Reviews and Suggestions

CD Review: Heaven and Earth “Dig”

Back in 1997, guitarist Stuart Smith got together with a rather large group of musicians to record an album of Classic Rock music. Together, this group of musicians (which included the likes of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes and even Steve Priest of the band Sweet) created several different musical formations of the same band which came to be known as Heaven & Earth. Some of the participating musicians in the recording project lent their talents to only one or two of the resulting tracks, while others (including bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori and keyboard player Arlan Schierbaum) were a bigger part of the recording process as they lent their talents to several of those tracks.

After the self-titled album from Heaven & Earth was released, the band later added to that album and the resulting 2004 re-release easily stands as strong as any Classic Rock/Hard Rock release from The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin or even Steve Priest’s band Sweet. It’s the talent of the musicians and the strength of the music that you notice; you would never know the album took seven years to become a reality.

Now, almost a decade after that first album was released, Heaven & Earth have returned. While that first album had its unique circumstances with how it was created and by whom, this new release, entitled Dig, has been written and performed by five main musicians who finally feel like a band. The quintet that brought Dig to life consists of: Guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori and keyboard player Arlan Schierbaum, all of whom participated in the recording process that led to that first album. The final piece is newcomer Joe Retta who adds both vocals and lyrics to the songs.

Reviews and Suggestions Rock History

CD Review: Sweet – Live in America!

the-sweetDuring the history of Rock-N-Roll, there have been many changes as styles and faces have come and gone. And while these styles and faces last for only a while and are gone, what they leave behind changes the path that the music was on forever. One form of rock that helped define the sound of the music (at least for a little while) was Glam Rock.

Glam Rock existed throughout most of the seventies and even into the eighties as some bands continued to create new sounds that would further the genre. When songs like “Boogie Fever,” Funkytown,” and “Staying Alive” were creating a stir in the dancehalls as part of the Disco revolution, people like Alice Cooper, Slade and Gary Glitter were donning outrageous outfits and putting on makeup while putting on wild shows on stage. While Glam Rock was a lot more popular over in England, North America still experienced some of the excitement as songs like “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Part 2” by Gary Glitter did make it onto FM radio over here, if only to moderate success.