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FANDANGO Cadillac Rock Candy (2009)


This 1980 RCA album is the fourth and last album by New Jersey rock band, and featured the vocals of Joe Linquito, who would soon join Rainbow as Joe Lynn Turner.

This is a solid straight rock album with plenty of melody. Lynn Turner grew up in cover bands playing many a UK Trad Rock number and those influences are here, with a commercial AOR melodic hard rock feel. Mix Deep Purple and Toto and you get the idea.

While the album may have been more mature and confident than previous efforts, its commercial failure was a factor in the demise of the band.

No standout tracks - they're all good, solid. Strong rhythms, banging piano, some excellent guitar, and of course strong vocals. Yes there is a commercial nod but it's a lot less poppy than his first solo album ‘Rescue You'.

An excellent album of interest beyond the Rainbow/Purple connection.

Just odd though that here JLT is credited so, as when he was discovered by Don Airey and Cozy Powell (and not Blackmore as is oft written) he was still going by the name of Linquito.

That said, the remastered sound is fantastic, and the extensive notes do feature a new JLT interview.

Surprisingly good.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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