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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rez Band (Resurrection Band) ~ Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore



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Style: hard rock, blues-rock, Christian
Label: Light Records
Year: 1981
Home: Chicago, Illinois (disbanded)

Members: Glenn Kaiser ~ lead vocals/guitars/keyboards
Wendi Kaiser ~ lead vocals
Stu Heiss ~ guitars/keyboards
Jim Denton ~ bass/synthesizer
John Herrin ~ drums

Additional: Tom Cameron ~ snoring


Rez Band, formerly Resurrection Band, led by Glenn & Wendy Kaiser has gone through a few eras. Their first releases were heavily 70's Grateful Dead-ish, while the 80's saw them return to their base of blues & hard rock. Most of the albums are solid releases & I'm happy recommending any one of them depending on one's musical preferences ... the only problem is that in terms of uniqueness they aren't very, except for the fact that Rez is is a father of the Christian music scene & the official band of the oldest commune in the U.S., Jesus People USA. Outside of Glenn's bluesy belting a la Paul Rodgers & Wendy's shouting Rez is fairly reflective of the times, whatever the times they happen to be recording in. But, what were the times of 1981 when Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore was released? These were odd years for many bands lost in the abyss of dying disco & was the end of or hiatus of many leading 60's bands such as The Who, Yes & the Rolling Stones, while hair rock was in its infancy being spearheaded by the first age of heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest & Iron Maiden, while new wave & punk were making waves underground. Surprisingly Rez concocted this hard rock release, with some bits of 80's synth in it & completed what is probably one of their most overall strongest 80's releases that seems to transcend the era it was recorded in. The result had more emotional blues & more fan favorite songs (as they never had any songs on the charts) than many of their albums, let alone harder rock, though not much harder, while as always great lyrics. Nearly every song on this album is catchy with not a bit of filler. This album actually features some of their more creative arrangements, reminiscent of the era they just came from & would eventually abandoned for blues (i.e. "Elevator Muzik", "Alienated", "Can't Do It On My Own" & the title track). This is really a great album of introduction to Rez, it has everything you expect from them but not in excess in any musical direction. Further, "Can't Stop Lovin' You" should be introduced into church services everywhere. Period.


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