The Future Is Us by Hawkestrel

The Future Is Us is the August 9, 2019 release by Hawkestrel on the Cleopatra Records label.  This incredible project brings together a host of former members and associates of the Hawkwind family including longtime bassist Alan Davey also playing Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Drum Arrangements, and Piano , co-founder Nik Turner on saxophone, original bassist Lemmy Kilmister (later to be founder, lead singer, bassist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Motörhead), drummer Ginger Baker (drummer and founder of the band Cream), violinist Simon House, original guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton, Paul Rudolph on bass, Mick Slattery on guitar and Bridget Wishart, William Shatner (of Star Trek fame), Nigel Potter and Kevin M Sommers taking on vocal parts.  This thirteen track progressive rock album features such great tracks as Do What Ya Need To Do, the title track The Future Is Us, Goodbye Death Valley, Hawkestrel, Bad Boys For Life and so much more.  This great album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available from Amazon, Discogs, Cleopatra Records and other outlets where CDs, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold.

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Inspired By The Blues by Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

For my 1311th review, I received in the mail a CD by Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne with his September 28, 2018 release Inspired By The Blues on the Stony Plain Records label.  In addition to Kenny on piano, organ, and vocals, he is joined by BB King’s long-time bass player Russell Jackson on acoustic and electric bass, Joey Dimarco on drums, Yuji Ihara on lead and rhythm guitar, Dave Babcock on tenor and baritone saxophone and Bob Tildesley on trumpet.  This album also includes such guests Billy Branch on harmonica, guitarist Duke Robillard and Lynne Chwyl on background vocals.  This release features such great tracks as Start Rockin’, Lake Country Boogie, Mr. Blueberry Hill, and many others as well as a great rendition of the Ray Charles classic Georgia On My Mind.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available in CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where music is sold.  To find out where he is playing near you and more about his music go to his website https://kennybluesboss.com

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Swing by Pat Travers

Legendary guitarist Pat Travers gets swinging on a set of big band classics from the ’40s & ’50s on this unique project in his July 26, 2019 album Swing released on the Purple Pyramid Records label and distributed by Cleopatra Records.  Along with Tommy Craig  on drums and David Pastorius on bass, guitarist Pat Travers covers such great tracks In The Mood (originally recorded by Glen Miller), Louis Prima’s Sing Sing Sing,  Duke Ellington’s Take The ‘A’ Train  Ray Charles Let The Good Times Roll, Tommy Dorsey’s Opus One and so much more.  Pat had the great keyboardist Michael Franklin help him with the horn arrangements and getting the players for the recording sessions and even had his brother Tim Franklin playing the upright bass to give this album that unique sound.  I was quite thrilled with this album and how it was recorded, arranged, performed and produced and is available on colored vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Cleopatra Records, and all other music outlets.  Pat is still touring and to find out where he is playing near you and find out more about this artist and his work, go to his website http://www.pattravers.com

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Head Games by Foreigner

Head Games is the third studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released on 10 September 1979 by Atlantic Records.  The lineup on this album is Lou Gramm on lead vocals, Mick Jones on lead guitar, piano, and vocals, Ian McDonald on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Al Greenwood on keyboards, Dennis Elliott on drums and Rick Wills on bass.  It marked the first appearance of new bass guitarist Rick Wills who replaced Ed Gagliardi (who was fired from the band), and was the last album with founding members Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood who would leave the band after the recording.  This album also spawned five singles Dirty White Boys, the title track Head Games, Women, Love On The Telephone, and I’ll Get Even With You.  I was impressed with the performance and songwriting on this album as well as it’s recording.  This is definitely an album, you will want to add to your record library.  This album is still available from everywhere that Vinyl, CDs and digital downloads are sold and this great band is still touring and you can find their tour schedule and more about this band by going to their website https://www.foreigneronline.com

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Kanypshyn by Kanypshyn

Kanypshyn is the June 12, 2019, full album by southern metal band Kanypshyn out of Nashville, Tennessee consisting of Evan Bird on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dee Jay Fox on lead guitar, Silas Terry on bass and Ty Marin on drums.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with heavy guitar riffs, great vocals, thumping bass lines, and driving drum beats on such tracks as The Weight Of It All, Letting Go, To Trudge and much more.  This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced and at this time is only available as a digital download from Bandcamp.  To learn more about this band, go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Kanypshynofficial

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Pilgrimage by Wishbone Ash

Pilgrimage is the second studio album by the British rock band Wishbone Ash released September 1971 on the Decca/MCA Records label. The album focuses more on folk and acoustic music as opposed to the blues-rock sound that dominated the first album.  The lineup on this album is Andy Powell and Ted Turner on guitars and vocals, Martin Turner on bass and vocals, and Steve Upton on drums.  This seven-track album features such songs as The Pilgrim, Vas Dis, Valediction and much more.  This album also showcases great harmonies, instrumentation, and their songwriting abilities as well as being well recorded and produced.  You can still find this album from Amazon, Discogs, and other music outlets where Vinyl, CDs and digital downloads are sold.  This band is still touring and you can learn more about this band and what they are up to now by going to their website http://wishboneash.com

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1980 All Clear by David Bowie

For my 1306th music review, I wanted to pull something out of my vinyl library that maybe not too many people knew about as in the case of the album 1980 All Clear, an album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie released as a very rare limited edition 1979 DJ Promotional album on the RCA Records white label.  There is nothing new on this album, just a compilation of his greatest hits at the time with such tracks as Space Oddity, Ziggy Stardust, Golden Years, Fascination, Heroes and much more.  This recording was well written, recorded, performed, compiled and produced.  This is a must for any David Bowie fan/collector.  You can still find a copy of this album on Discogs, Amazon and other music outlets on vinyl and you will be really pleased if you can find one in mint condition.

Kind Of Blues by Adam Holt

For you, blues fans out there I am proud to tell you a little about the May 31, 2019  album by Adam Holt called Kind Of Blues.  This awesome album is a   blend of blues, country, Americana, and rock-and-roll, tied together by contemporary blues licks.  This Alabama roots singer/guitarist showcases his incredibly soulful vocals and amazing blues/southern rock guitar work on this ten-track album with nine original songs and one cover, a dreamy version of Bob Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay.  To make this album such a great album Adam Holt who is playing electric and acoustic guitars, piano, organ and also vocals, is joined by Owen Finley and Pierre Robinson on bass, Greg Deluca on drums, Donnie Sundal on organ and piano, Lee Yankie on slide guitar, and Mark Welborn on pedal steel.  This ten-track album features such great cuts as My Morning Drive (co-written with Adam’s wife Jillian Holt), Bobby, I’m Still Holding On, The Story Must Go On, and so much more.  I was quite impressed with Adam’s songwriting as well as his and the bands performance as well as how this album was recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to anyone who loves the blues as much as I do.  This album is available from Amazon, Discogs, Itunes and other outlets where vinyl, CDs and digital downloads are sold.  This one album, I would love to own on vinyl myself.  To learn more about this artist, where he playing near you and his other releases, go to his website https://adamholtmusic.com

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Back In Time For Tea by The Tea Set

British post-punk veterans The Tea Set, known for their theatrical live shows support slots with The Clash, U2, and Iggy Pop as well as tours with The Stranglers and The Skids, have released their latest album Back In Time For Tea on July 19, 2019, on the Cleopatra Records label.  This album includes all the band’s recordings originally released on seven inch singles from 1978 to 1981 plus two never heard tracks Walk Small and the recently recorded track Pharaohs. This band consists of Nic Egan on vocals and keyboards, Cally on drums, Ron West and Duncan Stringer on bass, Nick Haeffner on guitar and Mark Wilkins on keyboards.  This twelve track album also features such tracks as Grey Starling, Keep On Running, South Pacific, The Preacher and much more.  This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced and is available from Cleopatra Records, Discogs, Amazon and other music outlets where Vinyl, CDs and digital downloads are sold.  You can learn more about this band by going to their website https://www.theteaset.net

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Bare Knuckles & Brawn by Blue Moon Marquee

For my 1301st review, I am proud to present Bare Knuckles & Brawn, the July 19, 2019, album by Canadian blues band Blue Moon Marquee released on their own Blue Moon Marquee Music label.  This band features A.W. Cardinal on vocals and guitar and Jasmine Colette on bass and vocals, along with guests Darcy Phillips on piano and organ, Gerry Cook on sax and clarinet,  Jimmy “Hollywood” Badger on drums,  Jack Garton on trumpet, and Paul Pigat on guitar.  This album recorded in only three days is a mixture of swing styles of music like blues and jazz, western swing and New Orleans which they showcase their talent with such tracks as Big Black MambaAs I Lay DyingThe Red Devil HimselfWaywardHigh Noon and much more.  This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced.  This album is available from Bandcamp, Discogs, and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold plus to learn more about this band and their tour schedule go to their website https://www.bluemoonmarquee.com

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