Wake Up Call is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band Theory Of A Deadman, released on October 27, 2017, through Atlantic and Roadrunner Records and spawned three singles RX Medicate (a song addressing the opioid epidemic in North America), Straight Jacket, and Wicked Game (a cover of a Chris Isaak hit). This band consists of Tyler Connolly on vocals, guitar and piano, Dave Brenner on guitar and backing vocals, Dean Back on bass and backing vocals, and Joey Dandeneau on drums. Wake Up Call has been seen as a departure from Theory of a Deadman’s usual hard rock foundation, moving into pop and pop-rock territory. This eleven track album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This is the first album I have listened to this band and looking forward to hearing their earlier work.
This Scottish Heart is the 9th November 2018 album by United Kingdom artist Dean Ford who was lead vocalist of the sixties group Marmalade who is known for their hit Reflections Of My Life with a different arrangement which is included on this album of thirty tracks that will amaze the listener with its strong melody, intelligent harmonies and catchy songcraft throughout. This collection includes such tracks as Glasgow Road, Nineteen Fifty Three, A New Day, Restless Heart, When Will It End and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Yellow Submarine Songtrack is a compilation/soundtrack album by The Beatles for the 1999 re-release of the 1968 film Yellow Submarine. The film was re-released on 14 September 1999 on the Apple/Capitol/EMI records label. This vinyl was released in two formats, in the standard black vinyl and also on yellow vinyl and contains all but one of the Beatles songs used in the film, including several that were not included on the original 1969 Yellow Submarine album. All songs on this album were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except four songs that were written by George Harrison. This album features such great tracks as the title track Yellow Submarine, Eleanor Rigby, Nowhere Man, Love You To, Hey Bulldog and much more. Even if you already own the Yellow Submarine Soundtrack, you still will want to add this one to your record library.
Chicago 13 is the eleventh studio album by the American band Chicago, released August 13, 1979, on the Columbia Records label. The other two albums of the 13 were a live album (Chicago At Carnegie Hall) and a greatest hits album (Chicago IX). This is the first Chicago album to bear no significant hit singles. All band members would contribute to the songwriting (one of only two albums where this is the case, with the other being Chicago VII). I still loved this album, especially the tracks Street Player, Must Have Been Crazy, Run Away and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. The song Street Player was also released as a twelve-inch single that was played in nightclubs at that time. If you are a collector of Chicago albums like I am, you will want to add this one to your library.
Adventure is the October 28, 2018 album by Eliot Lewis, an American rock, R&B and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work with Average White Band (1989-2002) and Hall & Oates (2003-present). This eleven track album showcases his great vocals and instrumental work on such tracks as We’re In It Together, Soundtrack, Evolution, Crusade and so much more. Several tracks off this album were on his 2014 EP called Crusade. I was impressed with how well this release was written, recorded, performed and produced. I highly recommend this album for your music library and can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
WANNA PARTY! 4 the Holidays! is the ultimate Pop holiday album, being the fourth volume in the ever-growing popular WANNA PARTY! Pop compilation series. This Volume is twentieth of the hottest new Holiday classics dedicated to celebrating the special times in the year, including Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Anniversaries & any times were giving thanks, with family & friends and even hotter than the NOW series, as it gives true music lovers a chance to be a leader, & hear tomorrow’s stars & hits today, being on the cutting edge of breaking talent with such pop, soul and country tracks as It’s Christmas by Black Canvas, Everybody’s Happy To Be Home by Grainne Ni Mhaille, Kissing Christmas by NAKD, Without You (It’s Not Christmas by Nassim, Tangled In The Christmas Lights by Cody Joe Hodges and so much more. I was impressed with how well this album was compiled, written, recorded, produced and performed. This holiday compilation is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets in CD and digital downloads.
After his amazing success with his June 10, 2016 debut album Human Condition, Jon Bellion is back with his digital download November 9, 2018 album Glory Sound Prep on the Capitol Records label. Throughout the 10-track sophomore album, Bellion seamlessly intertwines sounds of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rock through his electrifying songs with such tracks as Conversations With My Wife, JT, Stupid Deep, Cautionary Tales, Mah’s Joint (which he collaborated with legendary producer Quincy Jones) and so much more. He still has that great sound that made his debut album a success and this album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. The CD version of this album is scheduled for release on November 30, 2018, through Amazon and other retailers and the vinyl version on blue colored vinyl will be available in January 2019 through his website https://shop.jonbellion.com/ and other outlets. I already preordered my vinyl copy of this album and will be the second colored vinyl album of his that I will have in my library. My copy of The Human Condition is on clear vinyl.
Re-Focus is a 1972 compilation album of songs by The Monkees, released on Bell Records, the successor to Colgems Records, the Monkees’ original record label. Listening to this album brings me back to the days when I used to watch their television show and I bought every one of their albums the day they came out. This album features some of my favorite songs by The Monkees such as I Wanna Be Free, Shades of Gray, She, Daydream Believer, Listen to The Band and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced and is great compilation album to add to your Monkee library.
Every once in a while I take one artist and share their growth from a new artist to what they are today. In this case, I wish to present San Francisco singer/songwriter Jeff Gutman and over the next few weeks, I will be reviewing all six of his albums starting with this first album The Mindfire Tapes which was released in 1999. This debut album of twenty-one songs features a collection of song fragments, sound experiments and ambient instrumentals on such tracks as Oh Well, Pickle Sauce, Crossroad Sun, Speedin’ A Line, Eye Of The Hurricane and so much more. I was impressed with his great vocals and acoustic guitar style as well as his songwriting abilities and his use of electronic sounds. This release was well recorded, produced and performed and can be purchased from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Traces is the third studio album by American singer, songwriter and Journey lead vocalist Steve Perry. It was released on October 5, 2018, through Fantasy Records. This is Steve’s first release since 1994 and his voice is still as awesome as ever. So far this album has spawned such great tracks as No Erasin’, No More Cryin’ and We’re Still Here. Other notable tracks on this album are I Need You (A Beatles Cover), We Fly, Easy To Love and much more. Steve shows his songwriting talent by co-writing all the tracks on this album and displays a great performance with a great recording. I highly recommend this album to your record library.