Axel Rudi Pell ~ XXX Anniversary Live

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There are 16 songs on this concert album. This band ROCKS. There is a drum solo that really didn’t do much for me. Although, MOST drum solos that I don’t see live, don’t really do much for me. The rest of this album does rock however. Most live albums don’t do much either but this band does engage the audience, which makes for a much better show, and I do like this live album. They do a large amount of songs including “The Wild And The Young”, “Fool Fool”, “Oceans Of Time”, “The Line”, “Warrior” “Rock The Nation” & more. Not much that I can tell you about this album other than the musicianship is awesome. What else do you need besides good music, good lyrics & great fun. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Emil Bulls ~ Mix Tape

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This metal band put together a bunch of covers from when they were growing up in the 80’s & 90’s. Covers include songs from Genesis, Bruno Mars, Billy Idol, (Jefferson) Starship, Pixies, Taylor Dane, Eminem, Destiny’s child & more. Of course, these were harder rock versions of these songs that they covered. Songs that were covered similar to the originals were “We Built This City” by (Jefferson) Starship, “Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dane, and, “Jesus He Knows Me” by Genesis. Those of you who like their music hard may like this more than I did. I didn’t hate it, but, I didn’t love it either. I give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru stars.

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Aeon Zen ~Inveritas

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The new album from Aeon Zen starts off strongly with a strong guitar presence. Everything is right where it needs to be for a great progressive rock album. On “Rebel Theory” the bass tries to come off strong, but, it didn’t quite make that cut. The rest of the album, the bass works fine. If you’ve heard Aeon Zen before & you liked it, then you’ll like this one as well. There are moments where the music overpowers the vocals, but, overall the album works. Musically they are right on cue. I give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Only because of the few flaws that I did hear. Give this band a try. I think you’ll like them.

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3 Pairs Of Boots ~Gone South

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This lovely country rock band has a beautiful sound to them. The vocals are great & the music just comes from the soul. In 1972, I found out about the band “Pure Prairie League” with their album “Bustin’ Out”. This album isn’t quite there, but, it could be PPL’s earlier album. Pure Prairie League was in my top 10 bands in the 1970’s. 3 Pairs Of Boots may be in the running for the 2020’s. The songwriting is solid, the music is tight. At first listen, this album gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars. With repeated listening, it may move up to 5. Laura Arias has a standout voice, on most of the tracks. On 2 songs she has that country twang to it, that I don’t like, but, the rest of the album is great. Andrew Stern on guitar, Jay Lane on drums & DeWayne Pate on bass really put a great backing to Laura’s singing.

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The Who at Citizen’s Bank Park May 25, 2019

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The home of the Philadelphia Phillies brought The Who to their home on this night. I don’t know if this is going to be the last WHO show (I hope not), but this was not one of the better Who shows that I’ve seen. Nothing bad, but, it WAS outdoors, which made the sound not as good as it usually is. They did have an orchestra with them, which I was unaware of before the show. The orchestra performed very well, but, the acoustics didn’t work very well for them either. Starting off with “Overture” from “Tommy” then playing more songs from “Tommy” including one of my favorites “Sparks”. They also played “Pinball Wizard…of course. Ending off the “Tommy” set with “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. After that, they went into “Who Are You”, “Eminence Front”, “Imagine A Man” (My favorite at this show, as they don’t normally perform this song on most tours), “Join Together”, “Substitute” & “I Can See For Miles”. Next up was “Behind Blue Eyes”, then an acoustic version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” with just Pete on guitar & Roger on vocals, which then went into Tea & Theatre”. Next up on the set was a “Quadrophenia” set with “The Real Me (Boy, I missed John Entwistle on this song…BIG TIME), “I’m One”, “The Punk And The Godfather”, “5:15”, “Drowned”, “The Rock” & of course, “Love Reign O’er Me”. Ending off the night with a great version of “Baba O’Riley” with the orchestra 1st chair violin player doing that great part. Another great part of the show. If this is their last show, I was a bit disappointed. I would have expected more songs from different eras. Maybe more B-Sides, like “Imagine A Man”. Normally A Who show would always get 5 Music Guru stars from me, but, this time I would have to give this 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars. The people at Citizen’s Bank Park were very nice & even solved a problem that Ticketmaster gave them. I applaud these hard workers at Citizen’s Bank Park.

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Various Artists ~ Emido’s Rock Den Vol. 2

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OK. After all the Bongo Boy releases that I’ve heard, this is probably the one that I liked the least. It starts off sloppily with Kid Comet’s “She’s My Serpentine”. Luckily about halfway through the album, it does get better. I don’t hate this album, I just don’t love it like I did on previous Bongo Boy albums. Most of the bands on this album, are unknown, which usually I really like. I’m not sure, in this case. As I said, the album does get better as it goes on. I would give this 3 Music Guru stars out of 5.

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The Tangent ~ Proxy

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Listening to this album ALMOST brings me back to the first time that I listened to the Tangent. That particular album I fell in love with & couldn’t stop listening to it. The music was tight, the voice was perfect & everything was awesome. This album is almost there. There was a moment or two, where I said to myself “Where i this going” then it went & came back to what it was. Other than those few moments, this album could be their best since “The Music That Died Alone”. To me this is their “Abbey Road”. “Proxy” doesn’t quite make 5 stars but, I’ll give it 4 out of 5 Music Guru stars. Maybe 5 if I listen more. “Proxy does have 2 epic tracks that go over the 16 minute mark. I love the epic tracks. The other 3 songs are under the 10 minute mark, but, you may want them to go on a bit further. This is how this album goes. Good music, good singing, good writing & solid songwriting make this a must listen to.

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