For my 892nd review I am proud to present the album The Essential Great White by 80’s rock band Great White which was released September 27, 2011 on the Deadline Record label, a sub-label of Cleopatra Records which includes the band’s signature hits Once Bitten Twice Shy, Rock Me and Save Your Love plus covers of Led Zeppelin, Journey, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith and more such as Unchained, Immigrant Song, Saturday Night Special, Anyway You Want It and so much more plus a song for the Christmas holidays (Blue Christmas). This compilation was well performed, recorded and produced. You can find this great compilation at Amazon, Itunes and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Frequency Unknown is the 13th studio album released under the name Queensrÿche released on Cleopatra Records’ sub-label, Deadline Music, on April 23, 2013, by lead vocalist Geoff Tate’s temporary version of the band, before a settlement determined that only the other band members were entitled to use the name Queensrÿche. The album includes ten original songs such as Give It To You, Cold, Weight Of The World and more as well as bonus tracks which are re-recordings of four of Queensrÿche’s greatest hits I Don’t Believe In Love, Empire, Silent Lucidity ( my favorite Queensryche song even though I prefer the original than the re-recording) and more. This album was well recorded, produced, written and performed as is available in Vinyl, CD and digital download format.
The Great Pendulum Swing is the September 12, 2016 release from the All-American rock band Banana Blonde, a three-piece rock band consisting of Zach Sheffield on Vocals & Guitar, Chris Sims on drums, and Chris Harrington on bass. After reviewing their album Too Much Weird not long ago, I wanted to hear their earlier work to see the growth of their music. This album has great guitar riffs, powerful drum beats and fantastic vocals as seen in such tracks as I Don’t Care, Word of Mouth, Can’t Feel Myself Think and much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, produced and recorded. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to purchase this release from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
After releasing two critically acclaimed records in their own country Will Exist Forever in 1991 and Chromatic Freedom in 2010, the Brazilian band Dialeto, led by guitarist Nelson Coelho, made their international debut June 25, 2013, on MoonJune Records with the album The Lost Tribes. Guitarist and composer Coelho is accompanied by fretless bassist Jorge Pescara and drummer Miguel Angel. This great progressive instrumental rock album with a jazz feel features such tracks as Dorian Grey, the title track The Last Tribe, Tarde Demais, Whereisit and much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. This album is available from Amazon, Moonjune Records, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Legendary UK psychedelic anarchists The Pink Fairies return with this fantastic album Resident Reptiles led by founding Fairy Paul Rudolph along with former Hawkwind bassist Alan Davey and original Motörhead drummer Lucas Fox, who not only created a killer rhythm section for the album but also added a bit of sizzling biker-rock to the mix which such tracks as the title song Resident Reptiles, Old Enuff To Know Better, Lone Wolf and much more. This album has great driving guitar riffs and powerful drum beats as well as being well written, recorded, produced and performed. This great album will be released on August 24, 2018, on the Purple Pyramid Records label and distributed by Cleopatra Records and can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets that CD’s, vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
Industrial project Textbeak has released his brand new album Sick For Songs A Season Eats via Cleopatra Records. This June 29, 2018 debut album is from visionary producer/DJ Michael Szewczyk who has worked with This Mortal Coil and Olowex. This fourteen track album which was produced and mixed John Fryer features such great tracks as All Is War, Chimera which has a kind of Indian Sound, Blood Storm, and much more. This album has a unique sound and was well written, recorded and performed. This kind of music is usually not my cup of tea, but I did enjoy giving it a listen. If you are into electronic music, I feel you will enjoy this album. It is available for purchase from Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes, Cleopatra Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 878th review, I am giving my take on the album Roots In The Blues, Crown Far Ahead by Italian band RoughMax And The Steamrollers. This band consists of Rough Max Peiri on bass and vocals, Luciano Lucky Pesce on piano, keyboards, and backing vocals, and Corrado D’Amato on drums and backing vocals. Among the tracks that were most tolerable was Junk, Guilty, The Second Bite and Betrayal. Listening to this album, I was a bit disappointed. The vocals on most of the songs are distorted and the mixing on the recording was horrible. There was no balance between vocals and instrumentation. The songs were well written but that was about it. I feel with a better producer and recording studio, this might be an album I would want to buy.
When you take the singing sustain of multiple razor edged electric guitars, the monster rock backbeat of Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry, and The Moonlight Sonata, you get the great album Amp L’Etude by Tone Masseve. This album is influenced by Tone’s love for rock, blues and classical music and wanted to play their classical pieces with a rock sound and attitude. The recording on this album started in 1995 and took more than 20 years to complete. The guitar parts alone took more than two years to record. In 1997, while still working on Amp L’étude, tragically, Tone got pneumonia and died. In 2016 a wonderful and talented group of musicians came together to finish his long lost album. The first was Doane Perry who was drummer for Jethro Tull for twenty seven years. Next was Garry Kvistad who is a Grammy award winning master percussionist. He is a member of the four man percussion group Nexus and to top it off with members of the vocal group Prana added their voices to several tracks. The end result is a very impressive album with such tracks as Aire On A G String (A Whiter Shade), The Moonlight Sonata (On The Hill Of The Skull), Seranade for Strings (For Her Majesty), Maria (She’s So) Ave, as so much more. This great album was well recorded, performed and produced and is a great final tribute to a awesome guitarist. This release will be available for purchase September 12, 2018 from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets.
For my 875th review, I present the debut self titled album by The Brutalists, an trans-Atlantic rock group led by industry veterans and former bandmates Ex L.A. Guns Mick Cripps on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Nigel Mogg on vocals, Kent Holmes on guitars and vocals, Robert Cripps on bass and Charlie Nice on drums. This twelve track album due for release on August 31st, 2018 on the Cleopatra Records label is a mix of their influences — the dirty, leering blues of pub rock and R&B, the urgency of street punk and the synthesized dance ennui of post-punk, seasoned with bits of mod with such tracks as Wishing I Was Far Away, Jungle Nasty, Look Whatcha Gone And Done, Nutter, Enough Of Me and much more. This album has great guitar riffs and vocals and I was impressed with how well it was written, recorded, produced and performed. This album will be available for purchase from Bandcamp, Cleopatra Records and other outlets on August 31st.
There is always a first on my reviews. This one is my first review of a 45 rpm record called Between The This & The That with the flip side Plaid Blimp TV Show by Play Hot Lava Band released in 2016 Chloe’s Household Music Records label. The band of Tracee Perrin, Craig Anderson, Keefer Dickerson, and Casey Pollock from Nashville, Tennessee. This limited edition single on red vinyl shows a mixture of Rock N Roll and Country. I was impressed with the instrumentation and vocals and how well this release was written, recorded, and performed. You can buy a copy of this awesome single from playhotlava.net