Y&T – “Earthshaker” (1981)

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

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