Mashkoor Ali Khan ~ Transcendence



This world music album, musically reminds me of Ravi Shankar. however, this music, unlike Ravi, has vocals. The music does sound very similar, but, as I kept listening, the vocals kept throwing me off. The vocals were not bad, not that I understood any of it, as it seems, to me, that perhaps he was chanting. This would be excellent listening while doing yoga, or for some meditating. For listening, it’s not my cup of tea. It may be yours. Give it a listen & let me know what you think. I’d rate this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Coming Soon…

Coming soon for review…Mashkoor Ali Khan ~ Transcendence. Also, Neal Morse 2015 Morsefest. A CD & DVD set. Stay tuned…

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



This 4 CD (Box)set took me a long time to listen to. There is so much great music on these discs, you just don’t want it to end. This is a live set with 6 different places that they played in South America. Starting off the first disc with a shorter, but, sharper version of Tarkus. How they managed to cut the song in half & still impress me, really boggled my mind. Going throughout their musical history with some duplicates, gave you a good idea of some of the great music that ELP brought us. Some included tracks are “Still You Turn Me On”, “Fanfare For The Common Man”, “Touch And Go”, “Lucky Man”, “Hoedown”, “Pirates”, “From The Beginning” “Karn Evil 9 1st Impession Part 2” & much more. The only down point to these discs was that I would’ve rather heard different songs rather than, in some cases, 3 of the same song. Even with that, this still gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Buy this set, you will not regret it. Production is also great. Unfortunately we recently lost, both Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, but Carl Palmer still does a great concert with 2 other musicians covering ELP. You should check it out, it is very impressive.

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Levi Petree ~ It’s Country

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The new album from Levi Petree is titled “It’s Country”, but, it isn’t…really. A bit of country, some rock, some ballads (Which could be either rock or country) & maybe a little bit of punk too. The music is good, but, for me, Levi seems to have that rough twangy sound that old country singers had. Me, I’m not a fan of that, but, I know a lot of people are. The songwriting is good, so, you give it a listen, & let me know what you think. I give it a 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Ape Shifter – Self titled

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This band reminds me of an Allman Brothers Concert, as this album points out, this is a jam session. Guitars, Bass, & Drums. I don’t hear much else. The music is good, but, doesn’t seem to go anywhere. I think if they got a good vocalist, this band could really soar. They have talent, they just need direction. If you like instrumental jamming you’ll love this. For me, I need a little bit more direction. You tell me what you think/ I give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Some more EP’s…


First up we have Reilly. This is a self titled EP featuring 6 songs which are poppy, & give you a feel good feeling. The vocals are nice, extra nice when she harmonizes with herself. The musicianship is good as well. The only bad thing that I can say about the EP is that she needs to use a real drummer. That was the only thing missing that I could hear. Good storytelling & good album. There is also a song by Jack White on the EP. I give this a 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Would’ve been 5 if real drums had been used.


Next up is Black Mirror and their EP titled “Funky Queen”.  Black Mirror is an alternative rock band that has good music with a female singer that can belt them out, similar to Pat Benatar without the soft side of Pat Benatar. I’m not sure if it’s the fuzz on the guitars, but, the production doesn’t seem as crisp as it could be. They also do a cover of MC 5’s “Kick Out The Jams”. I give this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.


Craving Strange is on our list next with their 6 song EP titled “Careful Of The Landmines”. This progressive Rock band is more Rock than Progressive, but, good enough for me. This New York band has a familiar sound to them, but, I can’t quite pin it down. Maybe that’s what I like about this EP. It really is good. The production is really good too. I’d give this a 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Nuff said.

No Joy

No Joy comes up next on our EP series of reviews with 4 songs on their “Creep” EP. The songs go into that Spacy sound on their first track titled “Califone”. While Fluorscent Dread” still goes into the Spacy sound, but, is a bit more up-tempo than the first track. There is vocals on this EP, but, not many lyrics. Somewhat ghostly. I like the music, I even like the crooning that ebbs forth. There are lyrics on the last 2 tracks, but, again, I’m not sure I can understand them. The last track also seems to have a male vocalist shouting something at you, as you listen. Not bad. I’d give this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Jack Russell’s Great White ~ He Saw It Coming.



I never really listened to Great White, other than the couple of hits that I’ve heard, but, I remember them as a hair metal band. This album is far from that. This sounds more like Bon Jovi than Motley Crue, just to give you an idea. I’m not even sure I can pick out a favorite song, as they are all good. Jack Russell was a founding member of Great White when they were the hair metal band, but, as the years went on, things must’ve changed for Mr. Russell. He left Great White to record a solo album, the re-joined the band, after forming Jack Russell’s Great White. He had some back surgery due to a fall & again had to back out of the original Great White. The original Great White is still performing with a different lead singer, so Jack now goes by Jack Russell’s Great White. They both may be good bands, but, by this album, I’ll take Jack Russell’s version of Great White rather than the original one. I give this album a 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Not a bad song on the album…at the end, there is an acapella song, and it works. BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!

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