We have seen Gary Schutt before in the Jeff Scott Soto Series and that was with the review of the Takara album ‘Eternal Faith’ from 1993. Gary Schutt was the bass played. However, here is the not only the bass player, but he is also the guitar player, the keyboardist, the drum programmer. The only thing he doesn’t do on here is sing as that is left up to his good friend, Jeff Scott Soto. The two were spending a lot of time together because at the same time Gary was making his debut solo album, so was Jeff and we will get to his for the next review.
The album was recorded over a two week period in May of 1994 as both Gary and Jeff were renting a house in Delray Beach, Florida. The album was released on August, 31, 1994 in Japan and sometime in 1995 in Europe. It did get a reissue in 2005 that has 3 Bonus Tracks, but we are going to review the original album with the basic 11 tracks. And what we get is a cross between hard rock, melodic rock, aor and a little prog thrown in. Let’s check it out
The album kicks off with “Warpaint” and immediately you are sucked in to some great guitar playing as Gary rips some massive riffs. His bass is thunderous and powerful. The drum sound is the only negative because they are programmed sounding. To me it feels like an Extreme song a la ‘III Sides to Every Story’. The guitar has Nuno fill along with the bass and Jeff sings with a hint of Cherone and there is nothing wrong with that. An explosive opener and a sign of things to come.
This is the last Friday New Releases for the rest of this year. I don’t have anything for the next two weeks. If you haven’t released by this date, you will miss the Christmas rush so you might as well wait until January or be lost the hubbub. Not much out this week. The only one I am interested in is the live Linkin Park album and it is highlighted in Blue. Let me know if there is anything for you.
Linkin Park – One More Light Live – (Warner Bros): This was recorded off their most recent tour and just months prior to Chester Bennington’s death. This for me is a must have for any Linkin Park fan to get one of Chester’s final performances. I have heard the song “Crawling” from this show and it is outstanding. I am sure the rest will be as well.
Happy Friday. What are you in the mood to hear today? You have a lot of variety and can listen to blues, rock, christian worship, classical pop, pop, alternative, metal and movie scores. There are even a couple of 80’s bands back (Depeche Mode and Greg Kihn). Whatever you like, let me know what floats your boat. Mine are highlighted in Blue.
Gary Clark Jr. – Live North America 2016 – (Warner Bros. Records): This is probably the best one on the list. Gary Clark Jr. live doesn’t get much better. If you haven’t heard him before, you are missing out. He is a helluva a guitar player. He is blues, rock, soul, r&b and blends it all nicely together. Listen to the video below and you will be like..DAMN!!! This man is awesome!!.
Elevation Worship – There is a Cloud – (Elevation Church): This church is just down the road from us and they do a great live show every year at the Spectrum Center that always sells out. We have seen them several times at church (when we go) and they are amazing. If you like Worship music, this is one of the better, more talented groups out there.
For those that don’t know what the Music Challenge is I will tell you. Go out and pick up an album or stream an album based solely off one of three categories…1) Album Cover, 2) Band Name or 3) Album Name. Once you have listened to one, come tell me about it.
For my 5th one over the last year, I picked based on the band name and the album cover. The band name was Galactic Empire and the album cover was of space. The whole thing had a Star Wars vibe to it, so naturally I was drawn to it. What I didn’t know at the time was it was an album of John William’s Star Wars songs that were all done in a Heavy Metal format. Interesting enough.
The album ‘Galactic Empire’ was released on February 3rd on Rise Records.