Fandango – Same (1977)


This melodic Rock band was led by ex – Ezra vocalist Joe Lynn Turner – not to be confused with the British Fandango.

Fandango were an American pop rock band fronted by vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.

The band opened for acts like The Allman Brothers and Chicago. Turner has stated that the band took influences from the Eagles and southern rock. He also claims the group disbanded after their equipment was stolen and that they had various problems. Turner’s work with the group got him noticed by Ritchie Blackmore, who chose him to replace Graham Bonnet in Rainbow. Larry Dawson (stage name of Larry Dvoskin), one of the band’s keyboardists, would later play for Uli Jon Roth.

His work with Fandango brought him to the attention of Rainbow’s Ritchie Blackmore, who picked Turner to replace former vocalist of Rainbow Graham Bonnet … and the rest is history .

And this is their debut album … not really important (a more or less trivial album), but a nice example of this fucking old Seventies rock.


Rick Blakemore (guitar, background vocals)
Bob Danyls (bass, background vocals)
Denny LaRue (keyboards, background vocals)
Abe Speller (drums)
Joe Lynn Turner (vocals, guitar)
Joe Delia (keyboards, synthesizer on 10.)
Candy Kurgen (background vocals on 06.)
Lou Mondinelli (drums on 04., tambourine on 02. + 07., handclaps] on 07., perucssion on 09.)
Don Payne (bass on 02., 06., 07. + 10.)
David Sanborn (saxophone on 05.)
Walter Santos (percussion on 02. + 06.)
John Tropea (guitar on 07. + 10.)


01. Headliner (LaRue/Blakemore) 3.40
02. Down Down Down (LaRue/Blakemore) 4.41
03. Jesse And Will (Blakemore) 4.49
04. San Joaquin (LaRue/Blakemore) 4.02
05. Life Of The Party (Delia/LaRue/Turner) 4.43
06. Shadow Boxing (LaRue/Blakemore) 3.01
07. Helpless Heart (LaRue/Blakemore) 4.07
08. Devil Rain (LaRue, Blakemore) 6.08
09. Misery Road (LaRue/Blakemore) 4.15
10. Goin’ Down For The Last Time (LaRue/Turner) 4.11