Tyketto - 'Dig In Deep'
Danny Vaughn – Vocals
Brooke St. James – Guitars
Jimi Kennedy – Bass
Michael Clayton – Drums
1.) "Faithless" - The first four eighth-notes that open this intro was played by both Michael and Brooke playing the same rhythm. I didn't hear a bass line however that does not mean there isn't one. After the four eighth-notes which consisted of the tom-tom/snare. There is an snare/bass drum fill connecting the first measure with the second measure of the intro section. For the second measure Michael switched the drum line from a tom-tom/snare rhythm to a standard hi-hat rhythm. On one of the hi-hat notes Michael opened the hi-hat just enough to give it a splash sound. Brooke plays a few lead guitar notes to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. Right before the opening lyric line Danny begins playing an acoustic guitar arrangement. The musical verse consisted of two different acoustic guitar arrangements. The acoustic rhythm arrangement that Danny plays is underneath Brooke's and is laced in between the lyric lines. Danny overdubbed the four lyrics of the third lyric line. After the fourth lyric line there is a small snare drum fill. For the rest of the musical verse Brooke not only changes the rhythm guitar arrangement however he also switches from an acoustic guitar to an electric guitar. There is a small arrangement change for the lead guitar rhythm of the musical chorus. There is a snare drum fill connecting the fourth and fifth lyric lines of the first chorus. Brooke overdubbed a few little electric guitar lead lick connecting the second and third lyric lines of the second verse. There is a small electric guitar lead lick in between the second and third lyric lines of the second verse. The backing harmonies of the second chorus is amazing sounding! There is a short rhythm guitar solo riff connecting the second chorus with the lead guitar solo. The solo is nothing special. There is a small orchestrated string arrangement for the breakdown section of the song. There is a second lead guitar solo underneath the third chorus though this is a minor solo it is the better of the two. This solo runs over the top of the outro section.
2.) "Love To Love" - This intro opened with an acoustic guitar riff coming out of just the left speaker. At the beginning of the second acoustic riff an electric guitar arrangement kicks-in coming out of just the right speaker. This particular intro being recorded this way added a nice effect to the sound of the song. Danny sings a small vocal accent over the top of the first note of the electric guitar arrangement. Too connect the musical intro with the musical verse there is a small snare drum fill. Over the top of this snare fill the electric guitar riff plays the same rhythm fill as the snare drum. Both acoustic and electric guitar arrangements change for the musical verse. Michael's drum line for the musical verse consisted of a hi-hat opening and closing pattern. There is a short tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. The entire rhythm arrangement changes for the musical chorus. Jimi's electric guitar arrangement of the musical verse is mainly fill-in chords allowing the bass line bleed through. Which, for me made the musical chorus. There is a breakdown section connecting the second chorus with the third verse. This breakdown section is just one of the many reason why this band is amazing! As the solo section progresses there is a slight speed-up of the musical arrangement. Danny sings several vocal accents over the top of the solo section. This lead guitar solo section runs throughout the rest of the song.
3.) "Here’s Hoping It Hurts" - This is a very simple yet amazing song!!!
4.) " Battle Lines" - This track opened with Danny singing over the top of an acoustic guitar arrangement. Underneath the acoustic guitar there is a very simple yet amazing sounding bass line. In between the acoustic guitar arrangement and lyric lines of the pre-chorus a second musical arrangement kicks-in. This second guitar arrangement was done with a guitar effect. There is a small snare fill that opens the drum line of the musical chorus. The backing vocals of the song consist of the guys singing the title of the song. Though it's just two words, they are huge!!! There is are a couple lead guitar licks connecting the second verse with the second chorus. The lead guitar solo connects the breakdown section with the third chorus. This is a very simple yet amazing ballad!!!!
5.) "The Fight Left In Me" -The intro of this track consisted of minor lead guitar solo. In many ways this intro was very reminiscent to very early Van Halen intros. The musical verse consisted of two rhythm guitars playing the same guitar arrangement. There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the opening lyric line of the first verse. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus. There is a twin lead guitar solo connecting the second chorus with the third verse. There is a Castanets percussion rhythm underneath the lead guitar solo. Underneath the lyric lines of the outro there are several small lead guitar effects.
6.) "Evaporate" - This intro opens with an acoustic guitar arrangement. There not only is a rhythm change for the musical verse however, the band switches the acoustic guitar for an electric. In many ways the musical and lyrical verses of this song are very reminiscent to the stuff Helix was writing on their 'Long Way To Love' album. The musical chorus consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements one electric and one acoustic. The drum line of the musical verse consisted of a hi-hat opening and closing pattern. There was no lead guitar solo for this song.
7.) "Monday" - The intro to this track consisted of a minor lead guitar solo. The musical verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements one acoustic and one electric. The way the guys arranged the musical verse reminded me a lot of seventies pop music. There was a small snare fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. The choruses of this song was very short and simple. There was no major lead guitar solo for this song.
8.) "Dig In Deep" - This track was heavily influenced by the legendary Glenn Hughes. It is so reminiscent to the singer that there are times when if you did not know better you would have thought he wrote the song.
9.) "Sound Off" - This track opened with a tom-tom fill. The intro had a heavy metal funk feel to it. The guitar riff and bass line of this intro was very reminiscent to a lot of the intros Glenn Hughes has wrote over the years. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. The musical chorus was very reminiscent to early Helix. In fact, there are times when Danny has a small growl in his voice that sounds like Brian Vollmer. After the second chorus there is a rhythm arrangement change along with a breakdown section. This breakdown section lead to a lead guitar solo.
10.) "Let This One Slide" - This track was very reminiscent to the stuff Danny sang with Waysted.
11.) "This Is How We Say Goodbye" - This was an amazing ballad that consisted of just an acoustic guitar, vocals and an orchestrated string arrangement.
The first time I heard the name Danny Vaughn was while he was fronting ex-UFO bassist Pete Way's band Waysted on their 1986 LP titled, 'Save Your Prayers' released November 1986. After the tour Danny along with guitarist Brooke St. James, bassist Jimi Kennedy and drummer Michael Clayton formed Tyketto.
David Geffen and Geffen Records signed the band to a contract and the guys immediately began working on, 'Don't Come Easy' released in 1991. Musically, the album sonded was somewhere between Whitesnake and Bon Jovi, which Tyketto opened for the former on many bills. In 1995 after recording 'Strength In Numbers' Vaughn left the band to look after his wife, who had developed cancer. As a fan of this band O found it dumbfounding that is been over 20 years since the original band has been back into the studio. If your into melodic rock then this is an absolute must have!!!!