American Dream is the December 7, 2018 album by Plainview, Texas singer-songwriter Chris Styne. This nine-track album of Americana music features such tracks as Gaslight, Truth Is Old Economy, the title track American Dream, Honest and much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed. It will be interesting to see what is next in his career. This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets and info about this artist is found at https://chrisstyne.com.
Immortal is the October 11, 2019 debut studio album by Last Kiss Goodnight, an Alternative Rock n’ Roll band from Baltimore, Maryland featuring veteran musicians from regional and national touring acts Ray Patricks on lead vocals, Dan Stroud on lead and rhythm guitars and vocals, Rob Lasky on drums, Carlo Pizarro on lead and rhythm guitars, and Kevin Baker on bass. I enjoyed this twelve track album from start to finish with powerful vocals, great harmonies, outstanding guitar riffs, and driving drum beats on such tracks as their first single from the album Love Separation plus Maybe Someday, Stitches, Blackbird and so much more. I am very impressed with this debut album with how well it was written, performed, and recorded. I strongly believe this is an album you will love and want to own and is available from Amazon, Discogs, and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this band by going to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lastkissgoodnightofficial and their website http://lastkissgoodnight.com
The Bad Somethings is the debut self-titled album by North Carolina Retro rockers with a classic seventies and eighties hard rock sound The Bad Somethings released October 26, 2018, on the Squib Kick Records label. This band consists of Kenny Richie on drums and vocals, and Leo Davidson on guitars and vocals. This nine-track album features great vocals and harmonies, and amazing guitar riffs on such tracks as Yeah Yeah Yeah, Along For The Ride, Body Language Psychology, End Of The Night and much more. This album was well written, performed, and recorded. I am anxious to see the growth of this band as time goes on. At this time, this release is only available as a digital download from Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon, and other outlets. You can learn more about this band by going to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thebadsomethings
Magical Mystery Tour is an album by the English rock band The Beatles that was released 27 November 1967 on the Capitol Records label and is the soundtrack to the film of the same name. The film itself had a lot to be desired, but the music is amazing. The first side of this album is six new songs recorded for the film such as the title track Magical Mystery Tour, I Am The Walrus, The Fool On The Hill and three others while side two contained five tracks from that year’s non-album singles such as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, Hello Goodbye, Baby You’re A Rich Man and All You Need Is Love. Magical Mystery Tour was number 1 on Billboard’s Top LPs listings for eight weeks at the start of 1968 and remained in the top 200 until 8 February 1969. This album showcases John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s growth as songwriters and George Harrison had one track on this album as a songwriter on the song Blue Jay Way. This whole album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and since the Beatles were not touring anymore, they produced videos of some of these tracks. This amazing album is still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from everywhere that music is sold.
New Braunfels, Texas-based Zack Walther Band announces an October 25, 2019 release date for their new album of Americana and roots music, titled The Westerner. This band consists of Zack Walther on lead Vocals and guitars, Matthew Briggs on drums, keyboard, bass and vocals, and Mike Atkins, on piano, organ, bass, and keys plus well-known Austin-area guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp) also played on four tracks. Of the ten songs on The Westerner, seven are new tracks and the remaining three had been previously released on an EP. I enjoyed this ten-track album of rock, blues and soul from start to finish with such tracks as DFW, I’m Going Out Of Your Mind, When The Show Comes To Town, Baileys Light, their cover of the Sam and Dave song Hold On I’m Coming and much more. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album with great vocals and instrumentation as well as how this album was written and recorded. I am looking forward to hearing their earlier work and see their growth from the beginning to now. This release will be available on October 25th from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold. You can find out more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule by going to their website https://www.zackwaltherband.com
For my 1404th review, I am proud to present the September 24, 2013 EP Rising Sun by Grammy and Emmy winning producer, songwriter and world-class drummer, Narada Michael Walden on his Tarpan Records label as he revisits four of his early fusion hits with his powerful new band made up of some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians Frank Martin on keyboards Angeline Saris on bass, Matthew Charles Heulitt on guitar, and Nikita Germaine on vocals. This EP which is a mixture of rock, funk, and jazz features the tracks Dance Of Life, Cosmic Strut (which Narada wrote and first recorded with the acclaimed Mahavishnu Orchestra), Sun Is Dancing, and Sofie (which he originally wrote and produced for Jeff Beck’s “Wired” album). Narada and his band have given us a great performance on this EP as well as this piece of work been very well written, produced and recorded. I am looking forward to listening to and reviewing his work in the future as well as his work from the past that I don’t have in my library. This amazing piece of work is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Itunes, and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this amazing artist and his music by going to his official website http://www.naradamichaelwalden.com
Alan Davey’s Hawkwind inspired project, Psychedelic Warlords performance of the entirety of Robert Calvert’s 1974 masterpiece concept album, Captain Lockeed And The Starfighters Live was released July 16, 2019, on the Purple Pyramid Records label and distributed by Cleopatra Records. This album features the lineup of Alan Davey on bass and backing vocals, Billy Fleming on drums and backing vocals, Zoie Green on keyboards, synths, and piano, Craig High on lead vocals, saxophone, and reed pipe, Simon Wilkins on guitar and backing vocals and Nigel on vortex electronics. This album is recorded live at the Underground in Camden with the band performing such great tracks as The Widow Maker, The Right Stuff, Hero With The Wing, Ejection, I Resign and much more. The release was well written, recorded, performed and produced plus will be a great addition to your music library. It is available in Vinyl, CD and digital download format from Bandcamp, Cleopatra Records, Amazon, and other music outlets.
Patience Of Hope is the September 28, 2012 album by Russian progressive rock band Roz Vitalis released on the Mals Records label featuring Vladimir Efimov on guitars and keyboards, Yuru Khomonenko on percussion, drums and accordion, Ruslan Kirillov on bass, Philip Semenov on drums, Vladislav Korotkikh on flutes and Jew’s harp, Ivan Rozmainsky on piano, harpsichord, Hammond, keyboards, and metallophone and Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky on guitars and bass plus other guest musicians. After listening to another album of theirs The Hidden Man Of The Heart, I knew I had to hear more from this band, so when I got the opportunity to hear this great album I was excited. This eleven-track release which I consider a classical crossover album with a little progressive rock thrown in features such great songs as the title track Patience Of Hope, Seeds Fell Among Thorns, Gorgeous Cliffs, Touching Among The Mystery and much more. I found this album very relaxing and was impressed with their songwriting and performance style as well as its recording. This is the second of several reviews I will be doing for this band and you can find your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this great band and their music by going to their Bandcamp page https://rozvitalis.bandcamp.com
Stages of Sleep is the May 31, 2013 release and my third review for the Switzerland-based band, Akku Quintet on the Morpheus Records label featuring Thierry Luthy on saxophone, Markus Ischer on guitar, Maja Nydegger on piano, Jeremias Keller on bass and Manuel Pasquinelli on drums, glockenspiel, and composition. This nine-track album appears to be a concept album about sleep, with titles like Falling Asleep, Deep Sleep, Passing Into Deep Sleep, REM Sleep and even Wake Up, but ultimately, this is an intriguing, unusual jazz album. This release also shows this band’s growth as songwriters, performers as well a great recording and is available on CD and digital download format from Amazon, Bandcamp, and other music outlets. You can learn more about this band by going to their website https://www.akkuquintet.com
Live At The Terminal Café is the October 11, 2019 album by Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix released on the Cleopatra Records label. Michael is an English writer and musician, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels. Along with Michael Moorcock playing lead and backing vocals as well as harmonica, he is joined on this album with the late Martin Stone on electric and acoustic guitars and lap steel, Denis Baudrillart on drums, Brad Scott on bass, Sean Orr on fiddle, Dean Falcone on keyboards, Jonathan Segal on violins and Catherine Foreman on vocals. Michael has an impressive resume working with such bands as Hawkwind, Blue Oyster Cult and other bands. This eleven-track album which is a mixture of country, progressive rock, blues and more features such tracks as Terminal Café, The Dream Of Eden, Lou, A Man Like Me and much more. This release was well written, performed, recorded and produced. You can get your copy from Amazon, Cleopatra Records, and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.