Cold Shot - self-Titled
Adam Murray - Vocals
Anthony Gallo - Guitars
Erin Bartley - Bass
Rikki Baggett - Drums
1.) "Juicy Lucy" -This track consisted of a short snare drum fill before going into the main intro section. The intro section consisted of a classic eighties musical intro that had a harmonica solo over the top of it. There were a few lead vocal accents over the top of the musical verse leading into the lyric lines. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. The way the lyrics were arranged a long with the musical arrangement gave the song a Tora Tora feel. Te rhythm guitar riffs of the rhythm guitar arrangement had a very simple feel to it. There was a small snare drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. The choruses had a huge eighties hard rock feel to them. At the end of the chorus there was a huge vocal scream. This scream really showed Adam's vocal talent. After the first chorus there was a short harmonica solo that lead to the lead guitar solo. After the solo leading into the second verse there were a couple vocal accents.
2.) "Foolish Pride" - This intro opened with an electric picking arrangement. As the arrangement progressed underneath it, an amplified acoustic guitar arrangement begins. There was a very short rest that kicked-in the bass and drum line. The band used the same arrangement for the musical verse as the one they used for the intro. In many ways the first verse reminded me of "18 And Life" by Skid Row. Adam carries out the last note of the lyric line of the pre-chorus. It at this time Anthony overdubs a third rhythm guitar. This third rhythm guitar was done with a standard distorted rhythm. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the pre-verse with the verse. The musical and lyrical verse had a classic eighties feel to it. The chorus had a huge Eighties hook attached to it! Underneath the second chorus there was a rhythm guitar change. The lead guitar solo connected the second chorus with third chorus. The last several notes of the lead guitar solo were double-tracked.
3.) "Cold Shot" - This track opens with Adam singing a single lyric line. This lyric line was done a capella. This opening lyric line reminded me of the way Kelly Keeling opened Baton Rouge's song "Doctor". "Doctor" was taken off Baton Rouge's 1990 Atlantic release titled, 'Shake Your Soul'. After the lyric line, the musical intro kicks-in. The rhythm guitar over the top of the bass and drum lines had a build-up effect. The bass and drum line of the intro consisted of a shuffle pattern. The main rhythm guitar arrangement of the intro consisted of riffs that also contained a shuffle pattern. The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro section. There was a very simple tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. For the drum line of the chorus, Rikki plays triplets on his ride cymbal. There was a short musical rest connecting the first chorus with the second verse. Over the top of the musical rest there was a vocal accent. There was a lead guitar solo connecting the second chorus with the third chorus. The lead guitar solo actually was two minor lead guitar solos back to back making it a major lead guitar solo. The way Anthony wrote and recorded the solo made you think there were two different guitarists. This really allows you to see Anthony's talent as not only a guitarist however also a songwriter.
4.) "No Time" - This track opens with a single lyric line that consisted of a backing harmony. The musical intro consisted of an acoustic rhythm guitar arrangement. After four measures, the verse kicks in. Underneath lead vocals of the fifth and sixth lyric lines, there was a backing harmony. The band also used the same rhythm guitar for the musical pre-chorus. Underneath the rhythm guitar of the musical chorus Rikki keeps time with his hi-hat. Over the top of the rhythm guitar of the connecting the chorus with the second verse there are several lead guitar licks. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.
5.) "Give Me What I Need" - This intro opened with a blues style hard rock rhythm guitar riff. Over the top of the riff there was a vocal accent. Over the top of the main intro section there was a minor lead guitar solo. The lyrical and musical arrangement of the musical verse was very reminiscent to Tora Tora. The rhythm guitar riffs were placed in between the lyric lines. Scattered throughout the guitar arrangement of the verse were little lead guitar licks. The choruses were heavily influenced from Tora Tora's second release titled, 'Wild America'. Connecting the second chorus with the third verse was a lead guitar solo. The way Anthony wrote the solo made it sound as if there were two guitarists playing the solo. There were a couple lead guitar licks over the top of the coda.
6.) "Mine All Mine" - The rhythm guitar of this intro was heavily influenced by Jake E. Lee (Ozzy, Badlands, Red Dragon Cartel). The drum line of the intro was done with a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern. Adam counts 1, 2, 3, 4 to connect the musical change of the intro with the musical verse. The lyrical and musical verse had a very simple feel to it. The bass line of the choruses was amazing. After the second chorus, there was a very intense lead guitar solo. Underneath the lyric lines of the third verse, there were a couple musical rests. After the fourth chorus there was a second lead guitar solo. This solo ran over the top of the coda.
7.) "Heart Of The City" - This intro had a seventies Aerosmith feel to it. There was a small vocal accent over the top of the intro. There was a very simple rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The band used the same basic rhythm for the chorus as the one for the verse. After the first chorus there was a lead guitar solo. After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that consisted of a spoken vocal.
8.) "Long Legs" - The sound used for the lead guitar rhythm of this intro reminded you a lot of Edward Van Halen. Especially Eddie's early eighties sound. The band used the same lead rhythm for the verse as the one they used on the intro. The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. There was a small tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. The choruses had huge eighties hard rock hooks attached to them. The lead guitar solo connected the second chorus with a breakdown section.
9.) "Captured" - This track opens with a rhythm guitar riff. Underneath the second riff the drum and bass line kicks-in. The band used the same rhythm riffs for the musical verse as the one for the intro. There was a small vocal accent in between the first and second lyric line. The fifth and sixth lyric lines consisted of a backing harmony. There was a couple snare fills connecting the first verse with the second verse. The second verse had the same musical and lyrical arrangement as the first one did. The chorus had a very simple feel to it. Outside of the backing harmonies the only real highlight of the choruses were the china boy cymbal crashes. Underneath the lead guitar solo Rikki switched from a standard hi-hat rhythm to a rhythm played on his tom-toms. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.
10.) "Without Your Love" - This was an amazing ballad!
11.) "Higher" - Over the top of this intro there were several lead guitar licks. There was a lead vocal accent connecting the intro with the musical verse. The musical verse along with the way the guys arranged the lyric lines reminded me a lot of Tora Tora. The chorus had a stinking groove to it. The lead guitar solo for this song was probably the most intense on the release. Though there just wasn't much going on with this track it was still a great song and one that would sound great live!!!
Formerly known as Shark Tank, Cold Shot was one of the many talented melodic hard rock outfits that were in an over the night sensation hype. In the late eighties and early nineties Cold Shot were ruling the Sunset Strip and Whisky A Go-Go scene. The expectations were high as the band was set to take over the world of hard rock. Two things put a stop to this. First off was the unexpected takeover of the Seattle grunge scene. Second, was the implosion of the L.A. hard rock scene itself. I mean let us be honest; the major labels screwed the golden goose.
The main meritorious goal of this small label is to resurrect each and every recording lost in the vaults worthy to be published and giving a new chance for those forgotten gems to shine again. No matter how many times those old recordings have languished in the unreleased shelf purgatory. The Eonian’s sole task is to restore under the most professional process, those obscure Hard Rock relics and to give finally much attention to those tapes with an intensive care, focusing to the smallest details in order to raise up with utter respect -but under the most attractive outline- their original potential. Roll ahead 25 years and there is a huge market for a band that should not have waited. If you are a die-hard fan of eighties hard rock than Cold Shot is for you!!! This would make a great addition to your CD collection.