Sunday, September 23, 2018

Revisit The Early Days Of Lenny Kravitz Music Catalog With A New Set Of Double-Vinyl Releases

Lenny Kravitz has had a busy release month. First, on September 7th, he released his eleventh studio album "Raise Vibration," then on September 21st, Virgin/UMe re-issued four of his first five albums in 180-gram vinyl for the first time. The set includes his stellar sophomore album "Mama Said," his multi-platinum album "Are You Gonna Go My Way," the experimental "Circus" and the Grammy-winning album "5." 

All of these new releases are double-vinyl sets that included limited edition color variant discs, as well as the standard black vinyl. Lenny Kravitz debut album "Let Love Rule," will also get the 180-gram double-vinyl treatment, but will not be released until November 30th. Just in time to celebrate's the album's 30th anniversary in 2019.

After breaking onto the music scene with his debut album, Lenny Kravitz followed it up with "Mama Said," which featured the top five single "It Ain't Over Til Its Over." Just like his first album, Kravitz played most of the instruments himself and even invited his friend Slash to lend hand on the high-powered rock of "Always On The Run." This new double-vinyl version delivers a much cleaner, clearer sound, then what was presented on CD. The bass is strong on the song "Stand By My Woman" and the horns are sonically brilliant on "What Goes Around Comes Around." Even Sean Lennon lends a hand on "All I Every Wanted," before the album closes with the solo guitar poem "Butterfly." You will not be disappointed with this set as it includes all of the original artwork. To find out more about all of these new vinyl releases, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/lennykravitz.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Omnivore Recordings Releases Shelved Buck Owens Album From 1975

In 1975, famed country singer, Buck Owens recorded an album for Capitol records that has remained in the vaults, until now. The new release titled "Country Singer's Prayer," saw the light of day back on August 17th and was released through Omnivore Recordings, which has done a masterful job with the Buck Owens catalog. 

With his contract with Capitol Records winding down at the end of 1975, Buck Owens gathered his backing band, the Buckaroos for one final recording. After the failure of his past album "41st Street Lonely Hearts Club" and the single "Country Singer's Prayer," the label was not ready to pour any more money into Owens' albums, so the recording stayed shelved for more than 40 years. Now we get the full 12-song release, remastered from the master tapes.

The album begins with the up-tempo, swinging rhythm of "John Law," that showed that Buck Owens still had pep in his step. The album continues with the slow, honky-tonk of "Love Don't Make The Bars" and the country-twang of "Drifting Away." He seems to be having fun with his performance of "The Battle Of New Orleans" and proud of his history with the delivery of "California Okie." The new set of songs wraps up with the gospel-like ballad "It's Been A Long, Long Time" and the bonus tracks, "Run Him To The Round House Nellie (You Might Corner Him There)" and "Meanwhile Back At The Ranch." To find out more about Buck Owens' "Country Singer's Prayer," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Steven Page Continues Life After Barenaked Ladies With New "Discipline"

Former Barenaked Ladies frontman, Steven Page recently released his brand new studio album titled "Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II." This is the follow-up to his 2016 album "Heal Thyself, Pt. I: Instinct." It features a dozen songs that become instantly recognizable by Page's distinct vocals. He starts out his new album with the swinging rhythm of "Nothing Special," which sounds as if it was an outtake from an early Barenaked Ladies release. He picks the tempo up with the jazzy vibe of "Feelgood Summer," before delivering the blues of "Where Do You Stand." The album's lead single "White Noise" has Steven Page plugging-in for this rocker as he sings about the situation of today's politics in this country. He wraps up his new album with the gentle, ballad of "Done" and the addictive pop tones of "Looking For The Light."

Steven Page is currently on the road promoting his new album, which includes stops in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II," please visit stevenpage.com.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

John Carter Cash Wants You To "Believe In Magic" & Innes Wilson Just Enjoys The "Seaview"

Country artist John Carter Cash (son of Johnny & June Carter Cash) recently release his latest studio album, "We Must Believe In Magic." It features 15-tracks that mixes together originally penned tunes with covers of songs by Charlie Rich, John Prine and Trent Reznor. Beginning with the title-song, "We Must Believe In Magic," you will get a sense that John Carter is trying not to follow in his father's footsteps. He lets his golden-toned voice soar on the ballad "Feel Like Going Home" and also on the inspiration hymn "Brave Young Man." John Carter delivers the heartfelt country ballad "Runaway Train," before the quiet, stark acoustics of "The Dungeon." The tempo picks up for the nostalgic country tone of "Holy Train," as John Carter Cash opens up his religious vein to let the praise run through his covers of "Hurt" and "Paradise." To find out more about John Carter Cash and his latest release "We Must Believe In Magic," please visit johncartercash.com.

Independent Americana artist Innes Wilson will be releasing his new EP titled "Seaview" on Friday, September 21st. It features only four songs, but the emotions he pours into these tunes will make you an instant fan. He begins with the acoustic folk/rock of "From Now To Forever" as the addictive chorus will stick in your head. You can simply hear the truth in his words. He slows the tempo down for the quiet, strumming ballad "Rough Falls," before closing his new short release with the storied lyrics of "The Ballad Of Earl Rowe." To find out more about Innes Wilson and his latest release "Seaview," please visit inneswilson.bandcamp.com.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Handful Of New Heavy Metal Releases Arriving This October From Massive Scar Era, Dungeonhammer, Vanhelgd, Road Warrior and Northern Crown

Here are a handful of independent metal bands that will unleash new releases at the beginning of October. First, we start out with the sophomore EP from Egyptian/Canadian metal band Massive Scar Era. Their new release titled "Color Blind" incorporates their Egyptian heritage into their music as singer Cherine Amr leads them with her strong vocal delivery. The five-song album continues with the addictive clash of cultures on "Unfollow" and the intense screams of "Oblivious," before closing their new short release with the mainstream metal appeal of "Rogue." To find out more about Massive Scar Era and their latest release "Color Blind," please visit massivescarera.com.

Next album, arriving October 12th is the debut release from European thrash metal duo, Dungeonhammer. Their new album "Infernal Moon" features eight high-powered tracks, beginning with the aggressive pounding of the title-song "Infernal Moon." This duo were influenced by the early days of thrash and speed metal, as they look to incorporate it into the songs "Empire de la Mort" and "Perpetual Funeral Winds." Sandwiched between those two songs, is the pounding rhythm of "Solitudinem Mysteriis," which also drives the song "Stigma Diabolli." Dungeonhammer wrap up their new album with the seven-minute doom metal piece "Ad Infinitum." To find out more about Dungeonhammer and their latest release "Infernal Moon," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/dungeonhammer.

Also arriving October 12th is the latest album from Swedish death metal band, Vanhelgd. Their new album "Deimos Sanktuarium" is considered to be their heaviest, most extreme album is years and kicks off with "A Plea For Divine Necromancy," which hits you with its wall of sound. They quicken the pace with the intense drumming and growling vocals of "Vi foddes i samma grav," then showcase their progressive/doom metal side on the seven-plus minutes of "The Ashes Of Our Defeat." Vanhelgd finish up their new album with the guitar driven, epic feel of "Har finns ingen nad." To find out more about Vanhelgd and their latest release "Deimos Sanktuarium," please visit vanhelgd.com.

The Gates of Hell Records label is ready to unleash the debut album from the Australian metal band, Road Warrior.  The new album titled "Power" features eight-tracks that were inspired of the early days of heavy metal. The band look to mirror that sound on the chugging guitar riffs of "Don't Fight Fate" and the mystical nature of "Devils In Waiting." Road Warrior continue to revive their classic heavy metal sound with the high-powered energy of "Tease n' Torture" and "Sweating Out The Poison." Road Warrior wrap up their new album with electrifying guitar work of "Back Alley Tokyo Woman" and "The Future Is Passed." To find out more about Road Warrior and their latest release "Power," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/RoadWarrior1986.

Lastly we arrive at the fourth October 12th release, which comes from the American doom metal band, Northern Crown. Their new self-titled release is the groups sophomore effort and still rides along the heavy metal vein of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Their new eight-song release begins with the dark, slow burn of "I Am Your Slave" and the more energetic, guitar driven classic metal sound of "Merciless, They Let You Suffer." Northern Crown return to the slow, chugging rhythm of "Forged From Nothing," before delivering the ten-minute progressive/doom metal piece "The Desert And The Wind." The duo finish up their new album with the deep, dark buzz of "By Demons Bidden" and the progressive chord changes of "Your River." To find out more about Northern Crown and their new self-titled album, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/NorthernCrownDoom.