Walk With Me by Jennifer Saran

Walk With Me is my second review for North American adult pop- adult contemporary artist, singer and songwriter Jennifer Saran.  This 2016 release on the Tarpan Records label showcases Jennifer’s powerful vocals whether it is that great disco sound of the 70s and 80s or her soulful ballads. This album was produced by legendary producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Sting). Some of my favorite songs on this eighteen track album were Where Have You Been, Sacred Lover, Sexy Time, Its Not Over, Come Home and so much more.  This album was great from start to finish.  Well written and well recorded.  Check out this album, you will definitely like it.  You can purchase this album at Amazon, Itunes, and wherever CD’s are sold.

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The Beatles “White Album” by The Beatles

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group The Beatles, released on 22 November 1968 on the Apple Records label.  A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed.  There were two versions of this released, one on the plain black vinyl and a collector’s version with white vinyl.  This album also contains a poster and four individual photos of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  This album was the beginning of the major problems in the band a lot of tracks were not recorded together.  In fact, out of the album’s 30 tracks, only 16 have all four band members performing. Some people think this is the best album they have ever recorded and I agree.  Until this album Lennon and McCartney was writing songs as a team.  On this album each of The Beatles was writing their songs alone.  My favorite tracks on this album is Back In The U.S.S.R., While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Rocky Raccoon, Birthday, Good Night, Blackbird and much more.  The track Helter Skelter was used my Charles Manson and his family to justify the Tate-LaBianca murders.  In fact several cuts off the album Manson thought The Beatles was talking to him with this album and sending a message to start a race war.  This is my favorite album of all The Beatles albums.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced by George Martin.  This is one album you must add to your Beatles record library.

 

1967-1970 by The Beatles

1967–1970 (widely known as “The Blue Album“) is a compilation of songs by the English rock band The Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. It was released with 1962–1966 (“The Red Album”), in 1973 on the Apple Records label.  I own two versions of this album, the version on regular black vinyl and the collector’s edition on blue vinyl.  As with 1962–1966, this compilation was produced by Apple/EMI at least partially in response to a bootleg collection titled Alpha Omega, which had been sold on television the previous year. Print advertising for the two records made a point of declaring them “the only authorized collection of The Beatles”. This two album set includes such tracks as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, All You Need Is Love, Hey Jude, Revolution, Get Back, Let It Be and much more. This album was well recorded, compiled and produced. I recommend adding this collection and the red collection to your Beatles library.

Arc Of A Diver by Steve Winwood

Arc of a Diver is the second solo studio album by singer/multi-instrumentalist and former member of Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith Steve Winwood, released in 1980 on the Island Records label. All of the instruments featured on the album were played by Winwood.  This album features my favorite Steve Winwood song When You See A Chance which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  Other notable tracks off this album are the title track Arc Of A Diver and Night Train. All songs were written or co written by Steve Winwood and this album was well recorded, performed and produced.  This is an album I would recommend for your record library.

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Badger & The Belles Self Titled Album

Badger & The Bells is a 2014 self titled album consisting of the Texas Swing greats of Rich O’Brien, Devon Dawson, and Kristyn Harris.  This album brings me back to the days of Asleep At The Wheel and other Texas swing artists.  Among the notable songs on this twelve track album are Maggie, Don’t Forget The Fiddle, Under A Blanket Of Blue, I Didn’t Realize and more.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced.  If you are a Texas swing fan, you will want to add this one to your library.

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The Outsiders by Eric Church

The Outsiders is the fourth studio album by American country music artist Eric Church. It was released on February 11, 2014, via EMI Nashville.  This 12 track album spawned five singles Outsiders, Give Me Back My Hometown, Cold One, Talledega and Like a Wrecking Ball (Don’t get this one confused with the Miley Cyrus song).  Other notable tracks on this album are A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young, The Joint, That’s Damn Rock and Roll and others.  The songs on this album were all co written by Eric Church and was well recorded and produced.  This is a great add to one’s country music library.

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The Way I’m Livin’ by Lee Ann Womack

The Way I’m Livin’ is the eighth studio album by American country music recording artist Lee Ann Womack. The album was released via Sugar Hill Records on September 23, 2014.  It spawned three singles the title track The Way I’m Living, Send It On Down, and Chances Are.  Other noteworthy tracks are Out For The Weekend, Sleeping With The Devil, Not Forgotten You and more. Her voice is as strong as it was when she recorded her major hit in 2000 I Hope You Can Dance.  This album was well written, recorded and produced.  This is a must add to your country music library.

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Under Blue Skies by Calico

CALICO The Band, short for “California Country”, is set to release their sophomore album, Under Blue Skies, on July 21st.  This duo of Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit gives you the sound of Old and New County Music.  This album was great from start to finish. This thirteen track album spawned such great songs as Fine Line, Roll Away, Love Gets In The Way, Free Man and much more as well as a great cover of the Mamas and Papas hit California Dreamin.   This album has great vocals and harmonies as well as great instrumental backup. This was also well written and recorded.  Please check out this album and I think you will like it.  This album can be preordered at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/calicotheband

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From Zero by Indubious

From Zero is the fourth album by Southern Oregon based reggae based band Indubious.  When I listened to this album it brought me back to my trips to Jamaica when I was in the military and seeing the great Bob Marley and other reggae bands. When I write the reviews I listen to the album without knowing anything about the band.  After this one album I was surprised that this album was not done by Jamaicans but my two Americans out of Oregon.  My favorite tracks off this album were Rocketship, If You Follow, Sheep of Conformity, Wednesday, and School Again.  If you are a fan of reggae, you need to check out this album.  This album was well written, performed and recorded and will be available on July 1, 2017 on Amazon, Itunes and in stores and online where available.

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The Big Revival by Kenny Chesney

The Big Revival is the sixteenth studio album by American country music artist Kenny Chesney, released by Blue Chair and Columbia Records on September 23, 2014.  This album was as strong in vocals as it was in all previous albums.  The Big Revival spawned four major singles American Girls, Til It’s Gone, Wild Child, and Save It For A Rainy Day.  The album’s title track, The Big Revival was previously recorded by John Anderson on his 2001 album, Nobody’s Got It All, and later by Montgomery Gentry on their 2008 album, Back When I Knew It All. This album was well written, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s country music library.

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