On The Brink is a progressive rock suite in 13 movements and the debut album by Lazleitt, an eclectic progressive rock project led by Alex Lazcano, from Washington, DC released 31 August 2108. The lineup of this band is Alex Lazcano on rhythm, lead & acoustic Guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, and vocals, Jorge Cortes Cuyas on drums, John Pomeroy on flute plus Eric Gillette on lead guitar. Listening to this album I was hooked from the very first track and as I listened to the rest of the album I heard sounds like Yes, Pink Floyd and other great bands. This thirteen song album features amazing vocals as well as excellent keyboard, bass, and guitar work on such tracks as Tangential Wisdom, The First Trail, Beyond The Door There Is No Pain (the longest track on this album), The Eighth Paradigm and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, and performed and is available on CD or digital download from CD Baby, Discogs, and other music outlets. I will be reviewing more work by this band in the near future. You can learn more about this band by going to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lazleitt
Meet the Beatles! is the second Beatles album released in the United States. It was the first US Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records, on 20 January 1964 in both mono and stereo formats. This album features the hits I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Saw Her Standing There, All My Loving, This Boy and so much more. There was not a bad song on the whole album and all four Beatles was featured doing vocals on this album. It also shows John Lennon and Paul McCartney as amazing songwriters. Even George Harrison wrote one song on this album Don’t Bother Me and drummer Ringo Starr sang the lead vocals on I Wanna Be Your Man. This being my favorite band of all time, I was impressed with how this album was recorded, performed and produced. This is a must-have for your Beatles collection.
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell is the second solo album by Alice Cooper, released June 25, 1976, on the Warner Brothers Records label. A continuation of Welcome to My Nightmare as it continues the story of Steven, this concept album was written almost exclusively by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin. The band lineup to backup Alice Cooper on this album is Dick Wagner on acoustic and electric guitars and vocals, Steve Hunter on guitar, Tony Levin on bass and Allan Schwartzberg on drums. With the success of Only Women Bleed from his first solo effort, Alice continued with the rock ballads on this album. I Never Cry was written about his drinking problem and was the only hit on this album. This album still has several noteworthy tracks such as the title track Goes To Hell, Guilty, Wish You Were Here, and much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. I highly recommend this album for your rock record library. This album is still available from Discogs, Amazon, and everywhere else that Vinyl, CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Psychopaths & Sycophants is my third review and March 21, 2018 album by Charlottesville, Virginia based band Keith Morris & The Crooked Numbers on the Mista Boo Music label. In addition to Keith Morris on guitar and vocals, he is joined by Brian Jones & Stuart Gunther on drums, Stewart Myers & Bud Bryant on bass, Daniel Clark on piano and organ, Charles Arthur on acoustic & electric guitar and pedal steel, Stephen McCarthy on pedal steel and electric guitar, Tom Proutt on electric and acoustic guitar, Rick Reiger on saxophone and flute, Samantha Reed, Jen Morris, Davina Jackson, and Devon Sproule on vocals, Matvei Sigalov on violin and David Feldman on cello. I am seeing the further growth in songwriting and performance on this nine-track release as he mixes folk genres with added tastes of the Jazz sound with such tracks as What Happened To Your Party?, 67%/A Message From Charlottesville, the title track Psychopaths & Sycophants, Charlottesville By Name and much more. As with the other two albums by this artist, this one too was well written, recorded, performed and produced. I am looking to hear what is next in his amazing journey in sound and songwriting. You can learn more about this artist and his music by going to his website https://keith-morris.com and you can pick up a copy of this album on CD or digital download from Amazon, CD Baby, and other outlets.
Head To Heart is the June 12, 2019 album by Seattle, Washington singer/songwriter Rusty Reid on the Northern Latitudes Records label. This amazing 17 track album features Rusty and many other great musicians showcases his songwriting abilities with a sound that goes from country rock to heavier rock to even a little hip hop thrown in with such great tracks as The Story Of Now, the title track Head To Heart, I Went Searching, Your Tummy, Passion Or Fashion, and so much more. I was quite impressed with his songwriting style and performance as well as how this album was recorded and produced. I recommend you take a listen to this amazing album on Spotify and I believe you will like it so much that you will want to own your own copy on CD or digital download from Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this artist and music by going to his website https://rustyreid.com
Subversions II is the 28th album in four decades and the second set of cover tunes in as many years by U.K. Subs, an English punk band, among the earliest in the first wave of British punk released June 28, 2019, on the Cleopatra Records label. The lineup on the album consists of Charlie Harper on lead vocals and harmonica, Alvin Gibbs, on bass, Jamie Oliver on drums, and Steve Straughan on guitars. On this second album of covers they present their reworkings of well known songs of classic rock, psychedelic and punk bands with such tracks as Immigrant Song (by Led Zepplin), Season Of The Witch (by Donovan), My Generation (by The Who), We Will Rock You (by Queen), Search and Destroy The Stooges) and so much more. This great album was well arranged, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album that you will want to add to your library and you can pick up your copy from Cleopatra Records, Amazon, Discogs and many other outlets where Vinyl, CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this band and where they are on tour by going to their website https://www.uksubstimeandmatter.net
If you are a big fan of hard, loud and in your face Rock N Roll, you need to hear the EP A Prelude To The Freak Show a April 19, 2018 release by Minneapolis, Minnesota rock band Caster Volor consisting of Caster Volor on lead vocals, Steven Volor on guitar and vocals, Nick “The Rage” Chilson on bass and vocals and Jorge “Snake” Navarrete on drums and vocals. This five track EP features wailing guitar work and impressive vocals on the tracks Ready Or Not (Come On And Rock), Black Leather Middle Finger, The Inmates (Are Running The Asylum), The Love We Once Had, and My Rock N Roll Dream. This great CD was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing their work in the future as they are going places. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes and many other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this band by going to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/castervolor
Know My Name is the April 26, 2019 album by The Kelly Bell Band which mixes blues, funk rock, hip-hop, jazz and more. In addition to Kelly Bell on vocals and percussion, this band consists of Dane Paul Russell on harmonica, Frankie Hernandez on bass and vocals, John Robert Buell on drums and vocals, Rahsaan “Wordslave” Eldridge on vocals and percussion, Kirk Meyers on keyboards and vocals, Russell McCray on Alto Sax, Ira Mayfield Jr. on acoustic guitars and Ryan Fowler and Eric Robinson on guitars and vocals. I enjoyed this album from start to finished with its great vocals and harmonies, awesome guitar work and other instrumentation with such great tracks as Long Train, First Moments, the title track Know My Name, Dead Man Walking, In The Late Hours and much more. I was also impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. Being a Navy veteran, I am also honored with how this band supporting the military by playing for our troops. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and I know you will love this album well enough to own your own copy from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this band, where they are playing near you and owning their other CD’s, go to their website https://www.kellybellband.com
After last years disappointment with a Rolling Stones tribute band that sounded terrible, the city of Jonesborough, Tennessee got it right this year for their Fourth Of July celebration with the return of the WannaBeatles 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 complete with their amazing harmonies. These guys also show their great personality and humor as shown with Dennis’s great impersonation of Ed Sullivan, old commercials and more. The WannaBeatles showcased the great career of The Beatles from She Loves You, Help, Hard Days Night, Something, Here Comes The Sun and more to Sgt Peppers and many more Beatles classics. 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. This is my third opportunity getting to see this band and was impressed by how they bring something new and fresh each time they come to this area. This time they brought two more items to the stage, the first being a medley from the 50th anniversary of the White Album featuring such songs as Back In The USSR, Birthday, Rocky Raccoon, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and more. The second new item was medley from 50 years ago 1969 with such classics as Venus by Shocking Blue, Bad Moon Rising by CCR, Hair by the Cowsills, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by the 5th Dimension and much more. I first met this great band back on the fourth of July two years ago when they played at our town’s celebration and then in Bristol Tennessee last year and wanted to see them again. Over the past couple years I have got to know these guys well and stayed in communication with them on a regular basis as well I appreciate the help they have given me over the years referring me to other artists that wanted my review. If you get a chance to see this band in your area, please do, you will not be disappointed.
Blessing In The Skies is the 1987 album by Ohio metal band Axemaster originally on the Azra Records label and later re-released in 2007 on the Burning Star Records label. The lineup on this album was Christopher Michael on bass and lead vocals, Brian Henderson on drums and Joe Sims on guitar. I am impressed with this album which shows this band in their early beginnings. I have listened to their later albums and always wanted to hear what they sounded like many years before. I was impressed with the great guitar riffs, powerful vocals and driving drum beats on such tracks as The Prophecy-Golgotha, Rock Forever, Crusades, The Predator, Slave To The Blade and so much more. This album presents the band’s great work as songwriters as well as how well this album was recorded, performed, and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of metal music and you can find a copy of this album from Amazon, Discogs and other outlets where Vinyl, CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can also learn more about this band by going to their website https://www.axemasterofficial.com