Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nine Beats Collective Explores The Wisdom Of The Beatitudes & R&B Singer Dawn Richard Gets "Kinky" On Soundtrack

Newly released collaboration, Nine Beats Collective features world-class musicians, singers and songwriters that have come together to pay homage to "The Beatitudes." The Beatitudes are the name given to the blessings that Jesus gave at the Sermon on the Mount as recorded by the Gospel of Matthew. This new 26-track album titled "Nine Beats To The Bar" highlights these teachings with the worldly sounds of R&B, soul, jazz, rock, pop, funk, gospel and African vibes.

The album is highlighted by the beautiful vocals of Heatherlyn on "Blessed Are The Undead," the funk-infused rhythm of "#Blessed" by Vince Anderson and a jazzy, hip-hop tone of "9/8" from Eric Leroy Wilson. You also get a taste of classical music with the string instrumental "Tread Softly" and "Song For The Earth" by Deborah Pritchard, as well as the smooth R&B/jazz of ""Serenity" by Martin Trotman. The album finishes with the worldly rhythm of "Nine Beats To The Bar" from Mikael R. Andreasen and the enlightening gospel tones of "Give In To The Love" by Heatherlyn. To find out more about Nine Beats Collective and their new album "Nine Beats To The Bar," please visit 9beats.org.

Also, just recently released from Lightyear Entertainment, in association with Caroline/Universal Music Group, is the soundtrack to the independent film, "Kinky." The movie was released in theaters on October 12th and the soundtrack was released three weeks prior on CD and digital platforms. The star of the movie and the soundtrack is R&B artist, Dawn Richard. She first gained fame is a member of Sean "Diddy" Combs' group, Danity Kane, before developing her solo career on her own label, Our Dawn. The soundtrack features fifteen R&B gems as Dawn's beautiful vocals weaves through the soundtracks with the songs "Maybe," "Me Myself and I" and "Conversation." Also included on this album is the smooth vocals of Willie Taylor (Day 26) on "Protection" and "Harder Deeper." The new soundtrack closes with the pop beats and stellar voice of R&B/Hip-Hop producer Durty So Clean on "Guilty." To find out more about the film and soundtrack to "Kinky," please visit facebook.com/KinkyTheMovie.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Music From Singer/Songwriters Taylor Barton, Christopher Pellnat and Kim Barlow

Singer/songwriter Taylor Barton returns with her tenth studio album titled "House Of Light" on November 9th. It features 11-tracks, beginning with the gentle, poetic touch of the title song, "House Of Light." The album continues with the acoustic swing of "For Those Among Us" and the light-hearted pop tones of "Chaos," as Taylor's vocals are sweet and inviting. Her husband, guitarist G.E. Smith (Bob Dylan, Saturday Night Live) helps her set the dark mood of "Last Time" and also, the bright, country setting of "Steeplechase" as Taylor's storied lyrics lead the way. She wraps up her new album with the inspirational, empowering words of "I'll Stand Strong" and the steady folk strumming of "Jerusalem." To find out more about Taylor Barton and her new album "House Of Light," please visit taylorbarton.com.


Fellow singer/songwriter Chris Pellnat released his new album "Liftoff," back in August. It features ten tracks that showcases the growth in Chris' songwriting since his debut album, which was released only one year earlier. He starts off with the up-tempo, pop melody of "Sacred Truths and Lies" and the showtune feel of "Dystopia Is Over." Chris adds an unnecessary electronic drum beat to the wonderful lyrics of "Ode To Olivia Rhodes," while "Waiting All Night," displays his bluesier side. He wraps up his new album with the Americana/country vibe of "You Left The Gate Swinging" and the addictive acoustic strumming of "I Saw Everything." To find out more about Christopher Pellnat and his latest release "Liftoff," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/ChristopherPellnat.


Next we head up north to Nova Scotia for the latest release titled "How To Let Go," from singer/songwriter Kim Barlow. Her new album features 13-tracks, beginning with the light-hearted, banjo driven "String Bean" and the innocent pop of "Whitehorse." You will easily find yourself falling in love with her voice, as she delivers an iconic, Americana feel to "Walking To Calais" and fun, inspirational, up-tempo swing of "Not My Little Baby." Kim continues her new album with the folk sounds of "Daily A-Growing" and "I Dyed My Petticoat Red," before finishing her new album with simple, stark poetic tone of "Cruel Mother." To find out more about Kim Barlow and her latest release "How To Let Go," please visit kimbarlow.ca.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New Music From The Refusers, C Wired, Matty T Wall, The Good Morning Nags, Brown Kid, Norm Brunet and Randy Forte

On your doorstep, is the next wave of new music from independent artists, The Refusers, C Wired, Matty T Wall, The Good Morning Nags, Brown Kid, Norm Brunet and Randy Forte. First up, is the hard rock assault of The Refusers with their latest release "Disobey." Their new album features nine tracks, that are filled to the brim addictive guitar riffs and arena-build choruses. Songs like "Why Do They Lie" and "My Baby Loves Rock And Roll" have that classic rock vibe that will turn you into an instant fan of their music. To find out more about The Refusers and their latest release "Disobey," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TheRefusers.

Next up, is the debut EP titled "Omega" from singer/songwriter C Wired. His back story sounds like a roller coaster ride as went from being a multi-millionaire to flat-broke and back up to millionaire status in the last decade, and he's only 33 years old. In only the last few years, C Wired has followed his love of music, playing in clubs and bars around the Berkeley Square, WV area, before he headed into the studio to record this six-song EP. Songs like "Anna Kissed The Sky" and "Jessah" showcase the wonderful song-writing of C Wired as he brings you into his musical world to enjoy. To find out more about C Wired and his latest release "Omega," please visit c-wired.com.

Australian singer/songwriter Matty T Wall recently released his new album titled "Sidewinder." Matty and his band are on fire right from the opening chords of "Slideride" and its follow-up "Sidewinder." The band perform an amazing. burning blues cover of Sam Cooke's "Change Is Gonna Come," which displays their diversity. Matty T Wall draws strong similarities to Stevie Ray Vaughn's Double Trouble as they know how to get the blood flowing with the up-tempo numbers, "Shake It" and "Sophia's Strut." To find out more about Matty T Wall and their latest release "Sidewinder," please visit mattytwall.com.

The New York City roots/country band The Good Morning Nags quickly followed up their debut album, which was released earlier this year with a new short two-song EP titled "No Damn Good." Their new short set features the quick, Americana-type sing-along of "Birmingham" and the fun, country swinging tempo of "No Damn Good." To find out more about The Good Morning Nags and their latest release "No Damn Good," please visit thegoodmorningnags.com.

Next up is the latest release from the Alabama-based singer/songwriter, Brown Kid. His new studio album "Rusty Strings" features only six songs, which is perfect to remind you of how good of a song-writer he is. His sound is stark, as in the acoustic-based opener "Welcome To My Funeral" and "Hole In The Wall," as Brown Kid continues to develop his sound with each new release. He finishes this one up with island vibe of the title-song "Rusty Strings" and the steady flow of "Complacency." To find out more about Brown Kid and his latest release "Rusty Strings," please visit brownkidmusic.com.

Veteran singer/songwriter Norm Brunet recently released his new album titled "It Don't Get Better Than This." It feature ten tracks that showcases Norm's examination of his feelings, especially on the openers "Can't Stop Thinking" and "I Will." He gets down into the Americana groove of "Like Out Of A Dream," before closing out his new release with the gentle touch of "She's Afraid To Stay" and the bluesy rocker "Heartbreaker Girl." To find out more about Norm Brunet and his latest release "It Don't Get Better Than This," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/norm.brunet.

Finally we arrive at the latest from singer/songwriter Randy Forte. His new album "Chas Randall" features a classic, almost nostalgic country vibe as in the openers "Six Beers Away" and "Rollin'." His emotions come pouring out during the acoustic ballad "Best Friends," before plugging back in for the country rocker "My Love Away." Randy wraps up his new album with the folk-style of "When The River Swallows Me" and the guitar driven energy of "Cross The Mississippi." To find out more about Randy Forte and his latest release "Chas Randall," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/randyfortemusic.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Newly Discovered Collaboration Between Peter Holsapple & Alex Chilton Signals "The Death Of Rock"

Arriving October 12th is the long lost collaboration between newcomer (at the time) Peter Holsapple and Big Star leader, Alex Chilton. The story goes that Holsapple entered a Memphis studio in 1978 to record his  new solo album. Peter was hoping the album would be produced by from Big Star band member Chris Bell, but was turned down. He eventually recorded with Richard Rosebrough, who was a musician/engineer and friend to the members of Big Star. Also, recording a solo album at the same time was Big Star's Alex Chilton. The two artists cross paths in the studio and Chilton invited himself into Holsapple's studio to "show Peter how it's done." The recordings they made together have sat on the shelf until being recently being discovered.

The new release titled "The Death Of Rock: Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton" is split almost in half, in order to feature each artist. The first eight tracks are highlighted by Peter's raw, rock vibe that sways between post punk and underground pop. The addictive feel of "Bad Reputation" and "The Death Of Rock" showcases the hungry need for success. Then, Alex steps back to sixties with the nostalgic, swinging rock vibe of "Tennis Burn" and 'Train Kept A Rollin." The final eight songs on this set features rehearsals of these songs in the studio as they were still being worked on and formed. One of the highlights is Peter and Alex running through the Big Star hit single "In The Street." Even without the vocals, you can still recognize the song's timeless melody. To find out more about "The Death Of Rock: Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Anticipated Debut Release From Leader Of Down, Featuring Lemmy, Wurzel and Fast Eddie Clarke

New from Dead Line Music and Cleopatra Records is the latest release from LA rockers Leader Of Down. Their new album titled "Cascade Into Chaos" features guest appearances by the late Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clarke and Lee Richards, just to name a few. The band formed ten years ago by former Motorhead guitarist Wurzel and Tim Atkinson. They worked with ex-Fastways drummer Steve Clarke on their debut album, until the untimely death of Wurzel in 2011. As a tribute, the band forged on with a load of guests in order to finish the album.

The new ten song release begins with the pounding heavy metal rhythm of "Paradise Turned Into Dust" as Lemmy's vocals fit perfectly into this setting. The album continues with Leader Of Down vocalist Matt Baker singing his heart out on the intense feel of "Cascade Into Chaos" and "People Say I'm Crazy." Ugly Kid Joe singer, Whitfield Crane teams up with Motorlhead guitarist Phil Campbell on the classic hard rock sounds of "Children Of Disease," while former Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke takes control of the thrash metal speed demon of "Snakebite." The album wraps up with Wurzel's final recording on "The Killing Rain" and the classic Motorhead line-up of Lemmy and Fast Eddie Clarke on the powerful thunder of "Laugh At The Devil." To find out more about Leader Of Down and their latest release "Cascade Into Chaos," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/leaderofdownofficial.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Guitarist Marty Friedman Is "One Bad M.F." On His New Live Album

Guitarist Marty Friedman (Megadeth) is preparing to release his premier live album "One Bad M.F. Live!!" on October 19th. According to Friedman, "this live album is a tip of the hat to the live albums that blew my mind when I was a kid." This live album represents his most recent tour in support of his last studio album "Wall Of Sound" and even showcases his love for Tokyo, which he has called home for the last 15 years.

The new 14-track release kicks off with the exciting and aggressive sounds of "Street Demon" and the intense "Elixir." He dives into the work of his last album with the raw, thunderous attack of "Self Pollution," before slowing down for the graceful ballad "Devil Take Tomorrow." Bassist Kiyoshi kicks off the eight-minute "Mutation Medley," which includes snippets of "Asche zu Asche," "My Oh My," "Forbidden City" and "Tornado Of Souls." The whole band comes together to rock Mexico City on this concert highlight. Marty Friedman wraps up his new live album with the magnificent shredding and pounding drums of the  "Dragon Mistress," which includes a quick run-through of "Hound Dog" and the Japanese number "Kaeritakunatta Yo," which translates to "I Want To Go Home." To find out more about Marty Friedman and his latest release "One Bad M.F. Live!!," please visit martyfriedman.com.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Check Out The New Music Arriving From KMFDM, Sylar, Azusa and I Am

German industrial rock band KMFDM are preparing to release their fourth live album, "Live In The USSA" on October 26th. It focuses on the band's tour in support of their 2017 album "Hell Yeah." It features a dozen tracks, kicking off with the high-energy, electronic beats of "Freak Flag" and "Hell Yeah," both from their latest studio release. The thumping bass line of "Rebels In Control" and the aggressive metal attack of "Total State Machine" display a youthful energy to the band as sole original member, Sascha K has seen a resurgence in the band's popularity. KMFDM continue to highlight their "Hell Yeah" album with the wild frenzy of "Burning Brain" and "Glam Glitz Guts & Gore." They close out their new set by digging back into their extensive catalog for the hip-hop delivery of "Virus" and the hardcore metal vibe of "Godlike." To find out more about KMFDM and their latest release "Live In The USSA," please visit kmfdm.net.


Next from Queens, NY comes the latest release from the metalcore band, Sylar. Their new album "Seasons" is the band's third full-length release and includes 11-tracks that will certainly wake-up your senses. Beginning with the title-song, "Seasons," you get a hardcore, hip-hop/heavy metal clash that draws similarities to Linkin Park. The album's lead single "All Or Nothing" come crashing in with its arena-anthem ready chorus as you will simply feel empowered by the song's message. The steady rhythm of "Wait For You" and "Open Wounds" display the band's mainstream, hard rock sound that should have no trouble finding its audience. Sylar wrap up their new album with alt-metal appeal of "Same Dance" and darker tones of "Doubt Me." To find out more about Sylar and their latest release "Seasons," please visit sylarny.com.


Arriving in November is the debut album from the heavy metal band, Azusa. The roster is made up of members of Dillinger Escape Plan, Extol and Sea + Air and their new release titled "Heavy Yoke" features 11 tracks. The album starts out with the intense music presence of "Interstellar Islands," as the songs sifts between an aggressive sonic attack and flowing alt-rock melody. The screaming vocals of "Heart Of Stone" display the band's edgy, hardcore sound, while "Fine Lines" showcases a moodier, mainstream hard rock sound. The album continues with the quick-hitting, aggressive attack of "Spellbinder" and chugging guitar riffs of "Eternal Echo," before closing with the pounding rhythm of "Distant Call." To find out more about Azusa and their latest release "Heavy Yoke," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/AzusaBand.


Also arriving in November is the sophomore album from the Texas death metal band, I AM. Their new album titled, "Hard 2 Kill" draws upon its influence from the thrash metal "big 4," as I AM look to capture the chaos of their live show with this release. Their new 11-track set begins with the instrumental build-up of "Texas Death," which leads the way to the intense growls of "Paid In Sin." I AM continue to attack your eardrums with the heavy pounding of "In Lust We Trust" and "Slow Burn," while they close out their new album with the steady climb of "Steel Roses" and the electrifying two-minute instrumental "Outro." To find out more about I AM and their latest release "Hard 2 Kill," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/iamtxmusic.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New Music From Americana/Folk/Rock Artists Black Horse Motel, S.K. Wellington and Historian

Arriving from Philadelphia is the latest release from the Americana/folk band, Black Horse Motel. Their new six-track EP titled "An Then You Were Gone," begins with the mild "Intro" tune up, before the band pick the tempo up with the swift pace of "Rattler." You will instantly become addicted to their acoustic, roots sound, as the album continues with the country rocker "Old Roads" and the powerful gallop rhythm of "Thrown." Black Horse Motel close up their new short release with the slow burning, but intense storied lyrics of "All The Heavens Fell." To find out more about Black Horse Motel and their latest release "An Then You Were Gone," please visit blackhorsemotel.net.


Fellow Americana/folk artist S.K. Wellington recently released her solo EP, "Where The Earth Meets The Sea." After performing for nearly a decade with The Wellington Folk group, Sarah Wellington though that it was time to try her had at a solo career. The new 4-song album begins with the gentle build-up of "Salish Sea" as you discover Sarah's wonderful songwriting talent. She continues with the sweet folk melody of "Good Things," before her new release wraps up with the steady acoustics and beautiful singing of "Salt Spring Island." To find out more about S.K. Wellington and her latest album "Where The Earth Meets The Sea," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/skwellingtonmusic.


From Los Angeles is the latest release "Distant Wells" from the folk/rock band, Historian. The new 10-song album was released back in September and continues the band's experimental sound, which was highlighted by their 2017 LP "Expanse." The new set begins with the lush, almost psychedelic orchestration of "Everything" as you begin to find your way through their new release. The album continues with the steady rhythm of "I've Been Here" and the quiet, poetry of "Giving It Up," as you will easily fall in love with the ambient sounds of the band. The strings of "Away" enhance the music's steady climb, while the gentle acoustics of "Spiral Stairs" makes this a hidden folk gem. Historian close out their new album with the moody, alt-pop aspects of "Crept" and the spacey soundscapes of "Not Alarmed." To find out more about Historian and their latest release "Distant Wells," please visit historiantheband.com.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Greta Van Fleet Delivers A New "Anthem" In Rock Music With Debut Full-Length Album

The four-piece Michigan rock band, Greta Van Fleet have been riding a surging wave of popularity since their arrival 18-months ago. Their debut EP "Black Smoke Rising" cracked the top ten on the "Hard Rock" charts and their follow-up EP "From The Fires" charted as high as #36 on the Billboard Album chart. Now, on October 19th, Greta Van Fleet will release their full-length debut album "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army" through Lava/Republic Records.

The band's sound has been compared to classic rock giants Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, as they look to mark their own path in rock history. Their new 10-song album begins with the six-minute blues-based rock of "Age Of Man," as you also notice a growth in the band's songwriting. The album continues with the guitar boogie of "The Cold Wind," which sounds straight from the heyday of the sixties British Blues era. The album's lead single, "When The Curtain Falls" is an guitar driven rocker that showcases the band's youthful energy. Vocalist Josh Kiszka belts out the lyrics of "Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)," as the band of brothers support him with their hard rock authority. Greta Van Fleet wrap up their new album with the acoustic-flavored folk rock of "You're The One," the epic, mystical sounds of "Brave New World" and the inspirational ballad "Anthem."

Greta Van Fleet are currently on tour through the end of the year. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album, "Anthem Of The Peaceful Army," please visit gretavanfleet.com.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Enjoy The Wonderful Sounds Of Birdsong At Morning And Shindigs With Their New Albums

New England folk/rock band Birdsong At Morning recently released their new studio album titled "Signs And Wonders." It features eleven tracks (ten originals and one cover song) that display the maturity and growth of the band's sound, lead by singer/songwriter/producer Alan Williams. Their new release begins with the steady, shuffled rhythm of "Waterfall" as you are eased into their musical world. The album continues with the emotions of the title song "Signs And Wonders" as you will instantly fall in love with the melody, which includes a 20-piece string orchestra. Birdsong At Morning slow the tempo down even further for the quiet acoustics of "All The Sadness," then stretch out their cover of Supertramp's "The Logical Song," as this acoustic folk version nearly reaches the eight minute mark. They bring on the blues of "Won't Let It Go" and the enlightening melody of "Arms Around Me," before finishing their new album with the timeless sound of "Extraordinary" and the epic orchestral feel of "Study In Blue."

The album was released back in September as a CD/Blu-ray set, which includes a stereo mix, surround sound mix and a DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound mix of the music. To find out more about Birdsong At Morning and their latest release "Signs And Wonders," please visit birdsongatmorning.com.



Also new from Cleopatra Records is the latest release from the lo-fi, melodic band, Shindigs. Their new album titled "Chilland" features ten tracks that just sets the tone for a laid back vibe to just "chill" and enjoy their music. After a short two-minute "Into To," the slow beats lay down the groundwork for the pop tones of "Sd Kj" and the addictive groove of "Julian." Shindigs continue their new album with the low-key, moody vibe of "Don't Mind" and the jazzy feel of "Healthy Snaks." The band sticks close to this mono melodic tone throughout their new release, as they wrap up their new album with the light-hearted pop of "Aloveplices" and the steady pace of "When We Can." To find out more about Shindigs and their latest release "Chilland," please visit cleorecs.com.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Colin Edwin And Lorenzo Feliciati Come Together Once Again For "Twinscapes, Volume 2"

New From RareNoise Records is the latest collaboration between bassists Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth). This new album titled "Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor," follows up on the duos 2014 debut release. This new 10-track album pays homage to the experimental bands of the 1980's with a dance approach to their sound. They bring in a gospel chorus to highlight the electronic beats of "Severing Suns" and then display a sonic jolt to their sound with the guitar buzz on "Future Echo." Both Edwin and Feliciati appreciate the new wave sound of the eighties as synthesizers and bass were both a prominent instruments. You can hear them incorporate their influences into the more experimental piece "Ghosts Of Tangier" and the bass driven album closer "Heat Collision." To find out more about the latest release from Colin Edwin and Lorenzo Feliciati, please visit rarenoiserecords.com/edwin-feliciati.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The "Spaceman" Returns To Earth With A New Stellar Ace Frehley Solo Album

One of the most living, influential guitarists in rock music is none other than the incomparable Ace Frehley. First as a founding member of KISS, then as a solo artist, Frehley's work is undeniable. Since returning from a reunion tour with KISS (between 1996-2000), Ace Frehley has released three solo albums and is preparing to release his fourth on October 19th, titled simply "Spaceman."

This album features Ace performing all of the guitar work and bass work (except on two songs) and finds him teaming up, once again with his longtime drummer, Anton Fig. This new release also finds Ace working with a fellow KISS brethren, Gene Simmons on the tracks, "Without You I'm Nothing" and "Your Wish Is My Command," which was also co-written with Simmons at Ace's house in California.

The new nine-track album begins with the big guitar riffs of "Without You I'm Nothing" as the lyrics roll-out like an autobiography. Ace keeps the nostalgic feeling going as he recollects life on the road with "Rockin' With The Boys," which seems like a hard rock version of fellow band mate Peter Criss' "Beth." You can hear the classic KISS sound on "Your Wish Is My Command" as one half of the original band perform on this track. The album's lead single, "Bronx Boy" showcases Ace's edgier side, as he plays with an aggressive chip on his shoulder, to prove the toughness that his sings about. He closes out his new set of songs with a cover of Eddie Money's "I Wanna Go Back" and the latest chapter of his instrumental legacy "Quantum Flux," (which dates back to his 1978 KISS solo album).

Ace Frehley will be making an appearance on this year's sold-out KISS Kruise VIII, followed by a handful of shows in Florida. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album, "Spaceman," please visit acefrehley.com.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dive Deeper Into John Lennon's "Imagine" Album With The New 2 Blu-rays + 4 CDs "Ultimate Collection"

Arriving October 5th from Geffen/UMe is a brand new set that revolves around John Lennon's most popular album, "Imagine." This new release titled "Imagine - The Ultimate Collection" is a 2 Blu-ray + 4 CD set that encompasses practically everything you would want as a fan of the album. Also, to support this new release is a limited edition 180-gram clear double-vinyl, which features a new remix of the "Imagine" album and an entire disc of demos and outtakes.

The 4 CD set is where you will find all of the goodies as each song gets remastered for the best quality available. The first disc features the entire "Imagine" album, remixed in stereo, while still staying as close as possible to the original release. The music is much cleaner as you listen to tracks like "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die" and "How Do You Sleep?." As you examine each track, you will notice subtle difference that were always there on the original recordings, but buried within the music's original mastering. The first disc closes with half-a-dozen singles that were recorded and released around the same time as the "Imagine" album, but not included on the album.

The second and third discs are where fans will drool over the 34 outtakes that were newly mixed for this release to provide the best quality ever presented of these sessions. The first set of tunes you will run into features the different elements that make up some of the the songs, like just the strings of "Imagine" and "How?," along with a beautiful vocals only version of "Oh My Love." The rest of the second disc is filled with different takes of songs from the "Imagine album. Some demos featuring  banter among the group and will place you right in the studio with John Lennon and the musicians. You can hear the growth in songs like "Crippled Inside" and "Oh Yoko," which were recorded in the Bahamas and feature multi-takes on this set.

The third disc, which has been named "Extended Album Versions - Live," gives the same running order as the original album, but each song features the best live recording from Ascot Sound Studios. It displays the band, in the studio running through the songs from start to finish without any overdubs or reverb added to the mixes. The versions of these songs are as pure as you will hear from these sessions. The rawness of "It's So Hard" and "Gimme Some Truth" almost surpasses the original released versions as you can appreciate the band that Lennon brought together for this album.


The final CD features a walk through of how John Lennon approached the recording of the album as you hear interviews with John and Yoko. All ten of the album's songs are discussed extensively and show the progression of these songs from demo to masker take. It's a great insight into the mind of a musical genus. 

The two Blu-ray discs are where you will find the ultimate in sound quality, as they include a high-resolution, stereo remix, a surround sound remix and a quadrasonic mix of the album.  There is even more music to discover on these Blu-ray discs as the ultimate mixes, raw studio mixes and the evolution documentary get extended with more outtakes and information not featured on the CDs. There is also new mix of a 30-minute interview by Elliot Mintz with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Along with this newly released box set of John Lennon's "Imagine" album is also new, fully restored and remastered versions of the films "Imagine" and "Gimme Some Truth." Both of those will also be released on October 5th through Eagle Vision. To find out more about John Lennon's "Imagine - The Ultimate Collection," please visit imaginejohnyoko.com.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring Team Up For New "Live In San Francisco" Release

English guitarist, John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra) was embarking on his final farewell tour of America and invited his friend Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic) to join him on his trek. One stop in particular was extra special, as it featured McLaughlin's first appearance there in 36 years. The historic Warfield Theatre always held a special place for his former band, Mahevishnu Orchestra, and this new live release will bring John McLaughlin's career full circle.

The new "Live In San Francisco" album features 8-songs, including the iconic tracks "Trilogy" and "Eternity's Breath." These two amazing guitars come together perfectly on the album's opening track "Meeting Of The Spirits" and find their notch within the "jamband" groove of "Birds Of Fire." The music just floats through the ten minutes of "Dance Of Maya," as Herring and McLaughlin come together as one. The set closes with the quick paced, jazz tempo of "Be Happy," as this new release is the perfect testament to the career of John McLaughlin. To find out more about the new "Live In San Francisco" album, please visit johnmclaughlin.com.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New Music From Artists Rachel Wise, Tomten, Peggy Sarlin and Mr Singer & The Sharp Cookies

From Memphis, TN comes the anticipated debut album from southern rocker Rachel Wise. Her new release titled "Southern Life" proudly displays her influences, which range from the Allman Brothers Band and Lynryd Skynard to Patsy Cline and Etta James. She starts out the the high-powered country rocker "Southern Life" as Rachel wastes no time opening up to let you in with her strong, stellar vocals. She keeps the energy going with  "Shoulda Known Better" and "Come On Home" as she has no problems leading her band through these addictive country numbers. The tempo slows down for "Crazy Over Him" as you can definitely hear Rachel's influences come alive through her flawless singing. She quickly returns to rock with the strut of "Dreams" and the guitar-driven "Washed," before closing with the gentle acoustics of "Above The Clouds." To find more about Rachel Wise and her new album "Southern Life," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/RachelWiseMusic.

Next up is the Seattle folk/rock trio Tomten  and their recently released their new album titled, "Viva Draconia." It features 8-tracks, beginning with the steady pace of "Balance Of Terror," as you are re-introduced to the band's heart-warming, roots-style music. They deliver an eighties influenced sound to the mellow tone of "Blue Movie," before the wonderful, bright pop feel of "St. Martin's Summer." Tomten rock out on the addictive, up-tempo groove of "New Leaf," before closing up their new album with the floating, airy sound of "Passing Show" and the quiet acoustics of "Aster." To find out more about Tomten and their latest release "Viva Draconia," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TomtenMusic.

Switching gears, we arrive at the new jazz/vocal release from singer, author and health advocate Peggy Sarlin. Her new album titled "Let There Be Love" features ten songs, beginning with the sultry, thumping rhythm of "Midnight Detective." You will begin to fall in love with her vocals on the soft touch of "Jasmine Perfume" and the piano ballad "Let There Be Love (Don't Forget Love)." She picks the tempo up with the swinging, sixties girl-group style of "Take Me To The Land Of Loving" and the funkier beats of "Porcupine Papa," before finishing up her new album with R&B/gospel tones of "I Can't Stop The Sun" and the bright, enlightening feel of "Happiest Ever After." To find out more about Peggy Sarlin and her latest release "Let There Be Love," please visit peggysarlin.com.

Arriving just in time for Halloween, is the award-winning combo of Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies. Their new album "Happy Haunted Halloween" has fourteen "spooktacular" tunes to get the whole family ready for trick or treating. Beginning with the short opener "Happy Halloween," you are instantly invited for 30 minutes of fun, original Halloween tunes that will become part of your every year festivities. You can't help but fall in love with "Gonna Get Me A Monster" and "Ain't Scared Of Nothing" as Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies keep the energy going. The tales of "Grampa's Ghost" and "She Writes Frankenstein" will only add to the enjoyment of the night and also teach you something in the process. They finish up their new album with the classic sixties vibe of "Something Sweet For Halloween" and the eerie keyboard music of "Haunted Halloween." To find out more about Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies and their latest release "Happy Haunted Halloween," please visit mrsingerandthesharpcookies.com.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

For The First Time, Universal Music Enterprises Releases "The Best Of" U2 On Double-Vinyl

Legendary rockers U2 released their first "greatest hits" set in November 1998 titled "The Best Of 1980-1990." It was only released on CD and went straight to number one on the album charts in a number of different countries around the world. This was followed four years later by "The Best Of 1990-2000," which still topped a number of album charts around the world. Now, for the first time, each set was remastered and released on 180-gram double-vinyl.

The first set, "The Best Of 1980-1990" was released as a double-vinyl set at the end of August and displays a stellar sound to many of these well-known gems. The searing guitar of "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" and the deep bass of "With Or Without" stand out on this new remastered vinyl. You will hear little things that got buried in the CD mix of the album like the acoustic guitars of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and the hand claps of "Desire." It is also great hearing the youthful energy in Bono's voice during the early days with "I Will Follow" and "October."

On their next "greatest hits" set, titled "The Best Of 1990-2000," it displays a more experimental side to U2's music. This newly released double-vinyl set features sixteen tracks, five of them remixed and another handful that were featured on compilations or soundtracks. The great thing once again about this set is the wonderful remastered sound. You will fully appreciate it on the Congo drums of "Mysterious Ways" and the bass work of Adam Clayton on the ballad "One." Just as stunning is the wave of sound in the form of "Gone" and "Discotheque" as both tracks were remixed by Mike Hedges for the original 2002 release of this set, but shine even brighter on this new vinyl release. To find out more about these two new vinyl releases, as well as other U2 vinyl albums, please visit u2.fanfire.com

Monday, October 1, 2018

Celebrating The 10th Anniversary Of JP's Music Blog!


Ten years ago I started this music blog as a way to express my opinion on certain topics in the music industry. My first post was about five bands that I wanted to see reunite (http://www.jpsmusicblog.com/2008/10/top-5-bands-that-should-reunite.html). Since this post back in 2008, 3 of those 5 bands have reunited in some form or another, as I have seen and discussed many changes that went on in the music industry.

This was quickly followed by my first album review for a band called, Godhead. As I slowly developed this blog into posting daily, I would continue to mix in opinionated pieces along with album reviews. My first official concert review for my music blog and the Record-Journal newspaper was for Tesla's show in late October 2008, at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT. They were touring in support of their new album at the time "Forever More" and were joined that evening by a new rising rock band called, Pop Evil. 

Over the last ten years, I was fortunate enough to review thousands of albums, ranging from world renown bands, like The Beatles to local acts in Connecticut.  Plus, I was lucky to have the opportunity to be able to see/review hundreds of concerts all over the state. This music blog gave me an output for me to express my opinions. During this time, I have also met and discussed music with numerous people and even helped develop the Record-Journal "On The Record" podcast.

I would like to thank everyone who has sent me their music to listen to and enjoy, and even constructively criticize. I will continue working at my best to deliver honest album reviews on new upcoming releases, as well as continue my concert reviews for my music blog and the Record-Journal newspaper. I feel honored to have music be such an important part of my life and I will always keep an open mind about the so many different types of music that are in this world.

So please allow me to continue to deliver my posts and hopefully they will entice you to maybe check out an album or a show that you may have not thought was something you may like. Here's to the next ten years as I continue to grow with the music community. THANK YOU!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Queen Extravaganza Celebrates The Music Of Queen At The Toyota Oakdale Theatre

The music of Queen is legendary as it gets passed from generation to generation. The aura that surrounds the music and the band's legacy seems to build with each passing year. With a new movie about Queen, and their lead singer Freddie Mercury, hitting theaters in November, the excitement with their music is at an all-time high. A couple of the original members of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) continue to tour, but with a demand this passionate from fans, Taylor and May created the Queen tribute band, the Queen Extravaganza.

The Queen Extravaganza was one of the United Kingdom's fasting selling theatre tours last year and have continued that success by bringing their show to the U.S. Last Saturday night saw the Queen Extravaganza grace the stage of the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, performing over 25 of Queen's biggest hits.


The night began with the pounding rhythm and swirling voices that many fans recognized from past Queen live shows, as Queen Extravaganza delivered the energy of "One Vision" and "Don't Stop Me Now." Everywhere you turned, you saw members of the audience singing along to classics like "Killer Queen" and "Bicycle Race." Singer Alifio Netto did an outstanding job covering the stage with his presence, working at his best to try and fill the shoes of the late, great Freddie Mercury. He got some of the ladies in the audience to stand up and shake their hips to "Fat Bottom Girls," and wave their hands to the sweet sounds of "You're My Best Friend." Drummer Tyler Warren, who also performs as a percussionist with Queen + Adam Lambert, took the lead on "It's A Kind Of Magic," before the band closed out their first set with the intense finale of "I Want It All."


After a short break, the Queen Extravaganza returned to the stage with the guitar frenzy of "Hammer To Fall," as Brian Gresch lead the way with his skills on the six-strings. The theatre erupted with the opening bass lines of "Under Pressue" and "Another One Bites The Dust," as bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon kept pace. Warren dedicated the song "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" to its songwriter, Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury, along with the legacy of Queen.


The energy of the second set rose to another level as the audience finally turned the show into a full-on rock concert, by standing, singing and clapping along to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Radio Ga Ga." The Queen Extravaganza closed out the evening with a punk-like ending to "Somebody To Love" and the crowd favorite "Bohemian Rhapsody" as the band harmonized through the operatic part of the song.


The finale was signaled by the pounding of drums that are known throughout sports arena around the world as the band began the encore with "We Will Rock You." Keyboardist Alex Maynard quickly delivered the opening chords of "We Are The Champions" as all in attendance felt that they came as close at they will ever get to a perfect night of Queen's greatest hits performed live.


Setlist: One Vision, Don't Stop Me Now, Killer Queen, Good Old Fashion Lover Boy, Play The Game, Bicycle Race, Now I'm Here, Save Me, Fat Bottom Girls, You're My Best Friend, A Kind Of Magic, I Want It All, Hammer To Fall, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Under Pressure, I Want To Break Free, Invisible Man, Breakthru, Another One Bites The Dust, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Show Must Go On, Radio Ga Ga, Somebody To Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions