Archive for November 27th, 2012

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Nov
12

RE-MACHINED/JON LORD CONCERTO/GARY MOORE’S HENDRIX TRIBUTE-“THIS IS HOW YOU PLAY IT”-X-MAS FOR THE ROCK FANS-REVIEW BY JOHN EMMS

Finally musicians who actually play.

This is what it’s all about. Forget lip-syncing and backing tracks up the gazoo.

Re-Machined has never left my vehicle since I recieved it. It’s the 40th year anniversary of Deep Purple’s Machine Head and this cover to cover smokes on the water if u don’t mind the pun. 

I think I re-bought MH 4 times now including the vinyl.

Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Barnes and Arlan Schierbaum simply own Lazy. Schierbaum’s distorted organ intro would make Jon Lord smile while  Barnes rips his lungs out and Bonamassa is fluid, original and of course fiery on his extended solos.

Glenn Hughes puts a nice vocal spin on Maybe I’m a Leo which also features a superb guitar solo by Luis Maldonado and the heavy sticks of Chad Smith. The Flaming Lips version of Smoke On the Water is brutal, but the Kings of  Chaos featuring Joe Elliot and the mighty Steve Stevens who rips an inventive solo stays true to the original.

 Iron Maiden’s Space Truckin’ is almost straight up while Metallica’s When a Blind Man Cries is quite different and totally engaging.  Purchase it for your X-mas List.

Is there anything better than hearing Billy Cox, the  late Gary Moore, and the late Mitch Mitchell perform Red House, Hey Joe, and Stone Free. No way, If that was enough check out Moore and his band rip Foxey Lady and Manic Depression.

Intelligent, surprising and above all sounding amazing Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra is not a rock album.

What it does represent is an extremely accomplished work broken into 3 seperate movements of 16, 19 and 10 minutes and featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with guests like Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa and Bruce Dickinson to name but three.  Lord’s organ work and the conducting of the orchestra by Paul Mann is often stunning in it’s scope  

JOHN EMMS  is veteran music journalist and radio host http://emms.podbean.com/ john is also a songwriter/guitarist with THE SHAFTMEN www.theshaftmen.com

27
Nov
12

SERENA RYDER-HARMONY-“ENOUGH RADIO READY SONGS FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS” REVIEW BY JOHN EMMS

 

Serena Ryder’s new album Harmony has enough singles and radio ready sincere pop songs to bring her an international audience.

This new album is a monster!

The album may catch her alt/roots fans by surprise with it’s programmed drums and catchy pop mix from Joe Zook (Katy Perry) but it works because Ryder sings with substance and conviction.

On the opening What I Wouldn’t Do the “Woah Oh” vocal hook mid way through will bowl you over.

Fall, the next song sounds like the best song Adele has yet to release and I swear the song For You sounds as good as Shirley Bassey did at her sixties “Goldfinger” peak

Elsewhere Call Me has a gorgeous vocal against a nice acoustic guitar that sounds like a it could have been written by Stevie Nicks circa 1977.  Yup, it’s another big track folks.

It does not stop. The piano ballad Please Baby Please shows incredible depth and could bring you to tears.

 If that was not enough this record lyrically is very strong revealing all sides of Ryder’s

personality and outlook in this crazy world. 

Producers Jerrod Bettis and Jon Levine really work hard at making this album perfect but still retain the sincerity of Ryder’s killer vocal work.   

It’s a commerical sounding disc no doubt, and as  long as we don’t see Ryder out there with multiple backing tracks and no band this album will go down good live.

Elsewhere Stompa has guitar hook that rivals Jack White while Ryder nails the vocal to the floor. Not to be outdone Heavy Love  absolutely implodes with vitality.

If  both of these tracks don’t go to the top of the US Billboard charts something is seriously wrong.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist. John also hosts his own roots, rock, and blues radio show here http://emms.podbean.com/ and has a blast fronting original blues with THE SHAFTMEN www.theshaftmen.com




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