For the magic number 777 in my music reviews, I am proud to announce the release of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons In Rock by Darryl Way an English rock and classical musician and the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer and this is his tenth solo album. To mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of his classic rock anthem ‘Vivaldi’, Darryl Way has arranged and recorded the whole of Vivaldi’s masterpiece ‘The Four Seasons’ and given it the same ‘rock’ treatment was released May 4, 2018 on the Cherry Red UK Records label in which Darryl added to the mix, rock instrumentation and rhythms, synth textures and in the slow movements, some chill out beats as shown in Concert In E Major Number One Through Four. There have very few instances in the past I have heard classical pieces done in a rock style and I was impressed on how well this was done and how well this album was recorded, produced and performed. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to purchase this album from Amazon, Cherry Red Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 776th review, I am proud to announce the release of Another Day by Cross and Jackson, a March 9, 2018 album on the Cross and Jackson Record label and distributed by the Cherry Red Records label. David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator. This new studio album also features Mick Paul on bass, Craig Blundell on drums and was produced by Jake Jackson. The 12 new tracks on this album showcase the talents of Cross & Jackson with a jazzy rock style and in some tracks a haunting sound that would work in a soundtrack for a horror film. Among the great track on this album are Bushido, Last Ride, Going Nowhere, Breaking Bad, Mr. Morose, Anthem For Another Day and much more. I was amazed by how well this album was performed, recorded, produced and written. I recommend that you take a listen to this album on Spotify and if you like it, you can purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, Cherry Red Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Ship is a May 11th, 2018 release by Yuka & Chronoship, formed in 2009 by Yuka Funakoshi (a rare female prog rock artist in the world) and three experienced session musicians (Shun Taguchi, Takashi Miyazawa, and Ikko Tanaka) and released on the Cherry Red UK Records label. The first seven tracks on this album are a suite based on the Greek mythology “Argo”. The other four tracks The Airship Of Jean Giraud, Visible Light, Old Ship On The Grass and Did You Find A Star rounds out this great album. I was impressed by how well this album was written, recorded, produced, and performed. This is definitely an album you will want to check out. This album is available from Amazon, Cherry Red Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 774th review, I am proud to present Raw to the Bone, the 13th album by rock band Wishbone Ash which was released in 1985 on the Neat Records label and re-released October 19, 1993, on the Castle Music UK Records label. It is the only Wishbone Ash album to feature Mervyn Spence on bass and vocals. It is also the last album with guitarist/vocalist Laurie Wisefield, who ended his eleven-year stint with Wishbone Ash after the release of this album. This ten track album in which all songs were written by Wishbone Ash except for Rocket In My Pocket which was written by Lowell George was well performed, recorded and produced features such great songs as Don’t Cry, Love Is Blue, It’s Only Love, Dreams (Searching For An Answer) and much more. This album is a must add to your Wishbone Ash collection.
Immortalized is the sixth studio album by American alternative metal band Disturbed released on August 21, 2015 on the Reprise Records label, and is Disturbed’s first studio album since Asylum (2010), marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career and was their fifth consecutive number-one debut on the United States Billboard 200 chart. It also spawned four singles The Vengeful One, The Light, Open Your Eyes and their great cover of the Simon and Garfunkel song Sound of Silence which was my favorite track off this album and was endorsed by Paul Simon. I was very impressed with how well this album was written (all songs were written by Disturbed except for Sound of Silence), performed, recorded and produced. I had not heard of this band till my wife turned me on to them. Now I own five CD’s by this band and highly recommend this album to your metal rock library.
Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces is the fourth studio album by South African post-grunge/alternative metal band Seether, released on 23 October 2007 on the Wind Up Records label. This album spawned such great singles as Fake It, Rise Above This and Breakdown. When the album was reissued in 2009, it featured a fourth single, a cover of George Michael’s Careless Whisper, as the final single from the album. It is the first Seether album to reach gold status in their home country, South Africa. Another track that is great from this album is FYLYHM (known as F**k You Like You Hate Me). This is the first album by the band without lead guitarist Pat Callahan and one of my favorite Seether albums as it was well written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are as big of a Seether fan as I am, you will want to own this album.
Out to Sea is the debut Instrumental Progressive Rock Album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band. This great album was released May 4, 2018, on the Cherry Red UK records label. I was impressed with this album from start to finish with great guitar riffs and a sound that reminds me of bands such as Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd and Genesis. My favorite tracks off this eight-track album were The Architect, the title track Out To Sea, The Dream and Sonja. There is also a bonus track on this album called Starless. This album was well written, performed, produced and recorded. This definitely is a must buy album for your music library. You can get this great album from Amazon, Cherry Red Records, Bandcamp and everywhere that CDs and digital downloads is sold.
For my 769th review, I am proud to announce the sixth album and second review by Barcelona based rock band The Foxholes called Un Mal Menor released September 19, 2016, consisting of members Jonah A. Luke (guitar, voice, and synths), Vicenç Molina (drums and percussion) and Carmelo Gómez (bass). When this title is translated into English it is The Lesser Evil. This album spawned some great tracks as the title track Un Mal Menor, Tiny Speck, Invader Proxy, Quiet Castles and much more and had great vocals and guitar riffs. I was impressed with how well this album was written, performed and recorded and is available from Amazon, Bandcamp and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The second phase of the journey of the history of the Michigan rock band Widetrack has presented with its sophomore release Widetrack II released December 31, 2009, on their own record label. This great 12 track album showcases Ron Tippin’s great songwriting ability, strong voices and great guitar riffs as shown in such songs as A Single Step, Half Light, Star-Crossed, Venom, Seize and much more. This album was well performed and recorded. If you liked their first album, you will definitely want to hear this one. I am looking forward to hearing part three of their journey. You can find this album from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Similitude of a Dream is the second studio album by progressive rock supergroup The Neal Morse Band, released on November 11, 2016. An updated version of this album called Similitude Of A Dream: Live in Tilburg 2017 is to be released as a 2 CD or two DVD set on June 15, 2018, on the Metal Blade Records label. This concept album, loosely based on The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan was captured live on the heels of their 2017 Road Called Home tour. This 26 track album features some great songs as The Dream, Make No Sense, Breath Of Angels, The Road Called Home, I’m Running and so much more. This great release was well written (All lyrics were written by Neal Morse; all music composed by Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette), performed, recorded and produced. This is a great addition to your music library. Mark it on your calendar, this album will be available from Amazon, Radiant Records and everywhere that CD’s, DVD’s and digital downloads are sold on June 15th.