Don’t Tread released in 1992 is the great sophomore effort by Damn Yankees who are made up of tough-guy superstars such as Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Tommy Shaw of Styx and Ted Nugent rock-n-roll beast icon.
It is as damn as their debut album in 1990 and one of my all time bests as well. Damn Yankees as a whole is predominantly
Night Ranger minus keyboard,partly Survivor partly Styx with extra damnness.
My first pick is Where Are You Going Now, first single from this album. It is as if popped out from Survivor’s Vital Signs(boy it is also produced by Ron Nevison). And Silence Is Broken, Zep&Purple styled Mister Please. Rockers such as Fifteen Minutes of Fame, mid-tempo tracks such as Dirty Dog, Someone to Believe
are fine as well.
Why such great album has been treated so damn bad by classic rock market?
Note: Michael Cartellone who looked obscure and fresh guy among the gang of four found his place as an ACCEPT drummer just before the band broke up. Also known as a drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd tours
Verdict: Well-done second effort
Rating: 92 out of 100
Recommended for: Night Ranger, Tommy Shaw and Survivor fans and wide range of 80s and 90s hard/pop rock fans.