Thursday, 20 July 2017

Diamond Reo ‎ “Diamond Reo"1975 debut Lp + "Dirty Diamonds” 1976 US Hard Rock


Diamond Reo ‎ “Diamond Reo"1975  debut Lp + "Dirty Diamonds” 1976 US Hard Rock
Diamond Reo ‎ “Diamond Reo"1975 first album 
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Diamond Reo "Dirty Diamonds” 1976 second album
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Franki Cruzi, Bubs McKeg, Norman Nardini, Robbie Johns formed the band Diamond Reo in 1974. Bubs and Cruzi had been band mates in an earlier band called the Igniters that had release a single on Atlantic records in 1968. When the Igniters broke up in 1970 Bubs joined the Navy and Frankie Cruzi joined the Jaggerz. Fresh from his Navy gig in 1974 Bugs was ready to rock again. Working with producer Tom Cossie Diamond Reo recorded a demo tape at East Liberty’s Red Fox Studio and sent it off to Atlantic Records. The Atlantic subsidiary Big Tree Records released Diamond Reo’s first album “Diamond Reo” in 1975. Scoring a top 40 hit with a version of the Marvin Gaye song, “Ain’t That Peculiar” the band launched a national tour. They appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and performed with Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa, Kansas, Ian Hunter, Blue Oyster Cult, and Canned Heat. 

Adding guitarist Warren King to the band Diamond Reo released the “Dirty Diamonds” album in 1976 on Kama Sutra. Nardini, Czuri, and Warren King, co-wrote most of the music on that release. Diamond Rio recorded their last album “Ruff Cuts” on the Piccadilly label in 1978. The group disbanded later 1978 as punk and new wave were emerging. 

Frank Czuri in 1979 joined with Warren King, drummer Ron “Byrd” Foster from the Igniters, bass guitarist Mike Pela, and keyboard player Dennis Takos to form the Silencers. Working with producer Tom Cossie, the released two album releases on the CBS Precision label. Norm Nardini formed his own band “Norm Nardini and the Tigers” and landed a deal with CBS Records. 
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Diamond Reo ‎ “Diamond Reo"1975 

The Diamond Reo band was founded in 1974 by Frank Zuri, Bob McKeag, Norman Nardini and Robbie Johns. McKeag and Zuri played together earlier in the group Igniters, which managed to release only one single in 1968 at Atlantic Records. 
With the contribution of this company and the production of Tom Cossie, the Diamond Reo members release their first eponymous LP for less than a year after their creation. 
With the cover version of Marvin Gaye’s song "Is Not That Peculiar,” the band had some nationwide success and toured in the States along with Kiss, Kansas, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Blue Oyster Cultem and Canned Heat….~

Continuing on from my prior Diamond Reo post, this is the band’s debut issued by Big Tree Records in 1975. While their sophomore album was on the verge of being proto-metal, this release is considerably more subdued and fluid. Contrary to popular opinion, the album is NOT even remotely close to sounding glam. In fact, there’s more of a Clempson-era Humble Pie or Bandit [US] vibe happening here. Though the album is universally panned by classic rock aficionados, I actually prefer this to “Dirty Diamonds” simply because the hooks are more evident throughout. Though it’s quite easy to find a clean copy of the album at just about any online merchant, it has been virtually ignored by bloggers…until now. Sink your teeth into this fine contrubtion from Brian and hear Pittsburgh’s legendary hard rockers at their earliest stage…..~  
In the mid-1960s, the group The Igniters existed in the city of Penn Hills. Their repertoire ranged from British Invasion to R & B. The frontman of the band was Frankie Czuri (the legendary American tenor), who joined them in 1965. The Igniters recorded and released the single High Flying Wine, which became a big regional hit. Atlantic Records signed a contract with them simultaneously with Felix Cavaliere & The Rascals. Here they were forced to change their name several times - from Jimmy Mack and The Music Factory to Mack’s Factory. After the release of several singles, they failed to achieve tangible results. Then they again changed the name to Friends and terminated the contract. Frank Zuri did not drop his hands and joined Jaggerz. After staying here a little he was accepted into the trio of Diamond Reo from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, thus becoming a quartet. In 1975, they released a cover for Marvin Gaye’s song “Is not That Peculiar”, which hit the Top 40. They performed at Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and toured with Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa, Kansas, Ian Hunter, Blue Oyster Cult and Canned Heat. On the wave of success they were offered a contract with Big Tree Label and three albums were recorded. Then in the group there were some personnel changes - in 1980, instead of the left Norman Nardini (in The Tigers), Frank Zuri and Warren King, drummer Ron “Byrd” Foster from Roy Buchanan’s Band, bass guitarist Mike Pela and keyboard player Dennis Tacos were accepted. Actually the history of Diamond Reo ends here because the new musicians renamed The Silencers and after going to CBS Records there they continued their journey. Warren King made his career in Pittsburgh as an excellent blues guitarist. Frank Zuri became a member of the vocal group Pure Gold, where he is still performing classic R & B covers. Here is played an aggressive and hard hard rock on a blues base somewhere in the direction of Judas Prista and even the JPT Scare Band. Zeppelinov’s influence is also evident, and there are dramatic and glorious guitar solos, although the musicians are already openly looking toward the hard-n-heavy of the 80s. Nevertheless, while on this album enjoy the sound of the mid-70’s without any synthesizers and speed-metal cuts. Normal is a very group, the music of which is quite in the border zone with heavy-prog…..~

The Diamond Reo 

*Norman Nardini - Vocals, Bass 
*Bob McKeag - Guitars, Vocals, Bag 
*Frank Zuri - Voclas, Keyboards 
*Rob Jones - Drums, Percussion, Vocals 
With 
*Warren King - Guitars 
*Al Mossburg - Acoustic Guitar 
*Ed Jonnet - Tenor, Alto, Soprano Saxophones 
*Chris Patarini - Tenor Saxophone 
*Van Crozier - Baritone, Alto Saxophones

Tracklist 
Rock And Roll Till I Die 3:28 
I Want You 3:41 
Work Hard Labor 3:02 
Thing For You 3:10 
Nowhere To Run 3:15 
Ain’t That Peculiar 2:48 
Lover In The Sky 3:16 
It’s Gonna Be Alright 3:53 
Sittin’ On Top Of The Blues 3:20 
I’m Movin’ On 4:18 










Diamond Reo “Dirty Diamonds” 1976

Great hard rock from the 70s, as i have been a big fan of all types of rock n roll since the late 70s i dont know how i only found out about diamond reo a few months ago from a friend on the net, this cd was recomended to me and after reading previous reviews and from what i heard about these guys when i asked around i sure am glad i bought this disc, according to my google search this album came out in 1977 and for that time this sure was a very RAW AND HEAVY ALBUM, starting in 1978 i was listening to bands like UFO, JUDAS PRIEST, BUDGIE,STRAY and THE WHO WAS MY FAVORITE but had i bought this record some near 37 years ago when it was released i am sure i would have worn the disc out on my turntable, these guys hailed from the us and i was catching up more on the british stuff at this time in my life but regardless WOW this is a killer record and the guitar work on here smokes!!!!! the photo used for the sleeve may not really give you that impression as if i was not told about this before i bought it, i would look at a sleeve like this and just assume POWER POP but this is by far NOT POWER POP this is smokin HARD ROCK back in the day these guys could have opened gigs for bands like the GODZ, MOTORHEAD or MOLLY HATCHET for example, this record actually has a very biker feel to it and i cant say enough about what a really great hard rock album this was, once again i must plug the guitar player as he does some really smokin hooks and riffs here, if you are a hard rock fan or even a metal fan ( OLDSCHOOL METAL THAT IS) i dont see how you will be unsatisfied with this great cd, also the inlay booklet is jam packed with a history of this band, ( like i can read it at my age without glasses) and the remastering is awesome!!!!!!, this is another great lost gem by the fantastic uk label ROCK CANDY!!!!!! if you buy this i hope you enjoy this as much as i did listening to it………….. also they do a very raw version of helter skelter….by…Edward J. mccarthy Jr….~

Dirty Diamonds wow ! Im rewriting my review on this one. I bought this album upon its release when I heard it being played in a import record store in early 1977. Its always been one of my favorites ever since. This is some major power rock being served up hard and fast and there was nothing quite like it in the day and Ive really never heard anything quite like it since. Anytime I want to pull out something special to play for any unexpecting music fan I grab this baby and always have. This album / now released cd which I happily bought and would have paid more for, is an absolute hidden gem in the rock world. I cant understand why amazon doesnt advertise it more. This was power rock giving birth along with ACDC. 
After my 1st review I recieved a unexpected comment from the singer thanking me for my review, thats a first and Ive saved it in my e-mail to cherish. This baby just gets my blood going and in the past 34 years Ive blowed alot of people away with a listen to Dirty Diamonds and I was and still am the only person that I know who has it to do that with. While I like that fact, I wish that the availability was greater, the cost lower, and that the masses of rock n roll fans really knew the greatness of this powerfull rock album. Oh well their loss, Ill just keep amazing anyone I can with this bombshell ! If you want something special in your collection grab up a copy of Dirty Diamonds….by… E. D. Clark…~

Not much is known about Diamond Reo (not to be confused with country act Diamond Rio) except that this Pittsburgh band (featuring Steel Town legend, Norman Nardini) formed in the early 70’s and released three albums before going belly up in 1978. Though they had highly visible tours with Kiss, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Kansas and Rush, success eluded them and the band fell into obscurity before the decade came to a close. This is quite amazing considering the strength of the material found on their albums. “Dirty Diamonds”, their 2nd album, is quite possibly their finest hour. Considering that each of their releases were recorded for different labels, it is commendable that the band were able to maintain a focused style which never wavered throughout their brief career. A minor cult classic, here it is for your consumption….“Dirty Diamonds”…..~

The Diamond Reo 
*Norman Nardini - Vocals, Bass 
*Warren King - Guitars 
*Frank Zuri - Keyboards 
*Rob Jones - Drums

Tracklist 
All Over You 3:55 
It Ain’t What You Say It’s What You Do 3:20 
Scratch My Back 4:28 
Mamma Let Your Love 4:25 
It’s A Jungle Out There 3:11 
Lover Boy 3:47 
Power 4:37 
Bad News 3:32 
Boys Will Be Boys 3:50 
Helter Skelter 3:33 



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