Declassified by Project 814

For my 483rd review I am proud to present Declassified, a May 2001 album by the rock band Project 814 released on the Cellar Records label.  This album has great vocals, heavy guitar riffs and some awesome bass work.  Among the great tracks on this album are The Speed Of My Life, X, 5 And 1 (Distant The Heart), Running Out Of Time and much more.  I am impressed how well this album was written, recorded and performed. You can purchase this album on Amazon, CD Baby and other places where CD’s and digital tracks are sold.

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Redemption by Disguise The Limit

Redemption is the 2005 release by the rock band Disguise The Limit released on the Cellar Records label.  This album has great vocals and impressive instrumentation.  From the first track The Janitor’s Song (My Spirit Will Live On) to last track Brothers In Arms, I enjoyed this album very much.   This album also included such great tracks as Last To See Me Fall, You And I, and many more. I am very impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  I give this album a high recommendation to one’s music library.  You can find this album CD Baby, Amazon and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Casting Shadows by Bangtower

For my 481st review I decided to review the album Casting Shadows by the rock/jazz band Bangtower released September 28, 2010 on Declassified Records.  This is an amazing rock/jazz fusion album featuring Percy Jones (Brand X) pulling off some impossible bass work and there was also some great guitar riffs by Grammy winning producer/guitarist Neil Citron.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as Hair Of The Dog, Let Em Drown, Ballad of Wealth, BBA and much more. I was impressed on how well this album is written, recorded and produced.  I recommend this album to one’s music library. You can find this album on Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Ten Cent Tour by The Empty Pockets

I never heard of Empty Pockets before until my wife saw a posting on facebook that they were giving away this album for the cost of postage, so I said to myself “what is there to lose other than the cost of postage”.  So I ordered a copy of the album Ten Cent Tour and I was surprised with the sound of this album.  It had a great mixture of blues, Americana, and country.  The tracks that impressed me was You Know I Do, Tractor Song, I Hear Your Voice, Travelin’ Song and much more.  I was impressed with the harmonies and the instrumentation of this album.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  This great piece of work was released in June 2015 on the MT Pockets Inc. label and I looking forward to hearing more from this band.  You can get this album on Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and on their website http://www.theemptypockets.com.

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Right Is Right by 53 Across

For my 477th review I am proud to announce the album Right Is Right by rock/blues band 53 Across from New Mexico consisting of Garrett Hobson and Eduardo Barraza.  I was told the band’s name came about with the original band members were born in 1953.  This album caught my attention on the very first track Right Is Right.  Other tracks that I felt good about are Cookie Blues, His Amp, When The Night Falls and much more.  The track 69 Chevy has a bluegrass sound that really surprised me for a band from New Mexico.  This album has everything, great vocals, fantastic guitar riffs, great performance, recording and much more and it was also well produced.  I recommend this album to your music library. You can purchase this album at CD Baby and Itunes.

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Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights by Bill Nelson

Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights is the remastered reissue of the 1987 ambient double album by Bill Nelson, re-released on July 29. 2017.  This collection also includes twenty one additional tracks.  From the first track West Keep, it grabbed my attention.  It was hard to pick certain tracks as favorites since I liked the whole album.  There are great tracks such as Seventh Seal, Body Of Light, The Piano Room, My Dark Demon, Staircase To No Place and so much more.  This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced.   I believe you will want to add this release to your library.

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Village Of Dreams by Bryan Stephens

Village Of Dreams is my 475th music review and the debut album by rock artist Bryan Stephens and was released July 21, 2017, on the Blue Elan Records label.  This album features great vocals and strong guitar riffs as seen in such great tracks as In June, Revolution, Deprivation, Attrition and much more.  This album also includes a great cover of the Guess Who song No Time.  I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  This is an album I would highly recommend to anyone’s music library.

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Rio by Duran Duran

Rio is the second studio album by English new wave/synthpop band Duran Duran released in November 1982 on Capitol Records.  I first spun this album while playing in a nightclub in Okinawa, Japan.  This great album spawned four singles My Own Way, Rio, Save A Prayer and my favorite track Hungry Like A Wolf which had a great video to promote the song. Other notable tracks included New Religion, My Chauffeur and much more.  This album was well recorded, written and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s record library.

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Steppenwolf by Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf is the first album by Canadian rock band Steppenwolf, released in January 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records.  The album was a successful debut for the band, featuring the songs Born to Be Wild, as well as The Pusher, both of which were used in the 1969 motion picture Easy Rider. Who can’t listen to Born To Be Wild and not picture Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding their motorcycles down the highway?  This album features the powerful vocals by John Kay and great keyboard playing by the late Goldy McJohn with such great tracks as Sookie Sookie, the blues classic Hoochie Coochie Man, Berry Rides Again a tribute to guitarist Chuck Berry and many others. This album was well written, recorded and produced.  This is an album that made me a big fan of Steppenwolf for decades.

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Rock Or Bust by AC/DC

Rock or Bust is the sixteenth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC which was released 28 November 2014 on the Columbia Records label.  With the powerful vocals of Brian Johnson and the great guitar licks of Angus Young, this band is as powerful as ever.  It is the shortest studio album ever released by the band; at approximately 35 minutes and also was the group’s first album without founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who had retired from the band in 2014 due to health concerns.  Rock Or Bust spawn four singles Play Ball, the title track Rock Or Bust, Rock The Blues Away and Sweet Candy.  Other noteworthy tracks off this album were Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder, Baptism By Fire, Rock The House and much more.  This album was well written by Angus and Malcolm Young and I was very impressed with how well this release was performed, recorded and produced.  If you are a big AC/DC fan like I am, you will want to add this album to your collection.

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