Excalibur: The Ladies Of The Lake by Alan Simon

The Ladies Of The Lake is the first themed compilation of the gold and platinum-selling Excalibur series of Celtic Rock albums released by Alan Simon. It also features such guest as Moya Brennan Maddy, Prior Karan, Casey Kohann, Siobhan Owen, Jacqui McShee, Nikki Matheson, Sonja Kristina, and Maite Itoiz.  This is my third review for this great artist and still impressed with his work with this album that was released October 5, 2018, on the Cherry Red Records label. This great fifteen track album features such great tracks as The Origins (feat. Moya Brennan), The Girl and the Demon (feat. Karan Casey), The Last Lament of a Fairy (feat. Siobhan Owen), Yseult (feat. Siobhan Owen), Morning Song (feat. Nikki Matheson) and so much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was very impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed and is available from Itunes, Amazon and other outlets.

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Life Size by John Greaves

For my 988th review, I present the upcoming album Life Size by former Henry Cow and National Health bass guitarist and composer  John Greaves to be released November 30, 2018, on the legendary Manticore Records label.  Life Size features King Crimson guitarist Jakko Jakszyk as well as a contribution from Greaves’ old friend Robert Wyatt.  This new release features new compositions and the revisiting of old ones into a new, breathtaking contemporary and classical style, featuring some of the most acclaimed international musicians with some great relaxing tracks as The Same Thing, In Te, Still Life, Hotels and much more.  This release was well written, produced, performed and recorded.  This album will be released on CD and Vinyl from Ma Ra Cash Records and other outlets.

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A Soft Message To You by The Napa Valley Duo

For my 985th review and my second one for this artist, I present the album A Soft Message To You, an upcoming album by The Napa Valley Duo which consists of Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson on cello and Terry Winn on the piano to be released on November 9, 2018, from the IAC Records label.  I found this album to be very relaxing, a great album to listen to when you want to relieve stress at the end of the day or in my case when your pain level is up and need something to take your mind off the pain with this soothing mixtures of classical and jazz with such tracks as Quiet Now, Gerwshin Prelude No. 17, Sleepless Night, Beau Soir, L. 6, Chimera, A Tender Time, and so much more.  This album was well performed, arranged, recorded and available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets in CD and digital download format.

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An American In Paris by Napa Valley Duo

An American In Paris is a recent album by Napa Valley Duo which consists of Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson on cello and Terry Winn on piano as they took classic pieces and made them their own with such tracks as the title track An American In Paris, Hotel, Romanza, their arrangement of the classic Who song See Me Hear Me, along with the song I Will Fight And Never Slack along with compositions with  Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson such as Preparing For The Day, Meritage Estate, A Soft Message To You and much more.  They even took a couple television themes and made it their own, The Star Trek Theme and I Love Lucy theme songs.  This album was well recorded, written, arranged and performed.  This album is available in CD, Vinyl, and digital downloads from CD Baby, IAC records and other outlets.

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A Symphonic Journey by Renaissance

For my 960th review, I present the live album by Renaissance called A Symphonic Journey.  This wonderful recording captures in sound and vision a very special concert staged at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside Pennsylvania on 27th October 2017.  Renaissance leader and vocalist Annie Haslam will be joined by longtime musical director and associate Rave Tesar on piano, along with Geoffrey Langley on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and Leo Traversa on bass.  This two-CD and DVD set includes such tracks as Carpet Of The Sun, Mother Russia, Songs For All Seasons, Day Of The Dreamer, Trip To The Fair and much more.  I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed.  This release will be available soon from Amazon, their website and other outlets.

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#World On Fire by Curious Grace & Black Rabbit

If you take Soaring vocals, pulsating guitars, progressive arrangements and chunky, bluesy riffs power their new wave and punk-inspired melodic rock which reminds me of a mixture of classical sound with rock riffs you will get the album #World On Fire by Curious Grace & Black Rabbit released June 29, 2018.   Curious Grace & Black Rabbit features Tom Erangey on bass and vocals, Mary Erangey on electric cello and vocals, Mike Conley on guitar, Bojan Kolevski on keyboards, Heidi O’Toole on vocals and Scott Way on drums.  This is what I call an interesting album with a different sound which is shown with such tracks as Scars And Children, Make It Rain, Fat Cats, World On Fire Part Two, Duffy’s March, and much more.  I was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Short Stories by Michelle Qureshi

Short Stories is the latest release by Michelle Qureshi, an international award-winning recording and performing artist, composer, multi‐instrumentalist, and classically-trained guitarist released August 24, 2018, on the Music As Metaphor Records label.  This seventeen track album is very soothing and is very beneficial at the end of a hard day or anytime you need something relaxing.  Among the great tracks on this album are To The Bone, It Didn’t Have To Go Like This, Country Line Road, River Of Calm, Windflowers and much more.  This album was well composed, performed and produced by Michelle Qureshi as well as being well recorded.  This great album is available from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Look Unto The Heavens by Scott Lawlor

For my 918th review, I am proud to present Look Unto the Heavens, the first of a three-part series of albums composed and released by Scott Lawlor between mid-2017 through May 2018.  This two hours and twenty-two minutes of soothing ambient music makes anyone’s day very relaxing with such tracks as Clothe Me With Skin And Flesh And Knit Me Together With Bones And Sinews, For He Wounds But He Binds Up, And Our Days On Earth Are But A Shadow, the title track Look Unto The Heavens and much more.  This album was well written, recorded and performed.  At this time, it is only available from Bandcamp and looking forward to hearing the other two parts of this series.

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About Time by Andrew Colyer

For my 885th review, I am proud to present the solo album by Andrew Colyer called About Time which was released December 30, 2014, on the Inner Nova Music records label.  This is the fourth review I have done for Andrew.  The previous three reviews were for the work with his band Circuline.  I was impressed with the great piano work on this album and how relaxing this was with such tracks as Sunday Afternoon, By The Fire and much more as well how it was written, recorded and produced.  This is the perfect album to listen to when you have a stressing day and need to relax.  Take a listen to this album and you will want to purchase your copy from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Amp L’Etude by Tone Masseve

When you take the singing sustain of multiple razor edged electric guitars, the monster rock backbeat of Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry, and The Moonlight Sonata, you get the great album Amp L’Etude by Tone Masseve.  This album is influenced by Tone’s love for rock, blues and classical music and wanted to play their classical pieces with a rock sound and attitude.  The recording on this album  started in 1995 and took more than 20 years to complete. The guitar parts alone took more than two years to record. In 1997, while still working on Amp L’étude, tragically, Tone got pneumonia and died.  In 2016 a wonderful and talented group of musicians came together to finish his long lost album. The first was Doane Perry who was drummer for Jethro Tull for twenty seven years. Next was Garry Kvistad who is a Grammy award winning master percussionist. He is a member of the four man percussion group Nexus and to top it off with members of the vocal group Prana added their voices to several tracks.  The end result is a very impressive album with such tracks as Aire On A G String (A Whiter Shade), The Moonlight Sonata (On The Hill Of The Skull), Seranade for Strings (For Her Majesty), Maria (She’s So) Ave, as so much more.  This great album was well recorded, performed and produced and is a great final tribute to a awesome guitarist.  This release will be available for purchase September 12, 2018 from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets.

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