Quiet Riot – s/t (1989)

Quiet Riot - s/t

Quiet Riot – s/t  (1988, CBS/Pasha)

  1. Stay With Me Tonight
  2. Callin’ The Shots
  3. Run To You
  4. I’m Fallin’
  5. King Of The Hill
  6. The Joker
  7. Lunar Obsession
  8. Don’t Wanna Be Your Fool
  9. Coppin’ A Feel
  10. In A Rush
  11. Empty Promises

Band Lineup:
Frankie Banali – Drums
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
Sean McNabb – Bass
Paul Shortino – Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson – Bass on ‘Coppin’ A Feel’ & ‘Stay With Me Tonight’

Total Time – 44:11

Frankie Banali official website
Paul Shortino official website

Kevin DuBrow is fired from his own band. Is that possible? Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt) takes over the vocal slot while Sean McNabb (Great White, Badd Boyz) takes over bass duties from the departed Chuck Wright, who bailed to help form House Of Lords. Anytime there is a change at the mic, it can be hit or miss, there is no in between. To change such a distinctive sound as Kevin DuBrow’s voice was a drastic move that backfired, producing the band’s least successful, and last, album for a major label.

It’s easy to blame the new guy up front but Paul Shortino isn’t the problem, he puts in a great performance while under fire. His vocals are raspy and gritty just like he was in Rough Cutt. The edge that was lost on QR III is back on QUIET RIOT but it’s the songwriting that kills the album.

It’s a heavier album than QR III, even with the keyboards. Jimmy Waldo’s (ex-New England, ex-Alcatrazz) keys don’t dominate the songs like John Purdell’s did on the previous album. They add texture and play off Carlos’ guitar. It’s nice to hear Carlos again because he was missing in action on QR III except for the solos. Same goes for Frankie who actually gets a heavier drum sound despite Spencer Proffer’s slick style production. Despite his strong performance, Shortino gets the blame because he is following such a distinctive voice and personality.

If you look at the credits on previous album, Kevin DuBrow is listed on every song. The guy can write Quiet Riot party anthems. Replace his input and you have a totally different band, a different personality. Gone is the “party hearty” attitude for a more “serious one, the band searching for an identity in a now overcrowded Rock scene. This is the album that ended their deal with CBS/Pasha so, once it was finished, the band was basically over. I’m not even sure if they toured this record.

Bottom Line:
Heavier sound but still slick and clean. The are some strong songs here: ‘Stay With Me Tonight’ (the first single and video), ‘Callin’ The Shots’ (my favorite), ‘King Of The Hill’, and ‘The Joker’. The rest is all filler, no killer. I’ve listened to this album more than any other QR album in the past two weeks, I felt I had to give it a fair listen. I found a new appreciation for it rather than total dismissal but I think it would have been more successful had it not been a Quiet Riot record and a totally different band. I’d like to hear it with DuBrow on vocals to compare.

6 comments on “Quiet Riot – s/t (1989)

  1. I agree that it was more like a Rough Cutt album. Perhaps that’s why Shortino left or whatever the story was, since it became less a QR album. Of course, if Shortino had half of Dubrow’s zaniness, then this might’ve caught on better. It’s like DLR, the personas helped make the band and the band sounded more inspired and energized while having those personalities in the camp.

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