Title: Take It To The Vertical - Company: Red Eye (Aust) - Cat No: redcd29
Format: cd album - Released: Sept 1992 - Status: Deleted
Take It To The Vertical was recorded in early 1992 as the first full-length solo studio album from Deniz since The Visitors. It marked Deniz' return to music and departure from the world of military aviation, with one of his final flights in an A4 (front) and F18 (back) depicted in the self taken photos which grace the cover.
Hanging up his "Iceman" helmet for good, Deniz sent airline tickets and booked hotels for a few friends to help with the self financed project. This crew assembled in Houston under the guidance of Mort Bradley and began work. Forming into a real band was a natural occurrence, and a band spirit is certainly reflected in the music they made. As the first of many solo efforts, Deniz here began a tradition of allowing the band members full freedom of self expression within the songs, giving each recorded line-up a distinctive identity.
The finished tapes were taken to 20 record companies in Australia. 19 of them passed without comment. The 20th hesitated, then accepted the album...narrowly avoiding a very quick end to Deniz' solo career.
Take It To The Vertical, an album of clean guitar tones, which consciously avoided many of Deniz' signature sounds, has sold more copies than all of the other solo projects combined.
1. Run Out Of Water ( D Tek ) (3:26 m:s)
2. Dead If Looks Could Kill ( D Tek / C Masuak ) (4:14)
3. Where Dreams Go ( D Tek / A Pepper ) (3:28 m:s)
4. Steel Beach ( D Tek ) (4:06 m:s)
5. Don't Axe Me ( D Tek ) (4:25 m:s)
6. Me & Gene ( Schuster ) (3:52 m:s)
7. Is It Good Enough? ( D Tek ) (4:37 m:s)
8. Torpedo Woman ( D Tek ) (4:06 m:s)
9. Those Times Are Gone ( D Tek ) (3:44 m:s)
10. Ships In (D Tek / M Sisto ) (3:55 m:s)
Deniz Tek - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Scott "Rock Action" Asheton - Drums, Percussion
Chris Masuak - Guitar, Keyboards, Mazaphonic Tremolator
Phil "Dust" Peterson - Bass
Angie Pepper - Vocals / Grady Gaines - Tenor Sax / Donald C. Arthur - Moral Support and Tequila
Produced by Andy Bradley & Deniz Tek / Engineered by Andy Bradley at Sugar Hill Studios, Houston
Normal Records (Germany)Cat No: (redcd29) - Format: cd album - Released: 1993 - Status: Deleted