Sunday, March 29, 2009

DAKOTA / DAKOTA

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1980 on Columbia Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 kbps
ALBUM INFO:
Produced By: Danny Seraphine & David "Hawk" Wolinski for "Skidrow Productions"
Engineer: Nick Blagona
Assistant Engineer: Robby Whelan
Recorded At: Le Studio, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mixed At: Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California
Mixed By: Paul Northfield, Danny Seraphine, David "Hawk" Wolinski & Steve Williams
Mastered At: Sterling Sound, New York, New York.
Cover Art: Jim Houghton, N. McDonald
TRACK LISTING:
If It Takes All Night
Crazy For Your Love
Possession
You Can't Live Without It
One Step
Lady
Restless
Crazy Love
It Gets Easier
THE PLAYERS:
Jerry Hludzik - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Bill Kelly - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Lou Cossa - Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jeff Mitchell - Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bill McHale - Bass, Background Vocals
John Robinson - Drums
WEBSITE(S):
http://www.itsaboutmusic.com/dakota.html
REVIEW:
By Yours Truly
This was an album in my collection that was a matter of bad timing for several reasons. First off, I was more interested in other things than slickly produced country rock in 1980 so I think I played this one once or twice and filed it. Secondly, I think the whole world was off on a different trip in 1980 so even a well played, well produced country rock record like this one found nobody that seemed to care.
I recently pulled this one out to see how much of it I could recall and was pleasantly surprised to find a very well done record. Back in 1980 I figured this was another one album band and never really did any research to find out differently, but nowadays with the net available I've found out that at least one of the members kept on truckin' to keep his musical dreams alive and I've got a big soft spot in my calloused old heart these days for someone who wouldn't give up on their dreams.
So what we have here is a very musical, well produced record that is full of great tunes and tasty hooks. I can't imagine anyone nowadays not finding something on here that would get their toes to tappin'. Although it didn't impress me that much in 1980 I find myself doing repeated listenings lately and wondering what the heck was wrong with my ears in 1980.
It's all a matter of timing folks and I'd be the first to admit that sometimes during my lifetime my timing has been off a step or two.......This one will be a great addition to any country rock collection........I recommend it!
Tc
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2 Comments:

Blogger Moose KnuckleHead said...

Thanks for featuring this album. This band still gets together to play in their hometown Scranton occasionally. They are putting together a new album that features 4 of the originals that played on this album.

Note that the two main guys (Bill Kelly and Jerry Hludzik) had a hit "Timothy" in 1971 while in the band "The Bouys". The Bouys dissolved and Kelly and Hludzik played returned to the Scranton area playing as a duo. Eventually, they put a band together and got a record deal with the help of Danny Seraphine of Chicago.

Their first album was released in 1978 on Epic. The band was known as "the Jerry-Kelly Band" and the album was "Somebody Else's Dream". That album featured a boatload of great tunes.

Dakota was the name given to the band by the record company before the release of the second album.

They released one more major label album ("Runaway" in 1983). Seraphine produced all 3 albums.

The band broke up after a few more local releases. Hludzik resurrected the band as an AOR act in the 1990's.They featured a guitarist who is quite a shredder. Strangely, they were quite popular in Scandanavia (where the Bouys were also a big deal).

Presently, Kelly is back and the old band is back together along with the addition of that shredding guitarist.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 8:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

Thanks for all that good info Moose...appreciate that you took the time to share what ya know.....

Take care

Tc

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 10:54:00 PM EDT  

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