Monday, February 20, 2017

CD Review: Legendary Artists Robby Krieger And Neville Staple Release New Solo Albums

Guitarist/songwriter Robby Krieger is one of the founding members of the iconic sixties rock band The Doors. He wrote the band's hit single "Light My Fire" and has become an influence on many of today's rock/blues guitarists. Since the end of The Doors in 1973, Krieger has kept busy lending a hand as a session guitarist, before forming Doors Of The 21st Century with fellow Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek. After Manzarek's passing in 2013, Krieger along with drummer John Densmore are the only two surviving member's of The Doors. Krieger also recently released his brand new studio album titled "In Session." It features ten cover songs and one bonus live track of Robby Krieger and his band performing the blues standard "Back Door Man."

Robby Krieger invited some friends along to help him flesh out these well-known tunes as Jackson Browne and a children's choir provide the vocals for The Beatles classic "Across The Universe." Nik Turner lends a hand on the instrumental "Hypernova" as Krieger unleashes his guitar skills. Krieger showcases his fondness for Pink Floyd as he covers "Empty Spaces" (with Billy Sherwood), "Don't Leave Me Now" (with Tommy Shaw) and "Brain Damage" (with Geoff Downes). Krieger expands his sound on "Deep Down" as William Shatner recites poetry among the backdrop of Kreiger's modernized guitar sound. The album closes with the late-John Wetton singing beautifully on The Beatles "All You Need Is Love." Robby Krieger will be hitting the road in April. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album "In Session," please visit robbykrieger.com.

Jamaican-born singer Neville Staple is best known as a founding member of Fun Boy Three and the two-tone ska band The Specials. He has been called the "Original Rude Boy" and has continued a solo career that has lasted almost two decades. His latest solo release titled "Return Of Judge Roughneck" features re-workings of classic Jamaican songs, along with some brand new originals. The album features 12 tracks, plus 9 dub specials, beginning with the title-song that keeps a steady, up-beat rhythm with Staple delivering a political charge through his music. He brings a reggae-based groove to "Bangarang," then unleashes the horns for the ska mix of "Down My Street." Staple reworks the Fun Boy Three hit single "Lunatics" into a jazzier piece of music and revives the Peter Tosh classic "Maga Dog" with its thick bass groove and reggae tone. The regular album finishes with the mostly instrumental, island flair of "Run," a slowed-down version of the Jimmy Soul hit "Be Happy" and the sing-along chorus of "Enjoy Yourself," which includes Jessy Greene.

This new release also includes 9 Dub versions of some of the new songs on "Return Of Judge Roughneck" album. Beginning with "Maga Dub," this new remix features a thicker bass line which gives the song a dance-able quality. The vocals in "Crime Dub" get mixed around with the rhythm to give the song a different feel. The nearly six-minute "Dub Street" is almost unrecognizable compared to the original as this remix adds some electronics to the song's quick-paced rhythm. The album finishes with the dub-step, reggae groove remix of Peter Tosh's "Legalize It." The new album was released on February 17th through Cleopatra Records. Neville Staple his hitting the road in the U.K. during March and April. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album, "Return Of Judge Roughneck," please visit originalrudeboy.co.uk.

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