John Taglieri - 'True Believer'
John Taglieri - everything
1.)"Don't Ask Why" -John opens with track with an electric guitar rhythm. Underneath the rhythm guitar there was a few cymbal accents. To kick-in the main intro section a drum and bass line kicks-in. The main intro had a nasty groove to it. On the third measure of the drum line John kicks-in a second rhythm guitar arrangement. Over the top of the two rhythm guitar riffs there was a minor lead guitar solo. To connect the musical verse with the musical intro John used the same arrangement that opened the pre-intro section. John used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the one he used for the intro. The musical chorus consisted of an up tempo change. The vocal lines of the choruses really expressed John's vocal ability. For this song John recorded two choruses back to back before going into the lead guitar solo. John used an effects pedal for his led guitar solo. Underneath the solo John switch from a standard hi-hat pattern to a pattern on his tom-toms.
2.) "True Believer" - This track opens with a rhythm guitar riff. Underneath the main rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a second rhythm guitar riff playing half-notes. There was a tom-tom fill underneath the second rhythm guitar riff. There was a tom-to fill connecting the intro with the musical verse. Underneath the opening lyric line of the verse John switched from a distorted guitar sound to a clean electric sound. John used a small wah-wah effect for the guitar rhythm of the musical verse. In between the third and fourth lyric lines of the musical verse there was a very short minor lead guitar solo. The minor lead guitar solo lead to the musical chorus. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. There was a second minor lead guitar solo connecting the first and second lead guitar solo. The major lead guitar solo is after the second chorus of the song. My only complaint with this song was it is mainly choruses.
3.) "Way Out" - This track opens with a strange little guitar effect before going into the main musical intro arrangement. After the first lyric line of the musical verse John kicks-in the same rhythm guitar that opened the track. The choruses were classically written John type choruses with simple lyrics and huge hooks. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo section. Some of the notes of the solo was double-tracked. After the lead guitar solo there was a short breakdown section.
4.) "Take This Ride" - This track opens with an early eighties Reo Speedwagon rhythm guitar riff that was coming just out of the left speaker. After the riff for the main intro section both speakers kick-in. As a drummer on of the first things that caught my ear was for the drum line John turned the snare on his snare drum off. This is an old seventies Funk trick. John used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one he used for the intro. The only difference was it sounded like he chanced keys. The second lyric line of the musical verse John double-track the lyric line. After the second lyric line John incorporated a second rhythm guitar arrangement. It sounded like John spliced the musical chorus with the musical verse. There as a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus. John kept the choruses of this track very simple. After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo. After the second chorus there was a second lead guitar solo. This solo ran through the coda of the song.
5.) "Above The Sunrise" - The rhythm guitar that opened this track had a Joe Walsh of when he as with the James Gang feel to it. John used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one of the intro. John kicks-in the rest of the instruments underneath the third lyric lines. There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus. Underneath the second chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. This minor solo turned into the major solo section and ran over the top of the coda.
6.) "Mad Mad World" - Over the top of this intro John overdubbed two different rhythm guitar arrangements. It sounded like John switched to on rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse. The bass line of the musical verse was the same rhythm as the rhythm guitar. The highlight of the chorus was John's vocal arrangements. For the second verse John used a vocal effect for his vocal lines. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. This may have been one of the best solos I have heard Tag write. There was a minor solo over the top of the coda.
I've known John going on about twenty years now and I have reviewed nearly everything if not everything he has recorded. He is one of the most gracious and honest people I think I have ever met.
When I first put 'True Believer' in and listened to the first song titled, "Don't Ask Why" for the first time since becoming a fan of John's I actually thought, "Tag what happened to your sound"! However artist grow and the more I listened to the first song the more it grew on me and the more I liked it. For the rest of the E.P. John was able to fuse mid seventies bands such as James Gang along with early eighties rock such as the way John Bon Jovi sang on the first Bon Jovi release with a seventies funk beat and created a new genre of music. Before listening to this E.P. I would have never thought this would have worked. However then again if anyone could have been able to make all this work together it would have been Tag! His tastes in music crosses the gambit of musical genres and this E.P. shows that. Though just an E.P. it has quickly became one of my favorite Taglieri releases. If you are a fan such as me were your musical tastes crosses all genre's from all decades this release is for you!