Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CD Review: The Lizards Return With "Reptilicus Maximus" And Carmine Appice Helps Dean Parrish Rediscover His "Norhern Soul"

Classic rock supergroup The Lizards recently released their seventh studio album entitled "Reptilicus Maximus" through Carmine Appice's record label, Rocker Records. The mainstay of the group consists of drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/Black Sabbath), vocalist/keyboardist Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan), bassist Randy Pratt (Cactus) and guitarist Patrick Klein, who recorded and mixed the new album. A few guests also appear on the new album, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO).
The new eleven-song release begins the classic seventies hard rock groove of "Ton On The One," which features the guitar work of The Lizards touring buddy, David Lanik. The bluesy guitar shuffle of "Evil Eyes" is led by guest Frank Marino, while DiMeo's vocals continue to feel strong and authentic. Guitarist Vinnie Moore shreds his way through the nearly six-minute "Crash," before The Lizards slither their way through "Crawling King Snake" as Rondinelli's drums and DiMeo's vocals take charge of the song. The Lizards invoke some of their past with the epic delivery of "Pray For Peace," before closing the album with a another guest, Glenn Hughes on vocals along with DiMeo on the Hughes penned "Miracle Man" that has a slow, simmering feel just waiting for the right moment to bring their energy to the chorus. To find out more about The Lizards and their latest release "Reptilicus Maximus," please visit lizardswebsite.com.
Also arriving on Carmine Appice's Rockers Records label is the latest EP entitled "Northern Soul - I'm On My Way" from the legendary Dean Parrish featuring Carmine Appice on drums. Parrish has worked alongside everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley to The Ronettes and has become an iconic figure in the Northern Soul scene that was happening in England around the mid- to late-sixties. Parrish's song "I'm On My Way" became a hit in 1975 (eight years after it's initial release) due to the popularity of the song being played at the Wigan Casino (a nightclub in England).
Fast forward to the year 2000 and Appice and Parrish met up in a studio to record some new versions of Parrish's song along with R&B standards for a new album. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of "I'm On My Way" becoming a hit single, the new digital only release features three new versions of the hit song along with the R&B/funk groove of "Love's Whatcha Cooking," which features the great classic sound of Parrish's soul-style vocals. Their version of "Fever" is like a flashback to the classic soul of the sixties as this is a modern match made in heaven for Parrish and Appice. To find out more about their new release "Northern Soul - I'm On My Way," please visit glassonyonpr.com.

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