Monday, December 17, 2007


Here's a rip from my collection of the Goodrats Vinyl LP, "Great American Music"
The best unknown band in the world! It appears this is out of print but available used. So if you like it go to Amazon or e-bay and get it!

Great American Records/JEM GAR-8003 (US, 1981)
Passport 2032
Uncle Rat Music 4 (USA, 1999)[refers to CD]

01. New York Survivor (2:40) - P. Marchello
02. Julie (2:33) - P. Marchello
03. Audience (4:30) - P. Marchello
04. Hollywood Ending (3:07) - P. Marchello
05. Great American Music Halls (3:59) - P. Marchello
06. Yes Or No (3:43) - P. Marchello
07. Icy Cold (4:06) - P. Marchello
08. On My Way To School (3:29) - P. Marchello
09. Oh So Good (3:05) - P. Marchello
10. Rock And Roll Point Of View (2:41) - P. Marchello

Produced and mixed by Don Berman, Peppi Marchello,Mickey Marchello & Joe Franco. Engineered by Don Berman. Assistant Engineer: Bob Tiis. Recorded at Foghat Studios, Port Jefferson, N.Y. Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, N.Y.C. Front cover painting by Pasqual D'Angelo. Photos by Ollie Krieger. Design by Pasqualino & Murray Brenman. Bruce Kulick - Lead Guitar, Joe Franco - Drums, Peppi Marchello - Lead Vocals, Mickey Marchello - Guitars, Vocals, Schuyler Deale - Bass Guitar.

Naming their seventh album Great American Music may be the only way veteran Long Island bar band the Good Rats will ever call attention to the fact that they've been making terrific American rock & roll for over a decade. By forging songwriter-lead vocalist Peppi Marchello's snappily offbeat hooks and wolfish howls on a neo-heavy-metal anvil of raucous guitars and robust rhythms, the Rats have developed a formidable and intoxicating sound that's one of rock's best-kept secrets.

Commercially, Great American Music might succeed where recent Good Rats records like From Rats to Riches and Birth Comes to Us All haven't, because the group has finally captured on vinyl both the hardy rock & roll spirit of its songs and the combustible crunch it musters in concert. "Julie" moves to a strident 6/4 beat, while "Audience" is built on a remarkably catchy hook hung on the rather unwieldy phrase "two-hankie tear-jerker." "On My Way to School" is a simple tune of childhood past. These numbers are cranked out with the same urgency as the hamfisted raver "New York Survivor" and the celebratory "Great American Music Halls," in which Marchello manages to catch the entire touring experience in a four-minute microcosm. Even the LP's one ballad, "Oh So Good," holds its own on the strength of Marchello's fiery vocal and the aggressive guitars of his brother Mickey and new recruit Bruce Kulick.

What comes through loudest and clearest on Great American Music is the Rats' unshakable commitment to the music they play. As Peppi Marchello shouts in "Rock and Roll Point of View": "It's a way of life for a lucky few/It's a love affair and It must be true/It's rock & roll good-time Point Of View." (RS 347)
DAVID FRICKE, Rolling Stone: Posted July 9 1982

17MB, WMA 9.1 @64kbps, 34 Minutes


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WVKayaker said...

Thanks for the link Woody!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot. Very rare post.

WVKayaker said...

You are welcome!

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I've been collecting live music from various sources since the mid to late 70's. Radio shows, TV broadcasts, radio show pre-FM CD's and vinyl LP's and some trades. Most of the shows posted here, I recorded and ripped myself. I always had top of the line stereo equipment and cassette and open reel recorders for those on air broadcasts.

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