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Wrabit - 1981 Wrough And Wready

ARTIST: Wrabit
ALBUM: Wrabit / Wrough And Wready
SERIAL: MCF 3126 (Canada), MCA-5268 (USA)
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1993 MCA (Japan), MCVM-350


LINEUP: Lou Nadeau - vocals * John Albani - guitars * David Aplin - guitars * Les Paulhus - keyboards * Chris Brockway - bass, vocals * Scott Jefferson Steck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Any Way Any Time * 02 Pushin' On * 03 Can't Be Wrong * 04 Back Home * 05 Too Many Years * 06 Just Go Away * 07 Tell Me What To Do * 08 How Does She Do It * 09 Here I'll Stay * 10 Don't Say Goodnite To Rock And Roll

Wrabit were one of those bands that formed in the late 70's but only got their record deal in the early 80's. Originally known as Telleman, these guys were playing the bars and clubs of Toronto. Signed to Attitude Management, the band changed their moniker to the unlikeliest of names, recruited Chris Brockway on bass, and inked a deal with MCA Records. As a result, this debut came out in 1981, but it's likely that some of the tracks were composed as far back as 1979. The melodic nucleus of Lou Nadeau's vocals and John Albani's guitar ensure an AOR journey from the Canadian perspective, emphasised by a 5 Star Review in Sounds UK by erstwhile reviewer/writer Paul Suter.

The Songs
'Anyway Anytime' is a good choice as the album opener, combining a punchy rhythm and soaring vocals from Nadeau. 'Pushin' On' is decent, but you get the feeling there's too many tempo changes for such a short track. 'Can't Be Wrong' is better, laying on the pomp keys and dependable vocal melodies, nice track. 'Back Home' is a pleasant restrained ballad, but a little on the ordinary side. 'Too Many Years' picks up the pace with more pomp overtones, this one's very good - blueprint AOR with big hooks and a pulsing rhythm. Side two opens with 'Just Go Away', a pretty forceful affair but the necessary hooks are in place to make up for the less melodic chorus. 'Tell Me What To Do' is a classic of AOR - exquisite melodies are at work here, with guitar/keyboard interplay in the rocking Toto vein providing the hooks. 'How Does She Do It' is catchy and more than solid, with a stomping Survivor rhythm and a short keyboard flourish in the Roadmaster tradition. 'Here I'll Stay' is another highlight, quite Boston-ish in places with another killer AOR chorus - a wonderful song. The anthemic qualities of 'Don't Say Goodnite To Rock And Roll' close off a very impressive debut album.

In Summary
Although it's often overlooked in favor of it's more illustrious follow up 'Tracks', 'Wrough And Wready' is a slice of pure AOR. Some of the songs end far too soon, but the album's sheer consistency comes through in a big way. At the time of writing it may still be available on MCA Japan. Expensive, but worth the investment. Oh, by the way, don't be fooled by the reissue dates. The Japanese CD's for all three Wrabit albums were not released in 1998 as you might see on most reputable sites. They were in fact first reissued in 1993. Perhaps subsequent reissues followed. But the originals are definitely 1993 vintage.

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#1 | sabace on April 11 2006 14:35:13
awesome lp
#2 | vinyldinosaurus on February 26 2008 20:07:24
Artwork by Chuck Jones!
#3 | Eric on February 26 2008 21:23:30
I studied under Chuck Jones while at art school and I never asked him about this cover! argh!
#4 | gdazegod on February 26 2008 21:55:53
This is the American cover. The UK cover was much better, but the album was rebadged simply as Wrabit.
#5 | Eric on February 27 2008 01:50:58
Actually no. This is the Canadian cover. The American cover can be found here.
#6 | gdazegod on February 27 2008 02:59:20
Yeah, its the same one. Thanks for that Eric.
#7 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:15:56
As this is Soooo good, The best band to come out of Canada bar non. Everything about this album is immense, and this isn't even their best one!(see 'Tracks')Yes THAT good.This is straight down the line 80's Canadian AOR,the way it should be, chock full of memorable, catchy songs, great playing, mega production and to top it all off the mighty Lou Nadeau on vocals. Enuff said - rare as hell now, as it was a Jap only CD but worth all the money you can throw at it.
#8 | george_the_jack on June 15 2008 13:48:54
So great album! even today I cannot believe that this sound's coming from 1981..How can???? GREAT!!!
#9 | richardb on June 15 2008 13:57:14
My favourite album of theirs. Love the pumping bassline on the pomp flavoured 'Too many years'. Still scratching my head as to why they changed their name to 'Wrabit' though. Not the most sensible of marketing moves!

Richard B
#10 | rostoned on August 09 2008 13:02:32
This was the only Wrabit release which appeared on the american album chart, hitting #157 during a 2 month run.
#11 | rkbluez on February 10 2012 02:14:57
Love It Love It Love It...this is their best IMO and it's a pomp rock masterpiece...can't get much better than this...the other two albums are great also but this is the one for me.
#12 | super80boy on September 27 2015 16:53:30
Great sing-a-long choruses ('Too Many Years', 'How Does She Do It' and 'Here I'll Stay') are plenty, along with ample doses of pompous melodies. A substantial first offering with lots of muscular melodic rock treatments.

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