Brett Williams formed The Reach in 1984 and yo have to respect his dedication as the band didn’t get a record deal until 1992. In 1989 they had an independent release, “Under The Same Sky” using the band name The Reach. I haven’t had a chance to hear it yet but I’m looking forward to it. One of my compliments for the band is that even though they formed in the 80’s this is a purely 90’s album. It’s always great to see a band that even though they were unsigned they continued to evolve and move their music forward. David Zaffiro (Bloodgood) stepped in to produce the album and even played guitar on a few tracks. The album is very well produced and quite frankly is as good as anything that was being released in the secular market at the time. The album is a guitar oriented Pop album that is very easy to listen to and if you missed this one it’s worth a listen. The title track is good enough that it’s going in my personal regular rotation.
Tracklist 1 – Waterline – 4:33 2 – Faded Love – 3:58 3 – My Heart – 3:14 4 – The Other Fall Of Cambrai – 3:24 5 – God You Are – 4:00 6 – River – 4:08 7 – Giving Me Reasons – 3:33 8 – In The In Between – 3:32 9 – Manner Of Man – 3:05 10 – Not So Easy – 3:41
Credits Art Direction, Design – Dale Wéhlacz Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Marlene Cochran Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Scott Burell Creative Director – Tony Thigpen Drums – Vince Grant Engineer – David Dysart Executive-Producer – Dez Dickerson Guitar – Charles Mesrole, David Zaffiro Guitar, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Brett Williams Keyboards – Mike Bell Mastered By – Denny Purcell Mixed By – Charles Mesrole, Chris Fuhrman, David Zaffiro Mixed By [Mix Assistent] – David Raneses, Eric Janko Photography – Karen Moskowitz Producer, Engineer – Charles Mesrole, David Zaffiro Sequenced By – Scott Weiss
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Star Song Copyright (c) – Star Song Recorded At – Triad Studios Overdubbed At – Extra Sensory Productions Mastered At – Georgetown Masters Mixed At – Klub Key’s
Ex Bloodgood guitarist David Zaffiro is back wit his second solo album. I think he and Frontline were able to build on the first album and I feel this album is even better produced. Though David is best known for being a Metal guitarist this album leans more Rock than Metal though there is always a hint of David’s Metal past. Some do classify this album as Metal but it leans more Rock to me. What really surprised me about this album was David’s keyboard skills. Several tracks have a opening keyboard riff that set the feel for the track and that said there is strong keyboards on this album but it works with it’s Rock sound. This album is an excellent display of David’s musical skills and how diverse they are.
Tracklist 1 – Through His Eyes – 4:23 2 – Holding Fast – 4:07 3 – He’s Lying To Ya – 3:45 4 – In Scarlet Storm – 4:14 5 – I Wait Alone – 3:55 6 – Let It Go – 4:38 7 – Blue Ice – 4:22 8 – The Song – 3:40 9 – I Give This Life To You – 4:12
Credits Art Direction – Ed McTaggart Backing Vocals [Background Singers] – Eric Beaver Backing Vocals [Background Singers], Drums – Joe Pollastrini Engineer – Charles Meserole, Dave Van Liew Illustration – Jeff Foster Layout – Joe Potter Lead Vocals – Eric Beaver, Joe Pollastrini Mastered By – John Matousek Mixed By – Dave Jahnsen Producer [Additional Vocal Production], Engineer, Backing Vocals [Background Singers] – Doug Beiden Producer, Engineer, Backing Vocals [Background Singers], Bass, Keyboards – Maverick Gibson Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Engineer, Bass, Keyboards – David Zaffiro Vocals [Argument Singers] – Eric Beaver, Lary Melby Written-By – Charles Meserole, David Zaffiro, Maverick Gibson
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Intense Records Copyright (c) – Intense Records Produced For – Zaffiro Productions Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia Recorded At – Full Voice Audio Recorded At – Neverland Studios Mixed At – Mixing Lab A Mastered At – Soundworks West Published By – Broken Songs
Guitarist David Zaffiro left Bloodgood to do his own thing here. The album definitely has it’s own feel and it shouldn’t be mistaken for Bloodgood. The guitar riffs sound similar in places but it looks like David had his own sound that he wanted to get out to the public. Michael Bloodgood does help out on a couple tracks so it’s nice to see that David leaving Bloodgood wasn’t in bad blood. My only fault on the album is that there should have been a few more rockin tracks and a few less ballads but that said they are very well done and I would have been hard pressed to pick ones to delete. So to sum up this is a good rockin album and I look forward to listening to David’s next album.
Tracklist 1 – Stay – 4:00 2 – I See Red – 3:22 3 – Where Are You Now – 3:36 4 – Why Me – 3:58 5 – The Other Side – 6:18 6 – Diversity – 4:42 7 – You – 3:11 8 – To The End – 4:27 9 – Only Eyes – 3:39 10 – Spirit Of The Lord – 4:50
Credits Art Direction – Ed McTaggart Assemblage – Jason Brown Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Charlene Nemieyer, David Schueler, Marlene Cochran, Paula Prince, Richard Bartholomew Bass Guitar – Bill Hale (4), Mark Mosholder (tracks: 2) Co-producer [On Lead Vocals] – Michael Bloodgood (tracks: 2, 10) Drums – Davin McLaird Engineer – Charles Meserole Keyboards – David Hubbard (tracks: 10), Kelly Carpenter Lead Vocals, Guitar, Producer, Engineer, Written-By – David Zaffiro Photography By – Mark Wilkins Rhythm Guitar – Maverick Gibson (tracks: 1) Written-By, Co-producer [On Lead Vocals] – Maverick Gibson (tracks: 1,8)
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Alarma Records Copyright (c) – Alarma Records Mastered At – Hitsville Distributed By – The Benson Company Published By – Broken Songs Glass Mastered At – Nimbus, Virginia