Anderson Stolt ~ Invention Of knowledge

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When you take 2 exceptional musicians from 2 different bands that are also exceptional, You get an album that sounds like Invention Of Knowledge. Taking the lead singer & one of the main songwriters from Yes, plus adding the musical skill of Roine Stolt from the Flower Kings, Transatlantic, etc. & putting them together gives you this great album, which is the best I’ve heard from Jon Anderson in quite awhile. This album brought back fond memories of “Tales From Topographic Oceans” & also, “Relayer”. I’m thinking Roine Stolt must have been a big fan of Yes, when he wrote some of this stuff with Jon. This is not another Yes album, but, you will be comforted by the sounds coming out of your speakers. This album gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. EXCELLENT!

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King Llama ~ Return To Ox

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Another in the line of Jazz Fusion CD’s, which goes to show you just what a wide range we still have in talent that’s still out there. This is most definately a guitar album, but, on 2 tracks the bass does come out. On guitars you have Ejan Tanner Bailey, Drums & Percussion you have Luis Briones, and on Bass, Rico Staub. This album is not as dynamic as some of the other 3 man bands like Jeff Beck, ELP, or Rush. On behalf of that I would give this album a 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. All in all, still good music that should be listened to. Give it a try.

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Twisted Sister ~ Metal Meltdown

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Sorry for the long delay in new reviews but life is getting in the way. I’ve never been a fan of Twisted Sister, but when this band is playing live, man, are they having fun. This set comes with 2 CD’s & a DVD, and you need to see this to believe how good it is. This show is a live set from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, in honor of A.J. Pero. Twisted Sister was about to do a summer tour when their drummer, since 1982, passed away. They weren’t sure that they would continue the tour, but, then Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Neal Morse, Winery Dogs, etc.) came in to fill in for the late drummer, A.J. Pero. There are 17 songs in the set which include “The Beast”, “Under The Blade”, “Burn In Hell”, “SMF”, & of course, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”and more. The DVD shows some great footage of the whole concert & more. There will be more METAL MELTDOWN sets coming your way from EXTREME, SKID ROW, & GREAT WHITE. This set gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. If I was a fan of Twisted Sister, it would get a higher grade. Actually, because I’m not a fan of Twisted Sister, that means it’s an exceptional set.

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Coming soon…

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Anderson Stolt – Look for the new review coming soon with Jon Anderson of YES & Roine Stolt from The Flower Kings, Transatlantic & more.

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The Lonely Wild ~ Chasing White Light

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This sophomore album from this Indie Folk Band is not quite like anything else that I’ve heard before. Melodic pop with a bit of a hard edge to give them that indie sound. If you like the indie sound, this could be for you. If you’re looking for something harder or even something more melodic, you may not. For me, it’s right in the middle. I like the music, the singing has it’s ups and downs. This gets 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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MJ 12

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MJ 12 is a prog fusion band which to me seems more like jazz. Featuring the bass playing of Percy Jones from Brand X, which you can definately hear in this band. MJ 12 is named after Majestic 12, which was supposedly a group of scientists in the late 40’s to investigate UFO’s. MJ 12 is an improv jazz group which blends in fusion as well as prog, but, again to me, this is jazz. Along with Percy Jones, from Brand X, you also have Stephen Moses on drums and trombone. Guitarist Dave Phelps brings in some nice Jeff Beck grooves to some of these songs, and, Saxophonist Chris Bacas, who has play with the Glen Miller Ortchestra & the Tommy Dorsey Band round out this foursome. There are 9 songs on this album and some are reall good, some, just so-so. For me, I’d give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Steely Dan with Steve Winwood Concert at BB&T, Camden, NJ. July 3, 2016

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I’ve seen both of these icons before. I’ve seen Steve Winwood with Eric Clapton, and, I’ve seen Steely Dan about 10 years ago when they put out their 2 against nature album out. Let’s start with the opener, Steve Winwood…

Steve started us off with a version of Spencer Davis Group’s I’m A Man, which, seems to be a staple of his at recent shows, Next up was Pearly Queen by Traffic followed by At Times We Do Forget. Blind Faith was next up on the list with Can’t Find My Way Home. With so many groups that Steve Winwood was in, he chose to put in a cover tune of Them Changes from Buddy Miles. Traffic, the group, came up again with The Low Spark Of High Heel Boys, then coming back around with his biggest solo hit “Higher Love”. Coming to a close, we come back to Traffic with Dear Mr. Fantasy. Steve and the band came back for an encore of “Gimme Some Lovin” from the Spencer Davis Group. There was quite a bit of improv floating about on the songs which is great. I would like to see a bit more of interaction with the audience on this outing, but, such is not the case with Steve Winwood. Steve was mostly on organ except 2 Traffic songs where he played guitar.

Next up on the bill was Steely Dan, who opened up with a jazzy intro called “November Afternoon”, then going into “Black Cow”. A lot of the album Aja was played. The title track was played next. Next up was “Hey Nineteen”, “Black Friday”, “Razor Boy” from “Countdown To Ecstasy”. Up next was “Kid Charlemagne” from my favorite Steely Dan album “The Royal Scam”. Then came “Show Biz Kids”, “Bodhisattva”, “Daddy Don’t Live In New York City No More”, next up, their first hit “Do It Again”, followed by a cover of Joe Tex’s “I Want To (Do Everything For You)”, Coming back to the jazzy end of Steely Dan with “Deacon Blues”, then, “Josie”, and, “Peg”. As I said, A lot of “Aja”. Coming back with older songs “My Old School” and “Reeling In The Years”. The encore was a weird choice, but, hey, they ARE Steely Dan. The encore was “Pretzel Logic. I do love when they throw in the rare tracks, but, I wasn’t expecting that to be the end song. Becker & Fagen were right where I expected them to be, although, I would have liked to see Walter Becker more active. He did, however, have another great guitarist right beside him splitting up the solos. The drummer was great as were the rest of the band. I would have liked to hear more of some the other albums, but, it seems like Steely Dan was set on “Aja” this go around. Almost the whole album. I would have liked to hear more from “The Royal Scam”, but, that was the last tour that I saw.

The Camden police were much more helpful than they were in the past, so I give them a notch up. BB&T is a good place to see a show, where you have a choice of sitting on assigned seats or sitting on the lawn.  I give this concert 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. All in all, a musical gem.

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