Friday, November 13, 2015

CD Review: New Live Albums From John Wetton, Johnny Thunders, Aqua Nebula and Marcus Singletary

The universally talented John Wetton is releasing his second live album this year entitled "Live Via Satellite," which will only be available through his website. This latest release finds Wetton performing his songs in an acoustic setting and explaining the meaning behind them. This two-disc set captures a couple of sessions which were originally broadcasted on XM radio in 1998 (Stockholm, Sweden) and 2001 (Washington, D.C.). The first disc begins with the well-known Asia hit single "Heat Of The Moment," which actually plays perfectly in this setting. Wetton get intellectual with the King Crimson originals "Book Of Saturday" and "Easy Money" that make you examine the lyrics further in this acoustic setting. He excels during the amazingly touching "Emma" and "Hold Me Now," before finishing with a couple of Crimson classics "The Night Watch" and "Starless." The second disc begins with overwhelming instrumental introduction of "The Circle Of St. Giles," which leads into the gentle delivery of "Heat Of The Moment." Wetton keeps the setlists similar, but mixes up the order of the songs with "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" and "30 Years" moved up higher in the set. One of the songs that only appears on the second disc is the well-known Asia hit single "Sole Survivor." The disc is highlighted by the beautiful "Rendezvous 6:02" and Wetton's rendition of the traditional folk song "The Water Is Wide." The disc closes with "Battle Lines" from Wetton's 1994 album "Voice Mail" and the 92-second instrumental "The Celtic Cross." To find out more about John Wetton and his latest release "Live Via Satellite," please visit his website at
American punk rock musician Johnny Thunders rose to fame as a member of the iconic hard rock band the New York Dolls. After leaving the band in 1977, Johnny Thunders continued as a solo artist, along with his backing band The Heartbreakers. They recorded shows from their first tour together and until now these shows have sat in a vault, ready to be rediscovered. On October 16th, Cleopatra Records released "L.A.M.F. Live At The Village Gate 1977." A blast of thirteen energetic songs that flow through like a blur as Johnny and the Heartbreakers played with a recklessness that attracts you to the song's simple appeal. He begins with a tribute to The Ramones with his performance of "Chinese Rock," before settling down into a string of originals including "Pirate Love" and "Let Go." Thunders seems to be enjoying this new sense of freedom of being a solo artist. His music should definitely be in the same conversation as The Ramones and the Sex Pistols when talking about inspirational punk bands. His delivery of "Chatterbox" is pure New York style, while his cover of "Boppin' The Blues" is rockabilly gold. The disc closes with his version of "Do You Love Me" in overdrive and the Thunders original "I Wanna Be Loved." To find out more about this new live album from Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, please visit
French occult rock band Aqua Nebula Oscillator have gained strength as one of the premier underground European rock bands. They have shared the stage with bands like The Cult and The Dead Weather and just released their first live album back in October titled "Friday The 13th." It was recorded at The Underground club in France back in 2014 and sounds as if you stepped into a psychedelic trip to the darkside of the force. The new thirteen-song release begins with "Spiritus Mundi," which is your dissention down the rabbit hole as you are introduced to the experimental appeal of Aqua Nebula Oscillator's music. They turn on their dark heavy metal charm with the Black Sabbath-like feel of "Riot," then pick-up the energy with the seventies underground metal sound of "Human Toad." They try to add a pop element to their sound with a cover of "It's Now Or Never," which leads into the air raid horns of the Pink Floydian, dark toned, experimental "Up To The Sky." The album closes with the guitar fueled feedback of the punk-like energetic "Ready To Fly." To find out more about Aqua Nebula Oscillator and their new live album "Friday The 13th," please visit their Facebook page at
Guitar wizard Marcus Singletary has continued to amaze his fans and admirers with his talents for adapting to any musical genre. He has ventured in country, jazz, and funk; but his first love has to be rock music. His guitar playing is extraordinary, especially when he gets lost in a song and blazes a way out with his shredding. His latest release is his first official live album titled simply "Marcus Singletary Live." It is a short nine-song, thirty-minute set that finds Marcus in a close, club-like setting. He plays it save on the first tune of the set "Beggar's Anthem," before experimenting with his sound in "Hallelujah," which ends way too soon. He picks up the tempo with the garage rock appeal of "On The Silver Screen," then locks into the light, airy instrumental "Science." Marcus finally opens up his sound on the six-plus minute, adventurous "Cartwheel And Comet," before heading into a grunge-like cover of Jim Croce's "Don't Mess Around With Jim." To find out more about Marcus Singletary and his new live album, please visit

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