Rebecca Angel’s Debut LP Is A Record That A Targeted Audience Will Love

Courtesy: Timeless Groove Records

Up-and-coming singer Rebecca Angel is scheduled to release her debut album Friday.  Love Life Choices is scheduled for release through Timeless Grooves Records.  The 10-song record is a presentation that will find appeal among a very fixed audience.  That is because it is composed primarily of covers of well-known pop songs.  This is an unorthodox approach to a debut record, but it is an approach that Angel opted to take nonetheless.  It limits the record’s reach, but will still appeal to certain audiences regardless.  The most notable of the covers that Angel tackles in this record is that of ‘Just The Two of Us.’  It will be discussed shortly.  Her take on Bob Marley’s ‘Waiting in Vain’ is another of the most notable of the featured covers.  It will be discussed a little later.  The cover of Sade’s ‘Maureen’ is yet another take that stands out in this collection.  It will also be discussed later.  When these three songs are considered along with the others (and even Angel’s two originals that close out the album), the whole makes the record worth hearing at least once.

Rebecca Angel’s debut album, Love Life Choices is a presentation that at least some audiences will love.  That is even with the record being a covers compilation.  Among the most notable of the record’s covers is that of Bill Withers’ ‘Just The Two of Us.’  Angel’s take on the classic song stays largely true to its source material.  As a matter of fact, it stays so close to the original composition that it holds its own with that timeless tune right down to the subtle guitar line and keyboards.  Angel is to be commended for the path that she and her fellow musicians took on this cover.  Even the saxophone solo from the original is presented here.  Angel’s take on the song stays that close to the original.  To that end, it keeps the song fresh and entertaining for a whole new generation of audiences.

Angel’s cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Waiting in Vain’ is another standout addition to her debut record.  As with her cover of ‘Just The Two of Us,’ this cover also stays largely true to its source material.  Angel maintains the reggae vibe from Marley’s original, which is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences.  What Angel adds to the mix here is a touch of a lounge vibe because of her vocal delivery.  The specific sound of the drums adds to that sense, too, but thankfully not so much that they doom the cover.  They are used just lightly enough to make the song still a positive take on the song.  The guitar solo is a little bit overdone, too, but again, thankfully does not doom the cover in this case.  All things considered, it is still a cover that is deserving of some praise.

The cover of Sade’s Maureen’ is yet another addition to Angel’s debut record that adds to its success.  As with the other two songs, Angel stays largely true to the song’s source material here.  Angel’s take steps things up a little bit, making it sound like a mix of Sade’s original and something akin to works from Ani DiFranco.  In other words, she gives the song even more of a pop sensibility in her take.  When this cover is considered along with the others examined here, the others featured in the record and even Angel’s original compositions, the whole makes her record a presentation that audiences will find worth hearing at least once.

Rebecca Angel’s debut record Love Life Choices is a presentation that a very targeted audience will love.  That is because the record is composed primarily of cover tunes.  The covers mostly stay true to their source material while also adding the slightest pop touch.  The only cover that really can be said to come up short is her cover of Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth.’  That cover only does a disservice to the original.  Other than that one point, the rest of the record holds its own.  To that end, the record in whole deserves to be heard at least once.  It is scheduled for release Friday through Timeless Groove Records.  More information on the record is available along with all of Rebecca Angel’s latest news at:

Website: https://Rebeccaangel.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccaangeljazz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rebeccajoangel


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‘Live From The Waterfront’ Will Appeal To Brent & Co.’s Fans, Roots Rock Fans Alike

Courtesy: Brent & Co./Library of Congress

Independent roots rock band Brent & Co. is doing its part to help audiences get their live music fix while they wait for live venues to reopen with a new live recording of its own.  The band released its new live recording Live From the Waterfront July 14.  Originally captured Aug. 16, 2019 at The Yards Park in Washington D.C. as part of the free Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series, the band’s 10-song set is available to stream free here.  It is notable in part because of that noted 44-minute set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance thereof is also of note.  It will be discussed a little later.  The concert’s production and mixing rounds out its most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make the recording another positive addition to the band’s already growing catalog.

Brent & Co.’s new live recording Live From The Waterfront is a positive new presentation from the independent roots rock band.  It is a presentation that will appeal to the band’s established fan base as well as fans of the roots rock world in general.  Its success comes in part through its 44-minute set list.  The set list in question features songs from each of the band’s records and also features a handful of unique cover songs.  The band’s most recent record, Anacostia Songs Vol. 1 (2018) gets the most nods at three.  The band’s self-titled EP, released in 2015 is represented by two songs.  The band’s 2012 EP Not How We Dream also gets a nod in this set.  Joining these songs are covers of Van Morrison’s beloved song, ‘Wild Night,’ ‘Ray LaMontagne’s ‘You Are The Best Thing’ and Ah Ha’s ‘Take On Me.’ The show’s closer, ‘Use Me’ is a cover of Bill Withers’ hit song ‘Use Me.’ Between these covers and the band’s own original songs, audiences get through this performance a relatively clear picture of the band’s catalog, it influences and interests.  In other words, the recording’s set list makes for a strong starting point for Live From the Waterfront.  It is enough to certainly get even the most casual listeners interested in the rest of the band’s work.  This is just one of the recording’s key aspects.  The band’s performance of said set list adds even more to its appeal.

The band’s performance of its set list is important to note because it is that performance that ensures listeners’ maintained engagement and entertainment.  The band’s performance of ‘Use Me’ is just one example of what makes the band’s performance its own positive mark.  Drummer Dominic Fragman’s solo forms the song’s backbone.  He handles the rhythms here will the fullest confidence, never once losing the beat as he makes his way through his extensive solo.  Saxophonist Derrick Michaels adds his own flare throughout the song, too, with his bluesy, funky arrangement.  Front man Brent Peterson and bassist Joe Martone meanwhile add their own subtle flare to the song to keep the song’s energy high, ensuring that much more, listeners’ engagement.  Peterson’s performance in ‘Dueling Creek’ is another high point in terms of the band’s performance.  The song itself conjures thoughts of Zac Brown Band, even with the sax line added to its presentation.  Peterson’s presence is so laid back as he and his band mates make their way through the semi-beachy composition.  The ease of his performance on the slide guitar, from Michaels on that subtle sax line and from Fragman as he keeps time maintains that gentle, laid back sense.  It likely relaxed audiences who took in the show, and will do much the same for home audiences.  The subtlety in the band’s performance of the show’s opener, ‘Float Away’ is another way in which the band’s performance shines in this recording.  Peterson’s performance and that of Fragman here does so well to help translate the emotion in the song’s music and lyrics, which focus on a gentle journey down the Anacostia River from Dueling Creek down to the National Arboretum.  The duo’s performance makes it so easy for audiences to get lost in the relaxing arrangement and its equally gentle lyrics.  It’s just one more way in which the band’s performance proves the importance of the band’s performance in its new live recording.  When it is considered with the other performance aspects noted here and the rest of the featured performances, the whole makes clear the impact that the band’s performance of its set list has on the recording’s presentation.  Together with the set list itself, the two elements give listeners lots of reason to take in this recording.  They are just a pair of notable elements to examine.  The recording’s production and mixing are important to examine in their own right.

The recording’s production and mixing prove important in more than one way.  On one hand, audiences have to take into account that the band’s performance at the Yards Park was an outdoor performance.  It was not at a major venue with all kinds of high-tech audio, yet those behind the boards and the post production were able to fully pick up the audio.  There is no loss at any point throughout the course of the broadcast.  What’s more, the audience noise was just subtle enough in its presentation thanks to the production and mixing.  At times, it is difficult to hear, while at others, it is there just enough.  This is key to note in that it serves as a reminder of the “intimacy” of the performance.  So many live recordings out there are held at major venues, but this performance was in a more “natural” setting.  Getting to hear that difference in the crowd noise actually has its own aesthetic impact on the experience.  That those responsible for the production and mixing were able to accent that aspect of the performance adds even more enjoyment to its presentation.  When this aspect is considered with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the entirety of the recording proves wholly enjoyable regardless of one’s familiarity with Brent & Co.

Brent & Co.’s new live recording Live From the Waterfront is a work that will help any roots rock fan get over the live music blues.  While presented only through Spotify, it is still an enjoyable presentation in its own right.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  The set list presents a relatively healthy cross section of the band’s current catalog — which is composed of two EPs and an LP – as well as showing some of the band’s influences.  The band’s performance of said set list adds its own appeal point for listeners, as does the production and mixing.  All three elements noted are important in their own right to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, they make Live From the Waterfront a live recording that any roots rock fan will enjoy.  It is available now to stream live through Spotify.  More information on the recording is available along with all of Brent & Co.’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://brentandco.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brentandco

Twitter: http://twitter.com/brentandco

 

 

 

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Black Label Society Debuts Song From Upcoming Live CD/DVD, Blu-ray

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Entertainment One

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Entertainment One

Zakk Wylde and his Black Label brethren have released a new song.  The song, titled ‘Ain’t Not Sunshine When She’s Gone’ is a mournful bluesy type of song.  It was originally written by blues legend Bill Withers.  The entirely acoustic piece is one of two cover songs that will be included on the upcoming Black Label Society CD/DVD, Unblackened.  The song is streaming online now at Rolling Stone magazine’s website.  Fans can listen to it now at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/black-label-society-cover-bill-withers-sunshine-song-premiere-20130809

Unblackened will be available Tuesday, September 24th.  It will be distributed through the band’s current label, Entertainment One.  Along with its CD/DVD release, Unblackened will also be released on Blu-ray.  The double-disc CD release of Unblackened will contain six tracks not included on the DVD, including acoustic takes of ‘Queen of Sorrow’ and ‘Won’t Find It Here’ and covers of Leon Russell’s ‘Song For You’ and the aforementioned Bill Withers cover. 

Unblackened was filmed and recorded earlier in 2013 at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia.  It features performances of some of the band’s most well-known hits stripped down in an acoustic setting.  The DVD and Blu-ray will include as bonus features:  an interview with Zakk Wylde, a photo gallery, a music video for the band’s song, ‘Losin’ Your Mind’ from Zakk’s Pride and Glory solo record, and a feature with Zakk making a visit to the British prison, HM Prison Stocken. 

The DVD/Blu-ray and CD track listings are available below.

DVD/Blu-ray Track Listing

1.) Losin’ Your Mind
2.) The Blessed Hellride
3.) Sold My Soul
4.) Road Back Home
5.) Spoke In The Wheel
6.) House Of Doom
7.) Queen Of Sorrow
8.) Machine Gun Man
9.) Sweet Jesus
10.) In This River
11.) Throwin’ It All Away
12.) Takillya (Estyabon)
13.) Won’t Find It Here
14.) Rust
15.) Speedball
16.) I Thank You Child
17.) Stillborn

 

CD Track Listing

Disc I

1. Losin’ Your Mind
2. The Blessed Hellride
3. Sold My Soul
4. Road Back Home
5. Spoke In the Wheel
6. House Of Doom
7. Queen Of Sorrow
8. Machine Gun Man
9. Sweet Jesus
10. In This River
11. Throwin’ It All Away

 

Disc 2

1. Takillya (Estyabon)
2. Won’t Find It Here
3. Rust
4. Speedball
5. I Thank You Child
6. Stillborn
7. Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (cover)
9. Lovin’ Woman
10. Queen Of Sorrow (unplugged)
11. Song For You (cover)
12. Won’t Find It Here (unplugged)
13. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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