Best of Cream is a compilation album of material recorded from 1966 to 1968 by the rock band Cream and was released July 9, 1969, on the Atco Records label which is shortly after their disbanding. Cream consisted of Eric Clapton on guitars and vocals, Jack Bruce on bass, keyboards and vocals, and Ginger Baker on drums. This album is was noteworthy upon its release as the first American album to contain Cream’s studio recording of Spoonful, as well as featuring their big hits such as White Room, Sunshine Of Your Love, Badge, Crossroads and much more. This album was well compiled, written, performed, recorded and produced. If you only have room for just one Cream album, then this is the one to own. You can still find a copy of this album in vinyl, CD and digital download format from Amazon, Discogs and everywhere music is sold.
I had the opportunity on Friday, June 14, 2019, to catch the performance of Demon Waffle at Wild Wing Café in Johnson City, Tennessee. Demon Waffle is a fun, high energy band from Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee that blends reggae, rock, punk, soul and funk which consists of the lineup of Tyler Parkhill on vocals, Donnie Barnett on guitar, Evan Rice on bass, Andrew Oliver on Sax, Matt Dougherty on drums, Tim Lester on Trombone and Matthew Sykes on trumpet. They entertained the crowd with tracks from their latest album Drink Your Dinner and many other tunes. They brought a great crowd that was enjoying the music and dancing. I am glad to catch their performance and looking forward to hearing their CD.
Last night June 15, 2019, was local band night at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee with Cold Mountain Valley, Gipsy Danger, and Archaic Knowledge. I got in a little early and had the opportunity to first talk to the members of Cold Mountain Valley and hear their soundcheck. Cold Mountain Valley is a stoner/doom band from East Tennessee consisting of Fairy on vocals, Caleb Smith on bass and vocals, Greg Glessing on guitar and vocals and Milby Shaffer on drums. Their sound was a mixture of heavy and psychedelic rock with dark sounding vocals reminding me of the days of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. They did a great job in their performance doing covers and originals. Next up was Gipsy Danger, a three-man rock band from Bristol, Virginia with the lineup of John Sheets on guitar and lead vocals, Chris Sennet on bass and vocals, and Elliott Tench on drums. They had a great sound for a three-piece band. They played tracks from their album Schoolyard Demos which is on Bandcamp. Finally on stage is the band Archaic Knowledge, a groove/heavy metal band from Johnson City, Tennessee consisting of Tim Whitaker on vocals, Greg Glessing on guitar (Greg also plays with Cold Mountain Valley), Joshua Herald on bass and Zane Cioffe on drums. They played tracks from their album Blade of the Judge, now available digitally on Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, and many more, plus physical copies available from Amazon. They did an awesome job and looking forward to hearing more bands at this venue.
Last night June 14, 2019, was an enjoyable and high energy evening at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee with the sold-out show featuring Hinder, Saving Abel and The Adarna. When the doors opened I had the opportunity to speak to a couple of the bands that I had communicated with on Facebook and discussed previous reviews I have done. This band to hit the stage Seattle, Washington based band The Adarna consisting of William Moore on vocals and guitar, Andreka Jasek on lead guitar and vocals, Oliver “O-Town” Spencer on bass and vocals and Murdock on drums. They put on an amazing show with tracks from their Road To Resonance (which I reviewed last month) and tracks from their previous albums. Next up is the band Saving Abel, a southern rock band with members from Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky with their current lineup of Jason Null on lead guitar and backing vocals, Scotty Austin on lead vocals, Scott Bartlett on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Scott Wilson on bass, and Steven Pulley on drums. They entertained the audience with tracks from their numerous albums. They put on a great show and I am looking forward to hearing their albums in the future. After a short break, It was time for the headlining act based Multi-platinum rockers Hinder, an American rock band from Oklahoma with Marshal Dutton on vocals, Joe ‘Blower’ Garvey on guitar, Mark King on guitar, Mike Rodden on bass, and Cody Hanson on drums. They put on a great show with tracks such as their newest release Halo from an upcoming album, Lips Of An Angel which is a 2006 hit for them and many other tracks from 2005 to present. The only disappointment is that there was no music at their merchandise table. Since I did not know till the last minute that I would be able to attend, I did not order any albums in advance to get them to sign and I thought they would have some signed at their table. Otherwise, the experience was awesome and I enjoyed meeting the bands and getting the opportunity to talk to the members. Also, the friendliness of Capone’s staff made me feel welcome. Finally, I want to thank Tommy Breese and George Leonard for making this review happen. I am looking forward to listening to and reviewing the bands they booked for tonight.
Reimaginator is the 2010 album by Rock Sugar, a Los Angeles-based band known for their mashups of pop music and heavy metal from the 1980s. This is the band’s only album to date and each song on the album is a mash-up of two or more songs with each song has at least one rock or heavy metal song and one pop or pop rock song. The line up of this band consists of Lead singer Jess Harnell, drummer and keyboardist Alexander Track, lead guitarist/vocalist Chuck Duran, and bassist Johnny Santoro. I enjoyed every track on this album which consists of such great work as Don’t Stop the Sandman (Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey + Enter Sandman by Metallica), We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody (We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen + Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe), Dreaming of a Whole Lotta Breakfast (Dream On by Aerosmith + Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin + Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin + Breakfast in America by Supertramp), Prayin’ for a Sweet Weekend (Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi + Working for the Weekend by Loverboy + Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses), and so much more. This album was well arranged, performed, recorded and produced. This is definitely an album you will want to add to your library and you can find your copy on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, and many other music outlets.
Overture To Madness is the March 6, 2015 album and my second review for Ohio metal band Axemaster on Pure Steel Records. This great band consists of the lineup of Joe Sims on lead guitar, Jim Curtis on bass, Geoff McGraw on vocals and rhythm guitars and Brian Henderson on drums. This great album with heavy guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and amazing vocals is featured on such tracks as Dream Or Nightmare, Thirty Pieces Of Steel, Peeling Skin, Chylde, Dark Souls and much more. There was not a single bad song on the whole album. This great release was well written, recorded, performed and produced and is available from Amazon, Pure Steel Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. This is definitely a band I would love to have their whole library on CD to listen to in my truck. You can learn more about this band by going to their website https://www.axemasterofficial.com
The Road Is Just A Surface is the August 31, 2018 album by Norwegian artist Anja Garbarek who returned with her first album in 13 years and is a captivating blend of light and shadow, melody and drama. There is two versions of this album, the yellow edition which has ten tracks and Red, a 16 track full album, both has the sound of progressive rock mixed with a bit of jazz. This album has great vocals and harmonies with has that jazzy vocal feel and of telling the story of Bob, who has become trapped in the maze of his own emotions with such tracks as Bob’s Song, The Will To Walk, The Witness, Confessional Memoirs, Lazy Predator and much more. I have only listened to the yellow version but plan to listen to the red version later today. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, and performed and you can pick up your copy of this album from Discogs, Amazon, and other outlets where vinyl, CDs and digital downloads are sold.
Gyreland is the March 21, 2018 album by Bomber Goggles which is three strong composers, Peter Matuchniak, Vance Gloster and Steve Bonino who came together to work on this totally new music project. With Steve Bonino on vocals and bass, Peter Martuchniak on guitars and Vance Gloster on keyboards, plus Jimmy Keegan on drums, they bring a great sound and awesome performance on this thirteen track album which I enjoyed from start to finish with great tracks such as Land Of Plastic, The Gyre, On Gyreland, We Are Not Alone, March Of Tides and much more. I was were to describe the sound, I would say progressive rock with a touch of jazz. I was quite impressed with the songwriting style and performance on this album, as well as how it was recorded and produced. I advise you take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to own your own copy on CD or digital downloads from Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon, and other outlets. To learn more about this album and other interesting information go to the website http://www.stevebonino.com
For my 1235th review, I am proud to present Obfuscate, the latest album by Subclass from Birmingham in the UK to be released on June 24, 2019. Subclass is Tony Mason playing guitar/bass keys vocals/programming/ percussion and more. This mixture of Electronic and Guitars is one of the most amazing albums I have heard so far, featuring great vocals and instrumentation. The last review I did for this band was in April 2018 when their debut album A Race Through Dark Places was my 740th review so time sure does fly. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and according to Tony Mason who told me that this album has a number of changes to the last one, namely the songs are in general a little bit more driving and probably have a bit more oomph with such tracks as Frost And Fire, Problems To Find, Silence, The Game, My Valentine and so much more. This new release was well written, recorded, performed and produced. I highly recommend you check out this album. This album will be available for purchase on June 6, 2019, on Bandcamp and at other outlets on June 24th.
The Dirty Gospel is a great album by Charlottesville, Virginia based band Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers released July 1, 2015, on the Mista Boo Music label. In addition to Keith Morris on guitar and vocal, this great band consists of Tom Proutt on the slide and lead guitar, Bud Bryant on bass, Stuart Gunter on drums, Mike Kilpatrick on pedal steel and guitar and Jen Morris, Davina and Davita Jackson, and Samantha Reed as the choir plus many guest musicians. This is my second review for this band, the first being Love Wounds And Mars and I am seeing the further growth in songwriting and performance on this ten-track new release with such tracks as Psychopaths & Sycophants, Issues (Raising Cain), Devil’s Stew, Are You Free Now, Johnny Gilmore and much more. This album features great vocals, harmonies, and instrumentation as well as being well written, recorded, and performed. You can pick up a copy of this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this band and where they are performing near you at their website https://keith-morris.com