Album review: Santers, Guitar Alley (1984)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 30, 1984

By Steve Newton

Rock-guitar whiz kid Rick Santers shines brightly on this latest release by his self-named power trio. With brother Mark on drums and Rick Lazaroff on bass, Santers comes up with a riff-riddled collection of high-energy tunes that are just as impressive as those on the much-overlooked Racing Time LP of 1982.

Produced by Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett, Guitar Alley‘s finest moments come during the opening cut “Can’t Shake You”, “Black Magic”, and a sparking new rendition of the old Free classic “All Right Now”.

Santers shows himself to be an exciting and inventive player throughout, and since he also sings lead, plays keyboards, and writes all the tunes on Guitar Alley, most of the credit must go to him. Could be the next big thing in Canadian hard rock.

 

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