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First time on CD for this slick 1980 album featuring two previously unreleased bonus tracks. The DFK Band were a talented group made up of Les Dudek (former Boz Scaggs sideman) and Mike Finnigan and Jim Krueger, both formerly of the Dave Mason band. Their brand of West Coast pop earned them plenty of respect in the music community and each members musical resumes were impressive then but even more so now! Wounded Bird. 2007.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Angels Fall
  2. Just Like The Weather
  3. Drinkin' Alone
  4. I Know You're In There
  5. It's All About You
  6. Just Be Happy
  7. That's Wrong
  8. You Cut So Deep
  9. Livin In Hollywood [*] [#][*]
  10. The Stranger [#][*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 5, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000JVSWBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I recall eagerly purchasing this LP some twenty-five years ago. As a big fan of Les Dudek's first three records, I was eager for more. Unfortunately this was very much a group effort and Les' role was somewhat restrained. That coupled with the "poppish" quality of the tunes and the slick production had me dismiss the record as a sell-out. I would have to wait for Les' '81 album "Gypsy Ride" for my next fix.

Fast-forward to the present and I was very happy to see the folks at Wounded Bird putting out a domestic issue of this title (they have also put out a couple of Les' other titles including "Gypsy"). Hearing it now with older ears and different expectations, the quality of the craft and the strong group dynamic of DFK plays much better. Les' role remains somewhat understated, however as a whole the whole "supergroup" concept which was behind this lineup stands up very well. The songwriting meshes while the different vocalists just serve to spotlight the different facets of the group.

"It's All About You" has an anthemic FM radio feel and in hindsight I'm surprised it wasn't a big hit. Les' "Be Happy" predates Bobby McFerrin's annoying conveyance of the same sentiment by a decade.

The bonus live tracks show that this was more than a studio-supergroup but also a band that could tear it up live. Here we get a pair of performances that are polished yet bristle with the engergy of live rock 'n roll music.

So as the title of the review says, from my standpoint the years have been very kind to this release and it now occupies a welcome place among my collected Les Dudek discography.
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I've had this album on vinyl since it first came out and it is still one of my all time favorites. The combination of Les Dudek, Mike Finnigan, and Jim Krueger was pure magic while it lasted and DFK is the result. The only criticism I've ever heard is that it's shamelessly commercial, which is another way of saying all the songs are catchy and the production is nearly flawless. Regardless, it didn't receive a lot of attention commercially or otherwise. Too bad, because this is some finely crafted music, perfect for its time and which has aged remarkably well.
The balance of these three superb musicians (as well as the supporting cast) is managed very well, with everyone getting a chance to show off. As well, there is a true sense of collaboration present. Each song brings out the best of everyone regardless of who is in the spotlight. If you're a fan of straight ahead rock with an extra coat of polish on it, you can't go wrong with DFK. It's a shame there's only one album, but it's one truly great album nonetheless. On a side note, the bonus tracks are interesting, but not a great fit with the rest of the album. Nothing not to like, just a little different.
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This is an excellent album. A friend played it for me on vinyl and I had to have it. An oldy buy a goody. To think it had to come all the way from Germany is strange but at least it is available. The delivery from Germany was much faster than estimated and that was nice too.
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By rayfarnsworth on November 13, 2012
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A friend of mine had this album back in the early 80's and we would listen to it often. We always wondered how this album never really got popular as a majority of the songs are great, catchy tunes. The album eventually wore out as vinyl tended to do and finding a replacement was virtually impossible at the time. Now many years later I was feeling nostalgic and decided to search for the band on my PC not thinking I would find anything, but sure enough I did and on CD rather than vinyl. It was a little pricey as compared to a normal CD, but to me it was well worth it to be able to hear those great tunes again. It came with 2 bonus tracks that were not on the original album. I'm probably going to buy another one for my old friend for Christmas.
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I had this album on vinyl in the early 80's............it is so great to find it available on disc. 3 talented musicians playing rock/blues/jazz.

This is a great disc. It is intended to be listened to from beginning to end in one sitting, without interruption. Oh yeah, and play it loud.

This is a "can't lose" purchase.

Also, check out Les Dudek, Ghost Town Parade.
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