Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On The Record - Music: Jim Heath, Reverend Horton Heat, Talks About Touring And Recording New Album

Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath talks with us about their upcoming tour which currently runs into June 2017. He also discusses with us the origin of the band's name, Reverend Horton Heat, and the success of their latest album "Rev," along with the popularity of their music in video games.

CD Review: Fans Of Space Rock Will Love The New "Intersteller Traveler's Guide" Box Set

On November 18th, Purple Pyramid unleashed a six-CD box set titled "Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler's Guide." It features over seven hours of trippy, psychedelic, progressive rock that pushes the boundaries of what is defined as rock music.
The set feature songs from well-known artists like Nik Turner ("Out Of Control") and Steve Hillage with William Shatner ("Rocket Man") matched up against space rock adventures from Faust ("Parasiten") and Guru Freakout ("Notre Dame (Mothership)"). Some of the best inclusions in this set are live songs from Gong, Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Gilli Smyth and Alice Cooper. Songs like "L" from Dark Buddha Rising, "Deep Temple" by Sun Araw and "Meals Of Confusion" by Electric Orange push well-beyond the ten-minute mark, which allows the songs to build up it's intense payoff. I am most surprised that their are over 70 different bands included on this new compilation. They all have the same idea for creating the most unique, boundary pushing music out there and most bands have not been discovered by fans of this type of music. The set closes with a ten-minute interview with Nik Turner from 1975 following the release of the new Hawkwind album "Hall Of The Mountain Grill."
This is a great release that allows listeners to experience and connect with many different bands that carry the same torch for space rock music. All six discs are housed in their own individual, specially designed jacket and the set also includes an oversized booklet with new liner notes from music journalist Dave Thompson. To find out more about "Space Rock: An Interstellar Traveler's Guide," please visit cleorecs.com.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On The Record - Music: Neal Morse Talks About His New Double-Album And Upcoming World Tour

Singer/Songwriter/Musician Neal Morse talks with us about the success of his latest double-album with The Neal Morse Band titled "The Similitude Of A Dream" and how he needed to convince drummer Mike Portnoy that it was the right idea to make it a double-album. Morse also gives us some insight about the band's big upcoming tour in 2017.

CD Review: New Releases From This Blinding Light, Rev Rev Rev, Citrus Clouds & Davide Moscato

Virginia-based independent music label, Custom Made Music, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year and to begin the celebration, we have a few of their new releases. We begin with the latest from This Blinding Light titled "Seven Feathers." This five-piece band from Seattle, WA combines elements of grunge, with progressive space-rock to create a truthful, energetic, appealing rock sound. The song titles on the album, indicate that its a concept album as you begin with the six-minute, melodic instrumental build-up toward the "Sun." This Blinding Light continue their sonic journey with the raw, hard rock of "Mercury" and the guitar frenzy of "Venus," which leads into the blast of sound from the "Moon." The album finishes with the nine-minute space-rock adventure 0f "Jupiter" and the grunge-like tone of "Saturn." To find out more about This Blinding Light and their latest release "Seven Feathers," please visit thisblindinglight.com.

Also new from Custom Made Music is the latest release from Italian psychedelic rockers Rev Rev Rev titled "Des fleurs magiques bourdeonnaient." Their new twelve-track album begins with the loud sonic instrumental clash of "Buzzing Flowers Ecstasy." The innocent vocals of "Nightwine" float on top of the grunge-like guitar feedback as Rev Rev Rev begin their sonic journey. The swirling instrumentation of "Travelling Westbound" and the buzzing of guitars during the raw, garage-rock sound of "Caffe" show that the band has no limits to their experimentation with their music. They bring out their hard rock/grunge sound with "A Ring Without An End" and "Ripples," before closing with the psychedelic tones of "Aloft" as the music works it way through your thoughts. To find out more about Rev Rev Rev and their latest release "Des fleurs magiques bourdeonnaient," please visit revrevrev.org.

Next up is the three-piece band from Arizona named Citrus Clouds with their latest album "Imagination." If features ten-tracks that have a rock/pop, showgaze sound. Beginning with the title-song, "Imagination" carries a steady guitar riff, while "The Sun Is In My Eyes" relies more on their vocals to make an impact. Their monotone music swings on "Always Tomorrow" and heads into alternative/pop territory with the energy of "Shapes And Things." Their music lightens up on "Be Eternal," before closing with the guitar buzz of "Monsoon Daze." To find out more about Citrus Clouds and their latest release "Imagination," please visit citrusclouds.bandcamp.com.

Last, but not least we arrive at the latest release from Italian singer/songwriter Davide Moscato. His new album titled "Mental Maze" features eight-tracks, beginning with the mellow tones of "Across The Infinity" as his voice captures the mood perfectly. He picks the tempo up with the more pop oriented rhythm of "From The Ashes" and performs a beautiful duet with Giovanna Dimasi on the experimental pop/opera of "Love & Psyche." The album finishes with the alternative country of "So Lost" and the piano/electronic feel of "Signals." To find out more about Davide Moscato and his latest release "Mental Maze," please visit facebook.com/davide.moscato.7.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Vinyl Review: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live Volume 3 Limited Edition Black & White Marble Vinyl

Time Life continues their "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live" series with volume 3. It was released on November 18th and features ten more iconic, one-of-a-kind performances that were performed throughout the years at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. Volume 1 was released on 180-gram purple vinyl, Volume 2 was also released on 180-gram red-orange swirled vinyl and volume 3 follows with black and white marble swirled vinyl.
 
This release features more live jams compared to the past two volumes. The set kicks off with Carl Perkins performing "Blue Suede Shoes" with a backing band featuring Keith Richards and Paul Butterfield. Stevie Wonder teams up with Joan Osbourne and Keith John for a funky, live version of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." The other outstanding Hall of Fame jam features blues masters Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Robbie Robertson coming together for a rocking short version of "Sweet Home Chicago." One of the most touching songs to appear on any of the volumes is Damien Rice's acoustic version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which has extra meaning since Cohen's death earlier this month.
 
This album, and series, are packed with amazing, once-in-a-lifetime performances that definitely deserved a place in your vinyl collection. To find out more about volume 3 of the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live" series, please visit timelife.com.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Review: Newly Published "Complete Illustrated History" Of Fleetwood Mac

The classic rock band Fleetwood Mac began their career over a decade before becoming the hit making machine of the late-seventies. When drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie helped create the band in 1963, they had no idea that they would become the biggest band on the planet fifteen years later. To tell the entire story of Fleetwood Mac, Voyageur Press has released the first complete illustrated history of the band, authored by Richie Unterberger.

The 206-page, hardcover book contains many unpublished photos and memorabilia that helped tell the tale of the small British blues band's rise to superstardom. The book covers the Peter Green-era of the band extensively with two chapters dedicated to the band's early days in England. The addition of Christine McVie started moving the band into a more mainstream direction during the early seventies, but when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined in 1975, the band's popularity exploded. The book dives right into the recordings of albums "Fleetwood Mac," "Rumours" and "Tusk."

Richie Unterberger uses past interviews to get a first-hand look at the craziness behind the band touring and recording for four years straight, with no break. This then lead to the splits in relationships and solo projects outside the band in the eighties. The amount of money that the band was making gave them artistic freedom, which was being reflected on the declining album sales in the late eighties and early nineties.

As the book also touches upon their rough patches of drug use and in-band arguing, as any great band will attest, things can only get better. In 1998, Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which lead to a full band reunion. Since then, Fleetwood Mac have become a staple on the concert circuit, pulling in new fans every time they tour and this book will definitely help fill in the gaps of were the origins of the band reside. Also, every studio album the Fleetwood Mac ever made is covered in depth as to what went into each recording and to the success of the album's release. Do yourself a favor and have this book on your shelf as a sort of encyclopedia of the band Fleetwood Mac. To find out more about "The Complete Illustrated History," please visit quartoknows.com.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

CD/DVD Review: Two New Rush Releases For Fans To Indulge In

The band Rush completed their last large-scale tour on August 1, 2015. They followed that with the official live CD/DVD release "R40," to give fans an insight as to what the shows on the tour were like. Now, a new video from Concord Music Group allows Rush fans a behind-the-scenes look as to what went into the preparations for their final tour.
 
This new documentary titled "Time Stand Still" is an emotional piece of film that allows you to hear how the members of the band felt about performing together for the last time on stage. It follows the band from their opening soundcheck in Tulsa, OK until the final night of the tour in Los Angeles, CA. Narrated by Rush superfan, Paul Rudd, the film contains new interviews with band members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart as well as crew members as they give you an inside look as to the production of Rush on tour. It's great hearing the stories and good times that these three have together, but it also becomes very emotional as the documentary dives into the lives of some long-time Rush fans and what Rush's music meant to them.
 
The bonus material is also just as great as they tack-on ten live videos from the 1990 "Presto" tour and also show the amazing warm-up that Neil Peart does before each show. To find out more about this great new Rush documentary, please visit rushtimestandstill.com.
 
For the Canadian rock band Rush, their album 2112 was the breakthrough hit that laid the groundwork for the band's success around the world. After creating three studio albums that performed less that expected, Rush took the biggest chance of their careers, creating an entire 20-minute concept piece on side one of their album. In 1976, it was a hard pill for the record company to swallow, but fans loved every minute of music that appeared on that album and to celebrate, Universal Music is releasing a 40th anniversary 2CD/DVD expanded edition of the album. It includes the 2012 remaster of the album along with a second disc of cover songs and live versions of "2112" and "Something For Nothing" from Massey Hall in 1976 and "The Twilight Zone" from 1977.
 
Members of the Foo Fighters cover the "2112 - Overture," giving the music a harder rock sound than the original. Fellow Canadian rockers Billy Talent perform a spot on rendition of "A Passage of Bangkok," while Alice In Chains step out of their grunge/rock comfort zone for the acoustic ballad "Tears." It just goes to show the length bands will take to sound like their idols. Also included in this set is a DVD that features videos of six songs that Rush performed live at Capitol Theatre in 1976. Also included are the music videos for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz version of "Overture" and Billy Talent's cover of "A Passage To Bangkok" along with a look back at "2112" with guitarist Alex Lifeson and producer Terry Brown. A super deluxe edition was also released that includes a 3LP, 200-gram vinyl along with handbills, ticket stubs and pencil sketches of the cover art. To find out more about this new 40th anniversary release of "2112," please visit rush.com/2112-40th..

Friday, November 25, 2016

Blu-ray Review: Director Ron Howard Gives New Insight Into The Beatles "Touring Years"

Director Ron Howard was given the keys to the kingdom when he began his work on The Beatles documentary "Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years." The award-wining director takes you into the lives of these for lads from Liverpool as they became the biggest band in the world between 1963 to 1966. On November 18th, his 90-minute film was released on home video on DVD, Blu-ray and Special Collector's Edition 2-disc set.

The film takes you on a journey from the halls of the Cavern Club to Candlestick Park. It contains some of the cleanest, clearest video of The Beatles performing live that has ever been released on home video. As much as the documentary follows The Beatles around the world, it also brings you into the studio as they create seven #1 albums in four years. Interviews with fellow musicians and famous actors give you an outside look at the success of The Beatles, while archival footage of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr help tell the story of the craziness of their times on tour. Many of the classic footage that fans have seen in other documentaries has been remastered and even colorized to give the story a different look and perspective for long-time fans. From what Martin Scorsese did for Bob Dylan with "No Direction Home," Ron Howard has done for The Beatles with "Eight Days A Week," giving their fans a different looking into their rise to super-stardom.

The best part of the documentary is the closing scene which shows The Beatles in their final live performance on the roof of Apple Corp. The clarity of that scene gives hope to what the future may hold for The Beatles' "Let It Be" documentary. Fans of the film will want to splurge for the 2-disc special collector's edition, which contains over 100 minutes of bonus footage. The extras include interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on the growth of their signature sound in the studio. Also included are five full-length performances of the songs "Twist And Shout," "She Loves You," "Can't Buy Me Love," "You Can't Do That" and "Help!." You also get perspectives from fans on their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and their recollection of The Beatles appearance at Shea Stadium. 
 
Also included in this set is a 64-page, full color booklet with a special introduction from director Ron Howard and rare photos from The Beatles' private archive. A must see for Beatles' fans. To find out more about this new documentary, please visit thebeatleseightdaysaweek.com.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

CD/DVD Review: Frank Sinatra Travels The "World On A String" With New Box Set

Continuing the year-long 100th birthday celebration of the late, great Frank Sinatra, Universal Music in association with Frank Sinatra Enterprises released "World On A String." This new 4CD/DVD box set was made available globally on October 21st and features over 4 hours of previously unreleased live recordings from Sinatra. It showcases live performances from Frank Sinatra as he performed shows in Italy, Australia, Egypt and the Dominican Republic. Each of the four CDs cover a different decade of live performances from Sinatra's extensive career.


The set begins with Frank Sinatra performing live at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo in 1958. The sixteen-song set showcases a younger Frank Sinatra looking to win the crowd over with his classic renditions of songs like "Come Fly With Me" and "Moonlight In Vermont." It is great discovering another live performance from this crooner, hungry for the success he dreamed up, which would appear a decade later. The first disc closes with nine tracks taken from the 1953 RAI Radio Club recorded in Italy. Many of the spoken words segments are in Italian as Sinatra tries to get in touch with his Sicilian roots as much as possible.


The second disc is where we find Frank Sinatra in his prime performing at the Sydney Stadium in Australia in 1961. The audience hangs on to his every word as songs like "Young At Heart" and "My Funny Valentine" draw big applause from the audience. The stories and stellar delivery of "One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)" lead up to the Sinatra classic "Lady Is A Tramp," which has become a signature song of Sinatra's since the early sixties.


The third disc finds Frank Sinatra visiting the Pyramids in Egypt in 1979. He seems to have become more of a comedian, giving his fans an all around performance by joking at every opportunity. Sinatra breaks down the barriers between performer and audience as he works his way into the heart of fans. He praises the work of George Harrison with he rendition of "Something" and breezes through "Strangers In The Night." He closes the show with his signature one-two punch of "New York, New York" and "My Way," done in the style as only Frank Sinatra knows how.


The final CD in the set focuses on Sinatra's performance at the Altos De Chevon, La Romana, Dominican Republic in 1982. He sounds strong and powerful as he takes control of the orchestra and the audience right from the opening notes of "I've Got The World On A String." He gives his all to his fans as displayed in "My Kind Of Town" and works on his perfection of "I've Got You Under My Skin." His acoustic rendition of "Send In The Clown" is quite emotional and he also performs the rare Brazilian song "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars." The Buddy Rich Band do an amazing job at the show, including the showstopper, "New York, New York."


The accompanying DVD features a black and white live show filmed in Hibiya Park, Japan in 1962. It features Sinatra in a coliseum like setting as he tries to loosen up the tight Japanese audience. Also included are the short documentaries of  "Frank Sinatra With All God's Children" as he tours Europe in support of the ill children and Sinatra's visit to Israel. The DVD also includes a dozen commercials that Sinatra made with the Perugina candy company in 1962. To find out more about this latest, much-welcomed addition to the Frank Sinatra catalog, please visit www.sinatra.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Spirits Burning With Clearlight, Richard Niles & Esquire

U.K. progressive rock band Spirits Burning are releasing their second album with Clearlight, featuring the members of Gong and Hawkwind. The new album titled "The Roadmap In Your Head" is a space-rock adventure that takes you on a sonic journey that will have you expanded your opinion of progressive music. The new fourteen-song release begins with the Middle Eastern-infused sounds of the title song, as the music slowly takes control of your mind. The music of "The Birth Of Belief" takes you on a electronic-jazz journey into the outer marks of time and space. The guitar solos of "Coffee For Coltrane" keep the music exciting and energetic, while the thirteen-minute "Fuel For The Gods," relaxes and elevates your senses. The album finishes with the jazz fusion of "Black Squirrel At The Root Of The Staircase" and the cool tones of "Deja Vu," before closing with "Roadmaps (The Other Way)" written and sung by Gong legend, Daevid Allen who passed away in 2015. To find out more about Spirits Burning and Clearlight's latest release "The Roadmap In Your Head," please visit spiritsburning.com.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist/arranger Richard Niles has assembled one of his largest ensembles for his latest album "Bandzilla Rises." His 14-piece band and 9-piece vocal group help Niles create some outstanding jazz fusion pieces on his latest release. The new 14-song set begins with the funk infused horns of "Live As One" and continues with the R&B/jazz groove of "You Can't Get There From Here." Niles delivers a smooth guitar solo during the seven-plus minute "L.A. Existential," while his chorus of vocals work as one on the funk/pop delivery of "Stone Jungle." The classic big band jazz sound of "The Alligator From West 15th" and the smoky, blues of "Welcome To My World" showcase the strength in Niles' songwriter as he portrays all these emotions through his music. The album closes with the angelic voices in "Tip For A Toreador" and the up-tempo jazz fusion of "Why Is This World So Strange?." To find out more about Richard Niles and his latest release "Bandzilla Rises," please visit bandzilla.net.

Female-fronted progressive rock band Esquire have released their third album titled "Esquire III - No Spare Planet" after almost a twenty-year hiatus. Lead singer Nikki Squire (first wife of Yes bassist Chris Squire) worked with her co-writer Nigel McLaren right up until his untimely passing in 2015 and the Squire completed the album alone. The new nine-song release begins with the eight-minute space-rock journey of "Ministry Of Life" as you feel baptized by the music washing over you. The music turns electronic on the more pop/rock oriented "She Said," before moving on to a classic Esquire feel of "Human Rhythm." The album continues with the enlightenment of "It's Over," as the music is bright and uplifting, before finishing with the Genesis-like prog/rock sounding "Stay Low" and "Heaven Blessed." To find out more about Esquire and their latest release "Esquire III - No Spare Planet," please visit esquiretheband.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CD Review: Beyond Threshold "Live To Fight" Another Day & Pulley Return With "No Change"

Since bursting onto the heavy metal music scene in 2010, Beyond Threshold has performed alongside some of the biggest names in the genre. They worked up their fan base the old fashion way, by performing live and giving their all at every show. On October 28th, Beyond Threshold released their third studio album titled "Live To Fight." It features thirteen-tracks, beginning with a one-minute instrumental that leads into the hard-hitting, aggressive screams of "Purity." The pounding of "Subsick" and the quick, electrifying guitar solo within "Grey Matter" showcases the top notch musicianship within the band. They pull back on the speed and aggressiveness for "Solitude," which seems primed for mainstream metal radio, before Beyond Threshold come roaring back with the energetic blast of "Live To Fight." The band's power is felt in the chugging guitar riffs of "Remembrance," before closing the album with the battle cry of "The Ethic Of Conviction" and the adrenaline-pumping power of "The Mende Effect." To find out more about Beyond Threshold and their latest release "Live To Fight," please visit beyondthreshold.com.

From Southern California comes the return of the punk band Pulley with their first new album in over five years. The new release titled "No Change In The Weather" features ten-tracks of energy-filled punk riffs. Beginning with the songs "No 'I' In Team" and "Different," their music is very addictive and they sound re-freshed from being away for the last five years. Their song "Sometimes" is a hit single, just waiting to be discovered and "Farewell" showcases the band's youthful energy with the quick-drumming and blazing guitar solo. Their new album wraps up with the SoCal punk blast of "Syndrome" and the slow-down of "Black Box," which showcases another side to their songwriting. To keep up with Pulley and to find out more about their new album "No Change In The Weather," please visit twitter.com/PulleyMatters.

Monday, November 21, 2016

CD Review: Susan Boyle Gives Us "A Wonderful World" & Tania Stavreva Delivers Her "Rhythmic Movement"

Singer Susan Boyle exploded onto the music scene in 2009 with her amazing voice as she finished second on "Britain's Got Talent." Since then, she has released six studio albums and her seventh just arrived on November 4th, titled "A Wonderful World." It features Boyle performing ten classic, all-time greats including "What A  Wonderful World" and "When You Wish Upon A Star." Some of the amazing tunes featured on this new release are her virtual duet with Nat King Cole on "When I Fall In Love" and her other duet with Michael Bolton on "Somewhere Out There." Boyle's voice is perfect as she can make any song her own, including Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" and Paul McCartney's "Mull Of Kintyre." She also adds an innocence to Madonna's "Like A Prayer." Once again, she delivers a great album of well-known songs that becomes innocent with her vocals soaring above. To find out more about Susan Boyle and her latest release "A Wonderful World," please visit susanboylemusic.com.

Bulgarian-born pianist Tania Stavreva will be releasing her debut album titled "Rhythmic Movement" on January 6th. The classical piano album has a very modern jazz feel, beginning with the introduction of the title song, "Rhythmic Movement." Tania keeps the music going with the quick, up-tempo swing of "Ratchenitza" and the more steady climbing, classical appeal of "Mouvement Rythmique." The beautiful piano tones of "Danza de la Moza Donosa" and fast-pace of "Jazz Cncert Etude Prelude" along with "Jazz Concert Etude Toccatina" showcases Tania's talent as her fingers move swiftly up and down the keys. Her new fourteen-song release finishes with the playful build-up of "White Lies For Lomax" and rising, modern sound of the "Ritmico y Distorsionado." To find out more about Tania Stavreva and her latest release "Rhythmic Movement," please visit taniastavreva.com.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

CD Review: The "Legacy" Of David Bowie Presented In New Greatest Hits Release

Davie Bowie, the iconic pop superstar, lost his battle with cancer earlier this year, closing the final chapter in his legacy. His solo career lasted almost five decades, creating some of the most memorable tunes to ever appear on popular radio. Just as his songs are timeless, so was his image, changing form numerous times since his debut in 1967. To celebrate his life and career, Sony Legacy in association with Columbia Records is releasing a new career retrospective from David Bowie titled "Legacy." It became available in a number of formats, including vinyl, a single-CD and as a double-CD.
 
The single CD features 20-tracks of some of Bowie's most well-known radio hits in no particular order. It begins with the up-tempo rock swing of "Let's Dance" and closes with the radio edit of one of his latest singles "Lazarus." The stand-out track on this collection is the new, unreleased 2016 remix of his 1971 single "Life Of Mars," which uses more orchestration than the previously released version.
 
Fans of David Bowie's music will want to look into obtaining the 2-CD, 40-track version which includes almost all of his well-known songs in chronological order. The set begins with the folk-rock breakthrough of "Space Oddity" and closes with "I Can't Give Everything Away," which appeared as the last song on Bowie's last album "Blackstar." The music sounds better than it ever has on this new compilation, even though many of the tracks on this release feature the original single mix and not the album version. The single versions of songs like "Golden Years" and "Heroes" may upset some fans, but with two-discs filled to the brim with music, the single version is better than having no version or missing out on other songs.
 
Bowie's collaborations with Queen, Mick Jagger, The Pat Metheny Group and The Pet Shop Boys display how Bowie was the star of every song he was a part of. The double-vinyl release mirrors the track list of the single CD. This is the best, most comprehensive collection of David Bowie's singles and is a great gateway for new fans to discover this unique, one-of-a-kind pop star. To find out more about David Bowie's "Legacy," please visit legacy.davidbowie.com.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

CD Review: The Next Wave Of Unreleased Frank Zappa Has Arrived From Univerisal Music Group

Arriving on November 4th is the latest wave of Frank Zappa releases from Universal Music Group. It features the albums "Little Dots," (the sequel to 2006's "Imaginary Diseases") "Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object," which is the deluxe reissue of Zappa's "Uncle Meat" album and an unreleased concert from 1978 titled "Chicago '78."


The new seven-song release of "Little Dots" highlights Frank Zappa's 10-piece band from the "Petit Wazoo" tour in 1972. Beginning with "Cosmik Debris" the song gets highlighted with the addition of horns, which gives it different feel. The band shows off their strength with the 23-minute, electric jazz fusion of "Little Dots Part 1 & Part 2." Zappa sounds like he's at the top of his game, whether wailing away on a guitar solo or conducting the rest of the band to follow his every whim. This gets followed by a full 9-minute rendition of "Rollo (Includes Rollo-The Rollo Interior Area-Rollo Goes Out)," which highlights Zappa's newly assembled horn section for this tour.


Next comes the 3-CD deluxe edition of Frank Zappa's 1969 double-album "Uncle Meat." The new release titled "Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object" features the original 1969 vinyl mix, along with bonus tracks from the "Uncle Meat" sessions recorded between 1967 and 1968. The music is very diverse as Zappa dabbles in everything from jazz to blues to orchestral sounds. The main body music of this new release has been analyzed for years since its original release in 1969. The original "Uncle Meat" material is remastered, featuring the removal of the echo which plagued this release since originally being mastered for CD.


The second disc gives you an alternate (and much cleaner) version of the "Uncle Meat" material in a different running order than the original album. It also features some new tracks like the 94-second guitar frenzy "Whiskey Wah" and the five-minute classic hard rock-style instrumental "The Whip." The real meat and gravy for Frank Zappa fans is the third discs which is made up of over thirty outtakes from the "Uncle Meat" sessions. Many fans may have these songs in bootleg form, but they have been cleaned-up and assembled to represent ideas Zappa had while in the studio. This disc gives up a small glimpse into the mind of Zappa as you become a "fly on the wall" listening to these tracks and some discussions that happened during the recording of this album. Some songs you may feel like you're hearing for the first time.


Finally we arrive at the latest live album from the Frank Zappa vaults titled "Chicago '78." It is the second of two shows performed on September 29th at the Uptown Theater and is captured here in its entirety. After Frank Zappa address the crowd in "Twenty-One," the band jumps into the classic tale of "Dancin' Fool." They deliver a great nine-minute live rendition of "Village Of The Sun," then bring out the blues of "Bamboozled By Love" and close out the first disc with the reggae-based groove of "Sy Borg."


Disc two begins with the nine-plus minute instrumental "Little House I Used To Live In," featuring an extended drum solo. The bulk of the second disc is filled by a twelve-plus minute rendition of "Yo Mama" featuring some intricate guitar work and the eighteen-minute version of "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," which is a must hear version of this classic Zappa song. The sound of this show is outstanding for not originally being planned as a live album. To find out more about these three new releases from the Frank Zappa catalog, please visit universalmusicenterprises.com/frankzappa.

Friday, November 18, 2016

CD/DVD Review: Friends Help Frankie Miller's Songs Find New Life On "Double Take"

Scottish singer/songwriter Frankie Miller has played a quiet part in the music industry. He written songs for Thin Lizzy, performed with Procol Harum and worked with soul/jazz music legend Allen Toussaint. A number of his songs have been covered by the likes of Rod Stewart and Ray Charles, until a brain hemorrhage cut his career short in 1994. For the past two decades, Frankie Miller has been learning to walk and talk again and even dabble in songwriting again. Miller has a treasure trove of unreleased recordings and this latest release titled "Frankie Miller's Double Take" finds these songs getting completed with a little help from his friends.

The new nineteen-song release begins with the up-tempo rocker "Blackmail" as Joe Walsh lends a hand on guitar. Miller's vocals are strong as he duets with Elton John on the blues of "Where Do The Guilty Go?." Huey Lewis lends his iconic voice to the soul infused rock of "Way Past Midnight" and Rod Stewart takes the lead on the slow swinging melody of "Kiss Her For Me." Kid Rock and Full House team up with Frankie Miller for the country vibe of "Jezebel Jones" and Steve Dickson works with Miller on the Bob Seger sounding "When It's Rockin'." Country legend Willie Nelson trades verses with Miller on the slow-country twang of "I Want To Spend My Life With You," before finishing up the album with a duet between Miller and Lenny Zakatek on the stark, poetry of "I Never Want To Lose You" and the emotional solo shot of "I Do" from Miller.

The new album was also released with a bonus DVD that includes an hour-long documentary about the making of the album. It gives fans an insight into the meaningful recordings that went into this release and how important Frankie Miller's music was to many of his fellow musicians. To find out more about "Frankie Miller's Double Take," please visit frankiemiller.net.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

On The Record - Music: Southington's Erin Gibney Discusses Her Introduction Into Country Music

Southington's own rising country artist Eric Gibney talks with us about her developed singing career and how she deals with school and music on a daily basis. She also tells us about her wonderful YouTube videos and how it was to work with Toto's Buddy Hyatt in the studio.

CD/DVD Review: Serbian Heavy Metal Band Armageddon Releases Anthology Box Set

From Serbia comes the new three-disc release from heavy metal band Armageddon. The new box set titled "Triptych" covers the band's musical journey from 1989 to 2015. The first disc titled "Time Machine" is a compilation of band's development, beginning with "Sound Of Thunder" from their 2002 album "Heavy Metal Saga." Their sound taps the vein of the Dio-era of Black Sabbath with their metal chords and mystical lyrics. The earliest track on this album is "Black Swan Rider," which feels inspired by the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and was released on the band's first EP. Band leader Djordje Letic excelled on the 1994 release of "United Forces" as the songs "Clouds In The Sky" and "Memories" showcased the wide range of his compositions. Armageddon displays their softer side with two different renditions of "Sinners' Blues," before closing out the first disc with the baroque-metal instrumental "She" and the quiet, acoustic picking of "Whisper Of The Past."
 
The second disc covers the band's more recent releases between 2012 to 2015. The journey begins with the 70-second spoken word of "In Search Of Eldorado," which leads into the thunderous delivery of "Eldorado." Eight of the fourteen tracks on this disc feature live versions of their songs taken from the 2013 heavy metal festival "Loud, Proud And Deaf." Armageddon stretch out for the eleven-minute epic "Seth Will Rise/Anubis/Demons Advice" as they showcase more of their progressive metal side. The amazing guitar work of "Mordor/Black Swan Rider" and the power of "City In The Sea," gives fans insight into their live show. The third disc of the set is a live DVD of the "Live After Halloween" show from 2013. It was performed live, without and audience," mainly for journalists. To find out more about this new three-disc box set from Armageddon, please visit armageddon-metal.com.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CD Review: New Debut Albums From Singer/Songwriters Anna Atkinson And Alison Clancy

Canadian singer/songwriter Anna Atkinson recently released her debut album "Sky Stacked Full." The album was recorded over a five month period and deals with many meaningful subjects, including the death of her parents and sacred childhood memories. Anna also invited guitarist/producer David Occhipinti to lend a hand on her new album. Beginning with the gentle touch of "Showshoe," you instantly fall in love with her voice. Her new ten-song release continues with the classic folk-style of "Water" and "When We Were Young" as her voice demands your full attention. The music of "Silver" just floats on by with its pulsating keyboards and smooth guitar work. The album closes with the quietness of "In December" and the piano-led folk storytelling of "Winter Wind." To find out more about Anna Atkinson and her latest release "Sky Stacked Full," please visit annaatkinson.ca.

New York City singer/songwriter Alison Clancy recently released her debut album titled "Psycho Tyko." The album is a combined effort of Clancy's love for performing and her chance meeting with NYC producers Cliff Lin and Marisa Cristina. The new seven-song release is packed with heavy synthesizer beats and a grunge/punk/pop driven electronic trip. Beginning with "Waste My Days," you become driven by the beats as Alison's voice is soft and soothing among the electronic backdrop. The title-song "Psycho Tyko" has a more aggressive tone as Alison bounces her vocals off the electro-wall of sound. The deep bass groove of "Tried2CallUButIDidntHaveUrNumber" will get you moving to this song's retro beat, before Alison closes her new album with the up-tempo, modern post-punk delivery of "French" and the steady musical landscape of "Starlight Clementine." To find out more about Alison Clancy and her latest release "Psycho Tyko," please visit alisonclancy.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Lawrence Morrill Glass, TimLee3 And Shoebox Letters

Singer/songwriter Lawrence Morrill Glass is a poet with his lyrics on his new album "Extended Play." If features five songs, beginning with the wonderfully emotional "No Christmas This Year" as Glass' voice warms your soul. He plugs in for the rocking nursery rhyme feel of "Mary Contrary" and pays homage to his favorite actress with the country swing of "Tina Fey." The short sixteen-minute set of songs closes with the storied lyrics of "Californ-i-a" as more is demanded from this rising songwriter. To find out more about Lawrence Morrill Glass and his latest release "Extended Play," please visit lawrencemorrillglass.com.

From Knoxville, TN comes the latest album from the TimLee3 titled "Tin, Man." It is the trio's fourth full-length release and features eleven songs, beginning with "Superstition." The song was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs and gives an authenticity to the group's overall rocking sound. Susan takes the lead with vocals on "Kryptonite," showcasing their folk-side with "Lodger" as Susan and Tim feature some wonderful harmonizing. The TimLee3 perform a copy of the dark and dirty "Bad Attitude," originally performed by Suzy Elkins. The rawness of "Couldn't Help Myself" gives the music a classic sound, before bringing in the blues of "Less Than Royalty." The album closes with the mellow tones of "See The Light" and the spirited, garage rock of "Expensive Proposition." To find out more about TimLee3 and their latest release "Tin, Man," please visit timleethree.com.

From the northwest corner of the United States comes the new release titled "Tears For 2" from the Americana/Country band Shoebox Letters. It is the band's 12th independent release and features ten, feel-good tunes that have that "down home" feeling. The title song "Tears For 2" has some great harmonizing during the chorus as the music is so sweet and inviting. The Americana tones of "Alone Not Lonely" showcases the band's wonderful songwriting as their song become very addictive.  The soulful ballad of "Come Out Of Darkness" sounds like a timeless classic as it finds its way to your heart. To find out more about Shoebox Letters and their latest release "Tears For 2," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ShoeboxLetters.

Monday, November 14, 2016

CD Review: From Canada Comes The Debut Of Sunday Morning & The Latest From Selfoss

From Vancouver, Canada comes the debut album from indie-rock band Sunday Morning. This new art rock band draws similarities to the Velvet Underground with it's monotone opener "Come The Rain." The tempo picks up with the steady rhythm of "Can't Find You," before the band plugs in for the intense, raw punk-rocker "Sick In The City," about dealing with drug withdrawal while in New York City. Lead singer Bruce Wilson does his best Lou Reed impression on art-rock of "1986" and the band motors through the pounding beats of "The Change." The album finishes with the soulful ballad of "Drinking For Two" and soft vocals of Leah Commons on "When Sunday Morning Comes," which was written to combat the weekend noise of the hotel that Wilson lived. Their new self-titled debut album will arrive on December 23rd. To find out more about Sunday Morning, please visit sundaymorning.band.

From Toronto, Canada comes the post-punk/modern rock trio Selfoss with their latest release "Time And Time Again." The new four song EP is the "cream of the crop" from their studio sessions earlier this year. What began as a full-length album got whittled down to these four songs. Beginning with "The Same," their sound has a maturity as you float along to the song's uplifting melody. The music of "Afterglow" sticks close by the "dream pop" synth-sound that was big in the eighties on mainstream radio. Their new album closes with the quiet tones of "Sniper" as you get locked into the song's dream-like vocals. To find out more about Selfoss and their latest release "Time And Time Again," please visit facebook.com/selfossmusic.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

CD Review: Tim Buckley Flies With New "Wings" Compilation From Omnivore Recordings


American singer/songwriter Tim Buckley (father of Jeff Buckley) began his career in 1966 with his self-titled debut folk-rock album. As his popularity grew, so did his musical style as he incorporated elements of jazz, soul and psychedelic rock into his music. Tragedy struck less than ten years later when Buckley was found dead of a heroin overdose at age 28.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut album and single "Wings," Omnivore Recordings is releasing a new Tim Buckley compilation titled "Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974." It features 21-songs, containing every A-side and B-side from Buckley's entire career. Beginning with "Wings," you are reminded of the bright, gentle vocals that Buckley delivered in these early days. The set includes his unissued, full-blown sixties psychedelic-rock single "Once Upon A Time," which also features the gentle Americana, folk-rock of "Give Me Your Key," which has never been released.


The lyrics of "Morning Glory" and "Once I Was" showcases the beauty in Tim Buckley's songwriting, while the blues of "So Lonely" displays the growth in his music. As the music landscape of seventies approached, Buckley's sound became more rock oriented infused with soul as in "Nighthawkin'" and "Quicksand." The compilation closes with funk-fueled "Wanda Lu" and the R&B-flavor of "Who Could Deny You." To find out more about the new Tim Buckley compilation "Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

CD/DVD/Blu-ray Review: Soundgarden Revisits "Badmotorfinger" For 25th Anniversary

The year was 1991 and a new musical force was brewing in the Northwest corner of the United States. The musical landscape was beginning to shift as slick guitar solos and big hair was about to be washed out by flannel shirts and raw, buzzing garage rock. Three iconic albums were released within three months of each other and they made up the mount rushmore of grunge music. Pearl Jam were new to the scene and released their debut album "Ten" in August, followed by Nirvana's sophomore release "Nevermind" in September. The elder statesmen of Seattle grunge scene was Soundgarden, who released their third effort "Badmotorfinger," in October and blurred the line between grunge and heavy metal music.

Their sound on "Badmotorfinger" was loud, dark and filled with rage. Songs like "Rusty Cage" and "Drawing Flies" had the energy of punk mixed with Kim Thayil's big heavy metal guitar solos and Matt Cameron's thunderous drumming. Ben Shepard's deep groove on "Outshined" and the epic feel of "Slaves & Bulldozers" showcased a maturity that Pearl Jam and Nirvana haven't reached yet. On top of it all was the amazing vocal range of Chris Cornell on songs like "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Searching With My Good Eye Closed." The album has since gone double-platinum and ranked Soundgarden as one of the best hard rock bands of all time.

To celebrate this achievement, Universal Music Group is releasing a 25th anniversary box set of the album on November 18th. A deluxe edition of the album features a newly remastered version of "Badmotorfinger," plus a second-disc of previously unreleased outtakes and live songs taken from their March 1992 live performance at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. The album will also be issued as a 2-LP vinyl with limited silver vinyl version of 1,000 available exclusively at Soundgardenworld.com. Fans will want to get their hands on the super deluxe edition, which features 4CDs, consisting of the newly remastered album, an entire disc of studio outtakes and the complete "Live At The Paramount" live set that has been previously unreleased on CD. Not only that, but included is a DVD of the "Live At The Paramount" show, plus a second DVD that features the 1992 "Motorvision" video that was previously only available on VHS and more live footage from their 1992 tour. The set also includes a Blu-ray that has the 5.1 audio surround sound version of the album along with B-sides and the three music videos for the singles "Jesus Christ Pose," "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage."

The main album has never sounded better as you can feel the powerful blast of power that Soundgarden were looking to invoke at the time. The outtakes are also very interesting as an early version of "Black Hole Sun" appears as "Black Rain" and Queen guitarist Brian May joins the band on a version of "New Damage." The two live CDs will transport you back to the early nineties as Soundgarden mix together tracks from the newly released "Badmotorfinger" with early greats like "Flower" and "Big Dumb Sex." Soundgarden also try their hand at the Black Sabbath classic "Into The Void," giving the heavy metal song a grunge makeover.

The blu-ray features the entire album in crystal clear, 5.1 surround sound along with visuals for each song created especially for this release. You also get the rare b-sides "Cold Bitch," "She's A Polition" and "Birth Ritual." The blu-ray also delivers the best quality of the three music videos of "Jesus Christ Pose," Rusty Cage" and "Outshined" from the "Superunknown" album.

The DVD featuring "Live At The Paramount" has been previously unreleased. The quality is not the greatest, but then again it was not filmed in high-definition. The video gives off a nostalgic feel as you moved from the visuals of the front row to the back of the theatre to on stage with the band. The audience is hyped-up and full of energy as crowd surfing and stage diving  work their way into almost every song. The live performance showcases a band on the verge of stardom as they are ready to be crowned one of the leaders of the grunge movement.

The second DVD includes the previously released VHS video "Motorvision" that includes live versions of songs from the "Superunknown" that were taken from the "Live At The Paramount" video. Some of the footage is different than what is shown on the "Live At The Paramount" DVD as the footage was cut together for this home video release. The bonus videos on this DVD are what fans will really enjoy as they are all previously unreleased live videos taken from the "Superunknown" tour. Much of the footage is raw, but very welcomed in this new box set which includes practically everything that Soundgarden has in the vaults related to the "Superunknown" album for its 25th anniversary.

The complete package gives fans everything they ever wanted from the band's early heyday, before their huge break into the mainstream. To find out more about the new 25th anniversary release of Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger" album, please visit soundgardenworld.com.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Concert Review: Sublime With Rome Swing By To Party At The Dome At Toyota Oakdale Theatre

California punk/ska band Sublime worked their way up the charts of popularity, performing their own brand of music that combined elements of reggae, ska, rock, punk and hip-hop. On the eve of their biggest release, their self-titled third album, lead singer Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose. The album went on to sell over five million copies and featured the hit singles "What I Go" and "Santeria."
 
Now, twenty years later, the remaining members of Sublime (bassist Eric Wilson & drummer Bud Gaugh) are still touring with a new front man Rome Ramirez. The new trio titled, Sublime With Rome visited The Dome at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre on Thursday night. They brought along a four-piece band named The Skints from London, England to open the show. The Skints were performing in Connecticut for the first time in their careers. Their set featured a ska/reggae-filled fifty minute set that won over tons of fans that were their mainly there for Sublime With Rome.
 
As The Dome packed with fans ranging from ages 16 to 60, a DJ introduction invited the trio onstage to a roaring applause. Sublime With Rome dove head first into their earliest single "Date Rape" as the audience sang-along to every word of the song. Other classic Sublime songs like "Wrong Way" and "40 oz To Freedom" got people grooving along to the reggae bass groove. Rome displayed his guitar skills during "Pawn Shop" and "April 29, 1992" featured Wilson on keyboards.
 
Sublime With Rome are touring behind a new album that was released in July 2015 and the night featured the single "Wherever You Go" and the Fishbone cover "Skankin' To The Beat." The other cover song of the evening followed closely behind, a hip-hop beats-filled version of the Grateful Dead's "Scarlet Begonias." The main set finished with the energy-fueled "Doin' Time" and "Badfish," but not before Rome poured his soul into the lyrics of "Let's Go Get Stoned."
 
The roar of the audience sounded huge in The Dome as Sublime With Rome took the stage once again for their encore, which began with "S.T.P" from Sublime's second album "Robbin' The Hood." Another new song, "Sirens" followed before Sublime With Rome closed the show with the two most well-known songs in the Sublime catalog, "What I Got" and "Santeria" as everyone sang along, drowning out Rome's vocals. It's great to see that the members of Sublime are keeping the music and the memory of Bradley Nowell alive as their music continues to inspire everyone to have a good time.
 
Setlist: Date Rape, Smoke Two Joints, Wrong Way, 40oz To Freedom, Pawn Shop, Garden Groove Medley, April 29 1992, Promise Land, Wherever You Go, We're Only Gonna Die For Our Own Arrogance, Panic, Skakin' To The Beat, Scarlet Begonias, Doin' Time, Badfish, Let's Get Stoned
Encore: S.T.P., Sirens, What I Got, Santeria

Thursday, November 10, 2016

CD Review: New Metal Blade Records Releases From Serpentine Dominion, Anaal Nathrakh, Ravencult & Downfall Of Gaia

One of the latest heavy metal collaborations is the release of the debut album from Serpentine Dominion. It features members of Killswitch Engage, The Black Dahlia Murder and the legendary George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher from Cannibal Corpse. What started as a proposal on the 2009 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has blossomed into this new nine-song release. The songs are fast-paced, mind-numbing blasts of energy. The drums are relentless through "Vanquished Unto Thee" and the chugging guitars come out, guns-blazing for "Sovereign Hate." Fisher keeps up with the speed on the aggressive growl of "On The Brink Of Devastation," before closing with the acoustic instrumental "Prelude," which leads into the thunderous attack of "This Endless War." To find out more about Serpentine Dominion and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/serpentinedominion.


Next up is the return of Anaal Nathrakh with their new album "The Whole Of The Law." The music is an assault on your senses as the duo of Mick Kenney and David Hunt blast through your mind on "Depravity Favors The Bold" and the screams of "...So We Can Die Happy." Their new eleven-song release displays Anall Nathrakh's ferocity as everything is pushed to the extreme on "And You Will Beg For Our Secrets" and "On Being A Slave." In between is the swirling, chaotic metal of "Extravaganza!," which is like being caught in a demented nightmare. The album closes with the speed and aggressive power displayed in "Of Power And The Black Shawls." They tack on two bonus tracks, a seven-minute juggernaut cover of Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" and their re-creation of The Specials' song "Man At C&A." To find out more about Anaal Nathrakh and their latest release "The Whole Of The Law," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Anaalnathrakhofficial.


Next from Athens, Greece comes the latest release titled "Force Of Profanation" from Ravencult. During the five years since their last full-length release, Ravencult singed on with Metal Blade Records and grew their fan base performing sold-out show all over Europe. Their new eight-song release begins with the quick pace of "Tormentor Of Flash" as screaming vocals ring through your speakers. They lock into the death metal onslaught of "In Macabre Triumph" and blast away your ears with the fast-pace pounding of "Beneath The Relics Of Old." You can feel the emotion in the vocals of "Merciless Reprisal," before finishing with the frenzied attack of "Altar Of Impurity" and the growling vocals of "Temple Of The Void." To find out more about Ravencult and their latest release "Force Of Profanation," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ravencultofficial.


Finally we arrive at the latest release from the Downfall Of Gaia. Their new album titled "Atrophy," follows on the heels of their most popular release, 2014's "Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay." This is also the first album featuring new guitarist Marco Mazzola taking the place of Peter Wolff who called it quits. The new six-song release begins with the thunderous collage of music and screaming vocals of the eight-minute epic "Brood." The intensity builds throughout the nearly nine-minute adventure of "Woe" and the band blows by the six-minute mark on the guitar driven "Atrophy." The album closes with the progressive metal feel of "Petrichor," which showcases the full musicianship within the band. To find out more about the Downfall of Gaia and their latest release "Atrophy," please visit downfallofgaia.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Music From Distant Sun, Invertia And Heavens Decay

Arriving on November 18th is the sophomore release from Russian thrash metal giants Distant Sun. The new album titled "Into The Nebula" revolves around the subject of sci-fi/fantasy sagas like "Dune" and "Game Of Thrones." The new ten-song release begins with the speed of "My Trust." As you listen further into this album you'd think Dave Mustaine started another band as singer Alexey Markov draws strong similarities to the thrash metal legend. The thunderous pounding of "Game Of War" and the aggressively addictive melody of "God Emporer" will have you stand up and take notice of this new band. The musicianship among this trio showcase their progressive metal side on the seven-minute instrumental "Andromeda" and tell the tales of "Game Of Thrones" in "Throne Of Iron." The album finishes with the epic, European wonder of "The Tharks" and the mainstream metal of "Who's To Blame," which sounds like it came from the Metallica songbook. To find out more about Distant Sun and their latest release "Into The Nebula," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/distantsunband.
 
Next up is the latest release, "The Biddings Of Tyrants," from Industrial Metal duo Invertia. Their music combines elements of death metal, punk and electronics to create an intense, mind-numbing sound that is hard to resist. Their new ten-song release begins with howling vocals of "Another Big Brother" as the song's rhythm fires off like a machine gun. They continue the onslaught with the fast-pace of "Dystopiate" and the intense, soul-crushing rhythm of "Thetan Hop." Invertia work up the perfect death metal anthem with "Scattered," before finishing with the mach speed of "Trapped & Tailored." To find out more about Invertia and their new release "The Biddings Of Tyrants," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/invertiametal.
 
Finally we arrive at the debut release from Heavens Decay. The new album titled "The Great Void Of Mystery" will arrive on December 12th, through Chaos Records. The band is the brainchild of Death Metal guitarist Julio Viterbo, who decided to go back to his early heavy metal roots with this new band. They bring back the power and force of the early eighties New Wave Of British Heavy Metal with "Born In Fire" as Viterbo's guitar work electrifies the song. Nick Hernandez soars on "Where The Ravens Fly Free" as his vocals almost fit alongside the late-great Ronnie James Dio. Drummer Oscar Clorio delivers the driving rhythm behind "Ritual Site" and the energy of "Reaper In Wait" showcases the band's hunger for success. The album closes with the nearly nine-minute epic progressive adventure "Endless Fire." To find out more about Heavens Decay and their latest release "The Great Void Of Mystery," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/heavensdecay.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

CD Review: Cleopatra Records Brings Back The Blues With New Releases From Big Jay McNeely, Reverend KM Williams & The James Montgomery Blues Band

Since the 1950's saxophonist Big Jay McNeely has been shocking audience with his brand of stage antics and expressive style of performing known as "honking." He was credited as one of the most flamboyant performers, but it never took away from the blues sound he portrayed on stage. Cleopatra Records is reminding fans of the blues with new music from Big Jay McNeely. A new compilation titled "Blowin' Down The House - Big Jay's Latest & Greatest" features some of his all-time best songs, along with five new compositions.

 The new twelve-song release begins with the first of his five new songs. At 89 years old, Big Jay delivers a classic seventies-style, R&B dance-floor vibe with "Love Will Never Fail," which still carries his signature sax sound. He continues with the blues of "My Love Never Ended" and the classic swing of "I've Been Mistreated," which Big Jay has been perfecting for over 50 years. A live version of "Party" gets the swinging tempo going as it showcases Big Jay as the leader of this dynamite tune. He goes full-on "honking" for the jazziness of "Blow Blow Blow" and "Willie The Cool Cat," before wrapping up the new album with the nearly seven-minute live version of "Get On Up & Let's Boogie," which is sure to "blow down the house." To find out more about Big Jay McNeely and his new release "Blowin' Down The House - Big Jay's Latest & Greatest," please visit cleorecs.com.

Texas bluesman Reverend KM Williams recently released a new album titled "The Real Deal Blues" along with a 14-minute documentary of the same name. Both items were released through Cleopatra Records back in October and showcases the Reverend's love for the blues. His new fifteen song album gives fans of the blues insight into his classic portrayal of the genre using his unique, fretless one-string guitar on the opener "Baby, Please Come Home." He brings a Jimmy Page guitar-style to "The Runaway Blues" and then electrifies the blues with his guitar during the boogie shuffle of "You Got Me Shakin'." He creates a new Halloween favorite with the guitar strumming of "Haunted House," before returning to the slow blues of "That's Why My Baby's Feelin' Blue." The album finishes with the thunderous romp of "Working Man Blues" and the stark, acoustic rendition of "Bad Boy Blues." To find out more about Reverend KM Williams and his latest release "The Real Deal Blues," please visit cleorecs.com.

Blues harmonica player James Montgomery is one of the most sought after performers in the blues genre. He performed alongside such greats as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Bruce Springsteen and Gregg Allman and his idol is the late-great blues harmonica player Paul Butterfield. On October 7th, the James Montgomery Blues Band released their new, self-titled album through Cleopatra Records. The album was inspired by the works of Butterfield and features guests from the bands of Johnny Winter, J.Geils and Paul Butterfield. The new ten-song release begins the horn infused blues romp of "One More Heartache" and the classic blues groove of "Born In Chicago." Montgomery showcases his skills on the harmonica during the steady pace of "Young Woman's Love" and the up-tempo rocker "Mary, Mary." The band excels during the slow blues of "I Got A Mind To Give Up Living" as you feel the passion in their performance. The album closes with the pulsating rhythm of the instrumental "Good Question," led by Montgomery's harmonica solo, and the classic sounds of "Mystery Train." To find out more about this new release from the James Montgomery Blues Band, please visit cleorecs.com.