Produced by Domenic Troiano and Keith Olsen
Engineered by Keith Olsen
"All Night Radio Show"
This album was recorded at the end of 1972 while Domenic
was still a member of the James Gang. In the past, I was
quick to criticize this album, but my musical tastes have
matured quite a bit and now I can fully appreciate Domenic's effort
in making the album. My only complaint is that the LP
could have used another song or two to lengthen the
playing time for optimal enjoyment. Tricky is worth
finding for the LP sleeve alone. The cover features Dom, an
antique car, and a strange looking person/mannequin
in the background. It kinda looks like Kenner in a stage
outfit, or John Travolta circa 1978. The back has
a great picture of Domenic live, possibly with the
James Gang. A spotlight shines on him as he plays
his custom Tele.
"All Night Radio Show" is a great example of how Domenic
is perfectly capable of writing high-quality pop-rock songs. It's
a wonderfully sentimental and beautifully crafted tune.
"If You See Me" is basically an acoustic version of
"The Answer" from his first album. Like "The Answer,"
it is one of his strongest songs, containing a long break
where he gets the chance to solo. Hearing Dom play a
solo on an acoustic guitar is an extra treat. It also
features great organ playing by "Smitty" and a violin
solo by John Weider. An interesting hybrid of
bluegrass and funk, "If You See Me" displays Troiano's
ambition as a writer and arranger. "My Old Toronto
Home" is a nice, pensive song with an R&B feel to it.
As with "All Night Radio Show," Dom sings the song
in a light, raspy voice; the result is unforgettable.
Next is "All I Need is Music," which is
a rewrite of an early
Troiano song from his days in Bush. The lyrics have
been revised and the tempo is a bit faster. The track
features a blistering instrumental section, and
overall, it is better than the song it copies.
Side two consists of four songs tied together in one
eighteen-minute jam titled "Tricky." "Fanny Mae" is
a blues oldie performed with real conviction and
spirit. The vocal performance and guitar work capture
the essence of Troiano's appeal. "Blues for Ollie"
is a hot instrumental with a horn section. "I'll
Get My Own" starts out fairly laid-back but with a
tight groove. Gradually, the musicians play softer
and softer until the only thing that's heard is a
ride cymbal. Then the instruments come back and
kick the song into high gear. The album and the
medley end with an odd instrumental called "The
Greaser," which features heavy percussion and a
As arranger and producer, Troiano is interested in
encouraging dialogue between instruments, and he has
therefore given a great deal of thought to dynamics
and voicing, qualities often neglected on rock albums,
the lack of which prevents a development of depth or
pulsation from mood to mood. Tricky has a
great deal of fine jazz-rock guitar work, but
Domenic Troiano is most interesting for his overall
arrangements. from Guitar Player