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Santers/Guitar Alley(1984)


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being Rick Santers/Mark Santers & Rick Lazaroff for their third album hired Triumphs Rik Emmett to produce the album Guitar Alley. 

Guitar Alley  comes across at times comes  as a slicked up steroid shot of Foreigner in the sonic department! Rick does double duty here in the singing and guitar heroics on this album. His playing is fluid when you need a slick bunch of 80’s Hard Rock Riffs with an ear  towards an AOR Single Can’t Shake You fits the Bill to a T. When you want Guitar Hero action Black Magic does the trick nicely.

What I should also mention is the pretty decent cover of Free’s All Right Move where brother Mark plays some great drums while Lazaroff holds down the bottom end with the bass! Believe it or not I heard Santers version of All Right Now before I heard the original version!

For a power trio coming out of Toronto no one ever talks about these guys and its a shame really. These cats could play Rock!

Emmett does his part putting the guitar at the forefront of the mix. The  album actually still to this day sounds good. All 10 tracks are worth a spin.

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Santers/Racing Time(1982)

 

Hey Kids Remember My First Santers Review Of There Shot Down In Flames debut album? You do? Ha…ok yeah sure you do!!! No worries here’s my finding’s!

SONIC WAVES ..SANTERS/Shot Down In Flames

Thats right Santers those Young Dudes( well back in 82 that is) ripped out 3 pretty decent albums that did ok but should have did better. Hailing from Toronto they adopted the Power Trio format and Boom with this being album Number 2 they were on a good roll so much that myself and Tbone became instant Fanboys as did a few others at our High School!

Racing Time dropped some pretty decent CanRawk and the Santers Brothers  Rick(Guitar and Vocals) Brother Mark (Drums) and Sidekick Rick Lazaroff (Bass) played some good rock!

Santers ……

1 Mistreatin Heart 3:15
2 Mystical Eyes 3:50
3 Still I Am 3:30
4 A Dog Without A Home 3:03
5 Road To Morocco 3:51
6 Two Against The World 3:28
7 Back Streets 3:03
8 Winter Freeze 3:57
9 Hard Time Lovin You 3:07
10 Racing Time

Racing Time was a little more Raw in the production end of things on this album but make no mistake this album has stood up pretty decent  over time!

Still recall seeing these guys here in Tbay at out Local University (Lakehead) early 1983’ish where as a young 15-year-old watching these guys play that night they blew out my eardrums! They were Friggin Loud! Don’t believe me watch the  Live Video I posted below from their Racing Time Tour playing the superb Road To Morocco.

See what I mean! Santers are on fire here… Pretty damn good display of guitaring especially during the solo!No fooling around as these Cats could play! Actually a lot more UMMMMPH live than in the studio but hey there was no wimping around these parts!

Racing Time is basically your straight ahead No Frills Hard Rock Album by that it’s not meant as a Slag it’s just Santers did what they did and by that they did what they did well! Whut??!

Seriously though the songs are well crafted Hard Rock Nuggets. Opener Mistreatin Heart should have been a bigger single which features a driving piano that doesn’t drown out anything .

The last tune the title track features a Bona fide Piece Of Cool Guitar Riff A Roo courtesy of Mr Santers! Check it out as I posted the video at the top of the post which features the album cover of Racing Time. Good stuff….

If you come across this…

Grab it!

SONIC WAVES ..SANTERS/Shot Down In Flames

Santers I discovered when we took a family vacation to Winnipeg back in 1981. We were at the Polo Park mall I was checking out the record store on the rack was this dude holding a strat into the sky and and fuzzy grainy reddish backing cover Marshall stack included, the title Santers/ Shot Down In Flames.

Shot Down In Flames we all know of the AC/DC track by that title but a band calling there album that huh? Interesting? Must check out,and sure enough as I turned over the cover there it was track 6 – Shot Down In Flames(dedicated to Bon Scott)  than it was a quick dash over to the counter for the purchase. Once back home in Tbay I was able to check it out the album a little more and realized the dude on the front cover was Rick Santers/vocalist/guitarist/songwriter/ on the back cover was a pic of his brother Mark/drummer and there sidekick on bass another fella who goes by the name Rick Lazaroff!

Santers was a band I could read about a bit in Music Express but man that was about it for press, yeah thank god for Music Express at the time as they featured a lot of Canadian Rock that if it wasn’t for them I may have never heard about some acts…..

well a Little diagnosis of Shot Down In Flames is on tap……

THE RAPPER- kicks off the record with some good ol feedback guitar hero action and the three piece lay it down the law here. Love the Chorus…..Raaaaaaaap..they call me the Rapper….features some nifty cowbell….

CRAZY LADIES-opens with Mark Santers playing a sweet little groove,neat song about well…Crazy Ladies….

YOU TURN ME ON- I think  this was there single. The lyrics are kinda goofy but Ricky makes up for it the solo,but hey don’t knock the guy too hard..it’s the 80s for shit sakes!

TIME AFTER TIME- was the first slowly kinda not slowly tune features some neat lead  and backing vocals from the brothers ….good job boys!

LOST AND FOUND-a pretty cool rocker about Rick not be able to find his woman? Dude,after all these years did you check out the Lost and Found?

SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES- title track and if your looking for a rehash in sound like ACDCs you have come to the wrong place,it’s a slow building ,mid temp song I think Bon would have dug the tribute from a bunch of young fellas back than…..

CAUGHT IN THE WIND-picks up the pace and kicks especially the Chorus,neat song in all……

PATHS OF HEARTS- is a quick little high paced number  actually up until this point it’s all rocking…

POINTS OF RESISTANCE- is another good song drums/ bass/guitar just flat out rock this track…I had many points of resistance back than…one was school!

UNDER THE BRIDGE- kinda a slow moving burner of a tune….I considered it ok not a great Santers tune but ok…..but the first nine tracks..damn good!

IN CONCLUSION- Santers ended up being one of those little bands that shoulda made some noise for some reason they never caught on(they opened for Ozzy across Canada on Ozzys 82 tour) and later on Rick Santers was the fourth wheel added to’Triumphs lineup,which he played guitar/keys on the Sport Of Kings tour. But me and TBone dug em and well at some point I will do a review on Santers when they played here at our university back way back..gotta scratch the noggin on that one!

Also of note this album is long outta print but you can buy this at iTunes. For a good piece of unknown Canadiana rock history check it out. I hope Santers one day can add there second album Racing Time on iTunes as well….

It must also be mentioned that back in the day Tbone was a great pencil drawer and when I leant him this record he gave it back to me and on the inside white sleeve he drew the front cover an exact replica. It was awesome! Bastard has talent man!