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Chris Standring: Blue Bolero (2010) CD Review

Chris Standring: Blue Bolero (2010) CD Review

I've been a fan of Chris Standring for quite some time; he was a frequent collaborator with my good friend (keyboardist Rodney Lee) throughout the 1990's in a group called "Solar System" before launching a solo career at the turn of the millennium. This CD is still in heavy rotation for weekend breakfasts at my house (along with a couple other of Chris' CDs). This is one of the few CD's I probably listen to more on my home stereo than on my iPod/iPhone. Years of studio experience has made Chris Standring an outstanding record producer in his own right, and this recording places those skills front and center. Check it out.

This is a review of the Chris Standring Blue Bolero (2010)CD. Great music and excellent fidelity. Check it out.

— December 19, 2012 20:34 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Greg Lake (Lead Singer of ELP) Interview

Greg Lake (Lead Singer of ELP) Interview

One of the most legendary voices of Progressive Music and a master at writing and singing emotional ballads, Greg Lake is continuing his “Songs of a Lifetime” tour in 2013 and is about to release a book about his life in music. One cannot deny his influence during the 70s with bands that included King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Yet, four decades later, ELP, King Crimson and other amazing 70s Prog-Music Bands continue to be shunned by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We asked Mr. Lake how he felt about this during our exclusive Audioholics one-on-one interview with the father of Progressive Music. Read our interview and find out what's new with Father Christmas.

This is an interview with Greg Lake, former frontman of ELP and King Crimson. We discuss past accolades and future works and why the Progressive Music genre is shunned by the Rock Hall of Fame.

Steve DellaSala — November 29, 2012 14:45 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Jon Anderson (Lead Singer of Yes) Interview

Jon Anderson (Lead Singer of Yes) Interview

With a singing career that started in 1962 with brother Tony, in a band called the Warriors, to 35 years of playing with one of the most influential bands in Progressive Music, Yes; Jon Anderson has inspired us for five decades. He has authored so many songs in his career that it’d be a daunting task to count. Especially when considering his many collaborations with artists such as Vangelis, King Crimson, Mike Oldfield, Gowan, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Glass Hammer, Toto, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (to name some), his movie songs found in Metropolis, St. Elmo’s Fire, Scream for Help, Legend, Biggles: Adventures in Time and numerous solo albums. His music is inspirational, motivational and dynamic and his alto-tenor voice combined with his native Lancastrian accent make him perhaps the most unique and recognizable vocalist of modern music. Audioholics had the great privilege of interviewing Mr. Anderson to discuss more than just his music, but also his artwork, equipment of choice and musical influences. Also get a glimpse of Anderson's future works including a Yes reunion and new album with Tevor Rabin?

This is an interview with legendary Yes singer Jon Anderson. Discussion includes past and future works and Anderson's inspirations both as an artist, environmental and humanitarian causes.

Steve DellaSala — November 07, 2012 20:00 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos (2012) CD Review

Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos (2012) CD Review

After a year’s worth of rumors, Donald Fagen has finally released his fourth solo CD. A follow-up to his self-proclaimed “trilogy” (The Nightfly, Kamakiriad, and Morph The Cat), Sunken Condos is a worthy addition to the library. Unfortunately there’s good news AND bad news. The fact that Warner effectively “snuck out” this release says more about the current state of the recording industry than the capability or popularity of the artist. While the writing and performance is strong in this album, audio quality doesn't quite live up to prior Donald Fagen or Steely Dan albums. Still a must have CD for all fans.

This is a review of Donald Fagen's 4th solo album named Sunken Condos. Great musical content, good but not stellar audio quality. A must have for fans however.

— October 25, 2012 23:11 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Glass Hammer Band Member Interview Part II

Glass Hammer Band Member Interview Part II

In Part I of this two part series, we introduced you to the Progressive Rock group Glass Hammer. Part II sits us down with one on one interviews with each member of the band. We discuss their musical influences, where and how they learned to master their instruments and what equipment they like to use. We also ask lead singer Jon Davison about his experiences taking over as lead singer of Yes. He discusses how Jon Anderson has been such a huge influence on his musical career which makes it such a natural progression to succeed him as lead singer. Check out this in depth interview on Glass Hammer and most importantly, give them a serious listen if your looking for music with substance and skill not commonly found in mainstream rock music today.

This is part II of a two-part interview of progressive rock band Glass Hammer. Each individual band member is interviewed.

Steve DellaSala — August 31, 2012 23:35 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Glass Hammer Progressive Rock Band Informational & Interview Part I

Glass Hammer Progressive Rock Band Informational & Interview Part I

Most music lovers, who remember the days when Progressive Rock reigned, knew it as a style that had its origin in the very late 60s and dominance throughout the 70s, but seemingly went silently into the night by the early to mid 80s. While this style of music never did really go away, it did fall out of American radio, media and the mainstream. Glass Hammer, originated back in 1992, continues the tradition originated by super groups like Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Genesis and King Crimson, etc. Glass Hammer’s music isn’t easily described because release stands on its own, but with the addition of Davison and Shikoh, there seems to be more gravitation towards one of their main influences, the legendary Yes. This article explores the band, its music, and the people behind it. We conduct a detailed interview of the band with more to follow in Part II.

Glass Hammer is a progressive rock band founded back in 1992 with its music heavily influenced by super group Yes. This article explores the band, its people and music along with a detailed interview.

Steve DellaSala — August 22, 2012 22:50 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

AV Rant TechCast #2: Genesis Guitarist Daryl Stuermer Interview

AV Rant TechCast #2: Genesis Guitarist Daryl Stuermer Interview

Gene interviews Genesis “permanent part time member” Daryl Stuermer who has played lead guitar for the band on live performances for over 30 years. Daryl discusses how it was getting back together with the boys after a nearly 15 year sabbatical. Gene grills Genesis on their not-so-enthusiastic performance at VH-1 Rock Honors and the selection of boy band Keane doing a tribute song, but later hails their 2007 tour performance. Daryl discusses Phil Collins’ unique signature sound both in vocals and behind the drum kit while Gene wishes he could play drums like Phil. The 2007 Europe/USA tour was a smashing success, so much so that fans were demanding more shows at the end while Daryl was also ready to keep going. Will they tour again soon? What about a new CD? Listen to the podcast to find out…

Gene interviews Genesis “permanent part time member” Daryl Stuermer who has played lead guitar for the band on live performances for over 30 years. Daryl discusses how it was getting back together

— August 01, 2008 12:13 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Ravel's Greatest Hit - The Ultimate Bolero

Ravel's Greatest Hit - The Ultimate Bolero

Ravel’s Bolero is a composition that rose from the depths of nonchalant dismissal by Ravel’s contemporaries to being one of the few truly recognizable melodies in classical music. Sadly, you rarely seem to see it on the concert bill these days. Perhaps it’s too disciplined for today’s classical conductors who struggle to maintain their freedom of self-expression while they pander to a diminishing audience of aging donors.

Ravel’s Bolero is a composition that rose from the depths of nonchalant dismissal by Ravel’s contemporaries to being one of the few truly recognizable melodies in classical music. Sadly, you rarely

Neil Roble — February 25, 2008 14:01 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

The Process of Surround Mastering

The Process of Surround Mastering

Audio mastering is the process of taking audio mixes and preparing them for their best presentation to the world. It is a process that involves tremendous technical knowledge of the audio path and all its possibilities and liabilities. It also is a process that requires an emotional commitment to the audio being serviced. The past twenty years has seen this profession grow tremendously as two-channel audio has been dominated by the CD. As we move toward other formats and surround audio growth, new challenges are facing the mastering houses. This article takes us on a tour of the process of surround sound mastering in a studio, including interesting feedback from world renowned recording engineers Bob Ludwig and Jeff Lipton.

Audio mastering is the process of taking audio mixes and preparing them for their best presentation to the world. It is a process that involves tremendous technical knowledge of the audio path and

Jeff Hedback — July 09, 2007 00:53 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

What It's Like to Play on a National Release

What It's Like to Play on a National Release

Being a musician on a record that has national/international distribution is a tremendously invigorating and humbling experience. I have been fortunate to have this experience as a bass player many times over the course of my career. For me this is a very special opportunity not to be taken for granted. You never know when the next call will come. I have been working on the craft of bass for 32 years and to get to apply my skills on such great music and with these tremendous musicians goes beyond words! I trust you will enjoy this "insider's" view of a session and take some of this into your next listening experience.

Being a musician on a record that has national/international distribution is a tremendously invigorating and humbling experience. I have been fortunate to have this experience as a bass player many

Jeff Hedback — June 19, 2007 23:52 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

VH1 Rock (Dis)Honors Genesis?

VH1 Rock (Dis)Honors Genesis?

Tonight VH1 aired their 2007 Rock honors show which featured legendary bands Heart, ZZ Top, Genesis and Ozzy Osborne. Being a huge Genesis fan, I decisively focused my show report on their performance and the coverage or lack there of on VH1. I wrote this article a bit steamed that VH1 cut Genesis finest performance of the night, and the powers that be chose Keane as their tribute band, and that Phil’s mic seemed to be a dB or 2 too low, but I will get over it. Life will go on, and I will keep on rocking.

Tonight VH1 aired their 2007 Rock honors show which featured legendary bands Heart, ZZ Top, Genesis and Ozzy Osborne. Being a huge Genesis fan, I decisively focused my show report on their

— May 25, 2007 01:24 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Interview with Genesis Guitarist Daryl Stuermer

Interview with Genesis Guitarist Daryl Stuermer

Daryl Stuermer has been Genesis' lead touring guitarist since 1977 and Phil Collins' lead guitarist since Phil busted out into his solo career in the early 80s. Daryl has been a key player on all of Phil Collins world tours and most of his recordings throughout the years where Phil often refers to him as Genesis "permanent part time member". Check out this interview I conducted with Daryl to get a glimpse on what is cooking with Genesis, and learn about his latest solo album "Go" which brings Daryl's music into the foreground of Progressive rock.

Daryl Stuermer has been Genesis' lead touring guitarist since 1977 and Phil Collins' lead guitarist since Phil busted out into his solo career in the early 80s. Daryl has been a key player on all of

— May 08, 2007 00:10 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Live Earth Concert Held July 7th

Live Earth Concert Held July 7th

Live Earth concerts will be held July 7 in cities around the world, including London, aimed at raising climate change awareness. Whether or not you agree with the cause is irrelevant. I for one am looking forward to some of the bands that will be performing at this event. Most notably, Genesis will be there headed up by Phil Collins on drums and vocals.

Live Earth concerts will be held July 7 in cities around the world, including London, aimed at raising climate change awareness. Whether or not you agree with the cause is irrelevant. I for one am

— April 10, 2007 12:31 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews

Roger Powell Interview on Fossil Poets

Roger Powell Interview on Fossil Poets

I was recently introduced to the music of Roger Powell. Much to my surprise, Roger has been on the music scene since the late 60s where he began his career as a recording engineer in Atlanta Georgia. If you didn’t know the name Roger Powell till now, chances are you heard his handy work and sonic chops in many well-known artists recordings. This interview gives a background of the artist and discusses his most recent release - Fossil Poets.

I was recently introduced to the music of Roger Powell. Much to my surprise, Roger has been on the music scene since the late 60s where he began his career as a recording engineer in Atlanta Georgia.

— March 17, 2007 22:20 in DVD-A, SACD and CD Music Reviews