999: The Albums 1977-80

A 59 track 4 CD clamshell box set gathering together all of Punk legends 999’s releases between 1977-80. Each disc comes in a card wallet featuring a replica of the original LP artwork whilst the 20-page booklet contains detailed liner notes, lots of clippings, memorabilia and record sleeves from the era.

Disc one features the debut 999 album which hit No.53 in the UK National Chart and includes the singles “Me And My Desire,” and the classic “Emergency.” Both singles and both songs that have hooks and sound amazing still. Not as much of a buzzsaw band like other contemporaries of the time, but a talented and hook-filled debut that gets the pulse going still. Disc two has the Separates album from 1978 which featured the anthemic “Homicide” (a UK No.40 hit single) and the band’s ode to their following, “Feelin’ Alright With The Crew.” “Homicide” was the first song of theirs that I heard and it’s still one of my favourite punk songs of all-time. The rest of the album is no slouch either. I owned the Canadian version of this album which had a different playing order, cover, some different tracks and was called High Energy Plan. As an added bonus this album includes the single “Waiting” with the b-side “Action.” Disc three is The Biggest Prize In Sport and it features the “Trouble” 45. This album is one that a friend got me for a birthday present and locked in my love for this band, With a more rock-oriented sound, they were moving away from the tried and true punk sound, but still had the attitude, plus more hooks. The last disc is the rarities album which is a 22-track round-up of non-LP singles and rare, compilation-only, cuts. It includes the Punk classic “Nasty! Nasty!,” the 7” versions of singles such as “I’m Alive” and “No Pity” plus the live mini-LP The Biggest Tour In Sport from their mega coast-to-coast trek across America. This is a great disc of songs that I had heard but never could find back in Canada.

Add in the great info in the booklet, the better sound on this collection and all the music, this is the collection to get! Also, if you have the chance, go see them live some 40 odd years after forming and still featuring three-quarters of their original line up.

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Ferentz and The Felons: Hudson County EP

Ferentz and the Felons is a contemporary rock band based out of Hudson County, NJ. Their music has a hint of folk, a touch of blues, and rock.

The EP has two songs on it, the title track and “Ash Moon,” and gives the listener a nice overview of what they are capable of. “Ash Moon” is a peppy track that gets your heart racing and really sticks with you with its driving beat and excellent playing. I can’t get enough of the track and loved it from first listen. The title track is a mellow song with heartfelt lyrics and a yearning vocal performance that pulls at your soul. The band shows its skills with the emotion and tension in the song and it just kills.

Two tracks, only two, but damn…what tracks! This is a band to watch and a band that will garner fans when they hear these songs.

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TOMORROW’S EVE: Mirror of Creation III – Project Karros

This band from Saarbrucken, Germany has put together their brand new fifth album and third part in their Mirror of Creation series of records. This prog band has elements of classic ‘80s bands mixed with more modern sounds and it works out well.

The album has soaring vocals throughout that just bring back the ‘80s and bands that really had vocalists who put their all into melody and really let loose. The band is tight with ripping guitar playing, flowing bass and bombastic drumming that gives such power to these songs. The production is great, with a crisp sound that gives the listener a chance to hear the emotion behind the incredible playing. Maybe not as prog rock sounding as what most people think, ambling songs, lilting, pretentious music, this has experimentation in sounds and hard and heavy mixed into the songs in such a way that if you like hard music, you will be able to get into this. Not one spoiled song, nothing out of place, everything played with conviction and energy, just what I wanted from them and they delivered in spades.

With so much going for them, it’s a no-brainer, you need to get this album, play it loud, this isn’t any quiet fest kiddos, and this is a killer. I hope that they don’t take too long in following this up and that they just keep on going with the same force as on this one. As they say on the killer opening track, “Welcome To The Show.”

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ARMONITE: And The Stars Above

 

This band from Pavia, Italy has been around since 2015 and has put together their new album of instrumental prog rock. Basically, a duo, Jacopo Bigi (acoustic and electric violin), and Paolo Fosso (piano and keyboards) have added a bunch of people to this album to give it the sound that they were striving for. The album also includes Colin Edwin (bass), Giacomo Lampugnani (double bass), Corrado Bertonazzi (drums), Maria Chiara Montagnari (voice), Diletta Fosso (child’s voice), Marcello Rosa (cello), Quartetto Indaco (string quartet): Eleonora Matsuno (violin), Jamiang Santi (violin), Francesca Turcato (viola), and Cosimo Carovani (cello), and finally Jacopo Bigi also plays viola, and ukulele on “By the Waters of Babylon,” whistles on “Freaks” and plays both violins and viola on “A Playful Day.” Whew!

As you can see, what a group of people on here, and not totally instrumental, but vocals used very carefully and sparingly on the album. Starting off with violin and sweet vocals, the album gets going to a great effect with added piano and then the band kicks in and get things going in a rock-oriented vein that is catchy and thrilling. The instrumentation on this album is just unbelievable, with so much going on and in such different ways that the blend is simply intoxicating and will give you goosebumps. The album has a beautiful flow to it, going from one song to the next and carrying you on a journey that you never want to end. The production is perfect, giving the sounds the space that they need to be heard and having fullness to the mix.

This band is unique and will have you wanting more and more from them as you listen to the haunting sounds they produce. This is something special that you won’t find in any other band, they have hit the jackpot on this one.

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SAM LEVIN: First World Problems

Sam Levin just released his new single, “First World Problems” from his upcoming full-length album, I Am. When he was five years old, Levin began playing the guitar, a Fender Mini Strat, and at age 12, he dropped his debut EP, I’m In Here. His music style is a mixture of Indie, acoustic, and a little rock.

Sounding both retro ‘90s and modern at the same time, he infuses a slick sound with fun, relate-able lyrics that make for a track that stands up to repeated listens. The song is super catchy and will get you singing along after the first listen.

If this is any indication of the songs on his upcoming album, then we have a killer set to listen to and play over and over. His talent is well beyond his years and that’s an awesome thing to hear.

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THE GREEN DOOR: Wolf In The Fold

Formed in San Francisco in 2008, the band is composed of Mike Carnahan on lead vocals and guitar, Reese Abell on bass, guitarist Evan Wardell, drummer Vanessa Wolter, as well as Devin Triplett on keys. They mix up spaghetti western and psychedelic music to create their own Western Psychedelic on this new EP.

Sounding like a combination of Jefferson Airplane and Ennio Morricone on these six songs actually works really well and makes for a fun and interesting listen, one that you can go back to again and again. The riff-heavy “Wolf In The Fold” is a great opener that grabs your attention with its mix of styles and a thick sound. The acid alt-country of “Back to Houston” lays on the dirty playing and is a gritty song that has some “twang” in the guitar playing that really gives it that country feel. “You Won’t Hear That Anymore” comes closest to being a straight psychedelic track compared to the others. “Rivers” starts off with vocals that I can’t understand, almost native sounding and then goes quiet for a few seconds and then the band kicks things into gear with a twangy and peppy song that perfectly ends things off on this great EP.

A mix of styles that I never thought would work well together has just blown my expectations away and given me something thrilling to listen to, an original and unique band that will make your ears happy and make you look forward to their next release.

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ANDREW REED: If All The World Were Right

The new album from Andrew Reed has thirteen tracks and is a blend of rock, Americana, and new classic rock. Musicians contributing to the album include: Trevor Walker and Rob Geisler on bass; Aaron Price on keyboards and piano; Courtney Hodges on backing vocals; Paul Babelay on percussion; Alex Bradley on trumpet; Joseph Dowdy on saxophone; Kyle Snuffer on trombone; Kara Poorbaugh on viola; Franklin Keel on cello; and Andrew Reed on guitars.

“Sailed Away” is a pleasant mellow track that reminds me of some of the acoustic British bands in the mid-‘80s with the gentle sounds and swaying beat of the music. The song has a lovely quality that makes you fall in love with it. “Cure My Mind” is another great song that has beautiful guitar playing and the organ is fantastic in the song, giving it so much depth. The band is tight, has emotion and plays so well that you will just want to listen to the songs over and over again. The album has that mid-‘80s British vibe that I miss and they really took me for a loop because I was not expecting that at all. “Life In The City,” “If All the World Were Right,” and “Open Road,” were a few more songs that really grabbed me. “Sailed Away (Reprise)” is a little different than the previous version, but still holds up as a fantastic song. It’s a little slower, more dramatic, and just fantastic. The album ends with “All the World is Right (Poem)” which is really a poem being recited with piano and strings accompanying, and it totally works as a great close to an album that just kept on giving the listener great songs.

The album doesn’t exceed expectations, it completely blew them away and made for an experience that you will want to bring back to your ears as soon as you can. This shows that you can have heartfelt, expressive songs and not bore the listener, you astound them.

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