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Artist: Blackfoot

Title: Vertical Smiles

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Blackfoot Vertical Smiles Album Cover


Category: Southern Hard Rock

Year: 1984

Label: ATCO Records

Catalog Number: 90218


Rick Medlocke vocals, guitars, guitar synth
Ken Hensley keyboards, backing vocals
Greg T. Walker bass, backing vocals
Jackson Spires drums, percussion, backing vocals


1.  Morning Dew  5:27
2.  Livin' in the Limelight  4:02
3.  Ride With You  3:33
4.  Get It On  4:29
5.  Young Girl  4:24
6.  Summer Days  3:19
7.  A Legend Never Dies  3:03
8.  Heartbeat and Heels  3:15
9.  In for the Kill  3:50
Total Running Time:  35:22

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From: Jez Date: October 14, 2004 at 3:18
The cracks were apperaing big time on this one - virtually all the sUVVVERN sound was gone, replaced by an even more commercial sound than found on 'Siogo'. Not all bad by anymeans -'Morning Dew' is an excellent cover and 'A Legend Never Dies' is also a great track, but it is when you put this up against 'Marauder' or 'Tomcattin' that the weaknesses really show

From: Metal Pete Date: October 19, 2004 at 16:03
I love this one! Searched for it many years. Glad to have it now! I like their older stuff too, of course. But this one remains an all-time favorite.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 29, 2005 at 19:16
Good Hard/Southern album with any moments of AOR, Estos Pieles Rojas se marcaron un buen album aqui, partcicularmente me gusta este disco con ese estilo de guitarras a lo Piel Roja, todo aquel que le guste el buen rock seguro le gustara este Heartbeat and Heels, Morning Dew, Livin' in the Limelight, Young Girl, A Legend Never Dies, Get It On muy buenos cortes con diversidad de estilos.

From: JSpillman Date: November 16, 2005 at 15:50
The sounds of a great band falling apart. I would rate this a 6.0 which is close to the current rating of 6.2 . This was still mostly Blackfoot so it is still above average but it pales in comparison to their other albums. I've read that they had produced a different version of this album that was better but the record company rejected it and forced them to release this instead. I hope that the other material can be released some day.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 16, 2006 at 22:42
They tried an aor sound wich just matched with the time of the release.Perfect change by a great band.Molly Hatchet did it in one album why not the Blacks?.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 24, 2011 at 22:19
Well no more comments after mine's(2006)...well gave it another "spin"(i own this on vinyl) and if you expect something ala old classy Blackfoot sound,forget it...this one has like a mix of decent AOR songs with some others with a rocking vein...nor bad neither good...my faves outta be the AOR ones "Morning Dew","Young Girl","A Legend Never Dies"(this one apart from being the best cut of the album IMO,is a good mix of Southern & AOR)& "In For The Kill"...as for the "rocky ones" i take "Ride With You" & "Get It On"...80/100

From: 123charpenay Date: November 26, 2011 at 17:02
hi rick my venezuelian friend.i love this album.very good mix of southern and hard fm style.this record was killed literally by the world of hard rock.big mistake this album is excellent a real jewel.i listen it often and often a real pleasure sorry for the ayatollah of southern rock and hard rock.rick medlocke and his indians friends make

From: 123charpenay Date: November 26, 2011 at 17:06
a real good job.the summum, the ice on the cake is siogo one of the best melodic rock album of the history.since 1983 and 1984 i LOVE siogo and vertical smile.my wife dominique who is not a die hard fan like me loves these records.simply she have good taste!!!!!!!!

From: rbrigade Date: August 15, 2013 at 5:30
shameful album. The next one too.

From: 123charpenay Date: June 10, 2014 at 13:08
the reissue of this really excellent record from new zealand is a priority,cause there is seven top class bonus tracks(one studio livin in the city (a killer song)and six super live songs.

From: hair metal again Date: September 26, 2018 at 6:08
very good release for BLACKFOOT once again,living the southern blues elements aside and capturing the mid 80 s spirit!the performance is ok ,especially Ricky s vocals ,but i d prefer 1or 2 more energetic hard rockers !"young girl",'mornin dew","ride with you" are the highlights!EVERY release of BLACKFOOT is recommended

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