For my 502nd music review I would like to present Tokyo Dogs, a August 2017 album by punk band Slaughter And The Dogs released on Cleopatra Records. This live album was recorded while on tour in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to signature tracks Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone and Cranked Up Really High as well covers of I’m Waiting For My Man and White Light White Heat by Velvet Underground also as the great tracks I Got Your Number, You’re A Bore, Dame To Blame and much more. This album has powerful vocals and great guitar riffs. I am impressed on how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. You can purchase this album at Amazon, Cleopatra Records, Bandcamp and everywhere else CD’s, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold.
Here We Are is the 2015 album by country duo John and Judy Rodman released on the Rivermoon Records label. This album is a mixture of classical and contemporary country. I had not heard of this artist till some turned me onto a video by Judy. After over thirty years of work as solo artists, this is their first album as a duo. I was impressed by Judy’s voice and how well these two work together. This seven track album has such great tracks as Somethin’ Like That, Something Bad, There You Are, and You Want It Back. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I recommend this album to any country music fan. You can purchase this album at Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere where CD’s and Digital Downloads are sold.
My 479th review is a great acoustic album called Unplugged by Hank and Eddie. This album is quite good. This 2017 release starts off the some great Spanish flamingo guitar playing on the song Vertigo and goes into some great songs such as Falling Into Pieces, In Your Garden, Say Goodbye, We Are Tommorrow (which also had the Spanish feel) and much more. I am very impressed on how well this album was written, performed and recorded. This definitely an album you need to check out. You can find this album on CD Baby and Iheart.
Girl On Fire is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Alicia Keys. The album, which was released on November 22, 2012, is Keys’ first release with RCA Records. I have not listened to much of her music prior to this until I heard someone trying to do the song Girl On Fire on America’s Got Talent. I did not care for how the song was done, but loved the song and decided to check out the original version and the album. I am a big fan of the song Girl On Fire on this album, but not the mix. This album also spawned the singles Brand New Me, New Day, Fire We Make, and Tears Always Win. I was also impressed with the songs One Thing, That’s When I Knew, Listen To Your Heart and much more. All the songs on this album were co written by Alicia. This is the second album I have listened to by this great artist and will check out more in the future. This release is well performed, recorded and produced by “Babyface” Edmonds. I highly recommend this album to one’s music library.
Summer On Repeat is a compilation of great country music songs recorded on the Silverado Records label and released on 23 June 2017. From start to finish, I enjoyed listening to this one. On this eleven track album there are such great songs as Ice Cold Summer by David Adam Byrnes, Beer Me by Tony Winkler, Summertime All Year by Joe Diffie, Glad You’re Gone by Halfway to Hazard, Soul Good by Crystal Yates and much more. The way this album was performed, recorded and produced is first rate. Please listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to buy this album on Itunes and Amazon.
Since I returned to the music review world after a twenty-year sabbatical, I have reviewed 460 CD’s and for the first time, I am reviewing an independent album on vinyl, which I love very much since I am old school and love listening to vinyl. Not Out Of Time is a limited edition 10” vinyl EP by the American rock band Birdseed. This album will be released worldwide online and in stores on August 4, 2017, on the Bird Records LLC label. This album has such great vocals and instrumentation. Among my favorite tracks on this album were More Than I Needed The Truth, I Want You To Know and We Can Do It. I feel this album can do well on the rock and country music charts. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s record library.
Manic Revelations was the anticipated eighth album by American musician and songwriter Pokey LaFarge released May 19, 2017 on the Rounder Records label. This album was recorded in the great city of St. Louis and spawned album’s lead track, Riot In The Streets. This release has the sound of the 50’s and 60’s as shown in other noteworthy tracks such as Must Be A Reason, Better Man Than Me, Silent Me, Good Luck Charm, I Will Never Change and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded. I recommend this album to ones music library.
Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia was recorded live at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Maryland on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This historic one-night concert event honored the music of Jerry Garcia. This album was released October 14. 2016 on the Rounder Records label. This concert was performed by surviving members of the Grateful Dead as well as Jimmy Cliff, Peter Frampton and others. This album has such great songs as Get Out Of My Life Woman, Shady Grove, Fire On The Mountain, Tennessee Jed, Touch of Grey and much more. For a concert album this one was well performed, recorded and produced. You can purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, and other places where CDs are sold.
The Earls of Leicester is the debut self titled album by the bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester, an all-star band, punningly named for Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt which was released in September 2014 on Rounder Records. The moment I put this album on, my foot went into full tapping mode. Some of my favorite tracks off this album were Big Black Train, Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down, Shuckin’ The Corn, The Wondering Day, and much more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward listening to and reviewing their latest album Rattle and Roar next week. If you are a bluegrass fan, you must listen and get this album for your library.
All I Ever See In You Is Me is the sophomore release by Nashville based and New York bred singer/songwriter Jillette Johnson. Jillette has a unique sound that is not found in other artists. This eleven track album spawned such great songs as Love Is Blind, In Repair, I’m Sorry, Holiday and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded and will be released on Rounder Records on July 28th. I am looking forward to hearing her debut album Water In A Whale.