King Crimson’s release Offical Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28, 2017, a two-CD set from the band’s most recent US tour, was released on October 13, 2017, on the DGM label. I enjoyed listening to this release. There are a lot of great tracks in this collection such as Neurotica, Lizard Suite, Fallen Angels, Heroes, and 21st Century Schizoid Man. I was disappointed that my favorite King Crimson song In The Court Of The Crimson King was not in this collection. But still, it was well performed, recorded and produced. This album is available on Amazon and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Yesterday I received the CD You’re The Reason by singer/songwriter from Australia Ross Seddon released March 2017 on the Grantham Studios Records label. As soon as I put this CD in to listen to, I was very impressed with Ross’s voice and his songwriting ability. From the very first song, the title track You’re The Reason which has a top 40 country sound and continuing with such songs as What’s Wrong With That?, You Go Your Way, I Don’t Know Why and others, I discovered he also performs Rock and Blues also. I am impressed on how well this album was written (all songs written by Ross Seddon), recorded and produced. I am anxious to hear any other releases this artist has done. I recommend you take a listen to this album and purchase it on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 540th review, I am proud to present Lay It On Down a new album by contemporary blues artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Released August 4, 2017, on the Concord Records label. This ten track album shows Kenny’s great guitar style with rock and blues feel in such songs as Baby Got Gone, Down For Love, Ride Of Your Life, the title track Lay It On Down and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This great album is available for purchase at Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
Its time to put on your bellbottoms, flowers in your hair and feel groovy with the sounds of the album Rock St. Trop by Philippe Debarge With The Pretty Things released September 1, 2017, on the Madfish Records label. This project was recorded in 1969 but was not released commercially till 2009. It is now restored and reworked with rare photos and liner notes. This fifteen track album has such great tracks as You Might Even Say, Send You With Loving, New Day. I’m Checking Out and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This album is available where CD’s are sold.
Akustika Live In Ameria and Akustika Return to Ameria is the October 6, 2017, release by the late John Wetton who was the lead singer and bassist of Asia, UK, and the Red era of King Crimson. The tracks on this album were chosen by John before his passing. There are some great tracks on this double album such as on disc one Voice Of America, Hold Me Now, Heat Of The Moment a classic he performed with Asia, and You’re Not The Only One and on disc two Thirty Years Hold Me Now, Arkangel, Starless, and Woman. This collection was well written, performed, recorded and produced. You can purchase this album on amazon, itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 532nd review, I am proud to present Hey, Where’d Everybody Go? the latest release by the progressive fusion legends Bangtower, released on the Declassified Records label. Bangtower consists of Neil Citron on guitar, keyboards & vocals, Robert “Pag” Pagliari on Bass and Vocals and Frankie Banali on Drums. I enjoyed this album as much as the previous releases with its great tracks such as She Don’t Care, Frankie’s Silver Hammer, Right Hand Drive and so much more. This seven-track EP was well written by Citron and Pagliari, performed, recorded and produced by Jon Pomplin and Neil Citron. This digital EP was released on September 12, 2017, and is available on Itunes, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon and other places where digital downloads are available.
In anticipation of his new album Colors to be released this Friday, I am proud to review Morning Phase, the ninth official studio album and twelfth overall by American singer Beck. The album was released in February 2014 by his new label, Capitol Records. Until this LP I have not heard of Beck, In fact, my wife turned me on to this artist. After listening to this album, I purchased his releases Mellow Gold and Odelay. This album opens with Cycle and Morning and continues with other great songs such as Wave, Blue Moon, and Waking Light. I was impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I recommend this album to anyone’s record library.
With a Little Help from My Friends is the debut album by English singer Joe Cocker, released May 1969 on the A&M Records label. The title track With A Little Help From My Friends was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and originally performed by the Beatles on the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Also on this album were two tracks originally written and recorded by Bob Dylan, Just Like A Woman and I Shall Be Released, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (originally recorded by The Animals), Feeling Alright and so much more. I am very impressed with how well this album was performed recorded and produced. This is a five-star album and a great addition to one’s record library.
Caribou, the June 1974 album by Elton John, was his fourth chart-topping album in the United States released on the MCA Records label. The title of this album came from the recording studio where this album was recorded, Caribou Ranch. This album is one of my favorite Elton John albums which spawned such great singles as Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and The Bitch Is Back. Other noteworthy tracks on this album are Grimsby, I’ve Seen The Saucers, You’re So Static and so much more. I enjoy this album from start to finish. All tracks by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. You definitely need to add this album to your Elton John library.
The Final Countdown is the third studio album by the Swedish glam rock band Europe, released on 26 May 1986 through Epic Records. Europe consists of vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bass guitarist Peter Olsson, and drummer Tony Reno. This ten track album spawned five singles Love Chaser, Rock The Night, Carrie, Cherokee and my favorite track, the title song The Final Countdown which has a great video on MTV at the time. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s rock music library. Today I received a nice email from this band and they are going to send me an autographed photo.