Bon Jovi fans - this is an album you must have in your collection. Why? Because it showcases the very first time that a very young Richie Sambora was let loose in the studio - and the results are of historic significance. Vibrant, energetic, proficient, you can hear the birth pangs of a talent beginning to emerge from its cocoon, ready to enthral the rock world - and if that all sounds like hindsight playing ball with reputation, then listen to this album, and you'll understand why were getting excited about SAMBORA long before he found fame, fortune and Heather Locklear.
This album is dedicated to Richie Sambora and all the members of Shark Frenzy - still the best friends anyone could ever have in a lifetime.
Thanks to Link Zigarski & the Zig Bros. for live stereo recording on track 8 at Charley's Uncle, East Brunswick, NJ 1980.
The first major studio recordings of the brilliant young guitarist & singer, magnificently restored after being assumed lost for over 20 years. Although successful as individuals and all still best of friends, this album is proof that Shark Frenzy would have been one of the most formidable bands of the 80's - Long Live Shark Frenzy.
It was 1978, I was playing in a club in East Brunswick, New Jersey, tightening up some new songs. An immediately likeable 18 year old named Richie Sambora asked if he could jam with us, to my bands amazement, I agree. We started playing "Kansas City", a song everybody knows. Richie's rhythm playing was o.k., so I said "Richie, take a solo" - He flipped the toggle switch on his Les Paul Custom and played one beautiful, sustained note that sounded like a violin. Before he played the next note I turned to him and said "You're in the band".