· DIRTY DAVE OSTI - RARE TRACKS (GYR157) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. GROOVEYARD RADIO ID
02. GROOVEYARD RIDE
03. LOUISIANA OUTLAW
04. BLUR THE LINES
05. IN THE WIND
06. BASTARD
07. MORE LOVE
08. EL DIABLO
09. WALKING DEAD
10. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
11. THE SCORNFIELD
12. LAP DAWG
13. MIND TRIPPER
14. WHO KNOWS JAM (LIVE)
15. LUCKY CHILD


FORMAT: Audio CD / SLEEVE
GYR157 - $11.99

A collection of excellent unreleased music recorded through the years by this outstanding, blues-based, heavy guitar rocker from California. Includes 15 tracks of way-kool, killer, soul-powered, authentic, real, "old-school" six string mojo that lands pure & deep to the musical core. The strength of the material + musicianship rides high and shines brightly. Raise the fist of the true guitar rock child & celebrate the awesome music of Dirty Dave Osti @ the essential, highly recommended "Rare Tracks" disc.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. GROOVEYARD RADIO ID
02. GROOVEYARD RIDE
03. LOUISIANA OUTLAW
04. BLUR THE LINES
05. IN THE WIND
06. BASTARD
07. MORE LOVE
08. EL DIABLO
09. WALKING DEAD
10. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
11. THE SCORNFIELD
12. LAP DAWG
13. MIND TRIPPER
14. WHO KNOWS JAM (LIVE)
15. LUCKY CHILD

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· reviews ·

We are huge fans of our musical bother Mr. ‘Dirty’ Dave Osti. Over the years he has provided some of the best in electric blues that not only pay a fitting homage to Trower, Hendrix and Clapton but fuel the imagination of for fans of ZZ Top and Johnny Winter. "Rare Tracks" pays homage to more of Osti’s heroes in a string of classic covers including ZZ Top’s "El Diabolo", Dylan’s "All Along the Watchtower" and Hendrix’s "Who Knows" Jam (live with bassist Dave Batti and drummer Moyes Lucas). Not only does Osti’s blazing guitar do the songs justice but his whiskey-soaked vocal deliver is convincing as well. As a collection, "Rare Tracks" is open game for the guitarist tasty treats, even throwing in his ID for Grooveyard Radio that really gets cooking on the fade out. Not to leave the listener hanging, Osti moves right into "Grooveyard Ride" a sizzling wall shaker that sets the frets a’flame. Adding to his musical foray Osti handles all drums and bass making the collection a true solo project.

Surely "Walking Dead" has some history to it as the singer uses an acoustic folk style to ‘go down to Mexico’. The gruff "Lap Dawg" is a nasty piece of ‘Dirty Dave’ magic as he growls his way through a nest of blues riffs while "Mind Tripper" takes on psychedelic acid blues. Classic Osti is the thriller "Louisiana Outlaw" that combines a power-packed chord sequence, a dangerous story line and hip-shaking groove to stack up to one great song. "Blur the Lines" follows in quick order with a similar snarl and bite while "Bastard" boasts one of the best lyrical lines on the disc with ‘I’m the bastard in the other half of a photograph of you’ over an acoustic delta groove. Showcasing the guitarist’s dexterity and picking style is "The Scornfield" with its country twang, mesmerizing tone and artistic soundscape. Capturing Osti’s mellow side is "More Love" which uncover real depth and emotion as does "Lucky Child" which has almost a Cat Stevens mournfulness to it. An incredible set!

Todd K. Smith / The Electric Beard (October 2017)
 


California based six string blues rock rocker, Dirty Dave Osti serves up a collection of smoking unreleased songs on his latest release, 'Rare Tracks'. The album is packed with 15 songs that pack some serious six string swagger. If your cup of tea is blues guitar riffs that grab and have your undivided attention, this album hits delivers the goods. Blues guitar riffs that hold onto your ears from start to finish. Every song is robust with plenty of guitar rips and soul, what I like in Blues. Album highlights include, the adrenaline groove of "Grooveyard Ride", "Blur The Lines", a smoking smooth take on ZZ Top's, "El Diablo", a killer rendition of the Dylan classic, "All Along The Watch Tower" and the energizing instrumental, "Mind Tripper". Dirty Dave Osti is truly an amazing guitar player that brings the raw and gritty soul of the blues upfront. He takes that grit and puts just the right amount of polish to make every song shine. The bottom line here is, Dirty Dave Osti's 'Rare Tracks', without any doubts is an essential album that shouldn't be missed by any electric blues rock fan! It's packed with power blues riff energy that won't disappoint! - Highly Recommended.

Tony Sison / Dedicated Rocker Society (August-2017)
 


One of the label's stalwarts, Grooveyard Records have seen fit to gather together the "Rare Tracks" of Dirty Dave Osti. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known for his fiery six string output, the hard rocking bluesman has long been able to hammer out a killer riff, build the groove and drive it home with honest, rasping, vocals. With the exception of one live track, the dirty one makes all the music on this collection alone, some fine drumming, and dominant bass work augmenting the ever flowing solos and rugged riffs. However, the main words here are feel and tone, the natural atmosphere drawing you into the instrumental "In The Wind", where some mighty fine guitar work never, through the virtue of DDO's know how, ventures into a display of technique over substance – although the technique is sublime.

Coming in a simple card sleeve, if there's one complaint, it's that there's no context given of where and when these tracks come from, the brooding shimmer of "Bastard" possessing a completely different mood from the almost jazzy in places train rumblin' of "The Scornfield". Add in the more upbeat growl of "Lap Dawg", forceful shove of "Grooveyard Ride", which as you'd suspect, rides into view on a groove dug ten miles deep, or the more considered blues of "Walking Dead" and this collection, while intrinsically linked by the blues, offers up interestingly diverse options. Not one cut here is throwaway, or lacking in class, the album opener, which is a short Grooveyard Radio ident, even able to impress while you revel in the dirty, Dirty drawl that demands you to keep on swinging that axe right through the Grooveyard!

The live track is the towering "Who Knows Jam", the Hendrix cover allowing Osti room to really explore his guitar stylings by bassist Dave Batti and drummer Moyes Lucas, although again it would be nice to know where and when this was recorded. As if all that wasn't enough, two excellent studio covers are added to the mix, the Bob Dylan penned but Jimi Hendrix endorsed "All Along The Watchtower" given a faithful, sprightly rework, while "El Diablo", originally by ZZ Top, has its focus cleverly changed by a slightly smoother, but no less involving, delivery.

If "Rare Tracks" is the bringing together of songs that Dirty Dave Osti had lying around, possibly even discarded from earlier sessions, then we can only nod our heads in appreciation of his undoubted talents and be thankful that he and the Grooveyard saw fit to share them. We can only hope there might be some more…

Steven Reid /Sea Of Tranquility (August 2017)
 


What can be said about Dirty Dave Osti? Every single lick is perfect. Every CD, a masterpiece. On this latest endeavor, Grooveyard Records brings to listeners rare tracks that simply shouldn’t be rare...why should the listening public be denied these hidden treasures for the ears? Thanks to Joe Romagnola, guitar enthusiasts need wait no longer. ‘Hear’ they are: Fifteen previously unheard tracks by a true guitar master. Favorites on this disc are bound to be the two nods to Hendrix: the ‘Who Knows’ jam and ‘All Along the Watchtower.’ Jimi would be smiling. If you like your blues-rock hard and heavy with dynamics & diversitity, check this out and turn it up loud. You might eventually go deaf, but, hey, it will be damn worth it. Highly recommended!

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (July 2017)
 


Since Dirty Dave Osti chose Grooveyards Records in 2010, "Rare Tracks" is his fourth studio album for this independent record label. Dave Osti has been playing music as a musician and singer songwriter for years (since 1975). Osti is a "one man rock machine". He plays "all instruments" (read: guitar, bass and drums) and also takes on the vocals. Osti wrote all the songs except for 3 cover tracks and on the Jimi Hendrix cover "Who Knows Jam (Live)", he could count on bassist Dave Batti and drummer Moyes Lucas to rock on this great jam.

What we should expect from "Rare Tracks" by Dirty Dave Osti, I should not have to tell. But for them: Solid Blues Rock / Hard Rock / Americana - with a lot of attention to the guitars. The following tracks are called "remarkable": "Grooveyard Ride", "In the Wind" (a Southern Tinted Rock Song), "Bastard" (a raw Americana), the first cover: "El Diabolo" (or "Let's go for a ride ...", a ZZ Top = Gibbons / Hill / Beard song), Walking Dead (the softer side of Osti), the second (excellent) cover: "All Along the Watchtower" (A song by Bob Dylan and later envision by Jimi Hendrix), "Lap Dawg" (the strange duck in this rocker), "Mind Tripper", a captivating live jam of "Who Knows" and "Lucky Child" (an excellent acoustic song, which gives some space for any sentiment ...).

"Rare Tracks" is"pure heavy guitar rock" from the one man rock machine Dave Osti, another shot in the rose and a compliment to the collectors! For the lovers of Dirty Dave Osti, "Rare Tracks" is a special album, with excellent unpublished recordings!

Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime (July 2017)
 


Dirty Dave has previously released a couple of really great blues rock albums, so what good would actually a "rare tracks" compilation do? Well, quite a lot it seems. "Rare Tracks" proves to be a damn fine "could easily have been a legit" album. Consistent in both sound and style. It kicks off with the instrumental blues rocker "Grooveyard Ride" followed by the southern rock sounding "Louisiana Outlaw" with a bunch of cool slide licks and fitting raspy vocals. "Blur The Lines" kicks it into riff mode, with some cool bluesy sections. "In The Wind" kicks it up a notch in tempo, but both the riffs and the blues are still there. A cool instrumental tune, where my only critique would be that it actually does lack some vocals in the empty spots. "Bastard" is a cool acoustic number leading into another cool bluesy melodic semi-ballad. Up next is a kick-ass cover of ZZ Top's "El Diablo", from the sadly overlooked "Tejas" album. Without going into each track, let me just say, even though this is "just" a compilation of leftover tracks, it's a damn good one!

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (September 2017)
 



 


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