Wow! What a crappy week for releases. Not in what is being released, but the lack of releases. There isn’t much to choose from. I hope there is something for you, but it is slim pickin’s. Have a great weekend!! I will at least stick a music video with them if there is one so you can check them out.
- Rick Astley – Beautiful Life – (BMG Music): Ok, I am a little interested in checking this one out, I will admit it. And I just noticed this got bumped up and released last week…sorry about that.
- Powerwolf – Sacrament of Sin – (Napalm Records)
- Paul Carrack – These Days – (Carrack UK)
- Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy & More (LIVE) – (Earmusic)
Myles Kennedy’s first solo album came out a few months back and I am just getting around to reviewing it and I apologize for that. I had streamed the album and had no intentions of buying it as I wasn’t totally impressed with the release. That all changed when I was out a week or so ago and came across the vinyl album in the Used section of Lunchbox Records here in Charlotte. I was stunned to see such a new release sitting in the Used section.
For me, it was a sign that I needed to buy this album and give it another try. And it was only $15 which is still pricey for used in my book. However, I still felt it was a sign. So, I bought it (along with other albums).
And let me tell you I am glad I did for several reasons. First, the Vinyl copy I bought is a special limited edition release which I was not aware of at the time. It wasn’t until I got home and started looking through everything. How do I know it is a limited edition? Well, it says so on the back cover…
If that wasn’t enough, his signature was on the cover of the album jacket which I completely missed as well as I was just too pumped to see it in the first place…
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For My Sunday Song #100, we are ending the Power Ballad set with a true classic, Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” off the 1987 album simply known as ‘Whitesnake’ or ‘1987’. The song reached all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped propel Whitesnake into the stratosphere of rock stardom.
This midtempo power ballad was written by David Coverdale and the great guitarist John Sykes. They wrote it during the writing sessions for the album in one of the worst places you could possible be, the south of France (read as sarcasm). They recorded in David’s villa called Le Rayol. It must have been rough.
The song was actually going to be used for Tina Turner until Geffen heard the song and quickly put the brakes on that. Although David thinks Tina would still have been great for the song and you know I think he is right.
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Are things heating up where you live? They are here. Damn it has been hot! Sadly, the music this week is not really…hot. There is not a whole heckuva lot screaming at me, but I am sure I will get to some of it eventually. Maybe a good time to play catchup on releases from earlier in the year that I missed. I do have one I want and it is highlighted in Blue. Let me know what interests you or what I missed on the list.
- Needtobreathe – Forever on your Side: Niles City Sound Sessions – (Atlantic): A four song E.P. from Needtobreathe is always welcome. Anything new from these guys is welcome. One of my favorite bands and this one is music created from their time spent at Niles City. Here is what they say about it…”Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) was recorded with the producer trio Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges) out of their studio in Ft. Worth, TX. The 4-track collection of songs and collaboration represents a creative leap for the band, who usually self-records and produces out of their home studio, Plantation Studios, in Summerville, SC.” I have the 10″ Pink Vinyl on order and sadly won’t arrive until the end of September so for now I will stream or grab the CD. Oh yeah, my wife and I have a date night to see Needtobreathe in August. Yes…I am a fan.
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Everyone collects vinyl! So, why not do a collection of Meme’s on vinyl collecting. Wait…what? Everyone doesn’t collect vinyl? Why??? That seems odd to me. Are you kidding? No, your not. What is wrong with people? Why don’t they collect vinyl? I am confused. I don’t understand. Please explain it to me…
Well, here is all the explanation you need on why you should be collecting vinyl.
Here is reason #1:
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The Wild Feathers are back with their new album called ‘Greetings From the Neon Frontier’. It is the band’s third studio album and it is a band that has quickly become a favorite of mine. So my review might be slightly tainted as they can do no wrong in my book.
Who are the Wild Feathers you might ask. The Wild Feathers are a four-piece band consisting of the following players…
- Taylor Burns – Guitar/Vocals
- Ricky Young – Guitar/Vocals
- Joel King – Bass/Vocals
- Ben Dumas – Drums
On the previous album, ‘Lonely is a Lifetime’, I felt the band had a softer classic rock feel to it and it felt like you should be partaking of a little doobage while enjoying the album. This time around the Nashville-based group is leaning more to their country roots while still keeping a little classic rock sound. Partaking in doobage is something you have to decide if you want to do or not (“DayBreaker” might help you decide).
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For My Sunday Song #99, we will tackle the Def Leppard power ballad, “Love Bites”. The song is off the Diamond selling album, ‘Hysteria’ and was Def Leppard’s biggest hit, if you can believe it. It is the only Def Leppard song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Considering this was the fifth single off the album and with the success of “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, I was completely surprised by that fact (PSSOM did go to #2).
The song was originally brought to the band by the legendary producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The song was a country song at the time and of course the band put their spin on it and turned it in to of the great rock power ballads of the time. The title for the song actually came from another song that Leppard was working on and that song later became “I Wanna Be Your Hero” which was the B-Side for “Animal” in the US.
What I like about the song is that the guy is so in love with this person that he is actually going a little nuts. Hell, just touching her drives him crazy. But he isn’t sure she feels the same way. He keeps questioning her. Maybe it is really his own insecurities that are causing him to doubt the relationship. Or maybe she doesn’t love him and he really senses something missing.
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Welcome to July and the first Friday of releases. I have to admit, there isn’t any of these I am excited about so might be skipping this week. I am guess that it this is the week of our Independence here in the States that not many bands wanted to release anything and get lost in everyone’s vacation time period. Hopefully there is something for you. I will post videos for each so you can have something to got through. Here is hoping next week is better.
- Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy – (Metal Blade Records)
- Vixen – Live Fire – (Rat Pak Records)
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Back in 1984, Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams wrote a fun song about a young lady that was about to marry her Prince…literally. The song was about Princess Diana or so it is assumed. The song is taken from the viewpoint of a gentleman who had seen Diana in a magazine and then on TV and fell in love with her. “Diana” was his profession of that love for her and he begged her to leave the life she was about to enter and be with him.
We know that she didn’t do that, sadly, as she might still be with us today. “Diana” was supposed to be on Bryan’s album ‘Reckless’; however, he left it off as he didn’t want to upset the Royal Family. He also probably didn’t want to make them mad and screw up his dual Canadian & British citizenship. The song has actually never been released on any Bryan Adams album or compilation. It is probably his most popular non-album song.
“Diana” was released as a B-Side to the song “Heaven” and it was released as this very special 12″ 3 Song E.P. which I came across in a collection of vinyl I picked up. Bryan used to play the song in concert on a regular basis, but upon Princess Diana’s death he has since put the song to pasture and no longer plays it live. I did find a rumor that stated that Bryan actually did date Diana after her split from Prince Charles. Now of course, it is solely a rumor and has never been stated as fact by Bryan or anyone from Diana’s camp. It was a rumor started by one of Bryan’s ex-girlfriends.
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We are now up to the fourth studio album by Ratt called ‘Reach for the Sky’. The album was released on November 1, 1988 and as the predecessors, it also reached Platinum status. The only difference was that the critics really did not like this album. It has been said this was the worst of their albums so far. I personally disagree.
Yes, the album is a little hit or miss at times, but overall I think the album holds up over time and there are some really great songs on here. But before we get to the songs, let’s talk about the band and what was going on with them at the time of making this album.
Ratt brought in Mike Stone to produce the album, but due to some sub-standard production work, longtime Ratt producer, Beau Hill, was brought back in to save the day and that is what he did. This would be the last album the band would do with Beau.
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