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Artist: Taken

Title: Smell The Groove

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Taken Smell The Groove Album Cover


Category: Rock

Year: 1992

Label: Popasquid Music Corporation (BMI)

Catalog Number: PMC 921


Mark Smith drums, percusssion
Richard Dean guitars, vocals
Louie Castro guitars, vocals
Robert P. Forlano bass, vocals
John McGrath lead vocals


1.  Millionaire  
2.  Nosemeat  
3.  Finally Found a Way  
4.  Bad Timing  
5.  Rock Me  
6.  Dirty Dancer  
7.  Big Mouth  
8.  Firing Squad  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TIM Date: January 19, 2003 at 21:25
Get this if at all possible. Highly recommended!

From: TIM Date: January 20, 2003 at 20:49
Well M.Allen, I think we agree on this. This sucker rocks.

From: M. Allen Date: January 20, 2003 at 20:59
When I recently heard this band, I was taken aback by just how good they are. Still trying to track down an original (apparently Metal Mayhem is too busy--or too rude--to bother responding to emails, but that's par for the course for them) but I can safely say this is one of the best melodic metal releases to cross my path in quite some time. I definitely agree with Tim...this puppy rocks big time. If you like your stuff big & loud, check these guys out.

From: TIM Date: March 24, 2003 at 2:25
Just went for $204. I would be willing to give that for this before some of the other ultrarare discs. At least these guys knew how to rock.

From: Studboy Date: September 20, 2003 at 23:11
I'll have to agree with Tim, this sucker ROCKS!!! Thanks again Tim for the chance to listen to this gem. Worth every penny of the price. I rate it a 10 of 10.

From: Rumbi Date: October 27, 2003 at 14:59
Taken? Prefiero a los Token, seguro.

From: stephen.defusco Date: January 16, 2004 at 20:02
Finally got this after a year or so of trying to track it down.So far this thing seems to worth the $$$ it's going for.Some of the high priced indie's turn out to be a dissapointment but this is worth it.

From: John Date: February 27, 2004 at 12:18
Wow! I wake up this morning and decide to google my old band's name and came across this! I was the singer in this band. I had no idea anyone was still interested. Some of the comments really made my day. I would love to contact anyone who bought our CD to thank them and let them know what the guys are up to these days. I can be reached at yakker3@comcast.net. My days with Taken were some of the best in my life. All I can say is thanks for the memories.

From: ron forlano Date: February 27, 2004 at 18:27
I just spoke to singer john and he told me their are still people who like good hard rock Thanks a lot maybe we have to go back in the studio

From: MButt Date: February 27, 2004 at 18:54
I think I speak for everyone when I say, YES, GET YOURSELVES BACK IN THE STUDIO! LOL no kidding, any unreleased stuff or new stuff would be great!! Good rock n roll never gets old!

From: John Date: February 27, 2004 at 22:26
yo mbutt! Great name! I always wanted to be called buttwaffle. but that's my problem. we got an ep called "sniffin in the crack." Ron should be able to hook you up with it. Gimme an e-mail and I'll let you know the stuff we been doin lately. Oh yeah,and, I think I speak for all the guys in the band when I say: Thank you. You were the BEST fans a band could ever hope for. If you ever saw a live Taken show, then you KNOW how much you meant to us. We will NEVER forget you. -John M.

From: TIM Date: February 27, 2004 at 22:29
I want an original of this one as well as anything else you have. Thanks. rio1harris@aol.com

From: ron Date: February 27, 2004 at 23:41
I just got off the phone with lou our lead guitar and we think we still have a few in us so look for us in the neer future

From: Melo Date: February 28, 2004 at 2:37
Hey anyone with this for sale please e mail me melodicrock@telstra.com , thanks.

From: Karen Date: February 28, 2004 at 9:49
I got a phone call today from John, the lead singer, and was very excited to hear that their music is still kickin. I was a follower and a fan of these guys for many years and I have to tell you, a TAKEN GIG was like no other. As John said, memories were made at every show, They were energetic, entertaining, unpredictable and the crowd loved these guys. A video from the CD was produced-song BAD TIMING. I would love to see a reunion and get together with these bunch of guys. simonk22@aol.com

From: JKF Date: February 28, 2004 at 11:24
Taken, Taken ,Taken I remember it well....in my garage...for many many years. Have the recoding in my collection...Love Rock!!! and the " guys in the Band "!!!

From: Big Brother Date: February 28, 2004 at 14:32
Just had the CD in my car this week because I felt the need for some great ROCK music. You guys need to put another one of these together. I would be there for a TAKEN Reunion.

From: ron Date: February 28, 2004 at 16:42
why are youy people here you should be looking at porn

From: Mark Date: February 28, 2004 at 16:42
Hey All, It's Mark...the drummer! It is definitely great to see that people still jam to our tunes. Itw as definitely an awesome time and would be great to revisit it!! Thanks to all for keeping "Taken" alive!! Mark

From: ron Date: February 28, 2004 at 17:09
hey mark its ron give me a call maybe we can do a project for these people

From: james Date: March 4, 2004 at 15:18
these guys are a bunch of posers and i have the pictures to prove it

From: james Date: March 4, 2004 at 15:19
ha ha! just kidding, these guys rocked every time, i know i was there, i was their roadie! they were so much better live!

From: holly Date: March 5, 2004 at 20:45
i guess i was one of the lucky ones they played in my back yard in the late 80s all their shows were great

From: JPF Date: March 7, 2004 at 22:35
My uncle rocks!!!!!!!!

From: melo Date: March 9, 2004 at 9:00
so can anyone get me a taken - smell the groove cd, please e mail me melodicrock@telstra.com

From: Mark Date: March 16, 2004 at 15:37
Hey Ron, I sent you an email...check it out my brother!!

From: Rick Date: March 27, 2004 at 11:54
Hello all- I have been getting quite a few e-mails from people interested in getting the "smell the groove" cd-many from florida- i have some copies of that and also cassette copies of "dripping in the crack" (my favorite) Jon I agree with you that they were some of the best (funniest)times I ever had with a band- Hope everyone is kicking ass-see ya -Rick

From: BrianJ8173 Date: March 27, 2004 at 13:02
Hey Rick I would love an original of Smell the Groove, you can reach me at BrianJ8173@aol.com Thanks

From: MButt Date: March 27, 2004 at 13:19
hey Rick, email me at buttfamily@frontiernet.net looking for both the releases you mentioned. thanks dude! Michael

From: TakenFan Date: March 27, 2004 at 19:03
Me too Rick, email me at seacliffnights@aol.com if you could, would love to hear from you... Thanks! Taken Rocks!

From: melo Date: March 28, 2004 at 8:42
Rick, I would love to get the cd release of taken - smell the groove. I would also like to get the cd release of taken - drippin in the crack. thanks e mail me melodicrock@telstra.com .

From: Sam Date: April 4, 2004 at 5:07
Hey, guyz it's Sammy your artist. (cover t shirts amp covers) Let me tell you people these guyz ROCKED!!!! I was there!! I can't believe the life you guyz have on the internet (Not that it's not well deserved) Hey , Mark get in touch with me! Tell Doug that I said Hi!! Hey Ron, tell Lou and Rick that I've been trying to get in touch with them, and to contact me. sammyfoz@iwon.com

From: David Forlano Date: April 13, 2004 at 17:03
Ron's Bro here. NOSEMEAT always got my vote for best song! I am looking forward to maybe hearing these guys make some more! !!!Silly in Philly !!

From: lou Date: April 15, 2004 at 17:26
hey everybody it's lou i'm living in ocracoke nc and i'm still doing music my wife and i are working on putting out a cd of original music after that i will be focusing my attention on a new taken cd! it won't be too long - we are trying to get the coyote cd out before the summer season starts. check out www.COYOTEobx.com we are pretty mellow compared to taken see ya soon!!

From: rick Date: June 7, 2004 at 9:20
aarrgghh- I did look to see if I had any CD copies of "smell the groove" and I don't- I do have cassettes of "dripping in the crack"- If you would like me to burn you a copy of "smell the groove" I will mail it to you, I can also send "dripping in the crack"- see ya, Rick

From: BrianJ8173 Date: June 7, 2004 at 23:10
Hey Rick I would like a copy of dripping in the crack you can reach me at BrianJ8173@aol.com Thanks

From: dale Date: June 22, 2004 at 3:44
hey rick, i as well would love a cassette of dripping in the crack as well as a cd-r of smell the groove. my email :dazbuff@oasisol.com my webpage : http://users.oasisol.com/dazbuff/ thanks for any help with this!!!! dale

From: Geoff Date: August 27, 2004 at 2:33
Wow, glad to see these guys get to see there are those who still appreciate the band's music. I couldn't write a bad review if I wanted to now, but I did like the CD (Only got the CDR). Good solid hard rock and although I've not heard it for a while I recall it was quite a production for an indie release. Really happy for the guys to see they're still appreciated!

From: ezed Date: September 24, 2004 at 11:35
----**hey john rick or mark**---- ezed here,although i never had a chance to see you live...as i live in bumf**k flatlands kansas....i still am a huge fan of your tunes! and i still look like i live in the 80s! the best years of all our lives! long hair rocks! ********* guys i know you may not have an original copy of the cd...but im asking anyone out there who has a copy of it...could i pay you to just burn me a copy of it? i dont even need the cd cover or anything,i just want the tunes!*******

From: ezed Date: September 24, 2004 at 12:43
ezed here again. my email address is jeepfaned@yahoo.com if anyone can drop a line if you are able to get me a copy of "dripping" or "smell". ill send a cd. thanks

From: Adam Date: September 25, 2004 at 13:21
Same here...how can I get a copy? accountingclasses@yahoo.com

From: Studboy Date: February 18, 2005 at 21:56
So has anyone actually recieved a copy of Dripping In The Crack. I've seen a lot of "Begging" for that and Smell The Groove from Rick.

From: anamal Date: February 27, 2005 at 13:51
i agree ..smell the groove is a fine slab of hard rock..But has anyone heard Ricks post TAKEN band AFTERLIFE, they released a s/t cd in 96..also a great piece of hard rock..get it ifya can find it, your ears will thank u for it

From: orietto Date: March 1, 2005 at 7:59
would make a big offer or a trade with rare italian stuff for this one contact at : glam_a_go_go@yahoo.it

From: Mullethead Date: March 9, 2005 at 0:04
I have the cd now and might be willing to trade or something. Feel free to send me your lists. chiefs1974@neondsl.com Thanks JL'

From: Ice CreamGirlz Date: October 30, 2005 at 0:59
Sweet album that reminds me of Skidrow a little. The first song is awesome as hell! I love this album, but don't yet own it. Another thanks to Studboy for recommending this. This album will rock you all night long.

From: roadeater Date: May 20, 2006 at 15:44
yo guys we all know that James was the only poser that hung out with the band. Just kiddin James. It's me Gary your other roadie. If you guys get a chance e-mail me groeder@hotmail.com. I wish you guys would get together again and do something, God only knows we need some good hard rockin music again.

From: XabDeth Date: February 23, 2007 at 12:16
no duden en escucharlos, son realmente buenos, te llegan directo.....9/10

From: z4roxx Date: June 21, 2009 at 10:51
Musically this one can worths 10/15$,nothin'more.As the Cocrete Jungle previous comment maybe this one is a little better,because here I liked 2 or 3 songs,the rest are only poor fillers or close to be that.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 11, 2010 at 20:56
Wonderful release!!!...sorry you didn't like it at all my dear friend z4roxx but well,a matter of taste...for me is like an hybrid of Danger Danger.L.A. Guns & Warrant!!!...John McGrath did a more than a decent vocal duties (ok,sometimes you feel some kind of limited vocal skills in certain songs but nothing really that bad) and the rest o' the boyz did their part pretty good too indeed..."Millionaire" excellent and enthusiastic starter,"Nosemeat" crazy beat,quite ,"Bad Timing" kick a**!!!,"Rock Me" yeah,it rocks you too!,"Dirty Dancer" another hot shot,"Big Mouth" & "Firing Squad" ends the album as a blast of a song!!!...probably my comment sounds too exagerated and i'm not telling this is the best band ever but surely is a goodie one 2 have...up to you guys anyway...cheers!!!.90/100

From: andi Date: October 26, 2011 at 11:19
ROCK???THIS is not only ROCK....this is fuckin ´kickin ´Hardrock in STYLE like Fastway,Kix,Damn Yankess!!Great Shouter recalls me like a Mix of Dave King and Steve Whiteman...some guitar riffs remembers me to Damn Yankees!!!Taste it!!!

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