Saturday, June 29, 2013

CD Review: Train Revisits "California 37" Album With The "Mermaids Of Alcatraz"

San Francisco based band Train are riding a wave of success that is almost unheard of in today’s music world. Their 2009 album, “Save Me, San Francisco” has sold over a million copies and spawned five singles that made the Billboard US singles chart, including the Top 5 hit “Hey, Soul Sister.” To promote their 2010 tour, the band re-released the “Save Me, San Francisco” album and added seven bonus songs and called it the “Golden Gate Edition.”

Last year Train released their latest album, “California 37” where it debuted at #4 on the Billboard Album chart, their highest charting album to date. This album has also spawned five charting singles and has steadily stayed on the charts because of the band’s constant touring. Now once again Train are re-releasing the album, adding six bonus songs to promote their biggest tour to date.

The new album, “California 37: The Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour Edition” was released on June 25 and adds 3 additional studio tracks and 3 live versions of songs from the album. The new studio songs include a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and two other song s (“Futon” and “To Be Loved”) that were recorded during the sessions for the “California 37” album, but were left off the original release. The song “To Be Loved” does not sound like it fits in with the original album, but has a more classic Train sound that helped them find success early on in their career, while, “Futon” fits the roll of Train’s current  fun-loving songs with its playful lyrics. The other three bonus songs are live versions of “Drive By,” “This’ll Be My Year” and “When The Fog Rolls In” recorded in San Francisco during their 2012 tour.

Train has also released a new mobile game for all Android and iOS devices called “50 Ways To Survive.” The game plays off the lyrics to their hit single “50 Ways To Say Goodbye” as you try and survive the different situations presented in the original song's lyrics. The game is available now to download for free and all proceeds raised from sponsorship from the game goes toward Family House, Train’s San Francisco based charity.

Train will begin their summer tour on July 11 at Virginia Beach and will slowly making their way to the west coast. For a complete list of tour dates and for more information on the band’s new release and mobile game, please visit

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thanks for share........