Legacy Pilots ~ Con Brio

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Right off the bat, this album gets a mention in the BEST OF 2018 list. This album is phenomenal. When you have Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple & more), Steve Rothery & Mark Kelly (Marillion), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Marco Minnemann (UK, Steven Wilson), & John Mitchell (Kino, Arena) & many others joining forces with Frank Us, who wrote this album, you get an excellent…beyond excellent album. Everything flows together so well, you won’t want to stop listening. It’s almost like listening to an Alan Parsons Project album, except the songs are single songs that don’t flow into each other. Most of the songs are short, but there is an exception to that. None are huge epic tracks but they do stretch into the 8 minute mark. 2 at about 8 minutes, 1 over 7 minutes. The rest of the songs are in the 3-5 minute range. The music is just perfect, as a progressive album should be. I believe Frank Us had some other musicians in mind for this project, some have passed away recently. This project started 2 years ago & is just released now, and certainly worth the wait. If you’re a fan of Alan Parsons, UK, Steven Wilson,  or Marillion, this album, you will surely love. If you’re looking for a Styx or Deep Purple album, this is not like those bands at all. The musicians all do the best, as always. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. It is in the top of the Best of 2018 list.

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Alter Bridge ~ Addicted To Pain (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)

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The new LIVE album from Alter Bridge, is a fine album. I like the band, I like the songs. Sometimes Myles Kennedy’s voice is a bit off. The songs that they played live for the show were all good songs. I really like the studio albums better (as I’ve said in previous reviews) and this one follows the example of the band not changing much during their shows. Some people do it, some don’t. I like a little different when I see or hear a show. Mark Tremonti, an excellent musician, does not let me down. Myles Kennedy did let me down at times, but, he is an excellent singer in most cases, Brian Marshall & Scott Phillips round out the crew playing their set with precise musicianship. Once again, I’m not a fan of live albums, unless they add something to the mix, so I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars, as the musicianship was wonderful.

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Collective Soul LIVE

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As I get older, I find, I’m not really that fond of live albums. There are some exceptions, where the artist(s) make their songs different than on the original version. However, when I listen to a live album of a band that I’m familiar with, but, not a follower of, I find new songs that I’m not familiar with that I like. In this case, 2 songs on this album that make me want to hear more from Collective Soul. They are “The World I Know” (which is a known track) & “Needs”. These 2 songs make me want to go out & hear more from the band that I hadn’t heard before, other than the hits. The rest of the album is good as well, as there are a bunch of hits that I had heard before, but, I am that rare breed that likes to hear that music that you wouldn’t hear on the radio in today’s world (Exceptions to Internet Radio). They also play tracks from their newest album, which most people won’t have heard yet. That too, is a plus. The Roland brothers give a good go on this album with the rest of the band. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Foreigner ~ I Want To Know What Love Is (New Recording with Shriners Hospitals)

There is a new live Foreigner album coming out on February 15th, but, better yet, they teamed up with the kids from Shriners Hospitals & remade this song which can be heard here… https://open.spotify.com/album/1ygUhKPNvdnPvpoQslO42Q    on Spotify, which can be purchased as of January 1st from http://www.showthemlove.org

A video can be seen here…  http://ultimateclassicrock.com/foreigner-i-want-to-know-what-love-is-fundraiser/

Great music from a great band. Thank you Foreigner.

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Martin Barre ~ Road Less Travelled

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The great Jethro Tull guitar player puts out another solo gem with this album. You can certainly hear that Martin Barre was a main contributor of the Jethro Tull sound on this album. The songwriting is similar on some of the songs, although Martin seems to sometimes have a mellower approach, where Ian Anderson may have had a different thing in mind for his lyrics. The singers on this album are very good. Dan Crisp has almost an Ian Anderson style, but, is quite different. Becca Langsford, the female vocals as well as background vocals does an excellent job as well. Also on vocals, there is Alex Hart, on bass, you have Alan Thompson, also in the band is Darby Todd on drums, Josiah J on percussion & Hammond organ, Aaron Graham on drums, & Buster Cottam on standup bass. This album really does sound like a Jethro Tull album from the 1970’s or 1980’s, but, with a new twist to it. I really liked this album…more than I’ve liked some of the Jethro Tull albums of the past era , but, I really do like most of them. I give this a 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars & will include it in my Best of 2018 albums, which will be coming shortly. Get this album. You will not be disappointed.


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The Unity ~ Rise

Unity ~ Rise


This group on their sophomore album, could possibly be the next Van Halen. They don’t have the same guitar licks as Eddie, but, the Pop / Rock is certainly there. The singing works as does the band. I would even go as far to say this band would be a good merging of Van Halen meeting Asia. Henjo Richtor & Stef is no Eddie Van Halen or Steve Howe, but the guitar work is smooth & steady throughout the album, minus the slide through a bunch of their songs. Gianbattista Manenti does very well on the vocals, while Jogi Sweers, Sasha Onnen & Michael Ehre keep the music flowing on bass, keyboards & drums. This is a great album & I would give this a 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars…even with the guitar slide. Give this SPV album a try. I think you’ll like it.

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Let’s Have A Rockin’ Christmas Vol. 3

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Another fine bunch of gems from Bongo Boy Records. Taking traditional Christmas  songs to start off the album. Doug Ferony does a fine job on “Jingle Bells” in a swing type manner. Next up is an upbeat “The Christmas Song”. Other non traditional Christmas songs follow that. There are some great songs on this album, & I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. The production, as always, is great. Ann M. Wolf does a fantastic job on “Mary, Did You Know?”. Another favorite of mine on this album is “Spend Christmas With You”, which makes me want to curl up with this singer. Christmas music fans will love this CD. I rate this 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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