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Showing posts with label Soft Rock. Show all posts


1960’s Hitmakers The Classics IV Release New Single “Your Turn”!

There is not a day that goes by that hits by The Classics IV are not heard on the radio somewhere in the world! Songs like “Spooky” and “Stormy” have permeated the airways for over 50 years! And now The Classics IV is back with a new single “Your Turn”!

Says lead singer Tom Garrett, “The Classics IV has a strong history of hits with songs like ‘Spooky,’ ‘Stormy’ and ‘Traces (of Love).’ The idea of a new song like ‘Your Turn’ is to stay relevant. Not just resting on the past but looking forward with new music and new opportunities. I don't know if there is a direct concept for this song. To us it's a little old school, a little country and hopefully a little contemporary.”

The band recorded “Your Turn” with their great friend, Grammy Award winner Eric Nelson at his Eclipse Studio in Normal, Illinois. Eric is a master at his craft and his studio is top notch recording without having to travel.

Says Tom, “I guess the message in the song should be perfect for just about everyone. We have all fallen in love and gotten burned at one time or another. No matter who you are ‘Sooner or later, you’ll get your turn.’”

Coming up this summer The Classics IV are excited to be part of the Happy Together Tour. They will do about 60 shows all across the country. This their 4th time on the tour and it is great fun for the artist and the audience alike!

The Classics IV

Tom Garrett

The Classics IV, one of the most popular and influential pop groups of the 60s and 70s, originated in Jacksonville, Florida. They achieved phenomenal success with hits “Spooky,” “Stormy,” “Traces,” and “Everyday With You Girl,” all of which sold well over a million copies and were awarded gold and platinum discs by the Recording Industry of America.  All four hits appeared in the 1977 film “The Chicken Chronicles” in addition to various other movie soundtracks including the hit HBO Series “Six Feet Under.”

By the 1970s The Classics IV accumulated a total of 16 Billboard chart hits, solidifying them as a hit-making pop group and crediting The Classics IV with the development of “Southern Soft Rock.” To date The Classics IV have recorded 17 albums including “Spooky,” “Lil Bit of Gold” “Traces” and “Golden Greats.”  In 1993 The Classics IV were inducted into The Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

The Classics IV popularity is stronger than ever performing in a variety of venues to rave reviews and receiving back-to-back invitations to join the hugely popular Happy Together Tour. The group continues captivating audiences with their professionalism, good humor, and ingratiating personalities. In 2011 The Classics IV returned to the studio with the release of their album, “A New Horizon,” blending the old with the new. 2015 saw the first ever “Live Album” with the release of “One Stormy Night – The Classics IV Live At The Ritz” and in 2020 the group received great reviews and airplay with the first ever Christmas release “All I want For Christmas Is You.”

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Vancouver based songwriter Rich Chambers releases indie single 'High School Can't Last Forever'

Vancouver, Canada based artist Rich Chambers has a musical story unlike any other. Redefining soft rock and 60’s rock to create his innovative signature sound, Rich resides in an ambitious indie-rock meets alternative limelight that will instantly leave you wanting more. Returning with his latest release, “High School Can’t Last Forever,” the rocking new single merges the sounds of Buddy Holly and Green Day to explore the notion of what really constitutes youth and innocence.

Sharing his thoughts on the release, Rich Chambers explains, “High school often seems to represent that moment in our lives where anything is possible. It is our launching pad to life, so to speak. From that point, we all start to make decisions (or don't make decisions) that ultimately start each of us off down our own unique life path. “High School Can’t Last Forever” is a song that tackles this defining moment in our lives. It begs the notion that those who follow dreams or take chances to go after something often live without regret; whereas, those who are never willing to take a chance or squash their dreams (for whatever reason) often live with regret and find themselves looking back to life's launching pad (high school), wishing they could launch again. It does this to the backbeat of an under three minute, timeless, rock n' roll soundtrack.”



Easy Listening Review: Paul & Friends-Journey of the Heart

Genre: Easy Listening
Release Date: April 2, 2016
Label: P&J Records
Nine years have passed since I had heard music from Paul Sammarco. I covered his Smooth Sailing album back in 2007 and as I recall it was a jazz flavored treat that I really enjoyed. I was hoping for the same kind of experience with Journey of the Heart. With a total of 12 featured tracks and an additional four bonus tracks there is a lot to take in. There was nothing to be disappointed about at all throughout this release.

The lead off and title track “Journey of the Heart” kicks of the album in an upbeat fashion musically and with the expressive vocals of Michael Klaus. This is easy listening or adult contemporary however it does cross over quite a bit into other areas as it is sprinkled with jazz, pop, some rock, kind of like a musical kettle of fish if you will. For these ears that is just fine and dandy. I appreciate the eclectic approach if it is presented properly. 

“Lost and Found” is such nice track, the acoustic guitar lines and piano conveys a touching message of life and some of the misfortune we experience and the other brighter things we may along that journey.

If you can remember 70s radio, if you are old enough that is, “Laughter in the Rain” will bring back a lot of memories of AM radio and those long hot summer days. “Create In Me A Clean Heart” is an instrumental to change the course a bit then “Yesterday’s Dream” is a bluesy folk song with a longing guitar strumming and harmonica calling out like a train looking for its tracks. With Sarah Sullivan on vocals it has all the elements for some fine home cookin’ ready to order blues. That is what this recording offers, constant change and so many different styles you just never have the opportunity to get uninterested.

I think the mixture of talent on vocals and the variety of instruments involved with each track is a sure fire winner. It is not an easy task to bring together so much talent and make it work just right and I would have to say that Paul Sammarco and Friends sure put their best foot forward on this fine recording. It is definitely worth a good listen or two, if you cannot find some tracks you enjoy something is missing, like a pulse! So find a comfy chair, get the fireplace going and turn it up, it will warm your soul.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Journey of the Heart, Lost and Found, Yesterday’s Dream

01. Journey of the Heart
02. Call Her Mellow
03. Lost and Found
04. Laughter in the Rain
05. Create in Me a Clean Heart
06. Yesterday's Dream
07. Bad Habits
08. Beautiful Day (Reprise)
09. The Lord, He Knows
10. Find Your Paradise
11. Out of the Woods
12. The 23rd Psalm, With a Children's Prayer
Bonus Tracks:
13. Have You Ever Seen (Background Vocals Version)
14. Drift Away (Background Vocals Version)
15. Just One More Time (Background Vocals Version)
16. Just One More Time (Lead and Background Vocals Version)   
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
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June 1, 2016
Review Provided By Write A Music Review


Audio Fidelity To Release Soft Rock Legends Bread “The Best of Bread” On 4.0 Quadraphonic Hybrid SACD

“A true classic filled with rediscovered treasures...!”

Camarillo, CA – With many exciting releases scheduled throughout 2015, Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity starts the New Year off with the release of soft rock legends Bread “The Best of Bread” on 4.0 Quadraphonic Hybrid SACD! This 1973 recording is a great collection of music from Bread, the popular 1970's band best known for their mellow, smooth, melodic and often mournful tunes. Many of the classic Bread tunes included in this set live on through soft rock stations everywhere.

Lead singer David Gates crooned his way into America's heart, and starting with “Make It With You” quickly spun off hits like “Everything I Own,” “Diary,” “Baby I'm A Want You,” “It Don't Matter To Me” and “If.” At times, their songs had a more upbeat feel as with “Mother Freedom,” but they always retain that same soothing blend of soulful lyrics and gentle music. This album covers all the early hits and more delivered with a deceptively breezy tone by one of pop's purest vocalists.

Audio Fidelity reassembled all the original masters of the tracks that appeared on the album release rather than work from the compiled "Best of..." master thus giving the recording a completely fresh, updated sound.

Make It With You
Everything I Own
Baby I'm-a Want You
It Don't Matter to Me
Mother Freedom
Down on My Knees
Too Much Love
Let Your Love Go
Look What You've Done

Produced by David Gates
Associate Producer: James Griffin
Stereo CD and SACD mastering for this release by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering, Los Angeles, CA
4.0 analog to High Definition DSD Digital Transfer by Gus Skinas at Super Audio Center, Boulder, CO

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,