5 Years Of Modern Funk by Various Artists

5 Years of Modern Funk is a collection of some amazing artists that have performed since the 2014 launch of Austin Boogie Crew Records that is scheduled to be released on March 28, 2020.  This 21 track album is on a CD that looks like a 45 rpm record took me back to the days when I used to DJ in many clubs.  This is a CD that I enjoyed from start to finish with such tracks as Goodies by Diamond Ortiz, Reesis by Solar Shield, Finest Girl (Featuring Sally Green) by Rojai, Love Don’t Pay The Bills (Featuring E. Live) by Trailer Limon, Do It 4U by Starship Connection, Enjoyable Sunburn by XL Middleton, Feel Right 2Nite by Computa Games and a whole lot more.  I was quite moved by the performances on this album, so much I wish I had this one when I was working as a Disc Jockey in many clubs, and I know the audience would get excited with the material on this album. This release was well compiled and recorded.  I highly recommend this album that enjoys the old Disco, Funk, and R&B sound. You can get your copy from Bandcamp and other music outlets.  To find out more about their releases go to their Bandcamp page https://austinboogiecrewrecords.bandcamp.com

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Amplified by The Wylde Things

As I work toward my 1600th music review, I have chosen for my 1584th review the album Amplified by the UK band The Wylde Things released May 11, 2019, on the Moonwood Recordings label which fuses hillbilly and blues with electronic trickery and the message that music can cross any genre and shake up your soul.  This amazing band consists of Gina Fashioni on vocals and keyboards, Monty Malpas on drums, toolshed percussion and drum programming, Rich Mawdsley on bass and acoustic guitars, Emma Mawdsley on vocals and keyboards and Lou Fashioni on guitar, keyboards and synthesizers.  This twelve track album gets your body moving with that disco sound on the song If You Don’t Want Love and rock sound on such tracks as Catch My Breath, Never Say Die and much others going to the track Things You Say (A Song For Lily) which has a mixture of rock, disco and a bit of hillbilly thrown in (which was my favorite track off this album).  I was quite impressed by the vocals and performance on this album, plus how it was written and recorded.  Looking at this album notes, I noted that this album is dedicated to Leanne (Lily) Johnson and also found out that all proceeds from the album will be donated to Cancer Research UK.  I am quite looking forward to hearing a whole lot more from this amazing band.  You can get your own copy of this digital download from Amazon, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets.

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Evolution by Narada Michael Walden

Evolution is the 16th album and October 13, 2015 release by American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer Narada Michael Walden on his Tarpan Records label.  I have been a big fan of his work since the 1970s as a solo artist as well as his work as a producer for such great acts as The Temptations, Whitney Houston, Lionel Ritchie, George Benson, Mariah Carey, and so many others.  I enjoyed every song on this thirteen track album from start to finish which is very rare for me.  The album features mostly original material and two covers, Freedom by Richie Havens and Long and Winding Road by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and also features such great tracks as the title song Evolution, Song For You, Tear The House Down, Me And My Girl and so much more.  I was very impressed with how well this great album was written, recorded, performed and produced.  I am looking forward to listening and reviewing the other two CDs he sent me and hope one day to have a complete library by this artist which is rare for me.  You can’t do wrong owning this album and you can get your copy from Amazon, Bandcamp and other music outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this amazing artist and his music by going to his official website http://www.naradamichaelwalden.com.  In closing, I want to thank Narada for sending me three signed CDs and giving me the honor of listening and reviewing his music.

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Stayin’ Alive Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I was watching the follow-up to the motion picture Saturday Night Fever called Stayin’ Alive so I decided to review the vinyl album in my library which is the soundtrack to this movie released July 1983 on the RSO Records label.  Side one of this 12 track album was five new songs by the Bee Gees such as The Woman In You, I Love You Too Much, Someone Belongs To Someone and more plus an edited version of Stayin’ Alive.  Side two was all non Bee Gees tracks such as Frank Stallone (Sylvester Stallone’s brother) doing Far From Over, Look Out For Number one by Tommy Faragher,  Finding Out The Hard Way by singer, dancer and actress Cynthia Rhodes and much more.  All the songs on this soundtrack fitted the scenes in the movie perfectly.  The soundtrack itself was well written, performed, recorded and produced plus it is a great addition to one’s soundtrack library.  This album is still available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs and everywhere music are sold.

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The Boogie Knights at Wild Wing Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last night I was brought back to the great memories of my days working as a disc jockey playing disco and funk by listening to a great band called The Boogie Knights out of Knoxville, Tennessee as they played at the Wild Wing Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee.  This great band comprises of Founder/Front Lady Valerie B. Tippitt, Guitar/Backing Vocals Chris Cook, Bass/Backing Vocals David Peeples, Drums/Vocals Andy Campbell and on keyboards Julius Blue.  I enjoyed their vocals and harmonies along with impressive guitar riffs, thumping bass sounds, and amazing keyboard work with such tracks as their opening number Boogie Nights, I Love The Nightlife, Sir Duke, You Sexy Thing, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), (Ain’t No Mountain) High Enough and so much more.  This band gave the audience a high energy performance and the crowd was dancing.  They were also friendly and fun to talk to.  I learned that a couple of members also play with a hair rock band that I hope to hear one day.  This is also a band that has their sound tight and I would love to hear again.  This venue is spacious, has a great staff, and has great food and drink.  I plan to return to this venue again with my wife to enjoy a nice evening out.

 

WANNA PARTY! 3 Continues to Create the Go-To Compilation Series Breaking the Latest POP Hits & Artists!

The New POP Dynasty continues with the 3rd edition of the increasingly popular WANNA PARTY! compilation series. As always featuring 20 hot new Pop hits & artists, this series has become like the ‘NOW’ series for Pop artists doing it independently. For fans of real POP music, they can rejoice in hearing the newest Pop smashes before the World, for fans of Bruno, Justin, Katy, Ariana, Drake, Demi, Taylor & the best of them!  This great compilation contains such great tracks as Victorious and Took The Words by Erick Blu, Set You Free by Nakd, She Wants To Dance by Kaj Bros, Enemy by Beach Casino, My Heart by Evolix, Cali Dreamin’ by Cloudless featuring James Klynn and so much more.  This album was well produced, performed and recorded and will be available from Amazon, iTunes, www. wannapartymusic.com and other outlets where these great CD’s and digital downloads are sold on August 10, 2018.

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One Love by Cornell C.C. Carter

For my 851st review, I am proud and honored to do my third review for by San Francisco based R&B artist Cornell C.C. Carter called One Love on the CDC Productions label. It is not very often I listen to a CD and love every single song on the album, but this is an exception.  On this eleven track album along with a bonus track, there are a great collection of songs such as Winners, Relax, Badeyah, Maybe, Life, the title track One Love and many more.  This great release features a mixture of R&B, A little Jazzy sound, and plus some great classic disco beats.  Every track on this album was co-written by Cornell and was well recorded and produced.  The CD will release worldwide on August 3, 2018, two weeks ahead of the digital release on August 17, 2018, at such outlets as Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Wanna Party! 2 by Various Artists

For my 735th music review, I am proud to present Wanna Party  Volume 2,  the second in a series coming out twice a year (like NOW compilations), curated from Worldwide talent search by Top Music Pros, the best of the Indie Artists.  I loved this compilation from start to finish and it was hard to stay still listening to this album with these twenty tracks that contained such great work as Fancy by Nigel Stargate featuring Cee Lo Green, I Want More by Chris Gunther, Reality by Ryan Waczek, Heart’s In It by She’s A Spy, Amber Eyes by Will Sims and so much more.  This amazing collection was well written, performed, produced and recorded.  I highly recommend this album to your music library and you can purchase this album from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, WWW.WannaPartyMusic.com and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Star Wars Party by Meco

Star Wars Party is the 17th album by American record producer and musician Meco, released May 19, 2005, on the Mecoman Productions Records label.  This album was fun to listen to but I found something on this album that just was not to my expectations.  The recording was not as good and I heard on earlier albums.  The volumes were not consistent. I had to turn up or turn down the volumes from track to track.  The vocals by Peter Frank Santovito was awesome, but the female voice on this album was rather stale and boring, really no excitement there.  This ten track album contains such songs as I Am Your Father, the title track Star Wars Party, Live Your Life, Boogie Wookiee and much more.  If this album was remixed with the 1977 sound that made Meco a hit and replaces the female vocal with someone more exciting, this album could be a blockbuster.

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Have Yourself A Mari Little Christmas by Mari Burelle

Have Yourself A Mari Little Christmas is the sophomore EP by Mari Burelle released November 10, 2017, on the Intersound Records label. This is a collection of five Christmas songs recorded in the Disco and Latin style as shown in such tracks as Feliz Navidad, Maria Sabias Que (Mary Did You Know), Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, O Christmas Tree and Carol Of The Bells.  Maria has a great voice and did this album justice.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced and is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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