Jack Blades –  ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Ride’


THE BAND:
Jack Blades – bass, electric & acoustic guitar, lead & backing vocals
Joel Hoekstra – guitars & lead solos
Will Evankastra – acoustic guitar, mandolin, additional guitars, coral sitar
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) –vocal choruses on track 4 “Anything For You”
Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger/solo), Colin Blades (One of Jack’s sons) – background vocals
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger/solo) -  additional solo work on track 9
Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger/solo) – drums on tracks 3, 5, 9 &11
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) – drums on tracks 1, 2, 7 & 10
Alan Herz – drums on tracks 4, 6 & 8
Eric Levy – keyboards
Christian Matthew Cullen – additional keyboards on tracks 9 & 11 



TRACK FRAGMENTS:

1.)  “Back in the Game” –This intro opens with two rhythm guitar riffs.  After the second riff the song kicks-in with a bass and drum line.  There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the rest of the intro section.  The minor solo leads up to the rhythm change of the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar arrangement of the musical verse was a little slower than the two rhythm guitar riffs that opened the intro.  There was a small lyric line echo connecting the first lyric line with the second.  Jack double-tracked the third & fourth lyric lines of the verse.  After the verse there is a small rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  In between the lyric lines of the second verse there are little minor lead guitar solos.  After the third chorus there is a short breakdown section that leads into the lead guitar solo.  There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath Jack’s lead vocal lines of the fourth chorus.  
2.)  “Rock N Roll Ride” –This intro opens with a lead guitar lick.  As the lead lick continues the bass & drum line kick-in.  As the intro progresses there is a minor lead guitar solo.  As the solo progresses a rhythm guitar licks-in underneath the minor solo.  The rhythm guitar riffs are laced in between Jack’s lead vocals.  In many ways the way Jack phrases his lyrics on this track gives them a Mick Jagger feel.  There is a huge rhythm hook for the musical chorus.  The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus and as done as a twin lead guitar solo.   
3.)  “Hardest Word To Say” –This track opens with an amplified acoustic guitar rhythm over the top of a very simple bass line.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Jack had a small vocal echo in between the first lyric line and the second.  There is a small acoustic rhythm change for the musical verse.  Every other lyric line had an echo attached to it.  After the second chorus there is a very short lead guitar solo.  In many ways this track was reminiscent to a lot of the ballads Jack wrote while he was with Night Ranger.
4.)  “Anything For You” – This is a taste of what The Beatles would have sounded like if they had ever reunited!   
5.)  “Love Life” – This track opens with a lead guitar effect.  Two measures into the song the main into kicks-in with the bass and drum line underneath the lead guitar effect there is a very simple rhythm guitar riff.  As the intro progresses there is a lead and rhythm guitar change.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  There is a pick slide effect connecting the chorus with the second verse.  The choruses have a huge hook attached to them.  It sounded as if the lead guitar solo was double-tracked. 
6.)  “West Hollywood” – This intro consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement over the top of an electric guitar riff.  There band used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The lead guitar solo was very basic.
7.) “Born For This” – This track opened with a lead guitar solo/rhythm.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  There is a small breakdown after the second chorus that lead to the solo.  The lead guitar solo left a lot to be desired.
8.) “Don’t Give Up” – This track has a very simple feel to it.
9.) “Say You Will” –For Jack this track had a very intense feel to it!
10.) “Rise and Shine” - Too Me This track had almost a sixties/seventies feel to it.
11.) “Hey Now” –Heavy influenced by The Black Crowes only better!!!!

For essential fans of Jack Blades, Night Ranger & Damn Yankees!