Greg Smith (2017-2018) by Greg Smith

My 1375th review is in memory of Dr. Gregory LaMonte Smith, (AKA Greg Smith) age 55, who passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019, with the album Greg Smith (2017-2018) which is posthumously released through Daystorm Music.  This seven-track album features Greg Smith on guitar and vocals and Gary Tanin on background vocals and keyboards and includes two songs Coming Down and Pinocchio from recordings Greg and Gary had previously collaborated on.  This album also features the tracks, Janelle, Call Me Charlie (Manson) and several others. Most of the tracks were written by Greg Smith and Gary Tanin and were well performed, recorded and produced.  After hearing this, I am interested in hearing his earlier solo material.  You can find out more about this album and where you can purchase it by contacting DAYSTORM MUSIC at daystormusic@garytanin.com for details.

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Pitch Slapped by Eric J. Confer

Pitch Slapped is the July 23, 2019, album by 45-year multi-instrumentalist, primarily guitar, recording artist Eric J. Confer.  This is my second review for this amazing artist, my last review was for the album Monogatari back in February this year.  After hearing the track Manus Ex Machina on WTAU Pea Ridge Nation radio show last night, I was anxious to hear the rest of the album.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great guitar and keyboard work especially with such tracks as Dice, Stalingrad, Things I Have Lost, the title track Pitch Slapped and so much more.  Eric did an amazing job writing and performing this album plus making sure it was well recorded.  This album is available as a digital download from Bandcamp  (https://ericjconfer.bandcamp.com/track/pitch-slapped) and I highly recommend this one and looking forward to seeing what is next.

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Highway To Hell by AC/DC

Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released 27 July 1979 on the Albert/Atlantic Records label with the lineup of  lead singer Bon Scott, (who died early the following year on 19 February 1980 so this was his last album), Angus Young on lead guitar, his brother Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar, Cliff Williams on bass and Phil Rudd on drums. This is also the first album to be released without the other Young brother George as a producer, that job given to Robert John “Mutt” Lang.  This ten-track album spawned three singles, the title track Highway To Hell, Girls Got Rhythm and Touch Too Much.  Other notable tracks on this album are If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It), Night Prowler, and more.  This is the second highest selling AC/DC album (behind Back in Black) and is generally considered one of the greatest hard rock albums ever made with Bon Scott’s powerful vocals, Angus Young’s heavy guitar riffs, and Phil Rudd’s driving drum beats.  This great release was well written (with all tracks written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott), recorded, performed and produced.  I have been a fan of this band from the beginning and have built an impressive vinyl library of this work with this album being among my favorites and it is still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, and all outlets where music is sold.  To learn more about this great band, go to their website https://www.acdc.com

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Stayin’ Alive Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I was watching the follow-up to the motion picture Saturday Night Fever called Stayin’ Alive so I decided to review the vinyl album in my library which is the soundtrack to this movie released July 1983 on the RSO Records label.  Side one of this 12 track album was five new songs by the Bee Gees such as The Woman In You, I Love You Too Much, Someone Belongs To Someone and more plus an edited version of Stayin’ Alive.  Side two was all non Bee Gees tracks such as Frank Stallone (Sylvester Stallone’s brother) doing Far From Over, Look Out For Number one by Tommy Faragher,  Finding Out The Hard Way by singer, dancer and actress Cynthia Rhodes and much more.  All the songs on this soundtrack fitted the scenes in the movie perfectly.  The soundtrack itself was well written, performed, recorded and produced plus it is a great addition to one’s soundtrack library.  This album is still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs and everywhere music are sold.

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Cloud Nine by George Harrison

Cloud Nine is the 11th studio album by former Beatle George Harrison released  November 2, 1987, on the Dark Horse Records label and was Harrison’s last solo studio album released during his lifetime.  This great album was released after Harrison had taken a five-year hiatus from his career as a solo artist and spawned five singles Got My Mind Set On You, Devil’s Radio, When We Were Fab, the title track Cloud 9, and This Is Love. Besides George Harrison and ELO member Jeff Lynne, other artists involved in the sessions included Jim Keltner and fellow former Beatle Ringo Starr on drums, Eric Clapton on guitar and both Gary Wright and Elton John on piano. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced.  If you are a major Beatle and solo artist-fan as I am, you will want to add this album to your library which is still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download format from Amazon, Discogs all music outlets.

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Open Your Eyes by David Hasselhoff

I look forward each day to see what comes in my mailbox for me to review.  Today I received something quite different and that was the latest CD by Baywatch and Knight Rider actor David Hasselhoff called Open Your Eyes scheduled for release on September 27, 2019, on the Cleopatra Records label.  This thirteen track CD features similarly unexpected covers, including Echo and The Bunnymen’s  Lips Like Sugar,  Modern English’s  I Melt With You, David Bowie’s  Heroes,  Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again, Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline and much more with guests including Todd Rundgren, The Stooges’ James Williamson, country legend Charlie Daniels, industrial pioneers Ministry, The Cars’ Elliot Easton, Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens and more.  This album was well recorded and produced and even though I am not a fan of David Hasselhoff, there are many people especially in Germany and Europe that is.  This album will be available September 27th on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon, Cleopatra Record, and other music outlets.   You can learn more about this artist, his music and his concert tour by going to his website http://davidhasselhoffonline.com

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Wings At The Speed Of Sound by Wings

Wings at the Speed of Sound is the fifth studio album by Wings, released on 25 March 1976 on the Capitol Records label as a follow-up to their previous album Venus and Mars.  Wings consist of former Beatle Paul McCartney on vocals, bass, guitars and keyboards, his wife Linda McCartney on vocals and keyboards, Denny Laine on guitars, bass, piano and vocals, Jimmy McCulloch on guitars, bass and vocals, and Joe English on drums and vocals.  This eleven-track album features such singles as Let ‘Em In, Silly Love Songs, Beware My Love and much more as well as notable tracks Wino Junko, Time To Hide and more.  All members of the band contributed with the songwriting tasks on this album and were recorded at Abbey Road in two different sessions. This album was well-performed, recorded, and produced and was issued at the height of the band’s popularity.  This album is still available in Vinyl, CD and digital download format from Amazon, Discogs, and other music outlets.

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Greatest Hits by Steely Dan

Greatest Hits is a double LP compilation album by Steely Dan, released November 30, 1978, on the ABC Records label which includes tracks from the band’s first six studio albums.  I am impressed with the fact that many members of Steely Dan have gone on to form or join other great bands such as guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and keyboardist Michael McDonald went on to join The Doobie Brothers, drummer Jeff Pocaro who went on to form Toto, and vocalist Royce Jones went on to join Ambrosia, just to name a few.   The two main members of Steely Dan throughout the years is Donald Fagen lead vocals and keyboards and Walter Becker on guitar, bass, and vocals.  This eighteen track compilation features such hits as Do It Again, Reeling In The Years, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, Peg, and many more.  One track that did not appear on this album is FM (No Static at All) from the movie FM released in 1978 and this compilation is tracks from 1972-1977.  This collection was well compiled, performed, written, recorded and produced.  This a great album to add to your record library.  You can still purchase this album on Vinyl, CD, and digital download format from Amazon, Discogs and everywhere else that music is sold. Donald Fagen is the only original member still with this band with Walter Becker passing away in 2017.  Steely Dan is still touring and you can find out the tour schedule and other info by going to their official website https://www.steelydan.com

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The Best of Luther Vandross… The Best of Love by Luther Vandross

The Best of Luther Vandross… The Best of Love is the first compilation album by American singer Luther Vandross, released on October 4, 1989, on the Epic Records label.  This two-LP set contains all his greatest hits plus two previously unreleased tracks Here and Now which became Vandross’ first top ten pop hit and his 1990 single Treat You Right.  This compilation features tracks that I have learned to love such as A House Is Not A Home, Since I Lost My Baby, Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me, Give Me A Reason, and so much more.  This compilation did a great job showcasing Luther’s work from 1980-1989 as well as a great performance, superb recording, and production.  If you want a great album for your library by this artist, then this is the one to add.  It is still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, and many other music outlets.  Vandross died on July 1, 2005, but his music will live on.

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Hollow by Stone Wicked Souls

Hollow is my 1366th review and the December 1, 2017 debut release from Cadiz, Ohio powerhouse hard rock/stoner metal band Stone Wicked Souls takes ’90s grunge to a new level, combining over three decades of rock and metal music released on the Supermonkey Recording Company label. The line up on this album consists of  Bryan Blake on vocals and guitar, Joe Sparkman on lead guitar, Joe Conter on bass and Eddie Lantz on drums.  This five-track EP features the tracks Say Anything, the title track Hollow, Dance Of The Dead, Truth Farm and Love MuscleI recently reviewed their 2019 album Drag Of A Ride and after listening to this one I see the growth of this band from this release and their latest.   I enjoyed the five-track EP from start to finish with its powerful vocals, amazing guitar work and driving drum beats as well as how this album was recorded, written, and performed.  You can pick up a copy of this great album from Amazon, Itunes, and Bandcamp on CD or digital download.  To learn more about this band, go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StoneWickedSouls

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