Tyketto - 'Reach'
Danny Vaughn – lead vocals
Michael Clayton Arbeeny - drums, percussion, vocals
Ged Rylands - keyboards, vocals
Chris Green - guitar, vocals
Chris Childs - (also of the UK band Thunder) bass guitar, vocals
1.) "Reach" - This track opens with what sounds like a guitar pick slide effect. After the pick slide effect the musical intro consisted of four bass drum and cymbal triplets. In between each triplet there was a tom-tom fill. For the second drum fill Michael added an opening and closing hi-hat pattern. After the third triplet there was a small pick slide that lead to a minor lead guitar solo. Underneath the minor lead guitar solo the band drop the keyboard arrangement for an acoustic guitar. Throughout the intro this sounded just like any other band however as soon as the acoustic guitar kicks-in you can automatically hear that classic Tyketto sound. There was an acoustic guitar rhythm change for the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of two acoustic guitar arrangements. In between the second and third lyric line there was a small lead guitar run that connected the second and third lyric lines. Danny double-tracked the first lyric of the third lyric line. Then he double-tracked the entire fourth lyric line. After the fourth lyric line there was an electric pick slide over the top of a snare drum fill. It was at this point that the band kicked-in an electric guitar rhythm. This electric guitar rhythm gave the song a much heavier sound. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. Danny's vocals gave the chorus a very nice hook. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. Underneath the lyric lines of the second verse there was several lead guitar notes. After the second lyric line there was a minor solo much like what was done on the first verse with the exception that it was a different solo. After the second chorus there was a repeat of the keyboard arrangement that the band used during the intro. This led to a lead guitar solo. There was times through the short solo that Chris double-tracked the notes. After the lead guitar solo there was a breakdown section that consisted of a tom-tom pattern.
2.) "Big Money" -This track opens with a tom-tom/floor tom pattern. After one measure there was a snare fill along with a rhythm guitar kick-in. The rhythm guitar of the intro consisted of a sweet hard rock hook. There was a tom-tom fill along with a rhythm guitar riff change connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The drum line of the musical verse consisted of a small opening of the hi-hat on the 2&4 of the measure. For the musical chorus the band either added a second rhythm guitar or they used an effects pedal. Because all of a sudden the guitar rhythm got a real thick sound to it. Underneath the first two lyric lines of the lyrical chorus there was a continuing backing harmony. After the second lyric line the continuing backing harmony quits. The second chorus was more of a standard chorus. After the second chorus there was a drastic musical change where the song slowed down leading into the lead guitar solo. The solo for this song though short it was however amazing! The rhythm guitar riff of this song would make it a great song to perform live. My only complaint and as a drummer this normally would not bother me however, the floor tom used as a very deep tom that was just barley in tune and the mics was turned up way too much on them. This caused the speakers to rumble. If you are listening to modern music and you want the thumping of the bass then this was a great thing however it just does not work for hard rock.
3.) "Kick Like A Mule" -This intro consisted of a rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of a snare drum pattern. Over the top of the rhythm guitar of the last two measures there was a minor lead guitar solo. The first three lyric lines consisted of only vocals and drums. The rhythm guitar does not kick back-in until the fourth lyric line. For the last three lyric line the rhythm guitar was mainly playing fill-in chords. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. Underneath the last lyric line of the chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. After the first chorus there was a drastic musical change with the incorporation of only an acoustic guitar. This acoustic guitar was played with a slide. After the second chorus there was a huge Frank Hannon of Tesla influenced lead guitar solo. For a song whose title sounds like it would be silly. Is a pretty amazing song.
4.) "Circle The Wagons" - This is an amazing song that only Danny could pull off!
5.) "I Need It Now" -This track opened with a snare/tom-tom pattern over the top of a guitar effect. After the second snare/tom-tom pattern there was a small lead guitar effect. Underneath the intro there are a couple bass guitar notes. There was a huge pick slide that lead to a minor lead guitar solo to connect the musical verse. It is at this time the full band kicks-in. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The rhythm guitar of the musical verse consisted of a huge hook. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. After the second chorus the band slowed the song down for the lead guitar solo. After the solo there was a breakdown section. This breakdown section consisted of a piano arrangement. Underneath the lead vocal lines of the breakdown there was a backing vocal harmony. The breakdown section lead to the third chorus of the song. There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the vocal lines of the coda.
6.) "Tearing Down The Sky" - This track opens with a minor lead guitar scale before going into the intro section. The intro section consisted the full band. The rhythm guitar riff was fairly basic except for a very cool riff in the middle of the guitar arrangement. There was a rhythm arrangement change underneath the opening musical verse. For the musical verse. Chris switched to a clean electric guitar sound. Though Danny's vocals over power the guitar Chris wrote an amazing guitar rhythm. The drum line for the musical verse consisted of an opening and closing hi-hat rhythm. Connecting the first and second half of the chorus there was a short snare/drum fill. After the first chorus there was a rhythm guitar change. This second verse consisted of one hell of an amazing hook!!!!!! Though this track consisted of no lead guitar solo it absolutely did not need one. This is a classic Tyketto song!!!
7.) "Letting Go" - This intro opens with a single acoustic picking guitar riff. After one measure a second underling rhythm picking guitar riff kicks-in. For the musical verse the band kept the same rhythm guitar arrangement as the one for the intro. Danny's vocals for the lyrical verse are amazing! The way Danny arranged the lyrics reminded me a lot of the way Jeff Scott Soto arranges the lyrics of ha ballads. It sounded like Danny double-tracked the last vocal of the last lyric line of the verse. It sounded like Danny double-tracked the last vocal of the last lyric line of the verse. Chris changed the rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical chorus. The backing harmonies of the choruses were utterly amazing. Over the top of the acoustic guitar rhythm of chorus there was a very subtle electric fill-in rhythm guitar riff. After the second chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. Underneath the third chorus the full band kicks-in. Underneath the backing vocals of the coda there was a minor lead guitar solo arrangement.
8.) "The Fastest Man Alive" - This intro consisted of a tom-tom pattern. As the tom-tom pattern progressed a rhythm guitar kicked-in. There was a small Danny Vaughn vocal accent connecting the intro with the musical pre-verse. For the opening musical pre-verse Chris used the same rhythm guitar as the one he used for the intro arrangement. It is at this point the full band kicks-in. After four measures Danny kicks the lead vocal lines in. Underneath Danny's vocals there was a rhythm guitar change. The main instrumentation underneath Danny's vocals were the rhythm guitar and bass drum kick. There was a small drum fill connecting the pre-verse with the verse. The musical verse consisted of a drum line change. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus. The chorus Danny wrote for this track had to be one of the top twenty greatest ones I have ever heard! Over the top of the musical arrangement connecting the first chorus with the second verse there was several backing vocal accents. There was a very short minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse, After the second lyric line of the second verse there was a tom-tom fill. Then after the third lyric Chris added a short rhythm riff change to the main rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a snare drum fill connecting the second verse with the second chorus. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. This lead guitar solo was heavily influenced by the funk movement, After the solo the band speeded the b.p.m.'s (Beats Per Minute) up. The bass line underneath this section just completely blew me away!! This music arrangement change lead to a major lead guitar solo.
9.) "Remember My Name" - This was a very simple Danny Vaughn song.
10.) "Sparks Will Fly" -This track was just dripping with Funk!
11.) "Scream" -HOLY SHIT what an amazing ballad!!!!!!
12.) "The Run" -This was another track on the release that blew me away!!!!!
I first heard of the band Waysted in early 1986 while reading an article in Metal Edge magazine. The band's fourth L.P., 'Save Your Prayers' was gearing up to be released. Yes the band had already released three L.P.'s however where I lived we received a very limited selection of bands and releases to choose from. Being a huge UFO fan I had already made up my mind I would be buying the L.P. Then I saw the video for the first single taken off the release titled, "Heaven Tonight". Released in February 1987. What I was expecting was a solid musical release. However, what I received was up to that point in my life one of the if not the greatest vocal jobs I had ever heard. I owned both the vinyl and cassette. I listened to the cassette so much in my car I had to re-buy it. I actually had forgot about Danny until 2004 when I reviewed From The Inside's self-titled release.
Based out of New York Danny formed Tyketto in 1987. However due to many factors, the age of grunge, record labels rejecting songs and Danny leaving to take care of his sick wife, in 1996 the band made the decision to call it quits. These are just some of the reasons why 'Reach' is just Tyketto's fifth studio release.
Let's get the obvious 500lb gorilla out of the room. Vocally Danny Vaughn sounds more like a twenty-five year old than a fifty-five year old! Just as I think, "ok he cannot sound any better than what he does". He releases an album and sounds better than he did on the last release! Thunder bassist Chris Childs replaced Jimi Kennedy for the bass work on the CD. To me Chris is a better bass player than Jimi so this really improved the quality of the songs. A lot of reviewers basically said 'Reach' was just a mediocre Tyketto release. 'Reach' as a whole probably is just a middle of the road Tyketto release. However, looking at the songs individually there some of the best songs musically the band has written. For fans of Danny Vaughn then this is an absolute must have.