Lost Masters & Demos by Nazz

Lost Masters & Demos is the long-lost collection of unreleased Nazz studio recordings created by a burgeoning young songwriter/producer by the name of Todd Rundgren which is scheduled for release on December 12, 2022 via the Purple Pyramid Records, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records, is taken directly from the original master acetates, this box set collects the originally conceived 1968 rough mix of Nazz’s sophomore album “Nazz Nazz” created by Rundgren as he begins to learn the production techniques that made him the highly acclaimed producer he is today.  This forty-three-track compilation also contains unreleased, alternate mixes from 1967-1968 of tracks such as “Hello, It’s Me,” “Open My Eyes” and much more not available anywhere else! Includes a full-color booklet featuring liner notes and rare photos.  Nazz features Todd Rundgren on guitar, Carson Van Osten on bass, Stewkey on vocals and keyboards, and Thom Mooney on drums which features such great tracks as Forget All About It, Under The Ice, Some People, Resolution, Good Lovin’ Woman, Not Wrong Long and so many more.   In addition to a fantastic performance, this compilation showcases brilliant songwriting talent, superb recording, and production.  Anyone that is a Todd Rundgren fan like I am, will want to add this compilation to your music library which will be available on December 2 in Vinyl and CD Format from all music retailers.

Jangle by Fernando Perdomo

Jangle is my 15th review and June 16, 2022 album by Producer, Singer/Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo on the Forward Motion Records label in which he does it all: vocals, 12 string guitars, bass, drums, and percussion plus writing all the songs, and even produced the album.  This ten-track album of original material showcases his growth as a songwriter and performer with such notable tracks as Girl With A Record Collection, Andrea’s Fault, the title track Jangle, This Can Be You, California Moon and so much more.  This stellar album features a fantastic performance, great songwriting talent, and a spectacular job of recording and production.  If you are a big fan of this artist like I am you will want to listen to this new offering that is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify, and many other music retailers.  To learn more about this artist go to his official website https://www.fernandoperdomo.com/

Experimental Truth by Dallas Perkins

Experimental Truth is the latest instrumental album by progressive rock guitarist Dallas Perkins released July 30, 2022. Joining Dallas Perkins who plays guitar, bass, and orchestration on this album is Fernando Jaramillo and David “Chili” Moreno on drums and percussion.  Listening to this nine-track album I am blown away by Dallas’s stellar guitar work on such tracks as Beck Street, Deus XM, Monolith, Jagwired and so much more.  This album showcases an amazing performance as well as a spectacular job of songwriting and superb recording and production.  This is an artist I would love to hear his older material as well as anything he does in the future.  This awesome album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, and many other music retailers.  To find out his tour schedule, his music, and more, go to his official website https://dallasperkins.com/

The Other Side Of Time by Mary Fahl

Today was a great mail day for me with an excellent package from singer-songwriter Mary Fahl.  I was anxious to start from the beginning with The Other Side of Time the debut solo album from the American singer-songwriter Mary Fahl, released on May 27, 2003, via the Sony Odyssey label.  Upon researching this album I found out Mary performed the theme song to one of my favorite films Gods and Generals with the song Going Home on this album.  This fourteen-track album features so many great songs such as In The Great Unknown, Paolo, the title track The Other Side Of Time, The Dawning Of The Day (which was written in honor of the firefighters who died in the September 11 attacks) and so much more.  I was very impressed and moved by her powerful but beautiful voice, her amazing songwriting talent, her superb performance, and her spectacular job of recording and production.  I recently listened to and reviewed her latest album Can’t Out Of My Head and wanted to hear her earlier work to hear her growth as a performer and a songwriter. She obliged by sending me all her earlier work so now I can start from her beginning as a solo artist and later listen to her even earlier work with the October Project from the mid-1990s.  This is definitely an album you must add to your music library that is available on CD and digital download from Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and many other retailers.  This is an artist that if she ever comes to perform in my area, I will want to see her perform live and possibly get a chance to meet her.  To learn more about this artist, her tour schedule, her music, and more, go to her official website https://maryfahl.com/

Shadows In A Jar by Life On Mars

Shadows In A Jar is the sixth studio album, and next installment of the Life on Mars series from Earl Kayoss and an array of talent including Fernando Perdomo (my fourteenth review including this artist) scheduled for release on November 18, 2022. Kayoss and Perdomo have been working for 8 years to deliver this remarkable project.  Earl Kayoss, a prolific songwriter, wrote all the songs on the album. Joining Kayoss and Fernando Perdomo on the album are Billy Sherwood (Yes) and Denny Seiwell (McCartney and Wings). This thirteen-track album features such works as Ego, Stray Dog, She’s Already Gone, Only One, the title track Shadows In A Jar and so much more.  In addition to an amazing performance, this album shows the great songwriting talents of Earl Kayoss, brilliant musicianship, and a superb job of recording and production.  This is definitely an album you will want to listen to that will be available on CD and digital download from Cherry Red Records, Amazon, Spotify, and many other music retailers.

Let’s Go by The Hungry Williams

Let’s Go is the September 8, 2022 album by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based band The Hungry Williams featuring bandleader and drummer John Carr, bassist Mike Sieger, lead vocalist Kelli Gonzalez, guitarist/vocalist Joe Vent, and keyboardist Jack Stewart.  To round out the sound on this album, they enlisted their favorite sax players Jason Goldsmith on tenor sax and Casimir Riley on baritone sax. This ten-track album incorporates the great blues sound with a little New Orleans sound thrown in on such tracks as Mardi Gras Day, Movin’  On, Boss Man, Then I’ll Believe, Gee Baby and so much more.  I was quite moved by the performance on this album with outstanding vocals, great musicianship, and creative songwriting talent in addition to a superb job of recording and production.  I recommend that you take a listen to this album and see if you are as impressed as I am it is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music retailers.   To learn more about this band and their music, go to their official website https://hungrywilliams.com/

Smile by The Wide

My third review of this morning is the upcoming album by Monchengladbach Germany indie alternative rock band The Wide offers the album Smile which is scheduled for release on October 28, 2022, via the Fastball Music Records label.  The lineup for this band features Kurt Schmidt on bass, mellotron, guitars, and strings, Pete Brough on vocals, guitars, and piano, Hermann Eugster on drums and Roo Hobbers and Sebastian Kuhl on guitars.  This ten-track album features such great work as I Believe, the title track Smile, See The Light, Golden Blunder, Anything and so much more.  I was impressed with this album with a great mixture of songs from uptempo (some having that classic Billy Idol sound) to ballads both in an electric and acoustic style.  This album also features a brilliant performance, spectacular songwriting talent, and superb job of recording and production.  I am definitely looking forward to hearing more from this great band.  This album will be available on CD and digital download from Fastball Music and many other retailers.

Sense Of by DevilsBridge

After the release of various singles and the EP “Endless Restless” in 2020, it is finally here. Sense Of is the debut full album by Switzerland’s melodic metal band DevilsBridge scheduled for release on October 28, 2022, on the Fastball Music Records label.  The lineup of this amazing band comprises of Steven Drt on bass, Vany Shade on guitar, Dani Nell on vocals, Tom White on guitar, and JC Daisy on drums.  This twelve-track offering features powerful vocals and brilliant musicianship on such tracks as Illusion, Perfection, 7th Sense, Death, Time and so much more.  I was quite impressed with their hard-driving sound, spectacular performance, creative songwriting talent, and superb job of recording and production on this album.  I am looking forward to hearing a lot more from this band.  This album will be available on CD and digital download from Fastball Music and many other music retailers. To learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule, go to their official website https://www.devilsbridge.ch/

The Suicidal Theatre Company by Bonzo Fimbres

The Suicidal Theatre Company is the August 10, 2022, EP by Bonzo Fimbres in which he showcases his talent as a songwriter and a solo artist.  In fact, he plays all the instruments on this album. This is my second review of this amazing artist, my last being for the 2019 album Combative Life in this album you can see his growth as a songwriter and performer on this five-track offering which features the tracks Levitating Man, the title track The Suicidal Theatre Company, Particula De Dios, Starmaker, and Critical Mass.  I am very impressed with the work on this album, especially when everything is done by one person, the performance, the songwriting, the recording and production, and everything else that is done on this album.  You can check out this album which is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp and other music retailers.

Double Exposure by Vinnie Moore

Double Exposure is the follow-up to Vinnie Moore’s  2019 “SOUL SHIFTER” which will be released on November 8th on his Mind’s Eye Music label. Vinnie is joined by singers Ed Terry (Rage And Beyond, American Mafia), Keith Slack (MSG, Mother Road), Mike DiMeo (Riot), and Brian Stephenson (Old James) on this half-vocal half-instrumental album. This is his first solo release that features vocals. Band members include Richie Monica (Billy Cox, Papa Chubby, Tantric) on drums, Michael Bean and Pete Griffin (Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa) on Bass, John Cassidy on Keyboards, and John Pessoni on Drums.  Vinnie has released ten solo albums and six albums and a LIVE DVD with rock icons UFO, and is considered to be one of the originators of shred guitar and on this twelve-track album, he continues to impress us with his amazing guitar talent with such tracks as Vertical Horizon, Paid My Dues, River Flow, Astro Man, Southern Highway and so much more.  This is my third review involving the work of Vinnie and I enjoyed this album from start to finish with a brilliant performance, fantastic songwriting talent, and a superb job of recording and production.  This is definitely an album you will want to add to your library which will be available in November on CD and digital download from Apple Music, Amazon, and many other music retailers as well as from his official website where you can find out more about this artist, his tour schedule and music by going to his website http://www.vinniemoore.com