December 31, 2021

Land Of Gypsies is a new band of established rock music veterans from Los Angeles and they previously went undere the name of Gang Of Souls. The line-up of the group is an enticing and exciting one with vocalist Terry Ilous (XYZ, ex-Great White), producer/bassist Fabrizio Grossi (Glenn Hughes, Supersonic Blues Machine), guitarist Serge Simic (The Slam, Supersonic Blues Machine) and drummer Tony Morra and that is surely enough to whet any musical appetite. Terry Ilous is a fabulous singer with a voice that would grace any rock band and between them they have produced an outstanding old school heavy rock album that takes us all the way back to the 1970s.

The initial remit for the band was to produce a sound that was hard rock but with plenty of melody and a blues underbelly and they initially shot for a Bad Company meets early Foreigner sound and they have actually carried it off to perfection. The full line up on the record sees Ilous with lead and backing vocals, Simic on lead and rhythm guitars, Grossi on bass, Morra drums and percussion with Eric Ragno supplying Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano & Rhodes piano and what an addition he makes to the sound plus Jeff Northrup provides additional guitars on ‘Somewhere Down The Line’. You definitely know exactly what you are going to get when Fabrizio Grossi states ‘there won’t be any frills and sweetness, that I can promise, but lots of balls-out groove, loud guitars and soulful melodies’. Now that is a real statement of intent if ever I heard one and one that the band fully delivers on as this is classic hard rock based on the same principles and basics back when the giants ruled the airwaves and Bad Company, Whitesnake and Foreigner were in their prime.

This is rock in its most basic and elemental form designed to be played at maximum volume and for the masses, if they get Band Of Gypsies out touring then it is going to be monumental and the hottest ticket in town. The songs are perfect examples of blues based hard rock and the golden voice of Terry Ilous brings them all to life with delicious ease whilst his band mates bump and grind and take rock and roll to the edge. Sometimes music can be pretentious or too fast or too technical but when stripped back and played by classic musicians then there is nothing finer than a traditional rock band in full blown rock god mode, an essential purchase and a superb reminder of just how good and how much fun old school rock music can be.

Land Of Gypsies

  1. Believe (4:24)
  2. Shattered (3:57)
  3. Trouble (3:53),
  4. Give Me Love (3:14)
  5. Somewhere Down The Line (4:12
  6. Rescue Me (4:23)
  7. Ordinary Man (3:42)
  8. Run Away (4:31)
  9. Long Summer Day (4:55)
  10. Rambling Man (3:33)
  11. Get It Right (4:29)