For my 856th review, I am presenting Hidden Details which is the first Soft Machine album in 37 years since the album In The Land Of Cockayne. This band features John Etheridge on guitar, Roy Babbington on bass, John Marshall on drums, and Theo Travis on Tenor and Soprano Saxes, flutes and electric piano. The music on this album ranges from psychedelic to jazz, and to relaxing tunes with a hypnotic feel as shown with such tracks as Ground Lift, Broken Hill, One Glove, Breathe and much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed. This new album is set for release on 7 September 2018 on CD, Vinyl and digital download on Moonjune Records.
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.
Today I received a preview of an upcoming album called So Happy by Rick Vines All-Stars to be officially released on about August 1, 2018. I was impressed with the various styles on this album such as Blues, Rock, Country and more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as the title track So Happy, D’Lila, I Can’t Breathe, Woodstock, Making Our Way In The World and so much more. I am thrilled with the great voice, soothing piano, and more. I am also impressed with his songwriting style, the recording of this album and performance. You are able to listen to the title track now and more after the first of August.
Ry Cooder presents his new album The Prodigal Son, his first LP in six years and released May 11, 2018, on the Fantasy Records label and distributed by the Concord Music Group. It features a mix of Cooder originals and interpretations of songs by Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, the Stanley Brothers and other traditional recordings. Cooder’s expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work is aided by his son, drummer and chief collaborator, Joachim Cooder is featured with such great tracks as the title track The Prodigal Son, Shrinking Man, Straight Street, You Must Unload, Nobody’s Fault But Mine (written by Blind Willie Johnson) and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed. If you are a fan of Ry Cooder like I am, you will want to add this to your music library.
For my 831st review I am proud to present this great album which was recorded in front of a sold-out audience in Boulder, Colorado, and deftly mixed by GRAMMY-winner Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris). Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra by the Indigo Girls a Grammy Award-winning folk-rock music American duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers showcases the Indigo Girls at their finest: raw, real, and revelatory and was released on June 29. 2018 on the Rounder Records label. This double CD collection features tracks from throughout the band’s career, the 22-song set features a mix of reimagined classics, including fan favorites Galileo, Closer to Fine, Ghost, Power of Too, Go and so much more. I was impressed with how they took their classics and did them with a symphony orchestra and with how well this album was recorded, performed and produced. If you are a fan of the Indigo Girls, you will want to check out this album and add it to your music library.
For my 827th review, I present The Kindness of Strangers a May 12, 2017 release by Los Angeles based band Silent Revival on the Listen Loud Records label. This great band consisted of Sara Coda on vocals, guitarist Joz Ramirez, bass player Yutaka Sao, and drummer Brock Bowers. Listening to this great album reminded me of the sounds of such great bands as Missing Persons, The Pretenders, and Til Tuesday with such great tracks as Hollywood, Die A Little, Paradise, Paranoid, Take It From Me and so much more. I was impressed with Sara’s great voice and how she took a song and grabs your attention, also how well this album was written, recorded, and produced. This is definitely an album you will want to add to your music library and can find this great release on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 822nd review, I am proud to present the third album by Zialand titled Unbridled & Ablaze which was released on June 8, 2018, on the Glittermouth Records label in which she wrote, produced, and performed on. This Norwegian recording artist has such a great voice and this album is described Cinematic Soul Pop with such great tracks as Thunder, Don’t Look Down, Landslide, Fever and so much more. I am looking forward to hearing her first two albums. I was impressed with how well this album was recorded, produced and performed as well as her songwriting style and ability. I highly recommend you give this album a listen and purchase this where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Reimagination showcases legendary Motown songwriter and one third of Holland/Dozier/Holland, Lamont Dozier in which he reclaims his most iconic hits with a host of all-star guests such as Grammy-award winning singer Gregory Porter, rock icon Todd Rundgren, CSN’s Graham Nash, British pop idol Sir Cliff Richard, Jo Harman, Marc Cohn, Le Ann Womack and more with such great tracks as Supremes Medley: Where Did Our Love Go / Stop In The Name Of Love / Come See About Me / Baby Love with Graham Nash of CSN, Baby I Need Your Loving with Lee Ann Womack, In My Lonely Room with Todd Rundgren, You Keep Me Hanging On with Rumer and so much more. Listening to this album brings me back to wonderful memories as a teenager listening to these classic hits by the artist who made them famous. I was impressed by how well this album was written, arranged, performed, recorded and produced. This compilation is released Goldenlane Records and distributed by Cleopatra records and is available for purchase on May 25, 2018, from Amazon, Itunes, Target, and all outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
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.