Alan Simon ~ Songwriter

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This album is an album of 2 different kinds of music. On disc 1 you get the world music & also symphonic music of Alan Simon & friends. Disc 1 is very relaxed & could very well be used for movie soundtracks. It is all instrumental & done very well. Disc 2 adds many musicians & vocalists that seem to soar with the music that is presented to you. Included on disc 2 along with Alan, are Midnight Oil, Roger Hodgson, Jon Anderson, Fairp[ort Convention, Billy Preston, Jeremy Spencer, Justin Hayward, Les Holroyd, Mick Fleetwood, John Wetton, Martin Barre, & more. Songs that stood out to me were “Circle Of Life” featuring Jon Anderson, which sounded like a later YES song or a Jon Anderson solo song. Also, “On The Road” featuring Justin Hayward, the wonderful vocals stand out, as only Justin Hayward can do. The guitar work on “Lugh” really brought this song to my attention & while Martin Barre was doing his bit on the guitar, You had John Wetton doing what he does best on this song. I rate this album 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Whether you want to chill out or rock out, you can do both with this compilation. All songs are written & produced by Alan Simon.

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Johnny Reed ~ Fortress of One

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Johnny Reed  brings you a new one in 2017 with his “Fortress Of One” album. Johnny is a singer songwriter who brings fun rock & pop back to music. All instruments, vocals & songs were all done by Johnny Reed…and he sounds good. He’s got that 70 – 80’s rock pop sound to his music. Johnny Reed has a few albums out there now & I suggest that you  give them a listen. I’m sure that you’ll like them. This latest album was weaker than the previous albums, but, I still grooved to it & I think you will too. You let me know what you think. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Professor Louie And The Crowmatix ~ The Lost Band Tapes

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Back in 1991, The Band were going to make a comeback album. Jules Shear, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Stan Szelest, Jim Weider & Randy Ciarlante were to be “THE   BAND” for this album. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Luckily, producer, engineer & fellow performer Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz brings them back to life on this CD. This sounds like the band from the 70’s & is really a great sound. These were, after all, lost THE BAND tapes, but, now redone with Professor Louie And The Crowmatix. This sounds really fine & brings a great new album to new listeners. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Life In A Blender ~ Happy Enough

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Life In A Blender is band of musicians who get together to write original songs about books & other written stuff. This is a rock album or an alternative rock album. There are 10 songs on this album & I would say 9 of them are pretty good. The 2nd track, titled “Trust”, didn’t really work for me, but the others were fine. The band is Don Rauf, Dave Moody, Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, Mark Lerner, Al Houghton & Ken Moyer. Best songs on the album are “Happy Enough” & “Winner Takes All”. “Winner Takes All” starts off with a nice string thing that I really like. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Devin Townsend Project ~ Transcendence

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Another fine piece of music from the Devin Townsend Project as he takes you on another journey through progressive rock. The album starts off slow through “Truth”, then pounds your head going into “Stormbending”. The rest of the album keeps going through soft & hard rock while melding into one piece of music. “Stars” is a very nice piece of music, which resembles a Jeff Lynn’s ELO song. While not every Devin Townsend Project album is great, this one is. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. The Devin Townsend Project includes Devin Townsend on guitars, keyboards, vocals & programming, Ryan Van Poederrooyen on drums, Dave Young on guitar, Brian “Beav” Waddell on bass, and, Mike St-Jean on Keyboards, Synths & programming.

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Mipso ~ Coming Down The Mountain

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Starting off with the sound of an angel, Libby Rodenbough, singer & fiddle player for this band really soars on every song that she sings on this album. There is 1 exception & that is when she sings duet with the male vocalist of the band. All singers sing well, but, Libby really soars on the opening & the final songs on this album. I didn’t realize that this was a country band, more like Country-rock, but, isn’t the current country music just plain rock music back in the early 70’s. Just my humble opinion. This album, reminds me of the love that I had when I first heard Pure Prairie League’s “Bustin’ Out” album. According to the credits on the album, they all sing & instruments include guitar, bass, mandolin & fiddle. I hear drums & I believe small amount of keys, but, no credits on those in the credit section. All in all, this is a great album. Definately give this a listen. Favorite songs are the title track, “Coming Down The Mountain” & “Water Runs Red”. The latter really standing out. I rate this 5 out 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Sonja Kristina Anthology

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You may know of Sonja Kristina from a band called “Curved Air”. You may know her from the play “Hair”. You may also know her as Stewart Copeland’s Ex wife. This anthology gives you a nice sampling of her work. If you are a fan of the musical “Hair”, you will like this. It has the same spacy edge to it. A bit Rock & Roll, a bit progressive & a bit psychodelic. This album won’t be for everyone, but, if you give it a listen & you like things that are not the norm, this just may be for you. One track, which is a cover of a Greg Lake song, titled  “C’est La Vie, I did not like, but, that song was so perfect, I don’t think anyone but Greg could do it. The rest of the album would work for those people that like Tori Amos & the things above. I rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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