Fall Out Boy Fans Will Enjoy Band’s Latest Live Recording In Every Season

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Late last summer pop punk outfit Fall Out Boy hit the road in support of its latest album American Beauty/American Psycho.  As part of its tour, the band performed a hometown show that was recorded for release.  That recording was released this past October via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings.  For fans of this recording, there is plenty to appreciate beginning with the concert’s set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to note here as the show’s set list.  It will be discussed later.  The concert’s packaging might not seem all that important in the grand scheme of things, but even it plays an important part in its presentation. It is hardly the last element that can be noted, too.  The concert’s cinematography and combined video and sound mixing can also be discussed, too, as could the band’s simplistic stage setup.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  That goes without saying.  All things considered, The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago proves to be, again, a recording that will appeal to any of Fall Out Boy’s fans.

Fall Out Boy’s new live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a work that will appeal to any of the veteran pop punk band’s fans.  It is not the band’s first live recording by any means.  Regardless, it will appeal to said fans.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The 17-song set list pulls from all six of the band’s current albums.  American Beauty/American Psycho receives the most nods with five songs.  The band’s 2013 album Save Rock and Roll comes in second with four of its songs featured in the show’s set list.  Infinity on High (2007) comes in third with three songs featured.  From Under A Cork Tree also sees three of its songs included in the set list while Folie a Deux is represented by two songs and Take This To Your Grave with one song.  Needless to say, the fact that the band pulled from each of its current albums makes this concert a career-spanning show for the band.  That being the case, it becomes clear why the concert’s set list is so important to its overall presentation.

The set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums.  That makes it for all intents and purposes a career-spanning performance, even with the band’s career being far from over.  While the show’s set list is clearly an important piece of its presentation, it is just one of the elements that should be noted in examining the concert’s presentation.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list is just as important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  The band’s members—Pete Went (bass, vocals), Patrick Stump (guitar, vocals), Joseph Trohman (guitar, vocals) and Andrew Hurley (drums)—have full run of the massive stage.  While they do make use of its wide open space at times, it seems that they opt to use their energies for their performances rather than running around the stage.  Audiences will appreciate that attention to the performance.  That is because it shows through in each song.  The band gives its all in each song.  The end result is that it will pull in home viewers just as much as it did the concert’s attendees.  It should be noted that even in the concert’s semi-acoustic section the band spends plenty of time interacting with the audience between songs in a sort of Storytellers (for anyone who remembers that VH1 program) setting.  It serves to strengthen the band’s connection with audiences even more.  That includes audiences at home, too.  The solid connection that is made between Fall Out Boy’s band members and the band’s audiences translates very well to audiences.  It makes the viewing experience all the more enjoyable for the band’s fans at home, and is still not the last of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s packaging is just as important to note as its set list and the band’s performance thereof.

The career-spanning set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key the this recording’s overall presentation.  They are not its only important elements.  The recording’s packaging is an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation, too.  Much like so many of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s other live recordings released this year, this recording has been released in a standard package that will allow it to fit on any fan’s CD rack.  That is even with the recording being presented on separate DVD and Blu-ray platform.  This is important to note because of its ergonomic value.  The concert being packaged in a standard CD packaging—despite being presented on DVD and Blu-ray—saves space on fans’ DVD and BD racks.  Being a very thin package, it also saves space on CD racks, too.  So that end, the recording’s packaging may not seem important on the surface, but ultimately proves to be just as important as the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.  It is just important in a different way.  Interestingly enough, it still is not the last of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s video and sound mix (its production values) and the band’s simple stage setup could also be discussed in examining this recording’s overall presentation.  Each element is clearly important in its own right.  All things considered, they show in whole why The Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any of Fall Out Boy’s fans will appreciate.

Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate.  Fans will appreciate this recording for a number of reasons beginning with the concert’s set list.  The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums.  While the band’s career is likely far from over, this approach still technically makes the set list a career-spanning set.  The band’s performance is just as important to note as the concert’s set list.  That is due to the fact that the band’s members don’t run around the stage unnecessarily.  Rather, they use their performances of the show’s set list to entertain audiences.  That attention to its performance of each song improves the band members’ endurance and thus enhances each song’s performance even more.  Those enhanced performances in turn make the band’s performance that much more engaging for fans.  The recording’s packaging, production values and the band’s simple stage setup combine to round out the recording’s most important elements. Each element is obviously important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they show why The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is, once more, a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Lions, Cowboys Close Out ESPN’s 2016 ‘MNF’ Broadcast Schedule Monday Night

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ESPN closes out its regular season coverage of the NFL Monday night with an NFC inter-divisional matchup.

The Lions and Cowboys go under the lights Monday night in ESPN’s Monday Night Football season finale.  Monday’s matchup will have major playoff implications for both teams.  Dallas sits atop the NFC standings at 12 – 2 while Detroit (9 – 5) is in a tight three-way battle for second in the conference with Atlanta (9 – 5) and Seattle (9 – 4).

The numbers favor the host Cowboys Monday night.  Dallas is 6 – 1 both at home and on the road this season.  It comes into Monday’s game with some momentum after defeating Tampa Bay in a close 26 – 20 win.  Detroit meanwhile will look to bounce back against the Cowboys after falling 17 – 6 against the Giants last week.  While the numbers seem to favor Dallas, both teams will have plenty to play for, so Monday’s game will be a big one for both teams.

Broadcast for Monday’s game is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. EST.  Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call while reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday Night Football.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  She will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Haselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.  NFL Insider Adam Schefter will also be on hand more league news and reports.  Chris Berman will co-host live from ESPN’s studios.  He will be joined by NFL Hall of Fame Lions running back Barry Sanders as his final NFL Legends guest of the season.

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Foghat’s Latest LP Re-Issue Will Impress Audiophiles, Long Time Fans Alike

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Early this summer, veteran rock outfit Foghat released its latest album Under The Influence.  The album, the band’s seventeenth full-length studio recording, was a breath of fresh air for purist fans of rock and roll.  Its musical arrangements and lyrical themes showed it to be what this critic already called everything that is right with rock and roll today.  This critic stands by that analysis to this day, too.  It lived up to that reputation, too, selling quite impressively since then.  It did so well that the band celebrated its success roughly four months later with a re-issue of the album on a double disc vinyl LP pressing.  That vinyl re-issue of Under The Influence serves to solidify this critic’s statement of the record even more.  That is due in part to the record’s packaging.  This will be discussed shortly.  The record’s sound in its new re-issue is just as important to note of its presentation as its packaging.  It will be discussed later.  The record’s sequencing in regards to how the songs were split up on each LP rounds out the most important of the record’s elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  Altogether, they make this re-issue of Under The Influence more proof that the album in general is everything that is right with rock and roll.  It reminds audiences why it is not only one of the year’s top new rock records but also one of the year’s top new albums overall.

Veteran rock act Foghat’s latest full-length studio recording Under The Influence is everything that is right with rock and roll today.  That is a point that this critic already made clear in reviewing the album’s original release.  The album’s recently released double LP vinyl re-issue serves to support this critic’s previous statement even more.  That is exhibited first through its packaging.  The record’s packaging is classic gatefold packaging complete with all of the album’s original liner notes.  However, getting to open the packaging and read them, spread across the packaging is something special in its own right.  For those who grew up in the original age of vinyl, it brings about a certain sense of nostalgia.  The artwork on the back of the album adds even more of a special touch to its packaging.  Audiences see a boot (curious what size that boot must be) kicking through the “rock” barrel.  That artwork wasn’t included in the album’s original CD pressing.  The original artwork on the album’s CD pressing featured a shot of a covered stone walkway with a light at the end.  The shot it presented from the bottom of the walkway, aiming up toward the light.  It doesn’t match too well with the artwork on the album’s front cover. The artwork presented on the back cover of the album’s vinyl re-issue is a much better match to the artwork used on the album’s front cover.  It seems like a minor touch on the surface.  But in the bigger picture of the album’s presentation, it adds so much to its aesthetic.  The presentation of the album’s liner notes inside the packaging does that even more so.  Keeping that in mind, the album’s packaging in its recent vinyl re-issue is just as important to its presentation as anything else.  That is the case even though some might think it something minor.  It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the presentation of the album’s recent vinyl re-issue.  The record’s sound is just as important to note here as its packaging.

The general packaging used in UTI’s vinyl re-issue is in its own right a hugely important piece of the record’s overall presentation. To some it may seem minor.  But a deeper examination reveals the packaging holds much more importance than some might otherwise think.  It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the album’s vinyl re-issue.  The record’s sound is just as important to note as its packaging.  The record’s sound on its two 180-gram discs is outstanding, plain and simple.  The subtle sound of the static underneath each song is another element that true audiophiles will appreciate just as much as the band’s long time fans.  Just as with the record’s packaging, the subtle touch of static creates its own sense of nostalgia for said audiences.  That nostalgia grows even more when that static is coupled with the record’s classic packaging.  When both elements are taken into account, they make this vinyl re-issue something of a musical time capsule.  They combine to take audiences back to another era of music; a greater era of music.  That is especially the case considering that while the static is evident, it doesn’t overpower the music.  It’s just too bad those behind the boards didn’t try to record the album on vinyl first and then transfer those recordings to CD.  That would have pushed the album’s CD pressing over the top.  That’s because it would provide that special nostalgic experience for audiences who might not own a record player.  That is a matter for another time.  Considering that, the sound mixing presented in UTI’s new vinyl re-issue proves to be just as important to the record’s presentation as its packaging.  It creates just as much nostalgia as the album’s packaging.  When both elements are taken into consideration, they make this re-issue even more like a wonderful musical time capsule that every audiophile and Foghat fan will appreciate.  As important as the two elements are to the record’s vinyl presentation, they are just two of its key elements.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The packaging and sound mixing presented in UTI’s recent vinyl re-issue are both key elements to its presentation.  They are so important to its presentation because of the sense of nostalgia that they create both in themselves and together.  While both elements are clearly important pieces of the record’s whole, they are only two of its most important elements.  The record’s sequencing across its two discs is just as important to note as its packaging and sound mixing.  It might not seem overly important on the surface (as with the previously noted elements), but it plays its own important part in the bigger picture of the record’s presentation.  Audiences will note that all twelve of the songs featured in the record’s original CD pressing are also presented here.  They are presented in exactly the same order as they were in the album’s original pressing, too.  Even better, all twelve tracks are equally distributed across the album’s two LPs.  They are equally distributed across the album’s four sides, with each side seeing three songs.  Again, it is mostly an aesthetic touch.  But even such a minor touch goes a long way toward the listening experience.  The band could have easily spread the album’s tracks in a random fashion, but instead opted to intentionally spread them out equally across both LPs.  That says a lot about the thought that was put into even this element.  It creates a certain sense of completion for lack of better wording. When that sense of completion is joined with the nostalgia created through the album’s complete packaging and expert sound mixing, the end product is a record that proves even more than ever to be everything that is right with rock and roll today.  It also proves even more than ever to be an album that every critic should have on his or her list of the year’s top new rock records and top albums overall.

Foghat’s most recent record Under The Influence proved in its original release earlier this summer to be one of the year’s top new rock records.  It proved to be everything that is right with rock and roll today.  That is saying a lot, too.  With the album’s recent re-issue on double LP vinyl pressing, it has proven even more than ever to be fully deserving of that statement.  The record’s packaging and expert sound mixing creates a sense of nostalgia that true audiophiles and long time Foghat fans alike will appreciate.  The even division of the record’s twelve total songs across the album’s two discs enhances the album’s presentation and listening experience even more.  Each element is important in its own right.  All things considered, they make UTI’s recent vinyl re-issue just as enjoyable as its original CD pressing if not more so.  What’s more, they join together with the positives of the album’s original CD pressing to prove even more than ever that this record is, again, everything that is right with rock and roll.  They combine, too, to prove why this album is not just one of the year’s top new rock records, but one of the year’s top new albums overall..  More information on UTI’s recent vinyl re-issue is available online now along with all of Foghat’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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The Dead Daisies Celebrate Holidays With Christmas Classic Cover

The Dead Daisies have released their take on a classic holiday tune to celebrate the season.

The band recently recorded its take on the modern classic song ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over) while on tour overseas.  The song was first made famous by John Lennon with Yoko Ono in 1971 with the Harlem Community Choir and the John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band.

The Dead Daisies’ take on the song is a full-on acoustic rendition of the classic.  It gives the composition a whole new identity with its arrangement and production.  Audiences can hear the band’s take on the song now here.

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Paisley’s Latest Live Recording Will Impress Fans, Country Music Fans Alike

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Country music superstar Brad Paisley’s latest live recording Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU is officially available today in stores and online.  The recording, produced through a partnership between MVD Visual, City Drive Films and Landmarks Live In Concert releases today everywhere.  This latest live offering from the country superstar is an enjoyable experience for country music fans and Paisley fans alike.  That is due in part to the show’s 20-song set list.  It will be discussed shortly.  Paisley’s performance of said set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  The recording’s dual platform availability is important to the recording’s presentation, too.  It is hardly the last important element to note, too.  The concert’s production values (I.E. its audio and video editing) are important to the recording’s presentation, too.  Each element plays its own part in the recording’s overall presentation.  All things considered, this recording proves to be a live offering that country music fans will enjoy just as much as Brad Paisley’s fans.

Brad Paisley’s new live recording Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU is another impressive from the veteran country musician.  It is a recording that Paisley’s fans will appreciate just as much as country music fans in general.  That is due in part to the concert’s featured set list.  The 20-song set list pulls from eight of Paisley’s ten albums so far.  On a side note, Paisley is set to release his next new studio recording Love and War on February 17, 2017 via Arista Nashville.  The album will be his eleventh full-length studio recording.  Getting back on the subject at hand, the songs that make up this concert’s set list reach all the way back to Paisley’s 2001 sophomore album Part II and as recently as his 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk.  That album is Paisley’s most recent album and one of the most heavily represented in this set.  A total of four songs were pulled from that album.  5th Gear (2007) is also represented with four of its songs included in the set list.  Other hits included in the set list include: ‘I’m Gonna Miss Her,’ ‘Alcohol and ‘American Saturday Night’ among so many others.  There’s even a short rendition of John Denver’s hit song and WVU favorite ‘Country Roads, Take Me Home’ included in the show.  Obviously there’s no way that Paisley could have represented all ten of his current albums in one show.  So while it’s not necessarily a career-defining performance, it still presents a healthy portion of Paisley’s catalogue.  Keeping that in mind, the concert’s set list shows clearly why it is such an important piece of the concert’s presentation.  It is just one of the recording’s key elements, too.  Paisley’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.

The set list that is featured in Brad Paisley’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of its presentation.  It pulls from eight of Paisley’s ten current albums, representing a healthy swath of the veteran musician’s career.  Keeping that in mind, the recording’s set list is clearly an integral piece of the recording’s presentation.  It is just one of the concert’s key elements, too.  Paisley’s performance of that set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  His performance stands out in the best way possible.  From start to finish, Paisley makes a full connection with the audience, and the audience shows its appreciation for that connection, too.  He gives each song his full attention, yet flows so easily through each song like it was old hat (and it probably was).  The thing of it is that throughout each song, Paisley still presents an air of so much enjoyment.  Considering that Paisley has been recording and touring since 1999, that says a lot.  It shows he genuinely was having a good time at his hometown show.  It’s just one way in which Paisley’s performance proves so important to this recording’s presentation.  His general interaction with his audience adds even more importance to his performance.

Paisley’s clear enjoyment in his performance of the concert’s set list translates wonderfully on screen. Even though he has been recording and touring since 1999, he shows throughout each song that he clearly still enjoys being on stage.  It’s just one way in which Paisley’s performance proves so important to this recording’s overall presentation.  His general interaction with the audience makes his performance even more entertaining.  At various points throughout the concert, Paisley casually takes attendees’ smart phones and proceeds to record videos and take pictures before returning them to their owners.  This happens far more than once, too.  It shows so much humility on his part.  He openly welcomes the chance to entertain audiences even with something as menial as taking pictures and recording himself.  It delivers such a loud statement from such a simple action.  That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, too.  Paisley presents one young fan with his own hat at the show’s end, making that young man’s day.  At another point in the show, Paisley takes the guitar he is playing, raises it up and signs it personally, and proceeds to give the instrument to another young fan.  The look on the young man’s face was like that of a child on Christmas morning.  It is a truly touching moment.  He even takes time to joke with the WVU student body about the school’s rivalry with the likes of The University of Texas and Pittsburgh as part of his performance of ‘Country Nation.’  It is a great light-hearted moment that put a smile on any viewer’s face.  Between these moments and so many others, Paisley’s interaction with his audience couples with his performance of the show’s set list to make the performance in whole its own important piece of the recording’s overall presentation.  Even with its clear importance, Paisley’s performance in this concert is not the last important piece of the recording’s overall presentation.  The concert’s availability on two separate platforms adds even more to its presentation.

The set list featured in Brad Paisley’s new live recording and Paisley’s performance throughout that set list are both key pieces of the recording’s presentation.  They are, however, just two of the recording’s many key elements.  The availability of the concert on separate CD and CD/DVD combo pack is just as important to note in examining this concert’s presentation as the show’s set list and Paisley’s performance throughout.  While the concert is available on both formats, audiences would be more recommended to purchase the DVD/CD combo pack.  That is because the set list differs between the concert’s DVD presentation and CD presentation.  The concert presented in the recording’s DVD presentation shows the full 20-song set while the CD side only includes 13 of the concert’s songs.  What’s more, the sequencing of the recording’s CD set list is greatly different from that of the DVD.  Who is to blame for those decisions is anyone’s guess.  But in defense of MVD Visual, City Drive Films and Landmarks Live In Concert, this is not the first live recording to alter set lists from the same show on varied platforms.  It has happened with any number of acts across the board.  To that end, the varied set list on the two formats is a negative.  But it can be forgiven.  That is because audiences still get the full concert experience in the recording’s DVD presentation.  Considering that the concert’s availability both on CD and DVD/CD combo pack is both a positive and negative in one, there is still plenty more that could be noted in examining this recording’s overall presentation including its production values.  The concert’s sound and video editing make the concert experience even more enjoyable for audiences.  That is because of how well they make the concert translate on screen for audiences.  Those charged with editing the footage captured by the concert’s 20 cameras and the sound captured by the sound engineers are to be commended for their work.  They make the set list and Paisley’s performance of that set list (and his interaction with the audience) all the more enjoyable.  In the end, those production values partner with the concert’s set list, Paisley’s overall performance and the concert’s dual availability to make the overall presentation of this concert outstanding.  In turn, the concert recording in whole proves to be a live offering that Paisley’s fans will appreciate just as much as country fans in general.

Brad Paisley’s new live recording Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU is a recording that his fans will appreciate just as much as country music fans in general.  That is due in part to the concert’s expansive set list.  The set list’s 20 songs pull from eight of Paisley’s 10 current albums and even includes a cover of John Denver’s beloved hit ‘Country Roads, Take Me Home.’  Paisley’s performance both in terms of his general performance and his interaction with the audience strengthens the recording’s presentation even more.  The availability of the concert on both CD and DVD/CD combo pack is both a positive and a negative, but still adds even more to the recording’s presentation.  The recording’s overall production values round out its most important elements.  They expertly translate the concert to home audiences.  Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU proves to be a recording that, again, Paisley’s fans will appreciate just as much as country music fans in general.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this recording is available online now along with Brad Paisley’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Morgan Heritage Succeeds Again With ‘Strictly Roots’ Re-Issue

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Morgan Heritage took home the Grammy last year for the year’s best new reggae album.  Listening through the 13-song record, it is no surprise why the album took the award in the noted category.  The songs’ musical arrangements are anything but strictly roots.  Sure, there are plenty of throwbacks to reggae’s roots in that record, but there are also plenty of more modern influences present throughout the record.  That is one of the aspects that make the album’s recent re-issue stand out.  The bonus disc included in the album’s reissue makes it stand out just as much as the main disc.  The record’s sequencing, especially in its new re-issue.  Each element is important in its own right to Strictly Roots’ recent re-issue.  Altogether, they make this record’s second time out even more enjoyable than its first go-round.

Morgan Heritage’s recently re-issued 2015 album Strictly Roots is an enjoyable second helping of the Grammy Award-winning record. It is just as enjoyable for general reggae fans who are unfamiliar with the group’s work as it is for the group’s more seasoned audiences.  That is due in part to the presentation of the album’s main disc.  All thirteen of the songs featured in the record’s original pressing are also included here.  What is interesting about theses songs is that they are a direct contrast to the album’s title.  That is made clear through their arrangements.  While some of the songs’ arrangements do stay true to reggae’s roots, others feature more modern influences.  ‘Light It Up (ft. Jo Mersa Marley)’ is one of those songs whose arrangement exhibits more modern influences.  Its arrangement includes some obvious hip-hop and dubstep elements that makes it an instant hit.  ‘So Amazing (ft. J Boog, Jemere Morgan & Gil Sharone)’ is another of the record’s songs that features more modern influences.  The song’s pop-infused arrangement, with its keyboards and catchy hooks and choruses, makes it an easy fit for any Top 40 Pop radio station’s playlist.  Much the same can be said of the disc’s closer, ‘Keep On Jammin (ft. Shaggy).’  The guitar-driven song is more rock than reggae, yet doesn’t shun the group’s reggae roots either. Each song shows in its own way why the mix of modern, mainstream elements into Strictly Roots’ otherwise standard reggae sound makes its main disc so important to the presentation of its re-issue.  They aren’t the only songs that stand out, either.  ‘We Are Warriors (ft. Bobby Lee of SOJA)’ is another work that stands out in this record thanks to its arrangement.  When this and the record’s other modern arrangements are set against the record’s purer reggae arrangements, the whole of the record’s songs makes for a listening experience that will entertain a wide array of audiences.  Considering this, the re-issue’s main disc proves, again, to be a key piece of the presentation in its recent re-issue.  It is just one key piece of the re-issue’s presentation.  The bonus disc included in the record’s re-issue is just as important to note as its main disc.

Strictly Roots’ main disc is just one important piece of its presentation in its recent re-issue.  That is because it presents each of the songs included in the record’s original release last year.  Those songs feature not just standard reggae arrangements, but also a handful of more modern, mainstream accessible arrangements, too.  It is clearly an important piece of the record’s presentation in its new re-issue.  It isn’t the only important piece of that presentation.  The bonus disc included in the record’s re-issue is just as important to note as the record’s main disc.  The bonus disc, which is exclusive to the album’s new re-issue is a seven-song presentation that features four compositions not included in the record’s original presentation and three new re-mixes of ‘Light It Up.’  The four “new” songs were pieces that didn’t make the cut for the album’s original release.  So while they aren’t necessarily new per se, they are new in the case that audiences hadn’t been lucky enough to hear them in the record’s first release.  Audiences will note that Morgan Heritage presents even more modern influence here in ‘Come Fly (ft. Flogging Molly).’  For those who might not be aware, Flogging Molly is a well-known Celtic rock outfit whose sound is similar in style to that of Dropkick Murphys.  The group’s sound takes center stage in this work.  It mixes with the group’s reggae sound for another song that stands firmly on its own merits.  It serves as one more example, too, of what makes Strictly Roots anything but strictly roots – even in its re-issue.

The final three songs presented in the album’s bonus disc are re-mixes of ‘Light It Up.’  The songs, like the record’s first four tracks, were not included in the album’s original release last year.  It goes without saying that each re-worked arrangement of the song stands firm on its own merits.  The song’s Silencyde remix leads the way, and justifiably so.  It is the strongest of the trio of re-mixes.  It takes the dubstep elements infused into the song’s original presentation and steps them up even more along with its hip-hop elements.  The song’s Guido Craveiro re-mix comes second in the series.  It is more of a strictly hip-hop infused re-mix of the song.  Though, there are some dubstep elements infused into its arrangement.  The combination of the two elements makes it enjoyable in its own right.  When these re-mixes are coupled with the previously unreleased songs they make this addition to Strictly Roots’ original album just as important to the album’s re-issue as the original album.  It isn’t the only important piece of the re-issue’s presentation.  The album’s sequencing is just as important as the songs presented in either of the discs.

The songs that are presented in both discs of Strictly Roots’ recent re-issue are in themselves a big part of what makes the album so enjoyable.  They aren’t just standard reggae roots compositions.  They also feature more modern arrangements and elements.  The fact that the songs included in the re-issue’s new bonus disc are previously unreleased material, they complete the record and give audiences a full listening experience.  The album’s overall sequencing completes that experience.  The sequencing of the record’s main disc keep the energy flowing from beginning to end. Audiences will note the songs’ arrangements pick up and pull back at all of the right points.  That in itself will keep audiences engaged.  The sequencing as it applies to the record’s songs themselves is just as important to note.  Audiences will note that the more mainstream songs aren’t all just put together in one string of songs.  Rather, they are spread out.  This gives audiences something to look forward to with each song’s passing.

The sequencing of the re-issue’s bonus disc is just as important to note as that of its main disc.  That is because it stands separate from the sequencing of the main disc.  Audiences will note in this disc, that the previously unreleased songs are all grouped together while the remixes make up the second half of the disc.  At the same time, the previously unreleased songs do mix up the styles and energy just as much as the songs featured in the album’s lead disc.  Keeping that in mind, the album’s sequencing – both in its main and bonus disc – proves to be just as important to the album’s presentation in its new re-issue as the songs themselves.  When the songs featured in the album’s main and bonus disc are set against their sequencing, the whole of those elements makes the album’s presentation – and overall listening experience – enjoyable both for reggae fans in general and for the group’s more seasoned audiences.

Morgan Heritage’s recent re-issue of its Grammy Award-winning 2015 album Strictly Roots is a solid follow-up to its predecessor.  It is a record that reggae fans in general will enjoy just as much as the group’s more seasoned audiences.  That is exhibited through the record’s primary disc and its newly included bonus disc.  The record’s primary disc includes all of the songs featured in the record’s initial disc and present arrangements that are not just “strictly roots.”  They present modern, mainstream accessible arrangements as well as traditional reggae arrangements.  The first four songs presented in the record’s bonus disc do much the same with their arrangements.  They were songs that didn’t make the cut for the album’s original presentation.  The disc’s last three songs, re-mixes of ‘Light It Up’ broaden that experience even more.  When that wide array of arrangements is set against the songs’ sequencing, the overall effect will certainly keep listeners engaged.  Each element is clearly important in its own right, as has already been noted.  All things considered, Strictly Roots’ new re-issue is a solid second helping of Morgan Heritage’s most recent studio record.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Strictly Roots’ new re-issue is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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