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Three For All: Live For The Music

As their name alludes, Three For All are a power trio who do exactly as the name of their debut offering suggests, Live For The Music. While they may be a new outfit who are beginning to build an impressive live reputation and amass quite an online following, this three-piece are actually a group of hardened veterans who among them can boast stints working with Ace Frehley of Kiss, Leslie West of Mountain, Carmine Appice of too many bands to mention and Tony Martin once of Black Sabbath. Add to that the fact that Three For All isn't the trio of brothers Anthony Fragnito (lead vocals and bass) and Carl Fragnito (guitars) and Steve "Budgie" Werner's (drums) first time working together (all three were members of US melodic rockers Black Lace with vocalist Maryann Scandiffio in the mid-eighties) and you can rest assured this isn't some wet behind the ears outfit desperately trying to find their feet. Instead Live For The Music is an assured and confident blast of bluesy, hard hitting hard rock that harks back to a time before gimmicks and bandwagon jumping were the norm. Using the likes of Cream, Hendrix, early (first couple of albums) Kiss, The Allman Brothers, or Led Zeppelin as a basis, Three For All hammer out a style of honest, what you see is what you get rock that most bands have long forgotten about - and boy do they do it well.

For some the intentional lack of forward thinking on Live For The Music may well be a reason to deride this band, but who can complain about an act playing from the heart and doing it damn well? The threesome lock together impressively, laying down thick grooves and beats that hook you in from the off, following that up with riffs which cajole and seduce, rather than battering you into submission. Giving an easy air of confidence which younger less seasoned musicians would shy away from for fear of not being "cutting edge" or "en vogue". Add to that simple, clean and clear vocals from Anthony Fragnito and there's no denying that what this outfit are presenting feels like it belongs to days long gone by, but in a (very) good way.

Looking to groove and strut? Try out "All I Want" for size. Hoping to rock out in a simplistic, yet undeniably good time fashion? Spend some time with "Mr Bad Luck" (the title even feels like the work of a certain Mr Simmons of Kiss fame and the song itself sounds like it too). Whereas if it is the bluesing stomp of classic Clapton, Bruce and Baker or a certain Hendrix of Jimi-ness that gets you excited, then slide and sway to "Vampire Love", "Live For The Music" or "Goin' Down". All the while Carl plays the ass off his guitar, tearing into solos where the need arises, keeping things simple and melodic when that is the medicine that'll find the cure, while his brother Anthony, and "Budgie" behind the kit lock the grooves to the floor.

If you are looking for an album where you can joyously proclaim "that's how they used to do it", while never feeling like the past is simply being repeated, then join this Three For All and simply Live For The Music.


Track Listing
1. Live For The Music
2. Shine On You
3. All I Want
4. Someone
5. Mr. Bad Luck
6. Vampire Love
7. Goin' Down
8. Funkin' Now
9. People Talkin'
10. Jig Is Up
11. Frankenstein Hocus Pocus

Added: July 5th 2013
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Related Link: Three For All Online
Hits: 1356
Language: english

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