HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN!!!




Hello Folks, just for your information i will go to the sun this year from the 23rd of this month until around the 15th of october. I got the confirmation today. Hurray :-). hope we will meet here again after my holidays.

Frank

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Richard X Heyman - Basic Glee (2002) & Rightovers (2003) mp3



Basic Glee was recorded at Tabby Road Studio, the living room of Richard X. Heyman and his wife, Nancy Leigh. The insert photo of the artist amidst his electronics, guitar, keyboards, and cat on a chair is real "underground rock" imagery. The liners state that the basics to more than double the songs on Basic Glee's 14 tracks were "cranked out at a 24-track studio over one blistering weekend...."
Heyman gives the world more of his over the top power pop on this outing, taking the majesty of a Flamin' Groovies "You Tore Me Down"-type tune and mixing it up with Roger McGuinn guitar chimes à la "Chestnut Mare," all intensified like a Beatles single sped up by George Martin -- with Heyman appearing to do it in real time. All the songs are pretty much in the three-and-a-half- to four-minute range, with only a couple straying from the formula. "Everywhere She Goes" opens up with Beach Boy vocals and Pete Townshend windmill guitar strums while "Pauline" borrows heavily from the vibe of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding." Like Emitt Rhodes projects outside of the Merry-Go-Round and McCartney's first solo album, when artists shoulder projects of this complexity on their own, the projects are stamped indelibly and have few flavors from outside the artists' spheres.
For power pop, that's not necessarily a bad thing -- it's sometimes too much of a good thing. There's lots of frosting on "One Way Feeling" and "Let It Go," as well as lots of energy. Could Eric Carmen sustain this intensity releasing 14 tracks along the lines of "Hey, Deanie"? One suspects not, and it is a lot to absorb in one sitting. The upside is that any of these tunes could brighten up any radio show, so picking a single is extra difficult. There are hooks galore, and jangly guitars and vocals that really care. "When Evening Comes" might be a ballad, less heavy than much of the disc, but the tempo is up there with the rockers.
If you're sold on "Diminishing Her Return" and "Broken Umbrella," you're going to like "What in the World" with its irresistible chorus. That's not to say Basic Glee plays like a Ramones record; Heyman is much too clever to beat one riff into the ground. It's power pop heaven, especially on a slowed-up "Wishful Thinking." Heyman may want to consider teaming up with Joey Molland from Badfinger; they are both on the same wavelength with two albums that resonate with shimmering guitars and vocals: this CD and Molland's This Way Up. "Waterline" is deliciously elegant and would make a wonderful single backed with "What in the World." "My Lorraine Bow" is also nice with waves of guitars and pretty melodies, all adding up to another impressive effort from Richard X. Heyman.

Richard X. Heyman is an outstanding musician and in the pop/power pop field he enjoys an excellent reputation. And he earned that for every note he had ever played.
I put these two albums together because : "Rightovers" is, basically, "Basic Glee Part II". All right Mr Heyman!
Don't miss it. Grab it
Cheers
           Frank    Basic Glee
                                           Rightovers

Wyatt Funderburk - Novel And Profane (2013) Flac

Wyatt Funderburk is a Nashville musician, songwriter and producer. He’s been behind some of the best power pop of the past few years, producing and mixing for The Wellingtons, The Connection and Kurt Baker most recently. He’s also worked with Bowling For Soup, Linus of Hollywood and Silver Sun. But now Wyatt is on the other side of of the mixing booth crafting his first big solo album.
It’s pretty clear Wyatt has a knack for catchy hook-filled melodies and solid musicianship. Starting with the phrase “How was Your Summer?” we go on a melodic thrill ride with the song “Summer.” Next, “You Know What To Do” is a plea to girl to leave an abusive relationship, a mid-tempo slice of genius that recalls Roger Manning Jr. Each song is done with relatively restrained instrumentation and production, so the songwriting can stand out. Similar to Mike Viola or Adam Schlesinger, Wyatt twists those minor chords in each track, along with a ray of hope in each lyric. The lovely country beat and steel lap on “Feeling Good Tonight” is a welcome shift in tone, the epic “Nights Like This” gets to the heart of the album’s theme, and “Love Will Lead the Way” charms with its Tom Pettyesque rhythm and simple message.
Although I felt “Try To Be” really deserved a lush multi-layered treatment, each track is a gem and it easily gets a nod for my top ten of 2013 list. (powerpopaholic)

The album was released in 2013. As far i know only as digital download.
Wyatt Funderburk is a really great songwriter and musician in pop, power pop style. But i must admit i just know the efforts with Second Saturday (both albums are top notch power pop) and this marvelous album. I highly recommend this guy. Grab it if you like it. I purchased the album at Bandcamp (pay what  you want) and found the artwork all over the internet. If you like what you hear please support the artist and purchase his music. His works are really worth the money.
Have fun
               SB1  Flac
                                Limited till 2017/03/14

The Beau Brummels - Introducing (1965) & 12 Bonus Tracks (1998 Repertoire) Flac

A much stronger debut than the norm for the era. Ten of the 12 cuts are Ron Elliott originals, including the hits "Laugh Laugh," "Still in Love with You Baby," and "Just a Little." The hard-rocking numbers are the weakest, but "Stick Like Glue" and "I Would Be Happy" are fine Beatlesque numbers, and "They'll Make You Cry" is a first-rate moody folk-rocker. The CD reissue adds two bonus tracks, a demo of "Just a Little" and the single "Good Time Music." (allmusic.com)

This in example is the contrary to an album like the later released 'Triangle' . Both very nice in her own ways. This is the far more commercial work. As in the review noted the most songs are written here by Ron Elliott. I will later post his solo album from 1970.
Have fun
              Frank   New Flac link

The Beau Brummels - Triangle 1967 (1993) Flac


The jewel in the Beau Brummels' crown, Triangle was an unexpected departure from the band's earlier hit-making formula -- and demonstrated Ron Elliott's growing maturation as a songwriter. All the band's signature styles (folk, country swing, and Brit-pop) are still heard in the mix, but the tunes here assume an added aura of mysticism. Buried commercially by the likes of Sgt. Pepper, Triangle shared its premise of songs loosely united by a common theme -- in this case, a ruminative dream cycle (though to call Triangle a concept album might be overstating the case). The exquisite "Magic Hollow," graced by Van Dyke Parks' delicate harpsichord, was surely the LP's highlight. Plucked as a single, it barely dented the charts, yet remains one of the most beautiful tunes in the entire Brummels canon. The album's first five songs -- "Are You Happy," "Only Dreaming Now," "Painter of Women," "Keeper of Time," and "It Won't Get Better" -- form a surprisingly coherent and cohesive whole despite marked differences. "Dreaming"'s accordion transports the listener to Paris' Montmartre, while "Painter" suggests the shifting sands of the Middle East. Elliott's lyric imagery in these tunes and a third track -- "The Wolf of Velvet Fortune" -- is particularly striking, and Sal Valentino's richly expressive voice elevates all three to sublime heights. Too long ignored by rock cognoscenti, Triangle is (all hyperbole aside) a fine album which deserves to be heard by a wider audience. In late 2002 Collector's Choice increased the odds of this occuring by reissuing the album on CD.(allmusic.com)

To me it seems - and what i like - the Brummels always gone their own way and did the things they wanted to do. From the view of today they don't look like a very commercial straightened band. However i hope you will enjoy
Cheers
           Frank   Flac