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Takit - 1982 Takit (EP)

LABEL: Takit Productions
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Dan Moran - lead vocals, guitar * Danny Hoefer - lead guitar, vocals * Skip Mesquite - keyboards, sax, vocals * Dean Ellenwood - bass, lead vocals * David Garibaldi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Discovery * 02 Young Buc * 03 Listen To Your Heart * 04 Hearts On Fire * 05 We Won't Stop

The CCM band Takit were associated with the 1970's religious movement called Way International, and the annual Christian Rock of Ages event during the early 80's. The band itself may have been created at the Way International HQ in New Knoxville OH, but eventually landed in California some time around 1981 hoping to break into the mainstream market, until their breakup several years later. Most of the band have connections to jazz legends Tower Of Power, who themselves were Bay Area powerhouses during the early 70's. Certainly, Skip Mesquite, David Garibaldi and Danny Hoefer need no introduction as far as ToP are concerned. Mesquite had connections to other artists and acts after ToP, and had actually moved out to the mid-west, which is probably how Takit came to be in the first place.

The Songs
As I'm hearing it on their one-off self-released EP, this is pretty much late 70's styled Christian rock with melodic influences. A comparison could be to early Sweet Comfort Band before they went completely AOR in 1982. Maybe also Kerry Livgren's AD. There's a few pomp considerations on the opener 'Discovery', while the Livgren flavoured guitarwork on 'Young Buc' is very apparent. 'Listen To Your Heart' is the weakest track on offer, but 'Hearts On Fire' is a great piano ballad that echoes 70's west coast in the best tradition. I know GDM reader Kim Palmer put this as a clip on YouTube and compared it to Franke & The Knockouts. Not for me, as the tempo is too slow and the sound rather dated compared to Previte's mob. Possibly the lead vocal, bu that would be the only thing. 'We Won't Stop' kicks the pebble along the path, some cheesy synths and bountiful organ parts are the redeeming features on this one.

In Summary
This would be Takit's only release. It doesn't set the house on fire for mine, but is an interesting tidbit on the 1982 timeline just the same.

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