Pride by Ashley MacIsaac

Ashley MacIsaac is a traditionalist with a penchant for experimentation. His ability to cross the boundaries of folk, punk, garage rock, and metal all bound together by his astonishing fiddle-playing, branded him as an eccentric, an upstart and a pioneer.  Pride released September 27, 2005, on Linus Entertainment Records is my second review for this Canadian fiddler, singer, and songwriter from Cape Breton Island, my first review being for his Christmas album A Cape Breton Christmas.  This is also his first hard-core recording, abandoning the fiddle for guitar and vocals with a heavier feel than his previous work with such tracks on this eleven-track album as Bitch, Revolution, A Man Like You, Nights Wasted Away and much more.  This album was not received as well as his earlier work due his audience was not ready for him abandoning the fiddle for this album, but I felt that it still showcases great songwriting, an amazing performance, and a superb recording and is available on CD and digital download format from Amazon, Discogs, and other music outlets.

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Mama Let Him Play by Doucette

Mama Let Him Play is the 1977 debut album by Jerry Victor Doucette, a Canadian guitarist, and singer-songwriter known just as Doucette rereleased several times, the latest being September 24, 2013, on the Mushroom Records label.  In addition to Jerry Doucette on guitars and vocals, he is joined by Duris Maxwell on drums, Don Cummings on bass, Robbie King on keyboards, Brent Shindel on guitars and Dale Jacobs on string synthesizer.  This eleven-track album is slightly reminiscent of the sound of Steve Miller and the Doobie Brothers with such tracks as Down The Road, Back Off, the title track Mama Let Him Play, Cat Walk (which is a bonus track) and much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with excellent guitar work and amazing vocals and harmonies plus I was quite impressed with the writing and recording of this album.  This released is still available on Vinyl, CD, Cassette and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, and other outlets.  To learn more about this amazing artist, his music and more go to his official website http://www.jerrydoucette.ca

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Greatest Hits/Live by Heart

Greatest Hits/Live is a compilation album of greatest hits, live recordings and new tracks released in 1980 by the American hard rock band Heart. Their sixth album overall, and was issued in North America as a double LP released November 29, 1980, on the Epic Records label.  The first disc was a collection of the band’s most famous songs, such as Barracuda, Crazy On You, Magic Man and many others, while the second was mostly a live album with such tracks as Bebe Le Strange, Sweet Darlin’, Rock And Roll and many others, as well as a great cover of the classic track, Tell It Like It Is.  This compilation was well performed, written and recorded.  With Ann and Nancy Wilson providing great vocals and guitar work, with Roger Fisher and Howard Leese providing extra guitars, Steve Fossen on bass and Michael DeRosier on drums, the band gave a performance and a recording that you will want to own and listen for years.  This release is still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from many music retailers.  This band is still performing all over the world and you can learn more about this amazing band by going to their official website https://www.heart-music.com

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Any Road by Bachman

Randy Bachman had a great career as a member of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive as a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. With this album Any Road, Randy Bachman showcases his work as a solo artist and only putting his last name Bachman on the label.  On this twelve track album originally released in 1993, Randy Bachman is playing guitar and vocals, joined by Billy Rea “Crash” Chapman on drums and Richard Cochrane on bass.  He is also joined by guest artists Neil Young providing guitar and vocals and Margo Timmons providing vocals on the track Prairie Town, Callianne Bachman providing vocals on Overworked and Underpaid and several other guest artists.  Other notable tracks on this album are the title track Any Road, Vanishing Heroes, Why Am I Lonely and much more.  I enjoyed this album, but not as much as some of his other work.  This album was still well written, performed and recorded and is available on CD and digital download from any music outlets.

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Walk That Walk by Jack And The Box

Walk That Walk is the November 29, 2019 album by Jack and the Box, a blues project band from Austin, Texas consisting of Keith Pevoto on vocals (who is blind and paralyzed), Randy Glines on bass and backing vocals, Jamie Krueger on drums and backing vocals, Josh Fulero on guitar and backing vocals, and Greg Izor on harp and backing vocals.  Keith showcases his vocal talent and songwriting skills on such tracks on this seven-song album as The Struggle, the title track Walk That Walk, Roam and several others.  In addition to a great performance on this album, this album shows a great recording.  I hope to hear more from this band in the future and you can get your own copy of this CD or digital download from Bandcamp and other outlets.

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Turn It Loud by The Headpins

Turn It Loud is the debut album from The Headpins, one of Canada’s best and most successful rock bands in the ’80s.  It was originally released in 1982 and re-released on September 15, 2003, on the Solid Gold Records label.  By the time this album was released, there were a few personnel changes.  The lineup for this debut album is Darby Mills on lead vocals, Bernie Aubin on drums, Brian McLeod on guitars and AB Bryant on bass. This amazing release that quickly went platinum and topped the charts for six weeks spawned the single Don’t It Make Ya Feel and featured other tracks such as the title track Turn It Loud, Don’t Ya Ever Leave Me, You Can’t Have Me and much more.  After hearing this great album, I am looking forward to hearing their later releases and hear the growth of this band as performers and songwriters.  This album was well written, recorded and performed and still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from all music outlets.

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The Black Irish by The Mahones

The Black Irish is the January 20, 2011 album by The Mahones, a Canadian Irish punk band released on the Whiskey Devil Records label and distributed by True North Records.  This band comprises of Finny McConnell on lead vocals, guitars, and mandolin, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan on drums and backing vocals, Katie “KaBoom” McConnell on accordion and backing vocals, Sean “Riot” Ryan on bass and vocals, Sean Winter on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and backing vocals, and “The Legendary” Mark Gilligan on backing vocals.  This twelve track album which won the Independent Music Award for Best Punk Album in 2012 features such tracks as A Great Night On The Lash, Ghost Of A Whiskey Devil, The Blood Is On Your Hands, Lord Of The Dirty Hordes, Whiskey Under The Bridge and so much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and many other music outlets.

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Philip Sayce Group by Philip Sayce

Philip Sayce Group is the debut album by Welsh-born Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter Philip Sayce originally released in 1996 with Hypnotic Records/MCA Records Canada before he was discovered by blues legend Jeff Healy and was asked to join his band which played with Healy for three and a half years before moving to Los Angeles and eventually playing for such artists as Uncle Kracker and Melissa Etheridge.  This album was eventually re-released on May 21, 2013, by Linus Entertainment.  This ten-track album showcases the beginnings of the amazing guitarist with such tracks as Morning Star, Backwater Blues, Already Gone, Wrong Place Wrong Time, and much more.  After listening to this CD, I became an instant fan and looking forward to hearing more from this amazing guitarist that gives you a great mix of blues and rock.  I was quite impressed with the songwriting style as well as its performance and recording.  You can still find this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Itunes, and many other outlets plus you can learn more about this artist, his music and his tour schedule by going to his official  website http://philipsayce.com

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Great Dirty World by Gowan

Great Dirty World is the third studio album by Canadian musician Gowan, who is the current keyboardist and vocalist for the band Styx, originally released in 1987 on Columbia Records and reissued on May 22, 2012, on the Linus Entertainment Records label.  This album spawned three singles, Moonlight Desires (which features the background vocals of Yes former vocalist Jon Anderson), Awake the Giant, and Living in the Golden Age.  Other notable tracks are Human Drama, 60 Second Nightmare and much more.  I was quite impressed with his vocal style, his great songwriting, and performance as well as the recording of this album.  This is the first time I have heard this artist and am looking forward to hearing more from him.  This great album is available from Amazon, Discogs, and many other outlets as well as his official website http://www.gowan.org where you can learn more about the artist and his music.

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Family Joules by Foghat

Family Joules is the fourteenth studio album by the English rock band Foghat, released in 2003 on the Varese Vintage Records label and rereleased February 10, 2017, on the Linus Entertainment Records label. It is the first album by the band without founding member, guitarist and singer Dave Peverett and consists of Charlie Huhn taking over the lead vocals and guitar duties along with Bryan Bassett on guitar and vocals, Tony Stevens on bass and vocals and Roger Earl on drums.  This band still has that great rocking sound that they had back in 1975 when they had their big hit of Slow Ride.  This thirteen track album features such tracks as Mumbo Jumbo, I Feel Fine, Looking For You, Sex With The Ex, Mean Voodoo Woman and so much more.  I was quite impressed with their songwriting abilities, as well as how well this album was performed and recorded with it still available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, CD Baby, and many other music outlets.  This band is still touring and you can find out more about this band, their tour schedule, and their music by going to their official website https://foghat.com

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