Laura Meade is a vocalist and songwriter whose background in musical theatre helps defines her unique approach as a lyricist and musician. Meade’s new studio album, Remedium, combines her love of art rock with the emotion of musical theatre. This album is scheduled for release May 18, 2018, on the Doone Records label and Meade is joined by her IZZ bandmates on several songs. Laura has a soothing voice and is exciting to listen to. Among the great tracks on this 10 song album are Sunflowers At Chernobyl, What I See From Here, Never Remember, Your Way and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This album will available for purchase on May 18 from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Soul Redemption is the debut release from guitarist/vocalist Flav Martin and drummer Jerry Marotta. This nine song album is filled with fresh, modern adult rock and a sprinkling of traditional world pop flavor released March 1, 2018, on the Olin-McGraw Records label. Listening to this album I hear a mixture of Jazz, Pop, Latin and other flavors. I was impressed such tracks as the title track Soul Redemption, Please, Rio De Janiero, Wild Moon and so much more. This album has great vocals and instrumentation as well as it being well written, recorded, produced and performed. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 753rd review, I am proud to present Open Your Heart the debut EP by Bulgarian/Nigerian artist Emily Johnson to be released May 11, 2018 on the Tarpan Records label with some heavy hitters helping out on this great release being produced by Narada Michael Walden and featuring four original songs, the title track Open My Heart, The Light, I’m Blessed and Baby Forever. One thing I am very impressed with is that on backing vocals on two of the tracks is an amazing talent that I have had the privilege to review in the past Cornell “CC” Carter. I am very much in awe of her great voice and the fact that she was discovered by the great John McLaughlin, the guitarist, and leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This debut release was well performed, recorded, written and produced. You will definitely want to hear this album and purchase it from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin and Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin are two tribute albums to English performer Elton John and his frequent songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Both released on 6 April 2018, Revamp was described as John’s project and features covers of the duo’s back catalogue by pop, rock and R&B artists with such tracks as Bennie And The Jets with Elton John and Pink, Candle In The Wind by Ed Sheeran, Daniel by Sam Smith, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Miley Cyrus and much more whereas Restoration was seen as Taupin’s project and features covers by country music artists with such tracks as Rocket Man by Little Big Town, Border Song by Willie Nelson, Sacrifice by Don Henley and Vince Gill, I Want Love by Chris Stapleton and much more. Revamp was released via Island Records and Restoration by Universal Music Group Nashville both to coincide with Elton John’s 2018–2021 Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Both releases were well performed, recorded and produced. Both of these releases are great additions to your Elton John collection and can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart, Target and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
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.
For my 729th review, I have decided to do something totally different. Instead of reviewing a CD or Vinyl, I have decided to review a live performance. Last night I had the pleasure of seeing The Wannabeatles perform at the Holston River Brewing Company in Bristol, Tennessee. This great band consisting of Dennis Scott on guitar and vocals, Bryan Cumming on guitar and horns, Nathan Burbank on keyboards and bass and David Toledo on drums. Their tribute to The Beatles was amazing. If you closed your eyes you can picture The Beatles actually playing there complete with the amazing harmonies. These guys also show their great personality and humor as shown in their parody of Yesterday and Dennis’s great impersonation of Ed Sullivan. The Wannabeatles showcased the great career of The Beatles from She Loves You to Help to Back In The USSR to Let It Be. In addition to The Beatles favorites, they pleased the crowd with what they call 1967: The Summer Of Love Medley which features such songs as San Francisco by Scott McKenzie, I Can See For Miles by The Who, I’m A Believer by The Monkees, For What It is Worth by Buffalo Springfield and much more. In addition to all of this, they did an amazing tribute to the late David Cassidy, doing many of his songs with the Partridge Family. In addition bassist Nathan Burbank wowed the audience with a composition of his own called Bristol Lights. They got the dance floor packed and everyone had a good time. I first met this great band back on fourth of July last year and wanted to see them again. On a personal note, I want to thank the band for acknowledging me and my work to the crowd. If you hear of this band coming to your area, I highly recommend you go out and hear them. You will not be disappointed.
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.
Our Love is my second review for Peter Frank Santovito and is a blend of rock, pop and easy listening love songs which were released February 11, 2015. I was impressed by his voice and the many styles of music featured on this album. The tracks on this twelve I was most impressed with were Our Love Will Prevail, After All, Francine, Morning Star, Our Love is A-Okay and much more. This album was well written, recorded, and performed. Also, this album was produced by Meco Mondardo who is famous for Star Wars And Other Galactic Stuff and other great releases. You can find this great album on Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning is a double greatest hits album by the American band Chicago, their twenty-seventh album overall at the time released on July 2, 2002, on the Rhino Records label. This collection marked the beginning of a long-term partnership with Rhino Entertainment which, between 2002 and 2005, would remaster and re-release Chicago’s 1969–1980 Columbia Records catalog. This compilation has all my favorite hits such as Beginnings, Make Me Smile, 25 to 6 to 4, Saturday In The Park, Colour My World, Stay The Night and so much more. The only song that I feel that was missing out of this amazing compilation was the song Street Player from Chicago 13. This compilation was well performed, recorded and produced. If you wanted to add one album by this group, then this would be the one you will want to buy.
On March 23rd, 2018 a new chapter starts as Don McLean releases his new album Botanical Gardens on the BMG Records label. This iconic artist that has brought you such great classics as American Pie, Vincent, Crying and much more releases his 18th studio album and his first in 8 years. Don with his voice still as strong as ever shows many styles on this album such as blues, country, pop and many others on this album with such great tracks as the title track Botanical Gardens, The Lucky Guy, You’re All I Ever Had, Rock N Roll Your Baby, The King Of Fools and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed. After listening to this CD copy, I know I must get my hands on a Vinyl copy of this album. This album will be available for purchase on March 23rd from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else where CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.