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Throbs, The – The Language Of Thieves And Vagabonds


Sweetheart (vocals)
Roger Ericson (guitar)
Danny Nordahl (bass)
Ronnie Magri (drums)

Produced by: Bob Ezrin, Dick Wagener
Engineered by: Garth Richardson
Mixed by : Bob Exrin, Garth Richardson
Mastered by: Jon Astley

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New York City was an exciting place in the late eighties. This was the place where all four members of the Throbs came together to save rock ‘n’ roll from the edge of suicide. They may not have entirely succeeded but that is not the point. At least they (nearly) died trying. Earmarked as ones to watch, the Throbs specialised in mashing old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll with a liberal smattering of psychedelia, tugging at the shirt sleeves of all the right reference points including the Rolling Stones, the New York Dolls, Velvet Underground and the Faces. With (black) hair piled high, paisley shirts open to the waist, cowboy boots locked and loaded, and enough mascara to paint the town black they fitted right into the city that never sleeps like a tight leather glove. Taken under the wing of studio veteran Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Alice Cooper & Pink Floyd) the band cut their album in what sounds like a hash filled Turkish harem with sitars and baglamas humming above the hubbub of a good time being had by all. Released in 1991 the album had critics enthralled and spellbound by its unique style but the public, however, felt differently with sales slow to pick up and their label, Geffen Records, second guessing every move. Perhaps it was a clash of cultures, or maybe a simple misunderstanding, but six months into the project Geffen Record dealt them a KO blow and dropped them just as the musical climate was about to change forever. Oddly, as time slips by, the music of the Throbs has become stronger and more relevant than ever. An overlooked classic? You betcha! Special Collector’s Edition includes 16 page full colour booklet, original and enhanced artwork with new photos and extensive memorabilia with full involvement from the band members. It also includes 2 unreleased Bonus tracks and a 4,000 Word essay written by Paul Elliott. It has been remastered with sound shaped from 24 but digital technology by Jon Astley (the Who, Judas Priest, Eric Clapton etc).

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