· POINT BLANK - VOLUME 9 (PBV901) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. BLAST
02. HOWLING WOLF
03. WHERE I BELONG
04. AUTOMOBILE
05. LIES LIKE HELL
06. JOHNNY DALLAS
07. AMIGOS
08. START THE CAR
09. IT AIN'T RIGHT
10. HEART OF A FOOL
11. TO BE A MAN


FORMAT: Audio CD / WALLET
PBV901 - $14.99

Excellent 9th studio disc by this long-standing legendary Southern Rock band from Texas. Includes 11 tracks of prime, first rate, authentic, blues-based, retro-70s guitar rock music that brings us back to a better day. Raise your fist with a rebel yell, Point Blank are back in town. Formed in 1974 and discovered + managed for years by Bill Ham (ZZ Top), Point Blank still features founding members John O'Daniel on vocals and Rusty Burns on guitar, both strong musical veterans of the 70s hard rock scene. The current line-up also features Michael Mayes on guitar, Kirk Powers on bass & Mike Gage on drums. Forty years later and this "little ole band" from Texas is still on a mission to Keep the Rock alive and they are doing a damn good job at it on the killer "Volume 9" disc. Highly recommended to Southern Rockers worldwide.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. BLAST
02. HOWLING WOLF
03. WHERE I BELONG
04. AUTOMOBILE
05. LIES LIKE HELL
06. JOHNNY DALLAS
07. AMIGOS
08. START THE CAR
09. IT AIN'T RIGHT
10. HEART OF A FOOL
11. TO BE A MAN
   

 

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· reviews ·

The great and legendary bands of Southern Rock continue to live on, no matter how often the death of that proud genre has been declared. They are all with us still, the mighty Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot (reborn with new members) and Point Blank. They may have had the occasional break from time to time but their spirit never vanes and they have been present for decades, introducing and playing their great brand of rock to generations. These bands don’t break up or wither away somehow; as members leave new are brought in and new music keeps being created and the gems of older times get played. Southern Rock bands run rather like institutions, built to last and guided by their dedication to a great musical heritage and loyalty to fans. Point Blank shares these traditions and heritage. The band hails from the mid-1970 when they released their first two albums. Four more were to follow before breaking up a decade later but the first two warrant special consideration. With these two albums the band burst on the Southern Rock scene in a spectacular manner. The music was outstandingly brilliant and performed with high-voltage energy yet the precision of master musicians it total control of their instruments. The guitar-duo of Rusty Burns and Kim Davis is now stuff of legend, unmatched by any imitations back then and ever since. The band also had one of the greatest vocalists of the era, John O’Daniel, arguably one of the two best vocalists of Southern Rock, the other being Blackfoot’s Rickey Medlocke. Not once did the band put a foot wrong on their two first albums that now count among the genre’s classics and greatest achievements. However, as the AOR era dawned the band made a transition into a different style and the next four albums marked a departure from their style on the first two albums. While other Southern Rock bands struggled to come with terms with new times and musical tastes and either imploded (Blackfoot) or lost direction and went wayward (Molly Hatchett) only ZZ Top and Point Blank managed to transform themselves and successfully re-emerge among the leading outfits of the AOR period. In Point Blank’s long history these were probably their most successful years with a few hits gracing the Billboard charts. That was not to last though and at the height of the AOR era, after years of relentless touring, the members of Point Blank decided to call it a day and enjoy some break from the road. Then, twenty years later (!), in the early 2000s, they got back together again releasing two albums, Reloaded (2006, live) and Fight On (2009). Kim Davis stayed out though and the great Buddy Wittington and Mouse Mayers (a member of the band til’ this day) shared the guitar work with Rusty Burns. On these two album the band is on a monster form, the energy and creativity of the olden days are back and they blast out Southern Rock in all its might and glory – and they never played better. This album, Volume 9, the third by the reformed band is a straightforward continuation of that fantastic comeback. Every song on this album showcases the brilliance of the band and the spectacular guitar work they are known for. Like good wine, they only got better with age, with Rusty Burns at the height of his powers and, unlike some of his singing contemporaries, O’Daniel can still belt it out at volume 11. This album brings back the originality and excitement of the band’s first two albums in the 1970s; the formulaic and sterilized sound of the AOR era is nowhere to be heard. This is Southern Rock at its finest, performed by one of the great legendary outfits of the genre. In spite of Point Blank’s many great achievements and commercial success as and AOR band, it is not the best known of the bands that make up the Ivy League of Southern Rock. For devoted fans of great guitar rock, and Southern Rock in particular, Volume 9 makes a fantastic introduction to the best rock has to offer, seasoned veterans absolutely on top of their game and having lost none of the spark and vigour of their earlier years. Yet, as much as I celebrate Volume 9 as one of the band’s greatest, I play it with profound sadness as we lost the wonderful Rusty Burns in early 2016, a little more than a year after the release of the album, leaving O’Daniel the only original member of the band. For those who are not familiar with Point Blank, Rusty’s guitar work makes another good reason to listen to Volume 9; Rusty was considered by many (me included) the finest and most talented of the formidable army of Southern Rock’s guitar greats. Few years before his death I got to know him a little and we stayed in touch through social media for what was left of his time. He was in every sense as a great man as he was a great musician, kind and humble, and always had the time and patience to share his ideas and plans with a small time fan from the outskirts of Europe. His work and legacy live on, and in the great tradition of Southern Rock, Point Blank has recruited another guitarist in his place, Bobby Armstrong. For fans that is great news and a relief; the band lives on, the legacy continues and there is new music to be written, performed and to look forward to. Rusty’s spirit is still with us.

Thor Indridason / Guitar Rock Appreciation Society (United Kingdom - August 2018)
 



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