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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Sultans of String ~ Christmas Caravan

Sultans of string

 

Just in time for the holidays comes the Sultans of String. Consisting of violins, violas, cellos, guitars, bass, percussion & drums. This band really knows how to bring out the best in Christmas. In addition to the instruments above, you will hear trumpets, saxophones, trombones, harps, & accordion as well. There are many guest vocalists as well. Some that you may have heard include Mary Fahl, Ruben Blades & Luba Mason. When listening to this, make sure that you’re listening in a quiet space, as you will hear the many instruments really extend themselves. This album is much better than I expected & I was happily surprised. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Yes ~ Topographic Drama

Yes ~ Topographic Drama

 

Before I start this review, I must tell you, that I love the band YES. Like the ELO album before this album review, I don’t hear the live ambiance that I should get from a live album. To me, this seems like a YES’ Greatest hits, except all of the songs on here weren’t hits. You have the entire, “Drama” album played, along with other songs including some from “Tales From Topographic Oceans” as well as some of the hits. The music, as always is in fine form, but, I don’t see the need for this album, if you already have these 2 albums, plus a greatest hits album. Again, I love the music of YES, & certainly enjoyed listening to this one too, but, again, didn’t see the need for this album. Maybe if it came with a DVD of the concert, I could appreciate it more. How about a new YES album, guys. I rate this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars, as I couldn’t give any YES album less than a 3. Most of them are 5. I also miss the thumping bass of Chris Squire, as well as Jon Anderson, but, he wasn’t on the “Drama” album, so not so with that portion. Geoff Downes playing the music that he made famous with YES was nice to hear.

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Fischer’s Flicker ~ Open 28 Hours

Fischer's Flicker

 

A new album put out by Fischer’s Flicker. This one is very good. As the album goes on towards the end, it gets a bit stranger. The song “Farther To The Sun” has a nice vibe to it, but, gets a bit strange, with vocals. The same with “Mother Of A Ship”, which has what would sound like munchkins singing along Scott Fisher. I like this album, but, could do without those 2 songs, although the munchkins were kind of cute sounding. The music is really good throughout the whole album. I would give this album 4 out 5 Music Guru Stars. Give this one a listen.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO ~ Wembley or Bust – Live at Wembley (2017)

ELO ~ Wembley or Bust

 

I really like the Electric Light Orchestra, but, this CD doesn’t do much for me. I love the band, I love the music, but, with very few exceptions, you wouldn’t know that it’s a live album. There are many hits that you’ll know & love, such as “Evil Woman”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Do ‘Ya”, “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head”, “Turn To Stone”, “Telephone Line”, “Mr. Blue Sky”, “Roll Over Beethoven” & many more. Jeff even includes a song from his new ELO album. The high point for me is that Jeff Lynne is back using real strings instead of keyboards for everything. Even without the real live audience experience, I would still rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. I would love to see this show, maybe then, I would be able to appreciate it more.

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