Night Ranger ~ 35And A Night In Chicago

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After 35 years, a live album by one of the 80’s best bands. I’m talking about Night Ranger here, & when they perform, they have all kinds of fun. On this album, some of the earlier tracks don’t sound quite right, but, after awhile, the band is in prime form. Featuring their hits & some of their newer music as well, you will enjoy this. Included on this 2 CD / DVD set…Sister Christian, Night & Day, Rock In America, 7 Wishes, Four In The Morning, & more. I wish I was able to see the DVD, as I’ve seen Night Ranger live & thet were awesome. I give this set 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars, mainly for the weak beginning, which eventually really turns up the steam at the end.

 

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Enuff Z’Nuff ~Clownes Lounge

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This wonderful album from Enuff Z’Nuff is a gem from the old days of the band, featuring re-worked songs & demos. I don’t know why these songs didn’t make it. These songs are great. Another great album for the best of 2016. Additional musicians include the late Jani Lane from Warrant. Also James Young from Styx also plays on this album. This album will make any Enuff Z’nuff fan happy, and make new fans of anybody who hasn’t listened to them before. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Let’s Have A Rockin’ Christmas

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This Bongo Boy release is a compilation of rocking Christmas songs that are mostly all original & make you feel like rocking through the season. There are 17 new Christmas songs on this compilation that will have your toes tapping. There is also a comedy skit involved in the fun. I really enjoyed this album. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Alex Dezen

 

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This self titled album from Alex Dezen, is the best that I’ve heard for quite awhile. This album catches some great lyrics, musicianship & vocals. This is a great rock, pop album with some great background vocals as well. Most of the album is performed by Alex Dezen, but a couple of other mentions would be Amber Bollinger on background vocals, basses by Whynot Jansveld, & sax by Bradleah Caulkins. This album is a must listen to for 2016. 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Ray Vaughn ~ Wounded Bird

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This singer songwriter, to me, is more songwriter than singer. The music is wonderful, good rock music. The band does a great job. The band is Ed Rawlings on electric guitar, James Deprato on guitars & mandolin, Kevin T. White on bass, Phill Bennott on Hammond B3 on 1 track, Ray Vaughn on guitars & vocals, & the great PRAIRIE PRINCE, most notably from the TUBES on drums. The band rocks, the singing is not for me. Not terrible, just not great either. I give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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GRIT ~ Live at Kramus Deluxe Studio

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This EP took me by surprise. The grungy hard rockers have some real (shall I say it?) GRIT to them. While the music isn’t exactly clean, it is catchy & the opening track, G.F.Y. is apparantly was a message to an ex-girlfriend, I suppose. I really like this song, even if I don’t believe you need to use profanity ion a song, in this case, it works. The following 2 songs, READY OR NOT, & SISTER are also catchy hard rock songs. For me, while not for commercial radio, G.F.Y. would be the single. 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Sting ~ 57th & 9th

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The new album from STING is a blast from the past. Taking part POLICE & part early STING from his first 2 albums or so, you will really like this album. There are a couple of tracks that are not as strong as others, but, this is a stellar album. You’ll already have heard “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, but, that is the most pop of the album. The following track “50,000” also is an uptempo track. It goes in & out from there. Also on this album, you get some bonus tracks of his hit, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, “Inshallah”, which was a track that I did not favor, and a live version of “Next To You” with the Last Bandoleros, covering Sting’s POLICE work. It’s nice to hear Sting back in his prime form. All in all, this gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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