Roger Joseph Manning Jr. ~ Glamping EP

Roger Joseph Manning Jr


This should have been an album, more than an EP. This is pure fun, along the lines of Hall & Oates in the 80’s. It’s got that kind of soul to it. Only 4 songs & I wish there were more. All of the songs have that poppy sound, which is so pleasing to the ears. The only song which is more of a ballad, although, not a love song, is the last track titled “I’m Not Your Cowboy”. My favorite track is “Operator”. You may know Roger from the band Jellyfish, but, if you don’t listen to this wonderful collection of music. I would rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Bullet ~ Dust To Gold



If I didn’t know any better, I would think that this might be an AC/DC album. The music is solid, the voice sounds similar to AC/DC except I couldn’t quite understand what the vocalist was saying. That being said, half the time, I couldn’t understand what AC/DC were saying either. This sweden band, while not doing anything special, they play FUN music. I wish I could understand the lyrics. I did like this album. It’s a good driving album. Give it a try & let me know what you think. I rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Elliot Murphy ~ Party Girls And Broken Poets


This singer songwriter has been writing & putting out records since 1973. After listening to his music for the first time, I look forward to travel back & hear more. Although, not the greatest vocalist that I’ve heard, his music reminds me of Jackson Browne, if it was sung by Lou Reed. Some of the songs are cliche’, but some of them go far beyond the mark. The music is joyous to listen to & in some of the songs, his voice really fits. Give this one a try & tell me what you think. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars, Tracks that I like are Blues Responsibility, the title track & many more, Once again, tell me what you think. This 1983 release is now re-mastered on 180 Gram vinyl for your ears to glow to.

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Alan Simon ~ Big Bang



French author, composer & singer has put together a great “soundtrack here, based upon the stars. Along with Alan Simon is Alan Stivell, John Holliwell from Supertramp on saxophones  & clarinet, Marco Canepa on Keyboards, which seem to be most prominent on this album, Roberto Tiranti, Michael Sadler from Saga, & Alan Stivell on Lead vocals. There is not much vocals on this album however. Guido Carli on drums, Massimo Palermo on bass, Marco Fadda on percussion, Paolo Ballardini on guitar (electric) & Alan Simon on almost everything else. There is Celtic harp from Alan Stivell as well. There is also a choir & a kids choir. Not knowing anything about this album from the start, I was pleasantly surprised as I listened. It does sound like a soundtrack, but, what a beautiful soundtrack it is. Starting off with what sounds like astronauts talking with ground control & continuing on with the musical journey. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Spock’s Beard ~ Noise Floor

Spock's Beard Noise Floor


Another great example of why this band is so awesome. The first time I listened to this band, it brought me to a time when I first REALLY LISTENED to YES. This album, much in the same way that some of Yes’ albums were put together by each member, that is exactly what happens on this album as well. The band has changed a few times, but the core is still there. Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ryo Okumoto are once again joined by drummer Nick D’Virgilio, who was  an original member, who left in 2011. Also, there are violins along with a cello, a viola & a french horn. If you are a fan of great progressive rock, you will love this album. I do. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Let me start off by saying “WOW”! What a fantastic DVD. I’ve listened to Ayreon before, but, after seeing exactly what they do & how they do it, I can’t get enough. I will certainly be listening to more Ayreon. There are a bunch of guest performers as well including FLOOR JANSEN (Nightwish), DAMIAN WILSON (Headspace), HANSI KURSCH (Blind Guardian), TOMMY KAREVIK (Kamelot), ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN (Vuur & solo), MARCO HIETALA (Nightwish & Tarot), JONAS RENKSE (Katatonia), of course, ARJEN LUCASSEN & many others. There is not one person on this DVD who does not deserve the respect that you would give to your favorite band. The music, every single song, was wonderful, and watching the passion of each person on this DVD really made it even more special. The keyboardist, JOOST VAN DEN BROEK, really blew me away with his masterful keyboard playing. When they say this is the BEST OF AYREON LIVE, they aren’t kidding. BUY THIS TODAY. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. If there were more stars to give, they would get that too. Thank you AYREON & friends for the entertainment.

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Dobbeltgjenger ~ Limbohead



This album starts off a bit rough, although the first song is OK, it’s not a great song. The album goes slightly downhill from there…however, come to the 6th song titled “In Limbo”, which to me is the best track on the album, gives me more faith in the album. The rest of the album is much better than the first half. The last song titled “Mangrove” is a bit more progressive in it’s style. Not a great album, but, not a bad one either. I give this 3 Music Guru stars. Since I last wrote this in February, I now have re-listened and have changed a little bit of my thoughts. Here are the new thoughts…

This album starts off weak, but, as you continue to listen, it gets stronger. Starting off with “Tin Foil Hat”, which I really liked, was still a bit on the weaker side, but, still not a bad track. As they continue through their garage band sound, they finally get to “In Limbo” which could be their single, except as you go furin my stther into the album, the tracks keep getting better on this album. “Radio” was a strong song for another possible single as was the last song on the album, titled “Mangrove”. This album grew on me as I continued listening. I rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Not much of a change, but, still better than originally thought.

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