Saturday, July 23, 2016

CD Review: New Albums From Guitar Wizards Eric Gales And Gregg Kofi Brown

American blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales recently released a new live album titled "A Night On The Sunset Strip." The new release is to celebrate his 25th year in the music industry. It was recorded at the legendary Viper Room in Los Angeles, CA as Gales brings some southern blues to the west coast. Beginning with "Make It There," Gales wastes no time heating things up with his amazing guitar solos and bluesy vocals. He brings in a little Texas-shuffle to "The Change In Me" and draws from his back catalog with rock gems "Block The Sun" and the nine-minute guitar lesson of "The Open Road." Gales showcases his band with their own solo spots before heading into the blues-funk of "1019." The album closes with a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," featuring Raphael Saadiq (The Roots, John Legend) on bass. This new live collection was released on July 8th through Cleopatra Records in a  CD/DVD combo. To find out more about Eric Gales and "A Night On The Sunset Strip," please visit cleorecs.com.

British singer/songwriter/guitarist Gregg Kofi Brown has come full circle with his latest release. A career defining anthology titled "Rock 'N' Roll And UFOs." Gregg Kofi Brown has worked along side such esteemed artists as Dominic Miller (Sting), Joe Cocker and Eric Burdon (The Animals); and has been apart of the Afro-funk band Osibisa and toured with Hanoi Rocks. His new "greatest hits" album features 17-tracks that cover his entire career. Beginning with the pop sounds of "Chasing Rainbows," he leads you through all of his aspects, including the wonderfully vulnerable unplugged version of "All The Way For You." He brings in the funk of "Nikosi B," which features The Who's longtime keyboardist John Rabbit Bundrick and speaking of The Who, included on this set is "Listening To You" performed by the cast of "Tommy" to which Gregg Kofi Brown was a member of. The new anthology features one song from his former band, Osibisa titled "Whisper In The Wind" as the reggae-funk groove delivers the song's upbeat rhythm. With so many styles included in this set, it's hard to pinpoint Brown into one category, which is great for an artist and draws together his many fans to stretch out and experience different genres. To find out more about Gregg Kofi Brown and his latest release "Rock 'N' Roll And UFOs," please visit greggkofibrown.co.uk.

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