1979 Adrian Gurvitz – Sweet Vendetta

Sweet Vendetta is the debut album by Adrian Gurvitz, released in 1979.

Adrian Gurvitz (born Adrian Curtis Gurvitz, 26 June 1949,in Stoke Newington, North London) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. His prolific songwriting ability has gained him hits on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack The Bodyguard Eddie Money’s No. 1 Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts single “The Love in Your Eyes”, and with his own song “Classic”, a No. 8 UK hit single, as well as the Top 10 UK Rock Chart single “Race with the Devil”, with his band The Gun. His early bands The Gun, Three Man Army, and The Baker Gurvitz Army were major influences to the first wave of the British hard rock circuit. Gurvitz also gained notability as a lead guitarist, known for this intricate, hard-driving solos. Gurvitz was placed at No. 9 by Chris Welch of Melody Maker’s “Best Guitarist in the World” list.

In 1979, Gurvitz went solo and recorded two albums with Jet Records. He wrote Sweet Vendetta with US studio musicians Jeff, Joe and Steve Porcaro, and David Paich who later started the band, Toto. He later wrote Il Assassino in 1980. After his deal with Jet Records ended, he signed with EMI/Rak in Europe and Geffen Records in the US. There he released his third album, Classic. Gurvitz reached massive success with the song “Classic”, reaching No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart. “Classic” was one of the most played ballads in England in 1982. The follow-up single was “Your Dream”.

Tracks

1  Untouchable And Free (Adrian Gurvitz) 5:01
2  The Wonder Of It All (Adrian Gurvitz) 4:14
3  Put A Little Love (In Life’s Heart) (Adrian Gurvitz) 6:16
4  Love Space (Adrian Gurvitz) 4:50
5  The Way I Feel (Adrian Gurvitz) 5:17
6  Time Is Endless (Adrian Gurvitz) 3:58
7  I Just Wanna Get Inside Your Head (Adrian Gurvitz) 4:00
8  Free Ride (Adrian Gurvitz) 5:29
9  One More Time (Adrian Gurvitz) 2:53
10  Drifting Star (bonus track) (Adrian Gurvitz) 3:51

Media

Musicians

1 Untouchable And Free

BassDavid Shields
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro


2 The Wonder Of It All

BassDavid Shields
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
ClavinetSteve Porcaro
PercussionJoe Porcaro


3 Put A Little Love (In Life’s Heart)

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarAdrian Gurvitz
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
PianoDavid Paich


4 Love Space

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarAdrian Gurvitz
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro


5 The Way I Feel

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarAdrian Gurvitz
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro


6 Time Is Endless

PianoDavid Paich


7 I Just Wanna Get Inside Your Head

BassDavid Shields
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
SaxLon Price
PercussionJoe Porcaro
FluteSteve Leeds
SaxSteve Leeds
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetSteve Madaio


8 Free Ride

BassDavid Shields
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
PercussionJoe Porcaro


9 One More Time

BassDavid Shields
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
PianoSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
PercussionJoe Porcaro

Liner Notes

Producer – Adrian Gurvitz
Co-producer – Paul Gurvitz
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey
Arranged By (Strings) – David Paich (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Marty Paich (Tracks 3, 6)