Like Finch, UK's Bandit are mostly remembered for their connection to AC/DC, this time being the former band of bassist, Cliff Williams. After Williams departed his prior band, Home, he and vocalist Jim Diamond drafted a few other musicians for their new project, Bandit. Arista Records were quick to show interest and by 1977, their self-titled debut had hit record store shelves. Sales were slow and minimal, prompting a return to the studio in 1978, which yielded "Partners In Crime". Though the debut was bluesy hard rock, this album saw the band evolving toward a softer AOR sound. Again sales were weak and when AC/DC requested Cliff's services in 1979, he quickly bailed and Bandit were finished. Members defected to Buck's Fizz in the following years.
The album here is patchy at best, but there are a number of highlights which see the band in fine form, most notably the impressive vocals of Diamond. Lying somewhere between schmaltzy balladry and journeyman hard rock, "Partners In Crime" is a bit schizophrenic in its delivery. Despite its shortcomings, the album is worthy of mention here simply because of its rarity and connections with AC/DC. Fans of Williams will be surprised to hear this side of him. Download and ejoy this one!
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