Saturday, January 20, 2018

Operation: Mindcrime
























Artist:  Operation:  Mindcrime
Origin:  USA
Genre:  Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock

Original line-up:

Geoff Tate:  Lead Vocals
Kelly Gray:  Guitar
Randy Gane:  Keyboards
John Moyer:  Bass
Scott Moughton:  Guitar
Simon Wright:  Drums
Brian Tichy:  Drums

Operation:  Mindcrime is an American Progressive Metal Band formed in 2014 by Geoff Tate (Vocals Ex Queensryche), John Moyer (Bass Ex Disturbed), Simon Wright (Drums Ex AC/DC, Ronnie James Dio), Kelly Gray (Guitar Ex Queensryche), Scott Moughton (Guitar), Randy Gane (Keyboards Ex Queensryche), and Brian Tichy (Drums Ex Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne).














Title:  A New Reality  (2017)
Genre:  Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock, Hard Rock
Label:  Frontiers Music
Rating:   ****

Tracks:

 1.  A Head Long Jump  (4:52)
 2.  Wake Me Up  (4:49)
 3.  It Was Always You!  (6:31)
 4.  The Fear  (6:54)
 5.  Under Control  (3:55)
 6.  The New Reality  (7:32)
 7.  My Eyes  (4:20)
 8.  A Guitar In Church?  (3:41)
 9.  All For What?  (6:23)
10. The Wave  (4:42)
11. Tidal Change  (1:15)
12. The Same Old Story  (3:40)

Personnel:

Geoff Tate:  Lead Vocals
Kelly Gray:  Guitar, Bass
Randy Gane:  Keyboards
John Moyer:  Bass
Scott Moughton:  Guitar, Keyboards
Simon Wright:  Drums
Brian Tichy:  Drums
Scott Mercado:  Drums
Mike Ferguson:  Drums

A New Reality is the third studio album by Operation:  Mindcrime, released on December 1, 2017 by Frontiers Music, in a concept album trilogy on virtual currencies, internet banking and stock trading.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson






































Artist:  Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson
Origin:  USA
Genre:  Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Pop, Soul Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz, Vocal Jazz

Original line-up:

Ramsey Lewis:  Piano, Keyboards
Nancy Wilson:  Vocals

Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson are an American Jazz Duo, comprised of Ramsey Lewis (Piano, Keyboards) and Nancy Wilson (Vocals).















Title:  Two Of Us  (2017)
Genre:  Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz Pop, Soul Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label:  Sony Music Entertainment
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  Ram  (5:15)
 2.  Midnight Rendezvous  (3:53)
 3.  Breaker Beat  (4:17)
 4.  Slippin' Away  (4:45)
 5.  The Two Of Us  (4:33)
 6.  Quiet Storm  (4:14)
 7.  Never Wanna Say Goodnight  (3:15)
 8.  Closer Than Close  (4:57)
 9.  Song Without Words (Remembering)  (5:05)

Personnel:

Ramsey Lewis:  Steinway Concert Grand
Nancy Wilson:  Lead Vocals on Tracks:  2, 7, Vocals on Track  4
Daryl Coley:   Vocals  on Tracks:  5,  Lead Vocals on Track 8
Robert Brookins:  Synthesizers on Tracks:  1, 3, 6
Paul Jackson:  Guitar on Tracks:  1-8
Celia Kitengeth:  Narration on Track 1
John Robinson:  Drums on Tracks:  2, 4
Ricky Lawson:  Drums on Tracks: 7, 8
Freddie Washington:  Bass on Tracks:  2, 4, 7
Don Freeman:  Keyboards on Tracks:  2, 4, 5, 7, 8
Rory Kaplan:  Synthesizer on Tracks:  7, 8
Stanley Clarke:  Bass on Track  2, Sitar on Track 5
Vassal Benford:  Piano on Tracks:  5, 8
Lynn Davis:  Background Vocals on Tracks:  2, 4, 7, 8
Josie James:  Background Vocals on Track  4
Marcy Levy:  Background Vocals on Tracks: 7, 8
Freida Woody:  Background Vocals on Tracks:  7, 8

Two Of Us is the reissued and remastered album by Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson, produced by Stanley Clarke, originally released in 1984 by Columbia Records, remastered and reissued on November 29, 2017 by Sony Music Entertainment.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Uli Jon Roth

Artist:  Uli Jon Roth
Born:  December 18, 1954.  Dusseldorf, West Germany
Genre:  Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Neo-Classical Metal, Progressive Rock
Instruments:  Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Uli Jon Roth is a German Guitarist, former Scorpions Lead Guitarist and he is one of the earliest contributors to the Neo-Classical Metal Genre.  He is also the founder of Sky Academy and inventor of the Sky Guitar.















Title:  Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan (Deluxe Edition Box Set, 2 CD + DVD Blu-Ray) (2016)
Genre:  Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Neo-Classical Metal, Progressive Rock
Label:  UDR
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

Disc 1:  CD:  Live In Tokyo 2015:

 1.  All Night Long  (4:49)
 2.  Longing For Fire  (3:23)
 3.  Crying Days  (5:43)
 4.  The Sails Of Charon  (10:07)
 5.  Sun In My Hand  (5:10)
 6.  Virgin Killer  (4:40)
 7.  Kojo No Tsuki  (5:22)
 8.  We'll Burn The Sky  (8:54)
 9.  In Trance  (7:51)
10. Tokyo Dream Prelude  (8:37)
11. Fly To The Rainbow  (10:56)

Disc 2:  CD:  Live In Tokyo 2015:

 1.  Top Of The Bill  (4:38)
 2.  I've Got To Be Free  (11:45)
 3.  Polar Nights  (10:09)
 4.  Dark Lady  (15:11)
 5.  Pictured Life  (3:05)
 6.  Catch Your Train  (4:41)
 7.  All Along The Watchtower  (7:56)
 8.  Little Wing  (8:24)

Disc:  DVD Blu-Ray:  Live In Tokyo 2015:

 1.  All Night Long  (4:49)
 2.  Longing For Fire  (3:23)
 3.  Crying Days  (5:43)
 4.  The Sails Of Charon  (10:07)
 5.  Sun In My Hand  (5:10)
 6.  Virgin Killer  (4:40)
 7.  Kojo No Tsuki  (5:22)
 8.  We'll Burn The Sky  (8:54)
 9.  In Trance  (7:51)
10. Tokyo Dream Prelude  (8:37)
11. Fly To The Rainbow  (10:56)
12. Top Of The Bill  (4:38)
13. I've Got To Be Free  (11:45)
14. Polar Nights  (10:09)
15. Dark Lady  (15:11)
16. Pictured Life  (3:05)
17. Catch Your Train  (4:41)
18. All Along The Watchtower  (7:56)
19. Little Wing  (8:24)

Personnel:

Uli Jon Roth:  Guitar, Vocals
Nathan James:  Vocals
Niklas Turmann:  Guitar, Vocals
David Klosinski:  Guitar
Ule W. Ritgen:  Bass
Corvin Bahn:  Keyboards
Jamie Little:   Drums

Tokyo Tapes Revisited - Live In Japan is the live album by Uli Jon Roth, was released in 2016 by UDR.  Deluxe Edition Box Set with 2 CD and DVD Blu-Ray, recorded live at Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo on February 20, 2015.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Herbie Hancock/Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine/Ron Carter/Jack DeJohnette/Eric Gale






































Artist:  Herbie Hancock/Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine/Ron Carter/Jack DeJohnette/Eric Gale  
Origin:  USA
Genre:  Jazz, Jazz Funk

Original line-up:

Herbie Hancock:  Piano
Freddie Hubbard:  Trumpet
Stanley Turrentine:  Saxophone
Ron Carter:  Bass
Jack DeJohnette:  Drums
Eric Gale:  Guitar

Herbie Hancock/Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine/Ron Carter/Jack DeJohnette/Eric Gale are an American Jazz Supergroup, consisted of Herbie Hancock (Piano), Freddie Hubbard (Trumpet), Stanley Turrentine (Saxophone), Ron Carter (Bass),
Jack Dejohnette (Drums) and Eric Gale (Guitar).














Title:  In Concert, Vol. Two  (2017)
Genre:  Jazz, Jazz Funk
Label:  King Record
Rating:  *****

Tracks:

 1.  Hornets (Chicago)  (9:31)
 2.  Interlude  (1:26)
 3.  Hornets (Detroit)  (9:47)
 4.  Gibraltar  (21:09)

Personnel:

Herbie Hancock:  Piano
Freddie Hubbard:  Trumpet
Stanley Turrentine:  Saxophone
Ron Carter:  Bass
Jack DeJohnette:  Drums
Eric Gale:  Guitar

In Concert, Vol. Two is the live by Herbie Hancock/Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine/Ron Carter/Jack DeJohnette/Eric Gale, originally released in 1974 by King Record, remastered and reissued on December 6, 2017 by King Record.  This is the special collection for Jazz Collectors.

Eminem

Artist:  Eminem
Birth Name:  Marshall Bruce Mathers III
Born:  October 17, 1972.  St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Genre:  Rap, Hardcore Rap, Hip Hop
Occupation:  Rapper, Record Producer, Songwriter, Actor
Instruments:  Vocals, Keyboards, Drums, Sampler

Eminem is an American Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer and Actor.  He is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the USA and he has had 10 No. 1 Albums on the Billboard 200 and 5 No. 1 Singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with US sales of 47.4 million albums.  He has sold more than 245 million albums, making him one of the world's best-selling artists.  Rolling Stone Magazine ranked h8m 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time, calling him the King Of Hip Hop.














Title:  Revival  (2017)
Genre:  Rap, Hardcore Rap, Hip Hop
Label:  Aftermath, Shady, Interscope
Rating:   *****

Tracks:

 1.  Walk On Water (feat. Beyonce)  (5:04)
 2.  Believe  (5:15)
 3.  Chloraseptic (feat. Phresher)  (5:01)
 4.  Untouchable  (6:10)
 5.  River (feat. Ed Sheeran)  (3:41)
 6.  Remind Me (Intro)  (0:26)
 7.  Remind Me  (3:45)
 8.  Revival (Interlude)  (0:52)
 9.  Like Home (feat. Alicia Keys)  (4:05)
10. Bad Husband (feat. X Ambassadors)  (4:48)
11. Tragic Endings (feat. Skylar Grey)  (4:12)
12. Framed  (4:13)
13. Nowhere East (feat. Kehlani)  (4:24)
14. Heat  (4:10)
15. Offended  (5:21)
16. Need Me (feat. Pink)  (4:25)
17. In Your Head  (3:03)
18. Castle  (4:15)
19. Arose  (4:35)

Personnel:

Eminem:  Primary Artist
Beyonce:  on Track 1
Phresher:  on Track 3
Ed Sheeran:  on Track 5
Alicia Keys:  on Track 9
X Ambassadors:  on Track 10
Skylar Grey:  on Track 11
Kehlani:  on Track 13
Pink:  on Track 16

Revival is the ninth studio album by Eminem, released on December 15, 2017 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, Interscope Records, features guest appearances artists:  Beyonce, Phresher, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey, Kehlani, and Pink.  The album's lead single, "Walk On Water".  The album reached No. 1 on US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard) Chart/US Billboard 200 Chart/UK Albums Chart/Swiss Albums Chart/Norwegian Albums Chart/Finnish Albums Chart/Canadian Albums Chart/ Australian Albums Chart.