Raging Through The Silence: The 20th Anniversary Concert is the two CD and one DVD set by classic rock group Uriah Heep released for the first time September 8, 2017, on the Cherry Red Records label. This concert is from a performance at the London Astoria on May 18, 1987, and thirty years later you are able to enjoy the excitement of this performance. This collection consists of such great tracks as Gypsy, The Wizard, Stealin, and my favorite song Easy Livin’. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. This album is available for purchase on Amazon and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits is a live double album released by Elton John 13 November 2000 on the Universal/Rocket Record label. The album was recorded on 20 and 21 October 2000 at Madison Square Garden. The title is “one night only” because the recording equipment failed to tape most of the audio from the first night, leaving only the second night to be recorded as an album. There is not a bad song on this collection with such tracks as Philadelphia Freedom, Bennie And The Jets, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and much more. If I was going to compile this album I would have added as opening number Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding which appeared on the DVD of the same name. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. You will want to add this great album to your Elton John record library.
For my 570th music review, I am proud to announce I Could Have Been A Rocket Scientist by alternative rock band Radiophonic released November 1, 2010, on the Soona Songs Record label. Radiophonic consists of Graham Duncan on vocals and guitar, MadBean on vocals and pedals, Daniel Loyd on Bass, Vocals, Banjo and Keyboards, and Michael Galante on Drums. Among the great tracks on this fifteen track album are If I Ruled, Fall Any Further, Ultralight, While You Sleep, A Chill In The Air (which as a great bluegrass sound) and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more of their music. This great album can be purchased on Amazon, Itunes, http://www.soonasongs.com and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Breaking Out is the upcoming album by rocker Verity White, an award-winning singer with an exciting and powerful voice and uses guitars, synths, and strings to highlight these emotional memoirs. Among the great tracks on this ten-song album is the title track Breaking Out, I Don’t Care, Slow Fall and much more. I was impressed on how well this album was written, performed and recorded. You will be able to purchase this great album on November 10th at Bandcamp, http://www.veritywhite.com and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
With Halloween coming up in a few more days, I am proud to present this great album Halloween Garage Blues, a unique collection of haunting blues and spooky garage rock to make this Halloween season very enjoyable. This album was released October 13, 2017, on the Cleopatra Records label. This 21 track collection includes such great songs as Hank The Ripper by Harvey Mandel, Fire by Arthur Brown, Death Letter by Pat Travers, The Coffin Daggers by Kreepy Crawl, Black Cat Bone by Johnny Winters and so much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish. It was well performed, recorded and produced. If you are a fan of the blues, you will definitely want to add this album to your library. You can purchase this great album at Amazon, The Cleopatra Records store and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Automatic for the People is the eighth studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on October 5, 1992, by Warner Brothers Records. A 25th-anniversary edition will be released on November 10, 2017, by Craft Recordings and distributed by the Concord Music Group. This was one of my favorite R.E.M. albums which spawned six singles, Drive, Man On The Moon (which was used in the movie of the same name, the song is a tribute to the comedian and performer Andy Kaufman with numerous references to his career including his Elvis impersonation, wrestling and other thing’s in Andy’s life), The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight, Everybody Hurts, Nightswimming, and Find The River. This is one of the albums I am looking forward to owning on vinyl as this album was well written, recorded and produced. This album is available on Amazon, Itunes, and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Heaven Upside Down is the tenth studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on October 6, 2017, by Loma Vista Recordings and Caroline International and distributed by the Concord Music Group. So far this ten track album has spawned two singles, We Know Where You F**king Live and Kill4Me. Other notable tracks on this album are Blood Honey and the title track Heaven Upside Down. Even though at my age I am not thrilled with music that uses the F word a lot but I know younger audiences do. All in all this album was still well performed, recorded and produced. This album is available for sale on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
French Musician/Composer Alan Simon releases a new two-CD compilation called Songwriter which features such greats as Jon Anderson from the group Yes, Alan Parsons of the Alan Parsons Project, Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues, Martin Barre from Jethro Tull, Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac, the late John Wetton of King Crimson, the group Midnight Oil, and so many more. This forty track collection features a cross-section of Alan Simon’s work from his various projects and rock operas. The first CD has such great songs as World, The Origins, Ad Libitum and others. The second CD was my favorite on this collection with such great performances as No Mans Land (featuring Midnight Oil), Come, Circle Of Life (featuring Jon Anderson), Where Is The Way (featuring Billy Preston) and much more. This is one album I am looking forward to hearing on Vinyl since this collection is well written, performed, recorded and produced. This album was released on October 20, 2017, on the Cherry Red Records label and is available for purchase at Amazon, Itunes and other places where CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
Vevey is the 13 October 2017 album from The Warlocks, the first-ever live album from the critical darlings of L.A.’s neo-psych rock scene released on the Cleopatra Records label. The title of this album comes from where this album was recorded, Vevey Switzerland. Even with many of the personnel changes over the years, guitarist/singer Bobby Hecksher has stayed consistent. There as such great tracks on this album such as Shake The Dope Out, It’s Just Like Surgery, Baby Blue, Red Camera, The Midnight Sun and much more. I was impressed on how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. This album is available on CD, Vinyl, and digital download and can be purchased on Amazon, Discogs, Bandcamp, and Itunes.
Signs is the September 1, 2017, album by blues guitarist Johnny Lang on the Concord Music label, his first album in four years and his 6th major label release, returns to his guitar-based roots and channels the spirit of early blues heroes such as Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf in such songs as Last Man Standing, the title track Signs, Into The Night, Bring Me Back Home and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This is a must add to one’s blues library.