Bashful – Down For The Count [1990]

Country USA          

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 77/100

Band Members John Passarelli – Drums, Jeff Hoover – Vocals, Edward Miller – Guitar, Brad Zinn – Bass, Rusty Diamond – Guitar

Additional Musicians Bashing Tribesman – Backing vocals, Bill Grabowski – Piano,keys, Richard Sleigh – Harmonica

Tracks 01. Let It Ride, 02. All the Way, 03. Down for the Count, 04. Sweet Surrender, 05. This Time, 06. Power to Burn, 07. Burning Bones, 08. Push It to the Limit, 09. One Step Away, 10. Buy Me a Beer, 11. No Pain

Profile BASHFUL hailed from Mount Union, Pennsylvania formed in 1985 by Jeff Hoover and John Passarelli. The band joined by guitarists Todd Hoover and Brian Bradshaw while on bass was Robert Port. At the same year the band released a 4-tracks EP on Arctic Music Group with a minor success. The band continued writing songs and finally in 1990 they released their first full lenght album titled “Down for the Count”  on Artic Records and produced by Bill Grabowski. The new album featured Edward Miller and Rusty Diamond on guitars and bassist Brad Zinn.

Here we have a great riff driven hard rock album with a metal edge in the sound but the production is average. The vocals are not the best and sort of get to you at high volumes, but you can enjoy the simple but effective hard rocking nature of the disc. The first half of the album is definately the stronger half – a bunch of great hard rockers, and it does die off in the second half, but there’s still enough strong tracks to keep it going. Stand out songs are the opening “Let It Ride”, the powerful “Down For The Count”, the awesome sounding “Sweet Surrender”, the catchy “This Time”, the anthem sounding song “One Step Away” and the rockin’ “No Pain” with strong harmonies and gang backing vocals. Jeff and Edward are now playing in a local band called “Scream” covering hit songs from the 70s and 80s.

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2 Responses to “Bashful – Down For The Count [1990]”

  1. Brian Scratchard says:

    I wish you guys would have bin able to stick together you guys were the best

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  2. Butch Paris says:

    These dudes rocked and we’re great live….. Sucks getting old!

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