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- Dino Valente by Dino Valente
7/10 Vern Customer review, 29th August 2013
Good one on getting this one into the store guys! This is the re-issue of Dino Valente's eponymous debt, and only, lp from 1968. His story reminds me of that of Philamore Lincoln, a singer/songwriter whose debut 1970 lp was also his last. Both have a psychedelic tinge within albums of mixed genres including, in Valente's case, latin, country and jazz. Both are linked to musicians who made it to the big time. Was Philamore Lincoln a member of The Yardbirds, even having a stint as the drummer of The Who? We may never know. Valente may or may not have hanged around such musicians as Richie Havens or Bob Dylan but he write the song 'Get Together' which gave hits to The Youngbloods and Jefferson Airplane while he faded to obscurity.
Both Lincoln and Valente's original lps now go for some big bucks which is why this re-issue is welcomed by those who'd love to own this wordsmith's work on a budget. Avoiding the comparisons that may arise with Bob Dylan, Valente's ballads are riddled with swooning guitar giving many of the songs a latin jazz feel, overlayed by Valente's passionate and deep voice and lyrics.
It kicks off with 'Time', a psychedelic slice of emotional guitar tinkering. It should be a classic of psychedelic music with an emotion which can be hard to find in the genre. The rest of the songs are powerful however they seem to have little to differentiate between them musically as Valente keeps to his simple guitar and occasional piano format. Songs like 'Children of the Sun' however really stand up and get noticed. This is a song which really tugs at the emotions, a truly raw 7 minutes which pins you in place and makes you contemplate. This album is the kind of album to listen to late at night, lights down, lying still on the bed to let it caress over you. Its emotion is overpowering, I just wish that there was maybe another instrument in there to give some needed variety to an otherwise beautiful album. It's time to give Dino Valente some recognition.
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