Neal Morse ~ Life & Times

Neal Morse Life-and-Times-HiRes

 

This is an entirely different take on what Neal Morse usually does on his albums. This is sort of an acoustic album. There are no bombastic drums, no flowing keyboards, no wailing guitars. What you do get, are fantastic songs crafted from life. Starting off with a song titled “Livin’ Lightly”, this song is a beautiful song with Neal on guitars, keyboards & some percussion. No Mike Portnoy on this album, but, with the great songwriting on this album & the acoustic feel (even though there are slight keyboards floating around on this album), you don’t need him…for this album. All of the songs on this album could be things that you, Neal, or I could have lived through. So many great songs, that I’m not sure that I can pick a favorite. There is a somber song in the middle titled “He Died At Home”, which might describe how a soldier feels about the life that he chose, and what may happen. Right after this somber song, Neal gets bubbly, almost with glee with the song “She’s Changed Her Mind”. So many great songs, 1 great album. I really can’t pick a favorite song. They’re all good. 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Get this album today.

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Professor And The Madmen ~ Disintegrate Me

Professor And The Madmen

 

Bringing together 4 members of different bands (The Adolescents, D.I., Mind Over Four, The Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods, UFO, & The Mutants) you would expect a great punk album. While the first track makes you believe that, it quickly goes to a different genre on the second. The album has punk, rock, pop, & some ballads as well. This album took me by surprise…but a good one at that. The band consists of Alfie Agnew on vocals, guitar & keyboards, Sean Elliot on vocals, guitars & keyboards, Paul Gray on bass, and, Rat Scabies on drums. This band is half U.S. & half U.K. I really liked “Demented Love Song”, but, mostly the entire album is really good. There may be about 2 tracks that didn’t work for me, but, even they weren’t bad. Give this album a try. I think you’ll like it. This gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Jules Shear ~ One More Crooked Dance

Jules Shear

 

You may or may not know Jules Shear, but you do know of him. He was the Jules of Jules & The Polar Bears, he’s also written songs for Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers (If We Never Meet Again), The Bangles (If She Knew What She Wants) & Cyndi Lauper (All Through The Night). He was also the host & co-creator of MTV Unplugged. That may be why this album is so different from his guitar, bass, & drums music. This is Jules Shear unplugged. Jules on vocals & some friends, Pepe on piano, Molly Farley on vocals, & John Sebastian on harmonica & together they give you this album full of songs about relationships, the battle of the sexes, & even a song about self medication, just to name a few. My favorite, which seemed to stand out from the rest was “A Color That Barely Exists”. I would rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. I like the music, the vocals of Jules Shear didn’t really work for me, but that could change with repeated listens.

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Various Artists ~ Bongo Boy Records Volume XIV

Bongo Boy xiv

 

Another good one from Bongo Boy Records. With songs from Mark Baxter, Zombie Garden Club, Annemarie Picerno, Lisa Coppola & Ray Powers, Kathryn Shipley, Bruce Lev, One Supernova, Anthems For Autumn, Squished, Above The Sun, Ricky Persaud Jr., 1 Of Us, Studeo, & The Oohz, this is one fine compiliation. All of the songs are well done, even the one done acapella, which surprised me big time. With music that sounds like it could come from the 60s, 70s, or 80s & yet still sounds current, gets an extra notch from me. This gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Favorite song is Animals by Zombie Garden Club, which is available as a single as well.

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BEST OF 2017 MUSIC

 

best-of-2017

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! There was so much good music that came out in 2017, so, I will give you some to give some listening to. These all came to me in 2017, so, if a 2016 release slipped in there, I apologize. Not in any order is…

Spock’s Beard ~ Snow Live,

Sultans of Swing ~ Christmas Caravan,

Fischer’s Flicker ~ Open 28 Hours,

Alan Simon ~ Songwriter,

Professor Louie & the Crowmatix ~ The Lost Band Tracks,

Life In A Blender ~ Happy Enough,

Devin Towsend Project ~ Transcendence,

Endfield ~ Right To The Top,

Mipso ~ Coming Down The Mountain,

The History of Chicago DVD,

Heaven & Earth ~ Hard To Kill CD & DVD set,

Europe ~ Walk The Earth,

Acting Natural EP,

The Grip Weeds ~ Force Of Nature DVD,

Wobbler ~ From Silence To Somewhere,

Some of the Bongo Boy compilation CDs,

Ivory Tower Project ~ How Much More?,

The New Roses ~ One More From The Road,

Mr. Big ~ Defying Gravity,

Neal Morse ~ The Similitude Of A Dream,

Michael Monroe ~ The Best,

Richard X. Heyman ~ Incognito,

King Crimson ~ Heroes EP,

Brian Tarquin & Friends ~ Orlando In Heaven,

Todd Rundgren ~ White Knight,

Styx ~ The Mission,

Gentle Knife ~ Clock Unwound,

Nad Sylvan ~ The Bride Said No,

Striker ~ Self Titled,

Freddie Nelson ~ Shake The Cage,

Paul Butterfield Live In New York 1970 DVD,

The Cranberries ~ Something Else,

Bobby Kimball ~ We’re Not In Kansas Anymore,

Warrant ~ Louder Faster Harder,

Honey West ~ Bad Old World,

Deep Purple ~ Infinite CD & DVD Set,

Sienna Root ~ A Dream Of Lasting Peace,

Neal Morse ~ Morsefest 2015 Boxset,

Emerson Lake & Palmer ~ Once Upon A Time In South America,

Reilly EP,

Craving Strange EP,

Jack Russell’s Great White ~ He Saw It Comin’

The Temperence Movement ~ White Bear,

The Dollyrots ~ Whiplash Splash,

Night Ranger ~ 35 Years & A Night In Chicago,

Enough Znuff ~ Clownes Lounge,

Alex Dezen ~ Self Titled,

Grit ~ Live At Kramus Deluxe Studio EP,

Asia ~ Symfonia ~ Live In Bulgaria 2013 (released 2017),

Axel Rudi Pell ~ The Ballads V,

Blackfield V,

Magic Pie ~ Circus Of life,

OL ~ Decades,

Pymlico ~ The Meeting Point,

Ashley Riley ~ Can’t Let You Go EP,

Roger Street Friedman ~ Shoot The Moon,

Royal Thunder ~ Wick,

Seven Kingdoms ~ Decennium,

Snakecharmer ~ Second Skin,

The Unity ~ Self Titled,

Sophia Daniz ~ Self Titled,

Dave Kerzner ~ Static,

Greg Lake ~ Live In Piacenza,

The Strawbs ~ The Ferryman’s Curse,

Ty Tabor ~ Alien Beans,

Wetton – Downes (Icon) ~ Zero,

Caligula’s Horse ~ In Contact,

Kaipa ~ Children Of The Sounds,

UFO ~ The Salentino Cuts,

World Trade ~ Unify,

4019’s ~ Good Fortune,

Appice ~ Sinister,

Tom Keifer ~ The Way Life Goes,

L.A. Guns ~ The Missing Peace,

PFM ~ Emotional Tattoos,

Simon Phillips ~ Protocol 4,

Power Qwest ~ Kings & Glory,

Revolution Saints ~ Light In The Dark,

Jeff Scott Soto ~ Retribution,

Steelheart ~ Through Worlds Of Stardust,

Sweet & Lynch ~ Unified,

Uriah Heep ~ Raging Through The Silence,

Vista Kicks ~ Booty Shakers Ball,

There may be some that I’ve missed, but, this is a large list for 2017, so give these a listen & let me know what you think. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

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Uriah Heep ~ Raging Through The Silence, the 20th Anniversary Concert

Uriah Heep

 

As a child, this band really rocked my world. Another CD / DVD set that I really loved. Featuring songs that I love & some newer music that I did not know. I’m glad that I had the chance to hear it here. The music was tight, & majestic, which was what I always liked about Uriah Heep even back in the 1970’s. The DVD, shows how well the band works together & really groove with the audience. I really want to watch this one again, as I’m sure I had missed some stuff. This has 2 CDs & 1 DVD that gave me some great listening over the holidays. I highly recommend this. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars & if you never listened to Uriah Heep, give this one a shot. I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

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Spock’s Beard ~ Snow Live

Snow Live

 

It’s so good to see Neal Morse back with Spock’s Beard, if only temporarily. This CD / DVD Set really shows how good the musicianship is between the group. Even though “Snow” was not my favorite Spock’s Beard album, after listening to thisĀ  & watching this, it brought about a new fondness for it. There are 2 CDs & 2 DVDs that bring you hours of joy. Whether you’re a fan of christian rock, or not, you will really enjoy this album. Between hearing the great musicianship that IS Spock’s Beard & seeing the fun that the band had while performing this whole album live, is guaranteed to have you rockin’ for the rest of the day. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Buy this today!

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