Reviews For The Loz Netto Band album 2010 'Bridge of Dreams'
Blues Matters Magazine, issue 57, Dec 2010 to Jan 2011
I didn’t know Loz Netto from Adam, but listening to this C.D I now have respect for a man who has taken everything that life has thrown at him, and still comes out fighting. I could come out with all sort of clichés about the musician having actually felt the blues ( and there’s no doubt he has), but for someone to be able to produce this quality after the punches ( some of them have been “low blows”) he’s taken from life is the mark of a real fighter! Enough of the boxing analogies,
Guitarist Magazine. Nov 19th 2010
Classic Rock Magazine. Nov 2010
Maverick Magazine Review: Nov 18th 2010
Adrian Phillips www.allgigs.co.uk
Bridge of Dreams - The Loz Netto Band Album Review, September 2010
Fatea Magazine. October 2010
Get Ready to ROCK! Album Reviews (Oct 2010)
Blues in Britain Mag 3rd November 2010
Round Up Time
While Blabber ‘n’ Smoke has a deep love and respect for blues music it has to be said that the majority of modern electric blues doesn’t rock the boat here. Going back to the roots of country blues is often appreciated (see the recent Tom Feldman review for example) but it’s far too easy to slip into a copycat mode and few artists have achieved the power and visceral feel of blues since the likes of John Campbell, Rainer Ptacek and Stevie ray Vaughn (all sadly deceased).
|THE TRUE SPIRITS RIDERS CLUB
Having First Seen them play at AMOC North Surrey's Summer Party, then booking them for our own second anniversary party on the strength of that performance and then again seeing them play at AMOC North Surrey's October Party. We have pretty much decided that The LOZ NETTO BAND. Gets our vote for the best band we saw in 2009. The Video's below are just for reference, as good as they are they by no means do justice to the bands live performances. Trust us if your into Rock 'n' Blues with a modern twist then this band is simply brilliant, but you don't have to take our word for it. So if you get the chance check them out. They're a must see!
Jon .Vice President -www.truespirits.co.uk
New Crawdaddy Blues Club
The band used their opening number as a sound check.
Loz Netto 'Replay'
Reviewed by Grahame Rhodes, 24th Sep 2009
The 12 tracks here are all in a similar vein-a laid back stew of blues, funk, and soul. The opening 'Crossroads' is a benchmark for what follows - a smooth bluesy groove. 'Waiting For You' has some nice slow blues guitar and a Southern soul feel, 'Cruel Streak' is a swampy blues song, with the album closer 'Slide Of Hand' being a lovely guitar instrumental, very nice indeed, with touches of influences such as Ry Cooder and Lowell George.
Loz Netto 'Replay'
Reviewed by Joe Geesin, Sep 2009
When he signed to Atlantic, it was done personally by Ahmet Ertigun - no mean feat. Chaka Khan, Rick James, Joe Walsh, and Kenny Rodgers have all covered Netto's songs. This new album definitely has a Bluesy feel, with a commercial soul and MOR feel. Pretty much everything is played by Netto, but some songs could easily be a four or five piece band in a dark and smoky bar. Some of the deep backing vocal harmonies are reminiscent of The Drifters. The guitar remaining intricate and Bluesy, From folk to to Blues to Soul and even Delta Blues the album is gentle yet varied.
BILLBOARD Album Picks
First Time Around
LOZ NETTO' Bzar, 21 Records T1-1-9003 (Polygram). Produced by Colin Thurston. Singer/songwriter Loz Netto is well familiar with the dance groove and the clever use of synthesizers, but you can tell he has aspirations beyond that, both musically and lyrically. You can hear his accomplishments falling short of his ambitions. He is in search of a Gary Numan type apotheosis, and his quest may attract a cult.
Dave Sholin's Personal Picks
Fade Away -Loz Netto (21/Polygram)
Intro grabbed my attention right away (a feat in itself) and held it through the entire
3 ½ minutes of this first rate production. Catch the vocal slurring of the line "Fade Away" as if it were one word. Simply a great radio record from the former guitarist in Sniff 'n; the Tears (Driver's Seat).
Billboard, July 2, 1983
Billboard's Recommended LPs
Now that Loz Netto has hit the charts, he doesn't have to run away from home anymore. The singer/songwriter, whose debut single, 'Fade Away', moves to 82 on the current Hot 100, tried valiantly to escape his native Coventry, England, as a teen, only to return, penniless, some months later. But rock star dreams aren't easily daunted, and Netto finally scored as a guitarist with sniff 'N the Tears, which scored a worldwide hit last year with 'Driver's Seat'.
'Loz Netto's Bzar', his debut album for 21 Records, marketed by Polygram, features 'Fade Away', with synthesized effects coordinated by producer Colin Thurston, who has guided David Bowie and, more recently, Duran Duran. Players on the disk include bassist Ian Maidman, drummer Luigi Salvoni and keyboardist Johnathan Cole.
'I wrote the lyrics with an awareness of video' says Netto, who believes 'the new breed of musicians will be actors, too'.
BMG Music, Canada, October 21st 1988
Just wanted to let you know that Gene Simmons was in town and gave me the pleasure of hearing some great refreshing new music. I heard about 6 or 7 tracks of your sound and I must tell you it has been a very long time since I was blown away right from the first listen ! I can't wait until we get the pleasure of turning on all of Canada to your music.
Keep up the great work. This material is better than fantastic. I look forward to meeting you soon. Take care.
National Video/Artist Relations MGR.
BZAR 'Loz Netto '21 Records/Polygram TL-1-9003 'Producer: Colin Thurston ' List: 8.98
Starting off with a fast-paced stepper called 'Fade Away', Loz Netto proceeds on this LP to take his audience on trips tro the Orient in 'Show Me' ('I love you when you're full of Eastern promise,' goes one line) and around the world to Martinique on 'Rhythm Boys' ('A Latin lover does the peacock dance for a French girl but there's no chance.') Along the way are mysterious threats, ambushes, blackmail, waves of passion and other intense situations. Tailor made for DOR and alternative programmers, 'BZAR' offers a weird 'special effects' sheen through the use of synths, sorted rhythm boxes and bizarre backing vocals.
Melody Maker, April 28, 1984
LOZ NETTO: 'You Are Rhythm' (21).
A man called Mark Berry has produced this, and he's given it the works. In an orgy of knob-twiddling, he sends it out of the speakers amid a hail of electronics, furious percussive wars and strange growling vocals. Behind all that the song scarcely seems to matter, but the title is repeated a lot, the power relentless and the impact not inconsiderable. With the requisite number of brandies inside me, I might even be persuaded to shake a tail-feather to this one.
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Reviewed by Ron Fell
"Bzar"-Loz Netto (21 Records/Polygram)
As lead guitarist in Sniff 'n' the Tears (DRIVER'S SEAT), Loz was there when modern music was still in it's pubescent period. S 'n' T was accepted as a novelty. In the three years since, modern music has become an entire format. "Bzar" exceeds his previous work and my expectations with a set of whole songs, rounded-off at the edges just enough to penertrate formats like conventional Top 40, where only the strong survive.
Guitar World, July 1983
BZAR, 21 Records
From Brian Wilson and David Bowie to Roxy Music and the Cars, rock and roll history has embodied the spirit of neo-romanticism. At its ironic peak, the post-modern static angularity of a Lou Reed or John Cale screams out for love amidst the ruins in very spite of itself.
In his capacity as lead guitarist for mid-seventies semi-smash London undergrounders Sniff'n The Tears, Loz Netto displayed a distinct ability to flash clean and tuff within a framework of spartan funk, not unlike Carlos Alomar's or Earl Slick's work with David Bowie. With an impressionist nod to Phil Manzanera, Loz had that uncanny intuitive ability to perceive the right spot for the perfect fill. After Sniff's disbanding and a couple years recuperation from a nearly fatal cycle accident, Netto has sailed forth with an impeccable solo debut produced by Bowie's Colin Thurston. The flanged snake-work of 'Scenario' attests to his ax inspiration, while the sinuous synthetic syncopations of 'Fade Away' or 'Slow Dancing' (covered by Chaka Kahn joined by Rick James on her upcoming album) displays a stark lyricism reminiscent of Bowie's most fruitful Station to Station period (cf 'TVC15').
'Fade Away' 'LOZ NETTO (21)
Look for Album Radio to be deluged with efficient and catchy pop tunes. Now that programmers are becoming more responsive toward revitalizing their playlists, previously unknown acts like Loz Netto stand a fair chance of getting their product heard by shrapneled American listeners. In this case, it's equally the singer and the song. The success of music like this will depend on how snugly the song lends itself toward creative video production and technological excitement.