This duo, along with Xavier Breaker on drums, Kevin Campbell on bass & Jovia Armstrong on percussion make some beautiful music together. I assume that Ted plays most of the instruments such as guitars & keyboards, since the booklet doesn’t actually say. It does say that Ted & Majella wrote all of the songs. The guitar was right on par with the music, except maybe 1 song. Majella’s voice is like listening to an angel. Her voice is beautiful. Sometimes when they sing together, something is off, but, that is a rarity. I like this album very much & it is very different than what I expected. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.
Posted in CD Reviews, Classic Rock, Music, Music Review, New Music, pop, Rock, Rock & Roll, singer songwriter, Soft Rock, Uncategorized
Tagged Bass, CD, Drums, Guitar, Indie, Keyboards, Music, Music Review, Review, Reviews, Rock, Singer, Singer songwriter, Ted & Majella, vocals
You all know Tommy Shaw from Styx, but, his solo career is pretty awesome as well. Most of the songs that Tommy performs are Styx songs but he does also perform some solo songs & a couple of Damn Yankees songs. The DVD starts off with Tommy’s Girls With Guns, which is a great song. Did I forget to mention that most of the songs were done acoustically along with Will Evankovich & the Contemporary Youth Orchestra to celebrate the 10th anniversary when Styx recorded their CD with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. Tommy, as always, was in prime form. His guitar playing, mandolin playing & his vocals were all in prime form. Exceptional. Will Evankovich was also in great form. The orchestra, also, was in prime form. These are kids, who excel in their instruments & vocals for the choir. Tommy had a great time with everybody, orchestra & parents in the seats. One student, Lavinia Pavlish, who performed on the concert recorded with Styx in 2006, returned for this reunion. The orchestra was conducted by Liza Grossman, who got in touch with Tommy Shaw to commemorate the 10th anniversary & made this all happen. Watching these musicians perform with Tommy Shaw was a treat to watch. All I can say about the DVD/Blue Ray is GO OUT AND BUY THIS! It is available in both DVD & Blue Ray, which are sold separately. There are 4 bonus songs which show pictures of things during this day, while the songs are being played. Tommy Shaw, in my opinion is one of the greatest guitar players in the rock field. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.
Posted in Classic Rock, Classical Music, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Damn Yankees, DVD review, Music, Music Review, New Music, Progressive Rock, Rock, Rock & Roll, Styx, Symphonic Progressive Rock, Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw, Uncategorized, Will Evankovich
Tagged Contemporary Youth Orchestra, DVD, History, Instrumental, Liza Grossman, Movie, Music, pop, Review, Reviews, Rock, Styx, Tommy Shaw, Will Evankovich
Another compilation from Bongo Boy Records. This one is the nicest one yet. Almost all of the songs are great. The production is great also. Gar Francis’ song “Man On The Moon”, is a clear sign that he can write great songs as well as perform them. The punk rock man making a semi – love song. There are 14 songs on this CD, although, I thought there were 15. Again, almost all of the songs are great. There may be 1 or 2 which may not be up to the rest of them, but, all are good. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.
Posted in Above The Sun, Classic Rock, Corridors, Country Music, Country Rock, EG Holmes, Frank Piombo, Gar Francis, Inches From Sin, Johnny Douglas, Kama Ruby, Mark Baxter, Music, Music Review, NazB, New Music, Rock, Rock & Roll, Susan Surftone, Uncategorized, Various Artists
Tagged Above The Sun, Alternative, CD, Country, EG Holmes, Frank Piombo, Gar Francis, Inches From Sin, Indie, Johnny Douglas, Kama Ruby, Love, Mark Baxter, Music, NazB, New, pop, punk, Review, Reviews, Rock, Studeo, Susan Surftone, The Corridors, Various Artists
you’ve already heard Darryl Way’s name before, but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. I did expect some classical rock on this album, but, I really got classical. One of the most notable classical albums of all time. This album just goes to show you what 1 man can do with a violin, keyboards & maybe a drum machine. There is reference to a guitar player, but I didn’t really hear that, unless it was mostly in the rhythm section. The album was arranged, performed & produced by Darryl Way. His performance was way above what I expected. Don’t expect a rocky classical thing, it is almost pure classical with a little oomph thrown in to put it in the rock genre. this was a great album & i give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.
Posted in CD Reviews, Classic Rock, Classical Music, Darryl Way, Music, Music Review, New Music, Progressive Rock, Rock, Rock & Roll, Symphonic Progressive Rock, Uncategorized, Vivaldi
Tagged Classical Music, Classical Rock, Darryl Way, Drums, Guitar, Instrumental, Keyboards, Music, Review, Reviews, violin, Vivaldi's, Vivaldi's four Seasons
From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, James Williamson, from Iggy & the Stooges is back with his debut album along with Frank Meyer & Petra Haden. The first 2 songs remind me of the raw rock of the Stooges, but, then you get songs like “Pink Hearts Across The Sky” & even, “Miss Misery”, which has a more melodic draw to the music than Williamson’s previous work. “The Revolution Stomp” brings you right back into the raw music the the Iggy & the Stooges fans would really like. The title song, really didn’t work for me, but, after it’s slow build-up, it gets a bit better, then goes right back where it started from. “You Send Me Down” almost has a pop feel to it. The album ends with a sad song titled “Died A Little Today” which was more of a ballad with more slow strumming, a bit of piano & strings & featuring the vocals of Petra Haden. If you like your music raw & fast with vocals with that gravel sound, this is the album for you. For me, I give this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Best songs for me were “Pink Hearts Across The Sky” & “You Send Me Down”.
Posted in 1970's, 1980's, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Iggy Pop, Iggy Pop & the Stooges, James Williamson, Music, Music Review, New Music, punk, Rock, Rock & Roll, Uncategorized
Tagged Alternative, CD, Electric Guitar, Frank Meyer, Guitar, Iggy & the Stooges, Iggy Pop, Indie, James Williaimson and the Pink Hearts, James Williamson, Music, Petra Haden, pop, punk, Review, Reviews, Rock