The American Beauties are a folk-rock quartet from Somerville, Massachusetts who released their debut record Too Worn To Mend on October 16, 2012, with their own independent label. The magic of this group is in its lineup of Michael A. Gray on vocals guitar and harmonica, Jonas Kahn on guitar, Justin Kolack on bass and Jeff Allison on drums and backing vocals. This eleven-track album that is still getting a lot of radio airplay on independent radio stations and online radio shows features such tracks as On A String, Miles From Nowhere, Forever Like The Sea, Grace Under Fire, Gone Gone and so much more. Their sound, to me, sounds like bands I grew up with like America, Bread, CSN, The Byrds and many others with amazing vocals and harmonies, impressive guitar work as well as a great performance, songwriting, and recording. The only thing on this recording I noticed is that they could have increased the volume on the vocals, otherwise this album was recorded well. This album is available on from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other music retailers where CDs and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule, go to their official website https://www.americanbeauties.org
For my 1569th review, I am honored for the opportunity to review the album Joy by the Brooklyn, New York-based band Gentlemen’s Academy, a November 20, 2019 release. This eleven-track album features Mike Markowitz on guitar and bass, Randy Pratt on lyrics and vocal melodies, Patrick Klein on guitar and bass, Rich Zukor on percussion and drums, and Scott Treibitz, Mike Dimeo, and Rob Schwimmer on keyboards. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as Be Brave For Love, The Keepin” Kind, Paradise, When We Were Young, Crush and so much more. This band showcased an album with great songwriting, performance, and recording. This superb album can be purchased from CD Baby, Amazon and other music retailers on CD and digital download.
It is not very often that I open a package from one of the major labels and find a great album by a local band. Romanticizer is the January 2, 2020 debut EP by Asheville, North Carolina rock and roll band Ugly Runner released on the Cleopatra Records label. This three-piece band consists of Brett J Kent on bass, Stephen Britt on guitar and vocals, and Russell Walker on drums. This six-track EP contains such tracks as How Lovely You Are, She Was Your Girl, This Time Of Year and much more. Says the band, Romanticizer is an EP we wanted to put out as a rock ‘n’ roll showcase. It’s not a concept album in a lyrical sense, but it is a representation of personal growth, addiction, relationships, and the hope for societal awareness all around us. This EP was well written, performed and recorded. I hope to eventually hear this band play live in one of our local clubs. This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Cleopatra Records, and other music outlets as well as on their official website https://uglyrunnermusic.com where you can learn more about their music, their tour schedule and much more.
The Resurrection Of Ants is the April 14, 2017 album by Life On Mars consisting of Fernando Perdomo which I have reviewed several times and is both producer, engineer and artist on vocals and most instruments, Earl Kayoss who is the principal songwriter, producer and artist on vocals, guitar and piano, Durga McBroom on lead and backing vocals and Ruti Celli on lead vocals and cello. This fifteen track progressive rock album, which is their second release showcases Fernando’s great guitar work and Earl’s amazing vocals on such tracks as I’m Alright, I Can Save Your Planet, Crying Time, Get Real and so much more. I was moved by the songwriting styles on this album as well as a thrilling performance and excellent recording. I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing band and watch their growth as performers and songwriters. This release is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and other music outlets.
Arias & Serenades is the April 10, 2007 album by the accomplished pianist, guitarist, composer, studio producer and a member of the popular singing group Canada’s Three Tenors Charles Di Raimondo who enjoys a successful career in Canada and the USA. He is in demand as a tenor soloist at concerts, recitals, festivals, and major corporate functions. This fifteen track album of operatic arias and serenades showcases his amazing tenor voice on such tracks as Mattinata, Granada, Agnus Dei Lamb Of God, Amor Ti Vieta, O Sole Mio and much more. I enjoyed this release from start to finish with an amazing vocal performance and recording. This is my third review for this accomplished tenor and I am looking forward to hearing much more from this artist whether it is older recordings or future releases. This album is available on CD and digital download from many outlets where music is sold.
Good Times Guaranteed is the 1994 album from the Canadian blues group the Downchild Blues Band later shortened to Downchild which was re-released September 11, 3007 on the Linus Entertainment label. Downchild features Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh on guitar and harmonica; Chuck Jackson on lead vocals and harmonica; Pat Carey on tenor and baritone saxophones; Michael Fonfara on piano, organ, and dobro, Gary Latimer on bass and Tyler Burgess on drums which features the title track Good Times Guaranteed, as well as Wednesday Night Blues, I Can’t Stand It, Annie’s Got A Sister, I’m Finished and much more. This is my fifth review for this amazing band and I am continuously thrilled with this band’s songwriting talent as well as their performance and their recording of this album. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great band and review them as well. This twelve track album is available on CD and digital download format from Amazon, Itunes and many other outlets where music is sold. To find out more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule, go to their official website https://www.downchild.com
A Journey Beyond Understanding is the January 31, 2015 album on the Petrogly Records label by Cousin Silas, the stage name of English electronic artist David Hughes and Head Joint, an progressive rock band featuring Victor Rivkin from Atlanta, Georgia on vocals, guitar, keyboards, trumpet and bass and Michael Jobborn from Ontario, Canada on keyboards, Hammond organ, guitars, piano, flute, violin, xaphoon, tin whistle, clarinet, pan flute, fife, and harmonica. This nine-track album has a very unique sound which I found very relaxing with such tracks as the title track A Journey Beyond Understanding, An Adventure In An Unknown Star System, No Balance On The Moon Parts One Two and Three, plus much more. The first two tracks are over twelve minutes long. I was quite impressed with the work on this album with how it was written, performed and recorded. I am looking forward to listening to more music from this record label. You can find this album from Discogs and https://petroglyphmusic.bandcamp.com/album/a-journey-beyond-understanding
The Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the Canadian Rock band Toronto, formed in the late 1970s in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and released in 1984. This classic band consists of Holly Woods on lead vocals, Sheron Alton and Brian Allen on guitar and vocals, Scott Kreyer on keyboards and vocals, Nick Costello, Gary Lalonde and Mike Gingrich on bass, and Jimmy Fox and Barry Connors on drums. This Compilation features two new studio tracks Andrea and Me Generation as well as a bonus track What About Love. This album features such hits as Your Daddy Don’t Know, Enough Is Enough, Even The Score and so much more. I was quite impressed with their great vocals and guitar work as well as how this album was written, recorded and performed. This is my first time hearing this group and will be interested in hearing more from this band. This compilation was re-released on January 8, 2007, from Linus Entertainment and is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, Discogs, and many other music outlets.
Daybreaking Live is the album recorded live at the Babooinumfest, the progressive rock festival organized by Sergey Gorchaninov and his band OT&DO. This album includes mainly Roz Vitalis’ newest stuff, composed, arranged and developed in 2018 and 2019. This album released January 10, 2020, features the lineup Ruslan Kirillov on bass guitar, Vladislav Korotkikh on flute, Ivan Rozmainsky on electric piano & synth, Vladimir Semenov and Tyan-Shansky – electric guitar and Evgeny Trefilov on drums, mixing, and mastering. This eight-track album features such tracks as Mother of All Rain (from Patience of Hope album), Fret Not Thyself Because of Evildoers and Psalm 6 (both from The Hidden Man of the Heart album) and several more. I enjoyed listening to this album and was impressed with the songwriting, the performance and how this was recorded. This album is available from Bandcamp and other digital outlets.
Shine is the 2004 EP by Toronto Born and Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Andy Stochansky on the Linus Entertainment Records label. This five-track EP features the tracks Shine, Butterfly Song, Stutter (a live version), House Of Gold (also done live) and Hero. I am impressed with the vocal and instrumental work on this EP as well as the songwriting talent and recording of the EP. This is an album I highly recommend that you take a listen to this album and I think you will be impressed too. This EP is available in CD and digital download format from Amazon, Discogs and may other music outlets.