
Litteral (trumpet - # 15) Bobby Hayden (background vocals - # 4-6) Gina
La Carr (background vocals - # 6) Paul Marshall (background vocals - #
11) Carla Olson (acoustic guitar - # 12, lead vocals - # 12)
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