DON’T COME EASY
Released in 1991 (Geffen); re-issued in November 2016 (Rock Candy Records)
Tyketto’s Don’t Come Easy hit record store racks in ‘91 hot on the heels of the hit debut video “Forever Young.” I instantly fell in love with that song, which I felt should have been to rock radio what “Livin’ On A Prayer” was to Bon Jovi. Tyketto recorded their debut album with Richie Zito (The Cult, Bad English, Poison) at the helm, and the result is an excellent AOR effort from top to bottom.
Formed in 1987, Tyketto consisted of singer Danny Vaughan (who had a stint with Waysted) whose fantastic melodic pipes and dashing good looks grabbed the ladies’ attention, guitarist Brooke St. James, bassist Jimi Kennedy and drummer Michael Clayton.
Don’t Come Easy features hook heavy songs heavy on the melody if you can imagine a harder Journey with no keyboard player. Tyketto were marketed as an ’80s glam act but they had so much more substance than the run of the mill acts from the sub genre. I personally felt that Tyketto had more in common with acts like Giant and Tall Stories than Slaughter, Poison or Twisted Sister whom they shared the airwaves with. The standouts on Don’t Come Easy are “Forever Young,” “Seasons,” “Wings” and “Walk On Fire.”
Rock Candy Records has once again worked its magic on yet another underappreciated out of print title by respectfully remastering the album and adding expanded liners. Make sure to pick up this gem.
01. Forever Young
03. Burning Down Inside
05. Standing Alone
06. Lay Your Body Down
07. Walk On Fire
08. Nothing But Love
09. Strip Me Down
10. Sail Away
11. Walk Away
Danny Vaughn – lead vocals
Brooke St. James – guitar
Jimi Kennedy – bass
Michael Clayton – drums
Produced by Richie Zito
Reviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx, December 2016
Tyketto‘s “Forever Young” video:
Music video by Tyketto performing Forever Young. (C) 1991 Geffen Records Inc.