Twin Barrels Burning is the 12th studio album by British rock band Wishbone Ash released 1982 on the AVM Records label and was re-released as a two cd set by Cherry Red Records in 2017 with a second disc of American remixes of nine tracks from this album. It is the only Wishbone Ash album to feature Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder, who was a member of the band for three years (1981–83). This amazing album has great vocals and harmonies as well as killer guitar riffs as seen in such tracks as Engine Overheat, Genevieve, Streets Of Shame, Wind Up and so much more. This classic rock album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This album will bring back great memories of this awesome band and can be purchased from Cherry Red Records, Amazon, and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 785th review, I am proud to guide you through the third phase of the journey of the history of the Michigan rock band Widetrack with its newest release Widetrack III released May 18, 2018, on their own record label. This great 12 track album showcases Ron Tippin’s great songwriting ability, strong voices, great guitar riffs and the growth of this band since the last album on such tracks as The Other, Loveless, Transcend, Burning The Sun and so much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. Who knows, maybe the next album won’t have a Roman Numeral….lol. This album is now available on their website http://www.widetrackband.com, Itunes, and other sites where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 784th review, I am doing something I rarely do and that is to review a single song. Bellwether Serenade is inspired by the alto sax that Bryan Cumming bought from Sally Weatherford, whose husband Don Belcher, bought it when he was in high school in 1953. This soft jazzy composition was written by Bryan and played on Alto Sax along with Kelli Cox on piano, John Vogt on bass and Adam Mormolstein on drums and is from the sessions of May 2016 when they recorded Come Out Swinging album with a live band in the studio. They recorded twenty songs during that recording session in which ten of the songs became the album Come Out Swinging. The other ten songs including this beautiful song are on their new album to be released sometime next year. Bryan also sent me an earlier version of this great song that was for an earlier home-made version of the Come Out Swinging album which I liked just as well. Impressed with how well this song was written, performed, and recorded. I will keep you updated on when this song is released and where you can purchase it.
B4Ever Now is the March 1, 2018, EP release by Marcelo Paganini, a French/Brazilian composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, keyboards, harmonica, cavaquinho, bass, percussion, drums), arranger, sound designer, and movie maker. This progressive rock-jazz fusion for the digital space age album with guitar and vocals is out of this world as seen on such tracks as Crying With A Smile, Last Bart To San Bruno, the title track B4Ever Now, and 2012 Space Traffic Jam. I was amazed by how well this EP was written, produced, recorded and performed and is available from CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Outsider is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band Three Days Grace released on March 9, 2018, through RCA Records. This four-piece band consists of drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, bassist Brad Walst, Lead guitarist Barry Stock and vocalist Matt Walst, who is also bassist Brad Walst’s brother. This is also their first album since their 2015 release Human. So far this twelve track album has spawned two singles The Mountain and I Am The Outsider. Other notable tracks on this new album are Right Left Wrong, Nothing To Lose But You, Strange Days, The Abyss and more. This album was well recorded, produced, written and performed. I was lucky to get them to autograph this album even though I missed their performance at Rockfest in Ladson, South Carolina. I hope to catch them in concert sometime in the future. I highly recommend this album to your music library.
Live in Vienna is a triple-disc live album by the English progressive rock band King Crimson. This expanded album, just titled Live in Vienna, was released through Discipline Global Mobile on 6 April 2018 consisting of three CDs featuring the complete concert from Vienna on Dec. 1st, 2016 mixed from the original multi-track tapes. CDs Presented in concert sequence with discs 1 & 2 featuring the complete first and second sets. Disc one contained one of my favorite songs The Court Of The Crimson King which was well done, even though I would prefer the Greg Lake vocals. It also contains such tracks as Pictures Of The City, Sailors Tale and more. Disc two contacts such tracks as Epitaph, Meltdown, Lark’s Tongues in Aspic and more and disc three contains Vienna encores plus the long-awaited live recorded debut of Fracture by the 2016 line-up as performed in Copenhagen, as well another great hit 21st Century Schizoid Man and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was performed, produced and recorded. You can purchase this amazing album from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Disobey is the May 11, 2018 debut release by Bad Wolves, an American heavy metal supergroup on the Eleven Seven Records label. The band consists of vocalist Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy, ex-Snot), drummer John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), lead guitarist Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), rhythm guitarist Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead, ex-For the Fallen Dreams) and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment, Vimic). We first heard this great band at Carolina Rebellion and plan to see them next month at a local club. This debut release has so far spawned three singles Learn To Live, Toast To The Ghost and Zombie with a cover of a song originally recorded by the Cranberries. The Cranberries singer, Dolores O’Riordan, was supposed to have performed the song with the band but died prior to recording it. They announced at Carolina Rebellion that a portion of the proceeds from this song would go to help Delores’s family. The song has topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Another great track on this album is Hear Me Now which I feel will do on the Billboard Chart. I was amazed by how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed. Please take a listen to this album and I feel you will want to add this to your Record or CD library from Amazon, Itunes and all locations where CD’s, Vinyl and digital albums are sold. The vinyl version will be available for purchase on May 25, 2018.
May 5, 2018, was the date of our second rock festival experience. Even though Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, North Carolina is a three-day event, finances only allowed us to go to one day of the festival. When you take into consideration the cost of hotel rooms, tickets etc, you plan out which day to enjoy. There was a good line up for that day including Palasaides, Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, Asking Alexandra, Trivium, Toothgrinder, In This Moment and so many others. Godsmack and Breaking Benjamin were later that evening but after the long walk from one stage to another (there were four stages spread out on the property as much as a quarter mile apart), plus the hot temperatures, we headed home early. They did have special platforms for those that were in wheelchairs, walkers, where they can sit and watch the performances. At least we now know how to work it where we can stay longer by getting the VIP tickets ahead of time so we can be in a more shaded area. I spent most of my time trying to get autographs from what bands I could. I found out there was one place you could get your autographs for free which I managed a few, but at that area, there might be only one or two members from that band signing but I did manage to get the whole band of Toothgrinder to sign my poster and photo. There is another area doing signatures sponsored by FYE which had a tent selling CD’s and Vinyl of the artists performing and next to that tent was an area where the whole bands are signing. The catch is that you must buy a CD or Vinyl album from them and get a green wristband to get an autograph from the band next door. I did buy the latest CD by Trivium and got them to sign it. I know before next year is to save enough to buy albums there for the artists to sign since you are not able to bring your own CD’s or Vinyl to be signed at this venue. There was also a great assortment of drink and food sold there and other attractions to check out. I personally liked the fresh squeezed lemonade. I just checked out their website to find out that you can start getting your tickets in November and put them on layaway to make four payments for them over four months. There is also a site called Gov X, which gives discounts for us military veterans which we will need to check out in November. We hope to go to all three days next year and have to plan for that. I already told my wife no Christmas presents next year, just tickets and funds on my card for this festival and for Rockfest which we went a few weeks earlier. All in all, it was a great festival.
For my 779th review, I present the blending influences of 70’s classic FM album rock (Stones, Kraftwerk, Steely Dan, Supertramp) with a melodic progressive flavor, instrumental artist The Man From RavCon (Aka Mike Brown) ninth release Another World to be released on June 22, 2018. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with the title track Colossus which reminded me so much of the work of the group Kraftwerk, Max The Cat, Code Red, The Garden and much more. I noticed the difference in each track, each with a different style. I was amazed by how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. Look for it to be released on CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Better Together is the new studio album by one of the original founder members of Wishbone Ash, Ted Turner and his wife Majella released April 6, 2018, on the Turnersound Music Records label and distributed by Cherry Red Records. This album contains 12 original songs inspired by their thirteen-year journey as first friends, then lovers, and, more recently, husband and wife collaborators with such tracks as starting with the title song, Better Together, which describes Turner’s first meeting with his life and musical partner, Dance With Me, Instairs, Inside You, Truer Word Said, Karmony, which was inspired by the legacy of John Lennon who was a strong influence in the couple’s life and much more. Listening to this album takes me back to songs from the psychedelic period of the sixties with its haunting vocals and great guitar riffs, as well as being well written, recorded, produced and performed. This album is available on Amazon, Itunes, Cherry Red Records and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.