RTFACT ~ Life Is Good

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This band featuring some great musicians really cook up some great music. The band features Jeff Scott Soto, Nad Sylvan & Will Champlin on vocals, Oz Noy, Jeff Kollman, Rafael Moreira, & Josh Smith on guitars, Gary Meek on flute & sax, Edward Tsiselsky on keyboards, Dmitry Hugdin on synthesizers, EugeneSharikov on bass & Joel Taylor on drums. As they start you off with a weak song titled “Life Is Good”, which is the title track for the album, they progressively get stronger with each song. My favorite song on the album is “The King, The Master And The Timekeeper”, which not only sounds like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but, is a tribute to them. This song really could’ve been an ELP song, if I didn’t know better. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Keep up the great work & I can’t wait to hear more from RTFACT.

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Kevin Daniel ~ Myself Through You

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Those of you who like singer-songwriters, will most likely like this EP. Only 5 songs on this CD, but very relaxing & you’ll find yourself humming along with it. There is nothing extraordinary about it, but, it is very enjoyable. The band is Kevin Daniel on guitar, sax & vocals, Ben Rice on guitar, Billy Pearson on bass, Daniel Leadan on steel guitar, Renee Hikari, Bennett Sullivan on banjo, Eli Chalmer on flugelhorn & trombone, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Judson Nielson on organ & piano, Irene Black & Roman Urbanski on vocals. Alot of misic in these 5 songs.¬† I would tell you to give this one a listen to. This may just be a beginning of things to come. I would give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Focus Family Album

 

Sometimes these FAMILY albums work, sometimes they don’t. I’ve listened to quite a few of these & some of them, I really like, some, I don’t. In this case, I’d say it’s right in the middle. I like hearing the unknown, for me, songs from FOCUS. What I don’t like is hearing are the tracks from Pierre Van Der Linden or Swung. These tracks are nothing other than drum solos. I don’t really want to hear 3-5 minutes of a mediocre drum solo. I should point out, for me, I don’t really want to hear drum solos period, unless it’s something special. There are some, but, few. These tracks are mostly demos or impromptu recordings, but, I could’ve done without them. Swung does give us a decent track with Raga Reverence 5. I do like hearing where the band has come from or gone to. In this case, the FOCUS songs are the ones that stand out. I should also point out, that FOCUS with JAN AKKERMAN focused (pun intended) on the musicianship of the band, so the band didn’t have many vocals. There was yodaling, but vocals? This is more vocal than any other FOCUS album that I’ve heard ever. I rate this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

 

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Beasto Blanco Live From Berlin

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It’s amazing how close this album sounds like a later Alice Cooper show. This band does feature the bass player from Alice Cooper. The guitars are not quite there, but, at a live Alice show, it would always sound different as well. The vocalist does sometimes sound like an older Alice Cooper. If you’re a fan of Alice Cooper, I think you’ll like this. The energy is there. They do play a couple of Alice Cooper songs as well. Give this one a listen & let me know what you think. I would give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Cairo ~ Say

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This band has extreme talent. Some that have heard this band compare them to Genesis or Yes. I’m not sure that I’d go that far, but, what I’ve heard is really good. The guitars really swirl within the music. Rachel Hills’ vocals are perfect for this album. There are only 2 longer songs which go a bit past the 9 minute mark, even the short 3 minute songs really soar. There is even a song about Hurricane Katrina. The only downside would be the first 2 songs, “Cairo” & “Shadow’s Return¬† Prologue”. Rob Cottingham (Touchstone) plays keyboards & sings, James Hards plays guitars, Paul Stocker plays bass, Graham Brown plays drums & percussion, and, don’t forget the wonderful vocals of Rachel Hills. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. I would like to add that when you put a hidden track at the end of the album, you shouldn’t leave a huge gap between the last track & the hidden track. I almost missed the last track. You can add the last track, but, maybe you should give it it’s own track number, even if you don’t put it in the album credits.

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Long Distance Calling ~ Boundless

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This instrumental album gives a lot of different music on it. It sort of reminds me of a Porcupine Tree album without any vocals. Good musicianship for sure. Most of the songs are shorter but it still gives you a great progressive feel with a bit of psychodelic rock. Guitars are the main instrument in this band, along with keyboards, bass & drums. You may not be able to sing along, but, you definately can hum along with it. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Perfect Beings ~ Vier

Perfect Beings ~ Vier

 

This new release from Inside Out records is very different than most. This sort of reminds me of when I first listened to Yes’ Relayer album, which I wasn’t sure if I liked the album or not. It has, however, formed to be one of my go to albums to listen to. This may be the case with this album as well. Going by the titles of the songs, it seems like the songs may be in parts. Using Keyboards, bass & drums as well as sax & flute, there is a unique sound to this band. First listen, I wasn’t that keen. Second listen, growing more fond of it. As of now, I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. It may grow to 5. Give it a thorough listen with no distractions,

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