The band previously known as Yesterday And Today shortened their name to Y&T for the album Earthshaker. One album later they would debut their mega-cool logo, but for Earthshaker they have a sucky logo and crap cover. But don’t judge a book by its cover! In the (very) early eighties only a scant few American bands rocked as hard and mighty as Y&T (Van Halen and Riot for example). Earthshaker is a great collection of cocky, muscular tunes. Hurricane and Knock You Out are two prime examples. The album’s best moment, however, is the light-and-shade dynamo, Rescue Me. Y&T’s front man Dave Meniketti takes MVP honors for his powerful Sammy Hagar-ish vocals, and his tasty lead guitar work. My score: B+
Earthshaker was released by A&M Records in the U.S. (SP 4867).
Tracks: Hungry For Rock, Dirty Girl, Shake It Loose, Squeeze, Rescue Me, Young And Tough, Hurricane, Let Me Go, Knock You Out, I Believe In You