17 December 2006

Enigma’s Love Sensuality Devotion - The Remix Collection Released By Virign/EMI


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Hollywood, California--December 18, 2006-- With more than 22 million albums sold around the world, Enigma is well-known to many despite the mystery that swirls through the ambient and worldly pop / club music created by Michael Cretu. Enigma’s Love Sensuality Devotion – The Remix Collection, to be released December 26 by Virgin/EMI Music Catalog Marketing, presents the best Enigma remixes in one comprehensive CD release. The new collection, compiled and produced by Cretu, complements Enigma’s gold-certified Love Sensuality Devotion greatest hits CD with engaging re-workings of the top hits, including “Sadeness (Part 1)” “Return To Innocence,” and ATB’s irresistible take on “Push The Limits.”

“Good Evening, this is the voice of Enigma. We will take you with us into another world - into the world of Music, Spirit and Meditation. Turn off the light, take a deep breath and let the rhythm be your guiding light.” -- Intro from Enigma’s MCMXC A.D. (1990)

Sixteen years ago, a new era of pop music began with these words. It was the announcement of an all-embracing, comprehensive work of art; sounds of ancient origins and voices from diverse cultures combined with rhythms belonging to the contemporary spirits of the dance floor. From all of these seemingly contradictive elements a new sound was created, a new listening adventure, a new idea. It became Enigma.

With its club-spawned single “Sadeness (Part 1)” (#1 Dance, #5 Hot 100, #6 Modern Rock) leading the charge, Enigma’s 1990 debut album MCMXC A.D. invaded charts around the world, peaking at #6 on Billboard’s Top 200. 1994's The Cross of Changes peaked at #9 in the U.S., fuelled by the stunning single “Return To Innocence” (#2 Modern Rock, #4 Hot 100 and #6 Top 40). 1996’s Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive le Roi!, 2000’s The Screen Behind The Mirror, 2003’s Voyageur, and this year’s A Posteriori followed.

Released by Virgin/EMI in 2001, Enigma’s gold-certified hits collection Love Sensuality Devotion peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Top 200 and has sold more than 700,000 copies in the U.S.

Enigma: Love Sensuality Devotion – The Remix Collection
Turn Around -Northern Lights Club Mix
Age Of Loneliness-Enigmatic Club Mix
Push The Limits-ATB Remix
Gravity Of Love-Judgement Day Club Mix
Return To Innocence-380 Midnight Mix
Sadeness (Part 1)-Violent U.S. Remix
Principles Of Lust-Everlasting Lust Mix
Mea Culpa-Fading Shades Mix
T.N.T. For The Brain-Midnight Man Mix


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09 December 2006

Musician War Offers Ongoing On-Line Competition Judged By Contributing Artists



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Berkeley, CA--December 11,2006-- Musican War was born in 1999 as the former Guitar War site. The idea for an on-line voting game for guitarists came from Peter Larsen, who was a key contributor to the guitar lesson site www.guitartricks.com. The concept and design moved forward following the implementation by Jon Broderick, webmaster of both sites.

Musican War has attracted a large contingent of artists from the metal and shred guitar realm and it continues to grow and become more eclectic musically.

Musican War is an international community of musicians who help and encourage each other to improve their musicianship. The main tool is two-member on-line competitions that are utilized to stretch out competitors skills and expose strengths and weaknesses in their abilities. Each music competition is an opportunity for members to analyze each other's efforts and to find the answer to the age-old question "what makes one piece of music better than another?"

What makes this so attractive to the independent musician is that one of their own will judge them. There are not any fair weather fans coming in and offering their unprofessional opinions or unwanted advice. When the feedback comes from another musician, it gets serious consideration. The criticisms offered are viewed positively and constructively for each artist to grow and improve in their respective styles to present a higher quality of music. All of the music competitions are secure to members only and monitored to keep everyone honest.

This Is How It Works:

1. Members upload MP3 recordings of their own playing.
2. Entries are paired by rules set up by the participants.
3. Each competition lasts for 3 days.
4. Entries are judged and evaluated by other members.
5. The participants learn and improve.

Musician War collaborates on songs to enter in Team War and contribute to annual CDs that benefit charitable organizations in communities across the U.S. Members in some localities have annual meetings and many collaborate on ways to win other contests, and generally try to be accessible to other musicians looking for ways to improve and network with others. Serious musicians only are invited to visit the Musician War website for more details and join the interactive community.

Contact: Jon Broderick
Company: Web Trick Inc.
Address: 2625 Alcatraz Avenue, #311, Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: 510-991-7379
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07 December 2006

Andy Rothstein-Voodoo Tone

Artist: Andy Rothstein
Title: Voodoo Tone
Genre: Jazz-Rock-Fusion
Label: Vermicious Kind Music
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Voodoo Tone is a labor of love for guitarist Andy Rothstein and former band mate and bass player supreme Tony Senatore. This is Rothstein’s project; make no mistake about that but Senatore played a major role in helping to whip these great tunes into shape, not to mention all of the other contributors. What you have here are two music studs facing off, digging in, and providing some stellar fretwork. They bounce a lot of incredible music off each other and the result is one terrific and consistent recording.

Rothstein is very adept and technically proficient, providing a very good match for his counterpart on bass. Out of the eight tracks, only two have vocals in accompaniment to the music. “If Not Now, Then When” and “#1” gets an emotional charge from friend and vocalist Link, although the music stands on its own without the need of vocal support. He does a nice job making each track prominent and very special. The rest of the album is pure instrumental magic, every bit of it. Once again, I am hearing the tremendous influence Jeff Beck and Al Di Meola have had on an entire generation of guitar players. More specifically, pointing to Beck’s two masterpieces of jazz-rock-fusion titled Blow By Blow and Wired. In a sense I feel that I have used this comparison one too many times this year but I just cannot help myself, it is what it is, and it definitely comes up more than once during the run of this CD, especially by the time you have listened to it three times.

This brand of jazz rock fusion comes at you in various pleasingly funky moods, tones, and textures-slow, fast, ever changing within one composition, you get it all wrapped into one tight package that will impress you and make you wonder why you have not heard of this guy Andy Rothstein before. This sure has me scratching my head. This dude has his chops down, he is very fluid, precise, and above all his approach and style are warm and inviting regardless of what the tempo is. For me that says it all and I have to add that I never became weary listening to this CD, every time I hear it, I enjoy it more, looking forward to the next spin. How many recordings have you heard that can do that for you? I dare say very few-no, in fact I would be willing to bet you can count on one hand how many for the entire year. That, my dear listener, is what you call a prolific musical experience.

“Brain Power” is the curtain opener, and does it ever cook right along, there is no slow simmer and an eventual build up to a boil, it is overflowing from the pot its bubbling so hard. Rothstein pumps out some stinging guitar licks in this tune and in effect, kick starts the entire album setting you up for more of the same. I really enjoyed “Retro Fuso,” the title is self-explanatory…anyone for a little fusion? Its plain and simple, Rothstein takes “Giant Steps” in making himself a known factor in the world of jazz-rock-fusion six-string wizardry and at the same furthers the case for Senatore’s brilliance as a bass player and an all-around contributor to any project.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

December 7, 2006

01. Brain Power
02. If Not Now, Then When
03. Voodoo Tone
04. #1
05. Retro Fuso
06. Absinthe
07. Mojito
08. Giant Steps
Credits:

Andy Rothstein-electric and acoustic guitars
Tony Senatore-bass
Lou Petto-drums
Link-vocals
Vinnie Zummo-all rhythm section instruments and guitar solo on Retro Fuso
Tom Timko-alto, tenor and baritone saxophone on Brain Power and Mojito
Steve Jankowski-trumpet on Brain Power and Mojito
Bob Nelson-keyboards on Giant Steps
Frank Fagnano-organ and drum fills on Giant Steps
Tom Giola-drum programming on Giant Steps

03 December 2006

Joan Osborne-Pretty Little Stranger

Artist: Joan Osborne
Title: Pretty Little Stranger
Genre: Country-Americana
Label: Vanguard Records
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Pretty Little Stranger was my introduction to Joan Osborne. I know her first album came out back in 1991 and I have missed a lot. Perhaps now with this stunning introduction I will see my way clear to seek out more of her music.

Grammy award winning producer Steve Buckingham (Dolly Parton) produced Pretty Little Stranger, with harmony support from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Rodney Crowell. Osborne gives equal time to originals and covers with six of each. One thing I did not notice straight away was Joan’s similarity to Bonnie Raitt on some songs, which really is no revelation to people familiar with her as she has worked with Raitt before in the past. Bonnie is one of my favorites so for me this was a pleasant surprise upon first listen.

The production and musicianship on this recording is nothing short of impeccable. Every time I heard this CD, I warmed up to it more. Its five spins and counting so far, with many more to come I am sure. Joan says that this is her country album; however, there is lot more to it than that. Rudiments of blues, rock, and Americana find their way into the mix throughout the 12 tracks. There is not a question in my mind that this is one of the strongest albums of the year. I would say there were around 15 titles in 2006 that I would put into the upper echelon of favorite listening experiences so that is few and far between considering how many I have heard this year.

The title track is an awesome way to kick off the proceedings with Joan sounding her down to earth bluesy best and there is so much more to come after that grand opening. The new radio single “Who Divided” is one of the catchiest tunes on the album, and it is a sure bet for a big crossover hit. I found myself singing along to this every time I heard it. The way the lyrics come flowing out, it would be difficult for any performer to do well. Osborne owns it and this phrase was the clincher every time for me:

Who divided up the days into hours?
The hours into minutes?
How could they really be that smart?
Who divided up the minutes into seconds?
They must’ve had a broken heart.


They are brilliant lyrics indeed and they come across with passion and meaning with each instance. Another outstanding track is a Jerry Garcia song “Brokedown Palace.” Osborne has worked with the Grateful Dead in the past so it comes as no surprise that she does such a heartfelt rendition of the track.

This is a “grow on you album” and its hypnotic powers increase with each listen. I liked it when I first heard it and by the time, I gave a spin for the third time I loved it and could not get enough. Some albums just strike me that way and Ms.Osborne got me hooked without too much effort.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

December 3, 2006

01. Pretty Little Stranger (4:23)
02. Brokedown Palace (4:01)
03. Who Divided (4:15)
04. Holy Waters (4:03)
05. What You Are (5:51)
06. Shake That Devil (4:27)
07. Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends (4:01)
08. Time Won't Tell (4:19)
09. Dead Roses (3:48)
10. After Jane (5:03)
11. Till I Get It Right (3:53)
12. When the Blue Hour Comes (3:00)

Morada Vision Releases Playboy After Dark-Music Legends On DVD

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Ventura, CA--December 4,, 2006-- Morada Vision and it's President Marshall Blonstein have a knack for bringing back some of the classic entertainment moments and making them available for you to once again sit back and enjoy, on DVD. The label specializes in creating collections that entertain lovers of retro-cool collections such as Playboy After Dark. Some of the coolest TV entertainment shows ever to broadcast are on this set.

Playboy After Dark is a generous 3 DVD set that puts Hugh Hefner in a different light, and one that many people may have missed along the way or were totally unaware of. This DVD collection covers the periods of time when Hefner offered television entertainment that was different from anything else that aired in the U.S. at the time. The shows featured the brightest stars and the best from the world of music, comedy, and literature.

The best entertainment available came to join Hef on the set. There was Sonny & Cher, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Ike & Tina Turner, Lenny Bruce, Jerry Lewis, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, and Canned Heat to name a few.

The DVD set shows how the show developed from black and white to color and it includes an informative booklet, featuring the distinctive artwork of Leroy Neiman. The commentary by author Bill Zehme accurately defines the atmosphere of the show and the times we lived in.

Playboy After Dark features television shows from the 60’s and 70’s, each one remastered to bring back the magnificent quality of its original splendor. Each DVD will contain two complete shows capturing a party only the world’s most famous bachelor could have put together. There is only one difference now, if you missed the first round of parties, you are cordially invited to come back and relive those moments again in the comfort of your own home, or high-rise apartment, whatever the case may be, Hef is back for a return performance that you will not forget.

Contact: Marshall Blonstein
Company: Morada Vision
Address: 870 East Front Street, #3, Ventura, CA 93001
Telephone: (866) 203-0647
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Indie Metal Band Deaf Symphony Supports NCADV With Album Chains Of Love

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Las Vegas, Nevada--December 4, 2006-- Matt Cerbin, Larry Cox, Chris Rogers, and Howard Askeland are Deaf Symphony. They are metal-rock band with more than one purpose for their music.

Their second album Chains of Love focuses once again on their hard driving sound but they have some other important essentials that serve as a wake up call to listeners. The album’s compositions revolve around very real social issues that demand our attention, domestic violence. Deaf Symphony has aligned itself with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) to spread the word.

Music can be one of the most powerful tools of communication if used in the right way. Ironically, the music Deaf Symphony plays is normally associated with is violence reflected by crazed head bangers in mosh pits, partying, and otherwise carefree attitudes about life itself. Well, so much for stereotypes-Deaf Symphony breaks the mold and starts an entirely new trend for a metal band.
Their music features explosive rhythms and crunching fat guitar chords, everything metal heads love, with one exception, lyrics that make you stand up and take notice and compel you to take a stand on the issues at hand.

Make no mistake about it this is exciting music, and it is all about what makes the world go around-the people in it. Deaf Symphony is committed to its fans and the cause it supports by recording great albums that offer consistency, excellent musicianship, and above all, a strong message worth hearing. This music will stir your soul, make your heart beat faster, and have you counting your blessings for the life you have or help you find the one you seek.

Contact: Melanie Tremont
Company: CNS Enterprises, Inc.
Address: 2657 Windmill Pkwy. Ste. 339, Henderson, Nevada 89074
Phone: 702-269-9619
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