Band members Related acts
line up 1 (1974)
- Rick Amendola -- vocals, acoustic guitar
- Ray Bardani -- drums, percussion
- Lenny Giustino (RIP) -- bass
- David Green -- vocals, keyboards
- Keith Hood -- vocals, lead guitar
- Artie Jenkins -- percussion
- Ralph McDonald -- pecussion
- none known
Rating: 3 stars ***
Company: Just Sunshine
Country/State: Port Chester, New York
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: minor cover wear; promo copy; gatefold sleeve
Catalog ID: --
By the time they went into the recording studio Breeze featured the talents of singer/guitarist Rick Amendola, drummer Ray Bardani, bassist Lenny Giustino, keyboard player David Green and lead guitarist Keith Hood. The band played high schools, dances and clubs around Port Chester, New York, somehow capturing the attention of
Michael Lange who signed them as one of the first acts recording for his newly formed Just Sunshine label.
"Breeze" track listing:
1.) Higher and Higher (Kevin Hood) - 2:20 rating: *** stars
Well, the good news is this wasn't the Jackie Wilson tune that Rita Coolidge had a hit with. The bad news is this smooth pop tune wasn't much better. Actually that wasn't a fair comment. For a mid-'70s pop tune, this wasn't half bad - smooth and commercial with a nice vocal from Rick Amendola.
2.) Make It with You (David Gates) - 3:55 rating: ** stars
This was quite an accomplishment ... Showcasing David Gates' wispy voice, the Bread original wasn't exactly a hard-rockin' tune. The arrangement was drastically different, but these guys managed to make the Bread original sound like Scandinavian death metal. Wonder how many high school dances this was played at?
3.) Rosa (Rick Amendola) - 2:25 rating: ** stars
Shock - an original, Bread-styled ballad. 'Rosa' was pretty and totally innocuous.
4.) For the Love of a Lady (Rick Amendola) - 3:40 rating: ** stars
Well, 'For the Love of a Lady' cemented their niche as a ballads band. I picture them as a New York version of Bread. Pretty melody; romantic lyrics, wispy vocals ... pass. That didn't stop their label from floating the song as an instantly obscure single:
- 1974's 'For the Love of a Lady' b/w 'If I Never Saw Your Face' (Just Sunshine catalog number JSA-519)
5.) We Gotta Get You a Woman (Todd Rundgren) - 3:28 rating: ** stars
The Todd Rundgren original was tuneful and kind of funny. The Breeze version stayed true to the Rundgren version but lacked anything to improve on the original. Forgettable.
1.) If I Never Saw Your Face (Rick Amendola) - 3:40 rating: ** stars
The ballad 'If I Never Saw Your Face' sounded like it had been written for a television sitcom theme song. Slick and forgettable.
2.) You've Got My Love (Keith Hood) - 3:35 rating: ** stars
Geez, how many ballads can a band fit on an album? Obvious too many. Well, at least Hood had a nice voice - slightly tougher than the normal vocalist.
3.) Jerusalem (Keith Hood) - 2:45 rating: **** stars
If I was forced to pick a standout performance, 'Jerusalem' would get my nod. First the song wasn't a ballad. Next, propelled by a nice Giustino bass line and some cheesy David Green keyboards (meant cheesy in a good way), it had a modestly engaging melody, highlighted by a good Keith Hood guitar solo.
4.) Morning At Daybreak (Rick Amendola) - 2:30 rating: ** stars
I'm not an English major, but there was something about the title that struck me as grammatically challenging. 'Morning At Daybreak' was another Bread-styled ballad. Pretty and completely forgettable. Ten minutes after hearing it you won't remember a single chord.
5.) Do You Believe In Magic? (John Sebastian) - 2:48 rating: ** stars
The spoken work introduction might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it wasn't. The rest of the song was a rote and forgettable cover of The Lovin' Spoonful hit.
(John Sebastian) - 2:40
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