Riverdogs California cd review
July the 7th sees the release on Frontiers Records Srl of the Riverdogs fifth album California.
Riverdogs formed in Los Angeles at the end of the 80’s, when flashy, glitzy hard rock ruled the day, but they were determined to avoid clichés and adopted an original sounding blues rock style. Vivian Campbell of Sweet Savage, Dio, and Whitesnake fame at the time (soon to join and become a long-standing member of Def Leppard and later, founding member of Last In Line as well) was initially brought on board to produce the band's first demo, but was so impressed with the band that he actually became a member and played on the debut album. Soon after the release, Marc Danzeisen (drums) joined Rob Lamothe ( vocals and guitar), Nick Brophy (bass) and Vivian to complete the line-up.
The unfortunate and age old story of change of personnel at their record label came about and eventually led the band members to go their own ways, with Campbell settling into the Def Leppard line up and Nick Brophy becoming a respected engineer and producer. Riverdogs, with a reformed line-up, released two more records in 1993, "Bone" and "Absolutely Live", before going on an extended hiatus. They reconvened, with the original line-up, in 2003 to record new material and play a few reunion shows. Those new songs were recorded as demos, but only completed in the studio in 2011 when their last album, “World Gone Mad” was released.
Now, six years after their last studio album California is upon us and from the moment I pressed play I have been hooked.Perfect summer album played with the roof down with 11 songs full of wonderful soulful vocals and Viv being set free to show us what a guitar hero he is.So under used in Def Leppard as Phil Collen's understudy here he shows he is adapt at every style from all out shredding to delightful melodic picking and his tone is superb through out along side Rob's breathless vocal which is stunning.What a combination.