Lucky in Love
Rick's brand new CD, 'LUCKY IN LOVE: THE BEST OF RICK VITO' is available here now! This 19-song collection features some of Rick's finest work from all seven of his solo CDs, some now out of print or only available as imports. If you love great slide-blues guitar, roots-rock, and soulfully-crafted songs and vocals, you need this CD!
This is the brand new re-mixed and re-mastered U.S. version with alternate takes and different songs than the German Hypertension Music import. Very much a slide-guitar bluesy CD featuring Rick's great touring band, The Lucky Devils (Charlie Harrison, bass, and Rick Reed, drums) Contains 11 tracks, 8 originals, plus great new version of the Peter Green-penned title track, and an instrumental take on Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," that is not to be missed! Other highlights include the gospel-tinged, "Going To Las Vegas," and " I Do Believe," along with the deep blues of such cuts as "My Baby's Hot," "Slide The Blues," and " The Lucky Devil." This one is a sure-fire pleaser for all guitar blues and roots-rock music fans!
Band Box Boogie
“BAND BOX BOOGIE” is a collection of 13 great songs, all done in a style which blends rock & roll, jump blues, swing, and even Latin!. Included here are ten original Vito compositions which are some of his most compelling to date. Rick also performs songs from L.A. hipster Preston Smith, England's Big Town Playboys, and one from his favorite swing vocal groups from the 1930's, The Spirits of Rhythm. Each cut on the CD features the dazzling saxophone work of Jim Hoke, who layered both tenor and baritone sax to create a unique small horn section sound which stands apart from a typical "big band" approach. Drummers Ian Wallace (El Rayo X, Bob Dylan), Rick Reed (Amazing Rhythm Aces), and Greg Thomas (Thunderbyrd), all make their mark in tandem with the rocking acoustic bass of "Big" Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), Glen Worf (Mark Knofler), Peter Feiberger, and Lee Hendricks. Many concert favorites are included here such as long-awaited "BLUES TOWN," the cool-rockin' "LITTLE SHEBA," "LAST CHANCE TO MAMBO," and Rick’s tribute to America's favorite 50's pinup girl in, "WHERE DID YOU GO BETTIE PAGE." Mick Fleetwood rates this CD among his favorites of all time and has this to say: “A total pleasure...absolutely incredible, impeccable, and soulful. Rick nailed some very serious stuff here. I love the album!”
“LUCKY DEVILS” is a bluesy collection of original songs with plenty of guitar work as always. The tunes are linked with a mysterious lyrical flavor in such titles as, "MEET ME AT MIDNITE", "LONG BLACK CAR", "VOODOO WOMAN", "RHUMBA DIABLO" and "EXOTICA BY NIGHT". Also included is the classic 1930’s “prison” song, "CARRY IT HOME TO ROSIE.” Many of the same musicians who played on Rick’s first two solo releases appear here again, plus performances by drummer Ian Wallace, saxman Jim Hoke, harmonicist Rick Valenti, and keyboard man Reese Wynans. “LUCKY DEVILS”, is a particlar favorite of the legendary John Mayall, who wrote the following review: “Before he joined Fleetwood Mac, Rick Vito proved himself to be a guitar mainstay in my bands of the 70's & 80's. He not only added his distinctive talents to many a world tour, but to four John mayall albums. Since those days as a sideman, he is at last getting the recognition as a bandleader/bluesman that is long overdue. His new album, Lucky Devils, is a fine collection of mostly self-penned songs that show off his considerable skills as a singer and guitarist of the first rank. I was knocked out by the fiery slide and lead guitar work throughout and by the band, whose strong support on each track, locks in like a well-oiled machine. Check out the funky down-home compositions like Bad Girl Blues, Meet Me at Midnite and World on Fire. Rock to the slick up-tempo grooves behind Let's Get It, Long Black Car and When the Big One Comes and the slinky instrumentals Exotica By Night, Rhumba Diablo and Bayou Goodbye that amply showcase his unique guitar artistry. You are listening to a master of his instrument so sit back and above all, enjoy it all!” John Mayall, October 2001
Stylistically speaking, “CRAZY COOL,” Rick’s third CD for the Hypertension Music label, is a perfect follow-up to his earlier work. Continuing in the cool bluesy vein he favors so well, Rick offers here yet another great serving of tasteful slide guitar dominated “rhythm rock.” Included are solid treatments of John Lee Hooker’s “MR. LUCKY” (to whom Rick offers a cd tribute), B.B. King’s “GOING HOME,” and a host of inspired Vito originals like the rocking “MONEY & LOVE,” gospely “LOVE IS DANGEROUS,” and the rockabilly title track, “CRAZY COOLl.” Produced by Rick, “CRAZY COOL” features Ian Wallace on drums, Elmo Washington on bass, and Mark T. Jordan on keyboards as well as appearances by Bob Glaub, Gary Mallaber, and super doo-woppers, the Metropolitans. This one is sure to please!
King of Hearts
Rick’s first solo album released in 1992 on Modern/Atlantic Records shortly after his departure from Fleetwood Mac. GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE hailed it as “...a stunning debut, featuring a fiery collection of slide guitar-driven tunes performed by a master!” A must for all Fleetwood Mac fans, it contains a smouldering duet with Rick’s former bandmate Stevie Nicks, on the soulful single, “Desiree.” Standouts include the powerful “Knock Me Down,” “Honey Love,” and the rocking blues “I’ll Never Leave This Love Alive” and “Walk Another Mile.”
Pink & Black
Recorded primarily in Los Angeles, Rick's “PINK & BLACK” is a solid collection of twelve Blues guitar- driven tracks sure to excite your Rockin' bones! It features nine Vito originals plus great treatments on songs by bluesmen Otis Rush (“Homework”), Eddie Clearwater (“I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down”), and Peter Green (“Another Woman”). Musicians featured on the CD include former SRV keyboard wizard, Reese Wynans, along with session ace Glen Worf (Mark Knofler) bass, drummer John Gardner, and boogie-woogie pianist Mark T. Jordan (Bonnie Raitt). Rick's signature guitar and vocal treatment are featured in full force on each track of "PINK AND BLACK," and it's easy to hear why his style has been in such demand by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, John Mayall, Jackson Browne, Delbert McClinton, Roy Orbison, and many others!