Reds

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Reds - Reds Reds
Pop Colored Vinyl SP 4772 A&M
1979 Original Pressed On Green Virgin Vinyl With Custom Inner Sleeve. Glossy, Unplayed Condition. “Philadelphia's Reds Cast A Powerful Shadow Over Their Late-'70s And Early-'80s Albums, Which Were Too Gut-Crunching For The New Wave Crowd But Not Flashy Enough For Metalheads Weaned On The Genre's Instrumental Pyrotechnics. Guitarist And Frontman Rick Shaffer's Lyrics Often Seemed Too Intense For The Narrowness Of Top 40 Radio, Which Gave Little Time To Tracks Like "Lookout," His Nearly Seven-Minute Screed Against Complacency. That's A Shame, Since Shaffer And His Bandmates Are Smart, Accomplished Players. Keyboardist Bruce Cohen Consistently Spices Up The Proceedings With Unobtrusive Yet Effective Organ And Synthesizer Blasts. Bassist Jim Peters And Drummer Tommy Geddes Stake Their Own Claims, Playing As Lead Instruments When Necessary And Pulling Back When The Song Demands It; The Old Criticism Of "More Attitude Than Capability" Doesn't Stick Here. Like Most Debuts, The Reds' First Album Is A Short, Sharp-Shock, Show-'Em-What-You-Got Affair. The Most Powerful Salvos Come Last, With "Lookout" On Side One, While The Disaffected "Self-Reduction" Brings The Album To A Powerful Close. However, Mainstream Listeners Didn't Get The Point, So The Reds' Stay At A&M Proved A Brief One (Although Shaffer And Cohen -- Who've Since Moved Into TV And Film Soundtracks -- Continue To Record As A Studio-Only Unit). Still, The Heaviness And Emphasis On Inner Conflicts Shouldn't Put Off Anyone Searching For Some Truly Intense, Yet Intelligent, Music.” Ralph Heibutzki, AMG.... more details
 
Reds - Fatal Slide Fatal Slide
Pop Used - LP Canada Stony Plain
1982 Canadian Original Still In Shrink Wrap. “The Reds Use Electronics The Way Great Pop Singers Use Strings - To Define A Mood, Not To Make Up For Lack Of Interest Elsewhere. Which Is Probably Why The Reds' Music Sounds So Much More Human Than That Of Other Circuit-Bored Bands, Not To Mention Infinitely More Rock 'N Roll. Of Course, Good Songs Help Too, And The Reds Are Inventive Tune-Smiths, Although Not Quite As Consistent As I'd Like. But Since The Playing Is Generally Exiting Enough To Take Up The Slack, I Rarely Mind.” - J.D. Consodine, Rock Short Takes... more details
 

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