CD Review: Count’s 77 “Soul Transfusion”

In today’s music scene, the radio is full of overly commercialized music. What exists today can largely be categorized as nothing but pop music. Sometimes, you have to go far out of your way to find real Rock and Roll music these days. Thankfully, there are still those musicians out there that are keeping the feeling of real Rock and roll alive. You just have to know where to look for it. One band that is keeping the spirit of real Rock and Roll alive is Las Vegas-based band Count’s 77.

Like the band’s name suggests, Count’s 77 is a Hard Rock band that focuses their musical energy on creating real Rock and Roll. Consisting of bassist Barry Barnes, drummer Paul Disibio, keyboardist Tommy Paris and the twin guitar team of John Zito and Stoney Curtis and lead singer Danny “Count” Koker, the band’s main musical influences come from the Hard Rock era of Rock and Roll. Most importantly, the band lists Thin Lizzy, Foghat, Led Zeppelin and the Allman Brothers as major influences on the band’s sound.

Having already released a self-titled album, Count’s 77 have returned with a new album of music. The brand new album from Count’s 77 is entitled Soul Transfusion.

Soul Transfusion from Count’s 77 begins with the track “Summer of ‘77”. Just like “Summer of ‘69” from Bryan Adams, the new track from Count’s 77 is written as a musical remembrance of days gone by. In this case, lead singer Danny Kroker sings of the musical highlights of yesteryear that helped to shape the tastes of the members of the band. Mixed with a musical style that would have been right at home on Power Rock radio formats in the eighties, “Summer of ‘77” features a strong, driving pace to the beat of the song. The vocals from Danny Koker and the powerful guitar solo from Stoney Curtis help make the song very strong.

The new release from Las Vegas’ Count’s 77 continues with the song “Hard Rock Band”. Like the title of the song suggests, “Hard Rock Band” pays tribute to all those who continue to create music in the same style as those bands that are now grouped into the Classic Rock radio format. The first few bars of the song bring to mind “Get Back” from the Rolling Stones before Count’s 77 takes the song in a much stronger and more original direction. “Hard Rock Band” slows the pace of the album down slightly. However, the music produced by the guitars and the rest of the instrumentation makes sure no energy is lost on the track.

Count’s 77 pick up the energy level of the music with the track “Do You Feel Me”. While the first two track on their latest release of Soul Transfusion fall into Rock and Roll, “Do You Feel Me” is straight-out Heavy Metal. With a style that incorporates the older Heavy Metal sound from the seventies that bands like Deep Purple and Steppenwolf helped to influence, “Do You Feel Me” is more about the energy of the music and not the speed that some Heavy Metal contains. The energetic delivery of the music creates a track that would be perfect for inclusion on a mixtape for use on highway cruising alongside songs like Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” or Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild”. “Do You Feel Me” from Count’s 77 feels like a classic track right from the very first note.

One standout track from Count’s 77’s new album of Soul Transfusion is the title track of the release. The song “Soul Transfusion” finds the six members of the band creating a song that incorporates a slightly more modern feel to the Hard Rock they create than the previous tracks. The song once again features a very driving feel to the pace of the music while the music itself contains stylistic elements that bring the song into a Modern Rock format more than a Classic Rock format. That modern approach proves that while the members of Count’s 77 have plenty of older influences to draw from, newer ones are also there to help keep the band’s music fresh. “Soul Transfusion” is one of the strongest tracks on the release and it is one song that will easily grab the attention of the listener.

The feel of the Soul Transfusion release from Count’s 77 changes drastically on the song “Evil You Could Do”; while the majority of the album contains a hot and blistering quality to the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal that the band produces, the song “Evil You Could Do” finds the band incorporating a large dose of the Blues into the Blues-Rock track. The track seems just a little bit reminiscent of something from Carlos Santana. Having listened to several tracks where the band delivered a strong Rock and Roll approach where the music comes at you with unrelenting energy the Blues-Rock on “Evil You Could Do” seems to come out of nowhere. At the same time, the extreme change of musical direction helps to show off the talent and versatility of each of the members of the band.

With singer Danny Kroker and the rest of Count’s 77 being based in Las Vegas, it should come as no surprise that the band would end up producing a song that is influenced by that city. “Sin City Boogie Man” is a track that brings back the full throttle energy of the band’s musical approach. With the subject matter being as dark as it is, the song could be classified as “Horror Rock”. The track features plenty of energy that comes from a multi-guitar “axe attack” that adds to the driving nature of the song. “Sin City Boogie Man” ends up being one of the more entertaining tracks on the Soul Transfusion release.

Through the album’s eleven tracks, Soul Transfusion from Count’s 77 makes good use of musical influences that are both modern and a little bit older. The album contains plenty of songs that will end up satisfying and Rock and Roll lover’s need for Good Ole Rock and Roll.

To check out the music of Count’s 77, click HERE for the video to the band’s song of “Summer of 77”

For more information, check out the band’s record label, Shrapnel Records.

To check out Soul Transfusion from Count’s 77, click on the album cover below:

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Also, check out Danny Kroker and the rest of his crew at Kroker’s custom motor shop called Count’s Kustoms AND the television show they are part of, “Counting Cars” which can be found on the HISTORY channel.

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