Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

On the 37th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, I wanted to review Double Fantasy is a 1980 album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It is the seventh and final studio album released by Lennon during his lifetime on November 17, 1981 on the Geffen Records label.  This was John’s first album since 1975 after he retired from recording to care for his son Sean.  This album spawned four singles (Just Like) Starting Over, Woman, Watching The Wheels, Beautiful Boy and so much more.  It was not till after the murder of John Lennon that this album started to increase in record sales  I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  This the one John Lennon album that you will definitely want to add to your record library.

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Iron Man 2 by AC/DC

Iron Man 2 is a soundtrack album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on April 19, 2010, as the soundtrack to the film of the same name on the Columbia Records label.  This two-LP set features fifteen tracks from ten different albums, ranging from 1975 to 2008 such as Highway To Hell, Shoot To Thrill, Thunderstruck, Back In Black, and so much more.  This soundtrack was well performed, recorded, remixed and produced.  I recommend this album to anyone’s AC/DC record library.

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A Dream To Unwrap by Daniel Feinberg

A Dream To Unwrap is the November 17, 2017, album by Seattle Washington recording artist Daniel Feinberg presenting an alternative rock style with a little of the 60’s sound.  On this ten track album, I was impressed with such cuts as The One With The Tickets, Summer On The West Coast, Hand Drawn Map, November 16, All Beyond and much more.  This album has great vocals and instrumental backup and was well written, recorded and produced. This album is available for purchase on Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes and everywhere else where digital downloads are sold.

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Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory by Bill Nelson

Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory is a three-CD set by Bill Nelson released on 1 December 2017 consisting of tracks recorded between 1981 and 1982 on the Cocteau Records label.  All of the recordings featured in this set demonstrate Bill’s creativity utilizing primitive recording equipment by today’s standards. Among the great tracks on this set are Sounding the Ritual Echo, Opium, The Asylum, The Funeral, The Gates and much more.  This album reminds me of music you would normally hear in films.  I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  This album is available from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else music is sold.

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Red Pill Blues by Maroon 5

Red Pill Blues is the sixth studio album by American pop rock band Maroon 5 released on November 3, 2017, by 222 and Interscope Records. The title of the album refers to the science fiction term of taking the red pill or the blue pill, which originated from the 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix. I had been looking forward to this album for some time but when released I noticed one major let down.  The song Don’t Wanna Know featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar was not on this album for some reason.  It did have some great singles such as What Lovers Do (featuring SZA), Wait, Closure, Who I Am (featuring Lunch Money Lewis) and much more.  Even I enjoyed their last album “V” much better, this album was still well written, performed, recorded and produced.  If you are a fan of Maroon 5, you will still want to add this album to your library.

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Diamonds by Elton John

Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin commemorate the 50th anniversary of their wildly successful union with the release of Diamonds, a new career-spanning box billed as John’s “ultimate” greatest hits compilation. This impressive collection released on November 11, 2017, s available in three different formats, a three-CD deluxe edition that contains forty-one tracks, a two-CD version with 34 tracks and a double vinyl LP set with 21 tracks.  I bought the two-LP set which came with a digital download of the 3 CD set. The two-LP set contained such great hits as Rocket Man, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, my favorite version of the song Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (with George Michael) and much more.  This compilation was well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this compilation in either format to your Elton John collection.

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The Ferryman’s Curse by The Strawbs

The Ferryman’s Curse is an upcoming album of new material by the UK band The Strawbs, to be released December 8, 2017, on the Esoteric/Antenna Records label.  This is all new material, first in eight years includes such great tracks as In The Beginning, The Nails From The Hands Of Christ, The Ten Commandments, the title track The Ferryman’s Curse and much more.  The current lineup comprises of David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bassist Chas Cronk, drummer Tony Fernandez and guitar and keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge, many of them toured together back in the 70’s.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides.  You will be able to purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Knute Pa Sjelen by Kent Wilgraff

Knute Pa Sjelen is the latest single by Norwegian recording artist Kent Wilgraff.  This alternative rock single was released June 9, 2017, on the ChromeBreedMusic Records label. This song was well written, performed and recorded.  It will be interesting to see what is next for this artist. Take a listen to this song on Spotify and then it is available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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American Son by The Scooter Brown Band

For my 591st review, I am very honored to present the latest album by The Scooter Brown Band called American Son released September 8, 2017 on the BFD Records label.  This great band, led by Scott Brown, a Marine Corps veteran bring this third country/rock album to light, along with bandmates Nathan Lockhart, Steven Sutherland, and Matt Bledsoe featuring great vocals, harmonies, and instrumental backup.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish but if I had to chose favorite cuts off this thirteen track album I would have to choose such songs as the title track American Song, Won’t Back Down, Broken Arrow, Guitars Guitars and Whiskey, Huntsville and much more.  I was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to your country music library.

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Misanthrope by Morosity

Misanthrope is August 15, 2016 album by Morosity and is their debut album.  Morosity comprises of Jess Albrecht on vocals and guitar, David Rowan on guitar, Jason Wolfe on vocals and guitar, Shawn Bachinski on bass and Nick Johnson on drums. This eleven track album contains such great songs as Adam, Subconscious, Day of Reckoning, Malpractice and much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  I recommend you take a listen to this album and I know you will like it as much as I did.  This album is available for purchase on Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other places where Cd’s and digital downloads are sold.

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