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Grand Funk's all the girls in the world Beware!!! Released On Limited Edition Hybrid SACD

A rock/pop/R&B mainstream hit album... includes the HITS “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Bad Time”

Camarillo, CA - Grand Funk Railroad fans rejoice! Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity has released Grand Funk's hit album all the girls in the world Beware!!! on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD. all the girls in the world Beware!!! is Grand Funk Railroad's ninth studio album. The 1974 album was the group's second album released that year.

First there was the heavy metal power trio, then the powerful hard rock quartet and then after years of loud, in-your-face rock albums and tours, Mark Farner, Don Brewer, Mel Schacher and Craig Frost went into the studio and made an album that has a lot more R&B and a lot less rock than ever before and way ahead of its time.

" 'all the Girls' was a bit of an experiment for Grand Funk. Disco had raised it's ugly head in 1974 and if you wanted radio airplay you needed to go in that direction. Grand Funk, not being a '…

Classic Rock Review: Grand Funk-Shinin' On SACD Hybrid Ltd. Edition

Release Date: January 27, 2017 Label: Audio Fidelity Website Audio Fidelity continues to be one of the most innovative and fun labels to acquire classic rock music from. Taking the best of the old and converting it to a new format is one of their specialties. The only thing is that you may miss out on their releases unless you act quickly. Each release is a limited numbered edition.

Their legacy continues with another Grand Funk classic titled Shinin’ On. The label’s hybrid SACD series endures with great success. Shinin’ On was originally released on vinyl with 3D glasses to view the ultra-cool cover. This SACD version comes with the 3D glasses included! And yes, I did have the LP version and it was one of my favorite albums. As a matter of fact, I loved the entire GF catalog.

Grand Funk had the advantage of having two lead singers with Mark Farner (guitar) and Don Brewer (drums). Mel Schacher (bass) and Craig Frost (keyboards) were an integral part of the band as well, giving them a layer…

Japan/Porcupine Tree Keyboardist Richard Barbieri Releases 360° Video For "Solar Sea" Taken From His Forthcoming New Studio Album Planets + Persona

“What other planets are out there? Could there be any life 40 light-years away?” - The new 360° video for Richard Barbieri’s track “Solar Sea”, explores these questions, imagines these new worlds - colliding planets, ice crystals inside a hollow comet, volcanic asteroids spewing molten lava into open space and a breathtaking finale.

VIEW HERE: 


360° VIDEO VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS:
To view Richard Barbieri's Solar Sea in 360, you will need to view the video using the latest version of the YouTube app on iOS and Android. By moving your smartphone or tablet, you will be able to look around the 360 degree view. To watch on a desktop or laptop computer, you will need to make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera. You will then be able to move the view by clicking and dragging inside the video player or by using the WASD keys. For the most immersive experience, we recommend using a VR headset.


Having seen the “Solar Sea” video for the first time …

Cleopatra Records Releases New Album From South Korean Electronic Musician DAZED MARROW!

Los Angeles, CA - Somewhere between sinister, foreboding nightmares and sublime celestial dreams, you will find Dazed Marrow. Formed by South Korea-based electronic musician, Dazed Marrow produce some of the most richly textured and haunting soundscapes you’re likely to hear this year, filled with both memorable melodies and melancholic moods. The group’s new album Gaeseki Dream Machine, features all new material plus an exclusive remix of music by Washington-based witchhouse artist JackCote†! Watch for Gaeseki Dream Machine on CD this March 3!

Track List:
1. Intro
2. Venturing Into Etherea
3. Insomnia Euphoria
4. In Your Heart
5. Feel Better My Friend
6. Outside-In (Lucid Dream)
7. A Short One
8. Synergy
9. Binary Brain
10. The Universe
11. RQN Piano
12. Glass Jar
13. The Wait
14. Daeseki Gream Machine
15. Codex Gigas
16. Outro (Remix of JackCote†)

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/dazed-marrow-gaeseki-dream-machine-cd/
Buy the digital version: https://geo.itunes.apple.com…

Instrumental New Age-Classical-Jazz Fusion Review: Psychic Equalizer - The Lonely Traveller

Release Date: January 20, 2017
Label: Milvus
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Hugo Selles provides much of the instrumentation on The Lonely Traveller, from his Psychic Equalizer project. Along with a host of other musicians Selles performs on piano, keyboards, and synths; electric and classical guitar, drums, and vibraphone. He has also composed two movie soundtracks along his journey. Selles has been a student of music and has attained degrees and a wealth of practical experience.

This is expressionism to its fullest extent. The musical canvas provided is as diverse as the people on the cover of the album. Of course, this the whole point. There are no barriers creatively while creating a crossover sound that is bound touch many listeners. The music touches upon the spectrum of the human condition while growing up. The meaning, moods and atmospheres could easily reflect the many changes we go through in life.
The Lonely Traveller stirs the musical pot with new age, classical, jazz, and rock. I think it’s a wonder…

Legendary FOCUS Drummer Pierre van der Linden Releases His First Solo Album "Drum Poetry"! OUT NOW!

Netherlands - Pierre van der Linden, the drummer in legendary Dutch band Focus, has released his first solo album entitled “Drum Poetry” for fans and students of his varied drumming styles and techniques.

Pierre’s drumming can be heard in numerous rock, jazz and improvisational bands, but this is the first time it can be heard and studied in isolation, or accompanied by other unexpected instruments also played by Pierre.

Says Pierre, “Drum Poetry was originally made just for myself. It was just a kind of experience to find out my limits in this atmosphere. The original CD was just made for friends and this is the first time I have shared it with fans...”

Pierre is the current drummer in Focus and also played with the band during the 1970s including on their hits “Hocus Pocus” and “Sylvia”. Pierre also played on the band’s most recent album, “Focus X”, and is currently in the studio recording “Focus 11”. Pierre will also be on tour with the band throughout 2017!

The album has been rel…

Concert Review: Let It Be A Beatles Tribute

Let It Be at The Proctor in Schenectady New York February 18, 2017
http://www.letitbelive.com/

The Beatles music is timeless and over the years they have been celebrated again and again and so has each individual member of the band for their excellent solo work. There is still a huge market for their music and anything to do with the ultra-famous Fab Four. Only two other artist rank at the top of list for worldwide album sales, Elvis and Michael Jackson. 

Paul McCartney (Neil Candelora-bass/piano/vocals), John Lennon (Michael Gagliano-guitar/vocals/piano), Ringo Starr (Chris McBurney-drums/vocals) and George Harrison (JT Curtis-lead guitar/piano/vocals) are names that will live forever. Special mention goes the fifth Beatle on keyboards Daniel A. Weiss who provided some amazing orchestral parts in songs along with some tasteful keys.

There have been many knock offs of The Beatles over the years however how many could you count as being legitimate imitations of them?I experienced a band las…

Singer/Songwriter Amanda Abizaid Releases New Project in Support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, Walking In Twos EP feat. Legendary Stephen Stills

“Amanda is Fabulous. Really! Check this out!” - Stephen Stills
Los Angeles - Singer/songwriter Amanda Abizaid is releasing a new EP in support of HelpPhilippineSchools.org, a non-profit organization that helps children get the best education possible through the betterment of existing schools, working “from the inside out.” Walking In Twos, featuring the legendary Stephen Stills, is a 7-track EP including two diverse mixes of the titular song, which was inspired by Amanda’s experiences with the Aeta Filipino children. The EP also features other original songs and will release worldwide on all digital platforms March 3, 2017, along with a limited physical release. The project’s goal is to create a self-sufficient revenue stream using proceeds from the song's downloads and streams to buy school supplies for the Aeta children of the Philippines.

By making state-of-the art teaching technology available, while at the same time seeing to the need for proper food and clothing, HelpPhilipp…

Debut Album By Burnt Out Wreck "Swallow" Featuring Heavy Pettin's Gary Moat Now Available!

London - The eagerly awaited debut album from Burnt Out Wreck featuring ex-Heavy Pettin's Gary Moat is now available! “Swallow” is a huge slice of full on, punchy classic hard rock with guitar riffs galore! Released via Cherry Red Records, this album is every bit as good as you would expect from one of Scotland's original rock n rollers, Gary Moat!

Says Gary, “I went in to the studio to record a set of songs. Before I knew it, 'Swallow' had been created, and now here it is. I thoroughly enjoyed being in the studio but it was never my intention to become a recording artist again but here I am. It is crazy but I'm loving it. The album is a culmination of all my influences. It has been 30 years in the making and it seems it's being received very well everywhere...which is fantastic.”

Gary has a colorful history as the drummer and main songwriter for metal legends Heavy Pettin'. The band were signed to Polydor and Warner Chappell in 1983 with help from Def Lep…

Progressive Rock Ensemble APE SHIFTER To Release Self-Titled Debut Album "Ape Shifter"

It was a cold, dark day when the fire burned high and the simian shadow raised his hand through the smoke in solemn praise and exclaimed, “It is time for instrumental rock!”
Germany – Progressive Rock ensemble APE SHIFTER will be releasing their self-titled debut album in March 2017! APE SHIFTER is all instrumental and reaches from rockin' 70's riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves. Intense Simian Instrumental Rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo.

Born on Friday the 13th in Washington, D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland, Jeff Aug is a cool underground guitarist who lives at the foothills of the Alps in Southern Germany for the last 18 years.  He has toured with Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine, Johnny A., Albert Lee, and has performed shows with Jawbox, Shudder To Think, and Ice-T & Bodycount with his old band.  He's worked with John Stabb from Government Issue, has been touring and recording with Anne Clark for the last 10+ years, and…

Metal Review: Judas Priest-Turbo 30

Release Date: February 3, 2017 Label: Sony Website
This month the metal gods, Judas Priest, returned with a reminder of where the band was in 1986. Turbo 30 is celebrated on their 30th anniversary with a 3 CD set. The set includes a trifold cardboard fold out case containing the original album remastered and two live discs recorded in Kansas City on The Fuel of Life Tour.

I must admit this is not one of favorite JP albums but it does not lack for classic heavy metal tracks that have become staples of their live set. I have seen them 3 times now, first during the comeback tour with Halford back in 2005 promoting Angel of Retribution, then in 2010 to celebrate the great British Steel album and finally in 2014 to promote their surprisingly different and excellent Redeemer of Souls album. So, I got a taste of several different decades in live setting and have had a good dose of this band over the years and completely enjoyed it.

The title track is killer, what a grand opening for an album. Ano…

Art Rock Band Schooltree Descends into Crumbling Dreamworld with Multimedia Epic Heterotopia

Boston, MA - When music trends pander to the lowest common denominator, the real rebellion discards formulas and charts a stubbornly individualistic path. That's where we find Schooltree on their second release, Heterotopia: forging a new standard in sonic storytelling and taking us through cracks in the sidewalk into other worlds.

The story
Four years in the making, Heterotopia is a symphonic odyssey through a dystopian dreamworld: a 100-minute double record in the tradition of ambitious concept albums like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Quadrophenia.

Underachiever Suzi loses her body and must make her way through a parallel world of the collective unconscious to get it back. But the road she travels has been overtaken by shadows and chaos. In order to become whole again, Suzi must uncover the origins of this darkness, in a journey that takes her from the neon lights of her plasterboard horizon home to the bottom of a cursed river, where the fate of this place and her own are…

A WILDWOOD Moon Rises In Nashville

By K.W. Poole c 2017 for WMMW


WILDWOOD is as beautiful and unique as her name. Her new release is as colorful and ominous as the moon it refers to, and as bittersweet as the uncertainties of love in lyrics.  She chose Moonrise for her first release as it is inspired by her Appalachian roots. Roots she is proud to be a part of as they are the sound and soul of the Carter legacy. Her name, like her music, is lifted from that historically artistic familial origin.  “Wildwood” comes from the Carter family song recorded in 1928 Wildwood Flower (Irving and Webster.)  A song first recorded by her Great Uncle A.P. Carter with his wife, Sara, and her cousin Maybelle.  When asked why she chose this beautiful name, WILDWOOD’s response is an organic combination of storytelling and thematic approach:

"The lyrics are melancholy and remind me of Appalachia.  The story is: 'There is a flower in the Wildwood that is loved and promised to be loved. Then one day love leaves and she is left sad and…

Blackfield Feat. Steven Wilson Release Lyric Video For "From 44 To 48" From Forthcoming New Album "Blackfield V"!

The Steven Wilson penned song from the new studio album “Blackfield V”

London - Ahead of the release of their new studio album “Blackfield V” on March 17th through Kscope, Blackfield, a collaboration between Israeli songwriter and musician Aviv Geffen, and British musician and producer Steven Wilson, have released a new lyric video for the song “From 44 to 48”.

Steven Wilson comments on the song “Even though I don't really write songs with specific projects in mind, as soon as I wrote this one I knew it was for Blackfield.” He continues on the idea behind the track, “From 44 to 48 is a song about growing older and letting go of dreams.”


Watch the video here:


The new studio album “Blackfield V”, written and recorded over 18 months in both Israel and England, contains 13 linked songs that form a flowing 45 minute ocean themed song cycle. The duo expertly handle the vocals, guitars, and keyboards, with Tomer Z from the Blackfield band on drums, Eran Mitelman on keys, and string arrang…