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Windo, Gary: Dogface

Before releasing his first solo album Dogface, Gary Windo had performed with many artists like NRBQ (New Rhythm & Blues Quartet), Suzi Quatro, Carla Bley Band and many others. Dogface was recorded in 1982 and features members of NRBQ and multiple line ups of Pam Windo and The Shades.

Windo's sense of humour is readily apparent from the album cover; a photo of Windo distorting his face to apparently look to like a dog. This is a pseudo concept album of sorts as all the tracks have something to do with dogs in their titles.

This is a rocking album although at times a bit too experimental for my liking. The title track and "Hound" both have too much 'noise' for my liking with wild saxophone embellishments throughout. The shouting voices in the title track also didn't do much for me. On a positive note there are some highlights; a revved up version of Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", the punk inspired "The Husky" and the feel good R&B of "Guard Duty". I suppose I can identify with the songs containing more structure rather the ones with a lack thereof.

For me, Dogface is a hit and miss affair and will not be for everyone. I will say, however, Windo is one of the most talented brass players I have heard and he certainly knows how to push the envelope. For that, he deserves much credit indeed.


Track Listing:
1. Puppy Kisses (4:32)
2. Feela Dog (2:53)
3. Guard Duty (3:39)
4. Rex And Spot Meet The International Bitches (5:59)
5. Hound (4:07)
6. Dogface (2:25)
7. The Husky (3:09)
8. Don't Be Cruel (3:37)
9. Baxter (2:35)
10. That's All (4:12)
11. Lassie Breaks Out (3:07)

Added: March 3rd 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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