New Gilbert Neal release

The eclecticism of Gilbert Neal might suggest a changeling, or a dilettante, or maybe a jack of all trades and master of none. But such a characterization would miss the mark. Neal is more curious than distracted, more inquisitive than restless. In his mastery of rock, funk, folk, blues, jazz, and even musical theatre, he embodies the modern pop artist: an intrepid tourist of styles.

Gilbert Neal - The Mayor of Estes ParkAfter releasing four albums independently, Neal created his Wampus debut, The Mayor of Estes Park, by raising every bar — from songwriting to performance to arrangements. From the existential funk of “God’s Board Game” to the plaintive wit of “Four Chords” to the loopy joy of “I Had a Girl,” he grabs with hooks and grooves, pranks and koans. Swinging from the mainstream to the fringe, he is earnestly sincere one minute and brutally sardonic the next.

“The Beatles were my first and most powerful influence,” he says. “I don’t think saying that you ‘love’ the Beatles is sufficient. I think it’s almost cellular. As the years went by, my influences included artists like Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, ELO, Stevie Wonder, and Steely Dan. And being a bassist for a local theater sparked my love of the form mastered by Sondheim.”

Neal sees himself as a dyed-in-the-wool solo artist. “I have tried to be in bands and tried to treat them like democracies, and I guess I’m just not made for that sort of thing,” he says. “When I got done with my last democracy, I just wanted to chuck everything. That lasted about two years. And then my first solo album came out, which was more or less a purging of demons…”

“All my albums touch on religion, sex, age, and hope,” he says. “I treat them all like musicals.”

The Mayor of Estes Park was released on July 1, 2016.

http://wampus.com/gilbert-neal/


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NEW RELEASES FROM ROCK CANDY RECORDS

GIRL 'SHEER GREED'

GIRL 'WASTED YOUTH'

TARGET 'S/T'

TARGET 'CAPTURED'

BULLSEYE 'ON TARGET'

 

FIVE BRAND new releases from Rock Candy Records available right now. Great titles with all the usual Rock Candy trimmings: 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, weighty essay's about the making of the album, full artist involvement, new interviews, enhanced artwork and additional photos spread out over large full colour booklets. See below for full details about each release.

Available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com

 

Get them for a limited time at a discounted price inclusive of postage to anywhere in the world… or beyond! Just go to the store page to order. Hurry, offer ends July 17th

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GIRL 'SHEER GREED' CANDY307

DRESSED TO KILL, they resembled a car-crash combination of Duran Duran, Japan and the New York Dolls. Musically, however, their riff-tastic style was more in tune with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Kiss. The band’s somewhat androgynous look, penchant for eye makeup and cocky pouts, set them apart and there was no getting away from the fact that visually these guys were totally out of step with the scene. Sadly, therefore, they suffered some ridicule; despite the fact that they were actually trailblazing a style that was later successfully utilised by acts such as Hanoi Rocks, Mötley Crüe and Ratt.

'Sheer Greed' is a masterpiece of musical juxtaposition boasting explosive tracks like ‘My Number’, ‘Hollywood Tease’ and an OTT cover of the Kiss Klassic ‘Do You Love Me’.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 2 BONUS TRACKS, FEATURES PHIL COLLEN (DEF LEPPARD) AND PHILIP LEWIS (GIRL) 20 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.

TRACK LISTING: 1. HOLLYWOOD TEASE 2. THE THINGS YOU SAY 3. LOVELY LORRAINE 4. STRAWBERRIES 5. LITTLE MISS ANN 6. DOCTOR DOCTOR 7. DO YOU LOVE ME 8. TAKE ME DANCING 9. WHATS UP 10. PASSING CLOUDS 11. MY NUMBER 12. HEARTBREAK AMERICA BONUS TRACKS: 13. YOU REALLY GOT ME (B-Side) 14. LOVE IS A GAME (Single)

TARGET 'CAPTURED' CANDY310

RIDING A wave of creativity and seeking to maximise their already solid reputation as a band to watch, Target took the recording of this, their second album, with an impressive sense of purpose. Their debut album had been well received, but ‘Captured’, originally issued in 1977 on the A&M label, showcased a band looking to maximise not only their sound but also their image, profile and appeal.

Retaining their southern rock roots, the album was recorded by producer Paul Hornsby (the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Grinderswitch) at the famed Capricorn Studios in Macon, Georgia. Tougher than the debut, the album oozes a decidedly British blues rock influence, bringing to mind Humble Pie, Bad Company and Trapeze, with vocalist Jimi Jamison developing his unique, velvety rasp, which would later serve him well as the frontman of Survivor. Sadly, swamped by insurmountable business and managerial problems, Target eventually dissolved, leaving behind two fine but now little known albums.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 6 BONUS TRACKS, FEATURES JIMI JAMISON, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.

TRACK LISTING: 1. IT’S ONLY LOVE 2. SHINE THE LIGHT 3. RUNAWAY 4. JUST FOR YOU 5. MAYBE IN TIME 6. MAKE OUR DREAMS COME TRUE 7. HOLDIN’ ON 8. ROCK AND ROLL LAUREATE BONUS TRACKS – LIVE 1978 9. HOLDIN' ON 10. RUNAWAY 11. MAKE OUR DREAMS COME TRUE 12.JUST FOR YOU 13. MAYBE IN TIME 14. IT’S ONLY LOVE

GIRL 'WASTED YOUTH' CANDY308

'WASTED YOUTH’ was the Girl’s second album for Jet Records, originally issued in 1982, and one that was recorded in two phases, amidst getting bogged down in the sort of unnecessary label aggro that had already started to erode their faith. Learning from their previous visual faux pas, they decided to dial down the glam look and concentrate on beefing up their sound, with tough guy bravado and a dress code to match. It was a brave attempt to redress the balance but, despite the coordinated effort and finely honed material, the project was still not firing on all six with a label still unable to connect the dots.

Sadly, the album was lost in space, a fate accentuated by the departure of guitarist Phil Collen, accepting an offer to join Def Leppard for their epoch making ‘Pyromania’ album. Later, Phil Lewis went on to front highly successful rock outfit LA Guns. Both of them left behind a 24 Karat legacy, one that has been hailed by several high profile musicians as a huge influence on the glam rock explosion.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, 2CD SET, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 BONUS TRACKS, FETAURES PHIL COLLEN (DEF LEPPARD) AND PHILIP LEWIS (GIRL) 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.

TRACK LISTING: DISC ONE 1. THRU THE TWILITE 2. OLD DOGS 3. ICE IN THE BLOOD 4. WASTED YOUTH 5. STANDARD ROMANCE 6. NICE ‘N’ NASTY 7. McKITTY’S BACK 8. 19 9. OVERNIGHT ANGELS 10. SWEET KIDS DISC TWO ‘Live at the Marquee 23/10/1981 1. ICE IN THE BLOOD 2. ICEY BLUE 3. MAD FOR IT 4. OVERNIGHT ANGELS 5. OLD DOGS 6. BIG NIGHT 7. SWEET KIDS 8. WASTED YOUTH 9. NICE & NASTY 10. MY NUMBER 11. STANDARD ROMANCE 12. THRU THE TWILITE

TARGET 'S/T' CANDY309

MEMPHIS BASED Target were keen students of the British sound and forged their style and identity with exacting accuracy. It was a style that showcased vocalist Jimi Jamison’s (later to join Survivor) vocals perfectly, a wonderful combination of rough-hewn growls delivered with velvet smoothness, sitting proudly atop songs that packed a decidedly blues rock punch. The combination was hugely compelling.

Discovered by Black Oak Arkansas frontman Jim Dandy and his manager, in a Memphis Club, the five piece band were soon signed to A&M records and put in to the legendary Ardent Studios, with producer John Ryan, to cut this, their debut album. It is a work of sublime proficiency, digging deep into soulful grooves and muscular rock. Despite a concerted effort, including a thirty date US tour opening for Black Sabbath, the record failed to resonate commercially with the public at the time but did it provide a healthy platform from which to launch their follow up album.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 2 BONUS TRACKS, FEATURES JIMI JAMISON, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.

TRACK LISTING: 1. LOVE JUST WON’T QUIT 2. BAD BOY 3. LET ME LIVE 4. JUST A LITTLE TOO MUCH 5. CAN’T FAKE IT 6. 99 ½ 7. YOU NEED A WOMAN 8. LET ME DOWN EASY 9. WORKIN’ SONG 10. ARE YOU READY BONUS TRACKS: 11. YOU NEED A WOMAN (LIVE 1978) 12. LET ME LIVE (LIVE 1978)

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WITH ROOTS in the Boston, Massachusetts scene but coming together in New York City, Bullseye quickly secured a record deal with the prestigious Columbia label, and set about recording their debut album, with producer Rob Stevens (who’d previously worked with prog rockers Crack The Sky), at the renowned Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, and finished it in NYC at the Hit Factory. It was a match made in heaven, with the results displaying a musical maturity that defied the band’s relatively fresh faced status.

Housed in a striking cover that suggested something special indeed, those of us that ventured deeper were delighted to find a well honed record, exploding with melodic hard rock firepower, and one that always kept songs at the forefront of the objective. Originally issued in 1979, tracks such as ‘Moonwalk’, ‘Seventh Heaven’ and ‘I’ve Changed’ lead the way but it’s ‘Treat Me Right’ that will spark the most recognition as Pat Benatar went on to secure a hit single with it in 1980.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 3 BONUS TRACKS, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 2,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.

TRACK LISTING: 1. TREAT ME RIGHT 2. SEVENTH HEAVEN 3. I’VE CHANGED (NEVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN) 4. MOONWALK 5. IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER 6. MY OLD CAR 7. DON’T LET HIM KNOW 8. WHAT CAN I SAY 9. DON’T LOSE A DAY 10. MARCH ON, TIME BONUS TRACKS: 11. IT’S OVER 12. AGELESS 13. OLIVIA

 

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Rock Company newspaper

Our upcoming release CranstoN (July 22):

Hailing from Rhode Island comes the next chapter in the never ending Phil Vincent story. Teaming up with rock icon Paul Sabu, the pieces are now in place for a truly special listening experience. Produced and mixed by Sabu, these 10 slices of modern melodic rock will shake you to the core. Massive hooks laid over throbbing bass lines, with screaming guitar licks and pounding drums, all coming together producing a sonic utopia. Named after the town Vincent was born and still resides, CRANSTON will keep you coming back for more.

The Pre-order for this album is now available!

Praise and new Videos for Docker'sGuild

While many reviewers continue to celebrate the release of “Docker’s Guild – The Heisenberg Diaries Book A; Sounds Of Future Past”, Douglas has been hard at work to put together a string of videos to give you a deeper insight in the making of the album.

Already available are part 1 and part 2, and more on their way. Read and see more here

Forest Field win Best Rock Album Award:

We are very proud to announce that Forest Field have won the 2015 One World Music Award for Best Rock Album with our Angels? release. Some stiff competition, also from Tragik – Come and Get It, who we can congratulate on winning third place.

The podcast with the award show is live on the show page and also features the album’s title track.

We want to thank Steve and Chrissie from OWMR and their team of hosts and judges, who made this all possible!

And to celebrate, for a limited time we have lowered the price of all the Forest Field albums (both digital and CD) and the Tragik album, in our webshop!

What is to come next in 2016?:

A couple of albums are progressing at the moment and we assume that the next Forest Field and Earthshine will see a release later this year. And a few surprises maybe, time will tell…

 

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“From Classic to Rock” Raises $50,000 for Public School Programs

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release

June 26, 2016

“From Classic to Rock” Raises $50,000 for Public School Programs

$50,000 Raised for public school programs by Award Winning Rock and Classical Musicians during the “From Classic to Rock” concert.

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 26, 2016) – From Classic to Rock and Select Strings Foundation are proud to present the Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) a donation in the amount of $50,000 as a result of the “From Classic to Rock” concert event benefiting public schools.

“From Classic to Rock” was an intimate concert that brought together platinum selling rock stars with world-renowned classical musicians. The special event consisted of a one-of-a-kind concert, auction, and an epic red carpet after-party! Musicians involved with the event contributed their time, energy and musical talents to support programming funded by PEF including school music, art, physical education, library and STEM programs, and much more! Private donations are still critical in maintaining music education in public schools across the country. For more information on the Peninsula Education Foundation go to: www.pvpef.org. Classic to Rock is Organized and Produced by: Marten Andersson, Yutong, Robert DeLeo, Stan Sharp, Chester Bennington.

Video produced by high-school student Dilan Mistry can be viewed below

https://youtu.be/B698ZuWvIys

CONCERT PERFORMERS:

Stone Temple Pilots

Chester Bennington from Linkin Park

Gary Wright (Multi platinum artist and writer of Dream Weaver and Love is Alive)

Yutong (Pacific Symphony, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)

Stan Sharp (Long Beach Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)

Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden and George Lynch)

Chas West (Bonham and Foreigner)

Monte Pittman (Madonna and Solo Artist)

Jane Lee (Accomplished songwriter/pianist)

Lauren Mayhew (Singer/Actress)

Extraordinary guest musicians:

Christopher Lennertz, Stephen Chesney, Joi Simpson, Benjamin Zelico, Trameka Richardson, Sean Bart and the Peninsula high school choir

WEBSITE: www.fromclassictorock.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: www.facebook.com/fromclassictorock and www.twitter.com/classictorock

 

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The NEW ALBUM from LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESS

 
 

The NEW ALBUM from LEVIN MINNEMANN RUDESSFrom the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess

This follow up to their highly successful, 2013 self-titled debut album features Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, the Aristocrats) & Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).

 
 

PRE-ORDER available now:  Standard CD, Digipak (CD+DVD) & Merchandise:

 
 

http://www.levinminnemannrudess.com/
&
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lmr

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Dare – Sacred Ground Review

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Whilst listening to this in the car, I came up with the thought that listening to this album was like spending a day hill walking with a best mate who had been overseas for a while. The hill walking bit, I guess, is all to do with the images the underlying Celtic theme conjures up. The central idea in the thought was that whilst out walking you fell back into easy conversation with your mate as you reminisced about days gone by. His stories of live, love and loss were told with such passion that you felt as if you had been there even for the events that happened when he was overseas.

 

I have been a big fan of Dare and whilst I enjoyed their last couple of albums, I, like many others, felt they were a little too mature i.e. polite and pedestrian. I have to admit that after listening to this album and writing this review, I went back and listened to a couple of songs from those albums and wondered why I had issues and wasn’t content to sit back and enjoy without nit-picking.

 

Whatever fears I had about this album disappeared quickly as even on the first listen I got caught up in it and was singing along  by the second chorus of “I’ll Hear You Pray’. Darren’s voice is as rich as ever and Vinny Burns does a good job in the guitar department. All the songs are pretty damned good, making selecting highlights pointless.  ‘Home’ sets the scene and “I’ll Hear You Pray’ really grabs your attention before the feel good ‘Strength’ has you hooked. ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ is an effective ballad.  Around the mid-point ‘Days Of Summer’ is a very catchy number. Bon Jovi or Dark Horse could have some fun churning out ‘On My Own’. The Celtic flavour gets turned up a notch on ‘Until’ and closer ‘Along The Heather’. When Darren sings ‘those were the best days of our lives’ on ‘All Our Brass Was Gold’ it signals that the last few longs are all taking a nostalgic view of days gone by. On ‘You Carried Me’ we are treated to a tale where ‘we have climbed every mountain and crossed every sea’ and on  ‘Like The First Time’ there is a ‘distant train where she longs to go’. The aforementioned ‘Along The Heather’ closes the album.

 

Dare are back on top form with a spring to their step. A cause for celebration!

New Sebastien Video

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
SEBASTIEN released a new official music video, featuring Ailyn Giménez from Norwegian main female-fronted metal act, SIRENIA. The song is called “Last Dance At Rosslyn Chapel” – taken from “Dark Chambers Of Déjà Vu” album, which was released worldwide via German record label, Pride and Joy Music, last year. The album was produced by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN).

 

 

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Rock Candy mix it up – Tempt – Runaway

 

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THOSE OF YOU who follow the world of Rock Candy would have noticed that we have never issued material from a new artist. Indeed, our speciality is primarily to shine a spotlight on reissues – records that we feel, in one way or another, were vastly overlooked at the time or are of such a high quality that they needed to be re-examined and brought back into focus, buffed-up and given a truly five star re-appraisal. Of course, like every label, we do get many hopefuls brandishing new music but, sad to say, the content is often not quite right for us. That we are pleased to report is not the case with New York based outfit Tempt. You may have seen them mentioned on various websites and in magazines over the last year – mainly praising a highly regarded self financed EP and a smattering of live shows. The EP showcased a young, but thoroughly contemporary, band playing a style of music that evoked memories of the great melodic hard rock bands of the past. It was a heart warming experience as the delivery, arrangements and attack suggested an allegiance to acts like Foofighters, Audioslave and Alterbridge, yet the musicianship and spirit bring to mind classic Van Halen, Aerosmith and Def Leppard. The band has gone on to craft a truly spellbinding debut album; one that confronts the listener with a blast of the present but suggests a comforting whiff of the past. Crucially, all the elements are in place, from great vocals (courtesy of Zach Allen), incredible guitar playing (by Harrison Marcello ) and brilliantly crafted songs with enough twists and turns to not only satisfy the musically inclined but also to appeal to folk who just wanna rock.

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CONQUEST TREATS FANS TO FREE SONG DOWNLOAD

(15 June 2016 – St. Louis, MO) Missouri metal titans Conquest have decided to make a track from their current Under the Influence album available for a free download until this coming Monday, 20 June.Conquest’s cover of “Children of the Grave” can be downloaded here.

 

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