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Bongo Boy Records Makes It Clear Once Again That A Love Song Is A Song First And About Love Second. New Album Release LOVE IS Volume Two By Various Artists WORLDWIDE
For Immediate release
Belvidere, New Jersey USA
May 18, 2018
Bongo Boy Records LLC (680193999390)
Love Is Volume Two is the second installment of love songs from various artists release on Bongo Boy Records. Volume One was released on 10.24.17.
This album release is featuring award-winning recording artists. Love Is Volume Two is available as digital download and physical album (CD). Worldwide Distributed including in the hottest music market today ASIA; as digital download and streaming.
Album Page: https://bongoboyrecords.com/loveisvolumetwo/
A L B U M * R E V I E W
Love is Volume Two by Various Artists
Today I received a request to review Bongo Boy’s latest love song compilation album entitled Love is Volume Two. Since I enjoyed volume one I thought, “sure, this should be good, besides Johnny Douglas (Zombie Garden Club) is in the lead off spot and I have been a Zombie Head for a while.” So with expectations high I cued up the sound files.
1. Johnny Douglas - Leave the Light On 3:02 - The first thing the listener notices is the piano. Johnny can play! I am a sucker for piano rock. Elton John and Bruce Hornsby and, lest I forget, the iconic Steve Winwood are among my favorite musicians. This is not hyperbole when I say that Johnny can go toe to toe with any of those artists. The man can rock hard when he wants to or, as he does in this song he can play and sing so beautifully the Wicked Witch of the West would make peace with the Munchkins.
2. Inches From Sin - Laid My Heart Out 3:23 - Inches from Sin are another Bongo Boy artist that has been around for a while. In addition to having one of the coolest band names I have ev-er heard, they are also very good players. The blues/country guitar that starts off the song is great. When the vocals come in all I can do is listen, these two blend so well together. There is a definite melancholy country vibe to this track, yet they manage to incorporate some rather classical strings while the drummer just lays down a groove that is sure to keep everyone’s attention (well, okay perhaps not everyone’s but the man has my attention). The ending is a bit of a surprise and the violins? Or are they chellos? play what come across as classical power chords - take that Yo Yo Ma!
3. Studeo - I'm Falling For You 4:11 - This is another Bongo Boy band that I really like. The intro is dominated by a very emotional, sad guitar. When her vocals come in the song hits a new level as the band locks in. That tremendous voice and the excellent guitar work would bring out the emotion in even the most hard-core biker. The bottom line is that this is a very good song. Love songs, as Bongo Boy defines them are songs first and about love second. This stuff is much better than that muzak made up of Silly Love Songs (cough cough Paul McCart-ney cough cough). With this track, Studeo remains one of my favorite Bongo Boy artists.
4. Gar Francis - Man On The Moon 2:57 - Gar is the master. I have not heard anything by Gar that I have not liked. I can only think of a few other artists in that league, one being the genius Smokey Robinson. Gar starts with a very melodic intro before his trademark sensitive, yet somehow menacing vocals come in. The thing is, once you get past the intimidation factor, you realize Gar is singing a very sensitive song in which he expresses his deepest feelings. I get the same feeling when I hear Alice Cooper singing Only Women Bleed. Once you get past the make-up, the snake, and the decapitation you realize that Alice is a very sensitive, forward thinking guy.
5. Kama Ruby - It's Fine With Me 3:51- Interesting! This is a heavy love song. I dig the bass and the horn. Kama Ruby has a great voice! Is that a flute I hear? The jazz vibe almost makes me thing of Steely Dan, except the vocals have a hard edge to them. I think we may have found a new genre “Punk-Jazz”. WOW, when she hits those high note I am gobsmacked. This is one wickedly talented band that I simply must see live!
6. EG Holmes - Would You Do Anything For Love feat. Jackie Cespedes Molinary 3:32 - In the name of full disclosure, I must mention that my sister is a HUGE EG Holmes fan. Of course when you hear the piano come in and the beautiful melody, it is easy to see why Sister-Grouch digs this guy. Jackie Cespedes Molinary’s vocals are nothing short of haunting. EG and Jackie together have done the nearly impossible; they take the listener to a place of liminality where time stops and there is only the here and now.
7. Above The Sun – Bella 2:58 - Above The Sun is another returning Bongo Boy artist that can rock in their own particular island way. I am really impressed with the bass player. He and the percussion section are locked in while the background singers provide a bit of old-time soul. The vocals are good and flow nicely over the massive groove the band is laying down. Even when the guitar steps up for some nice picking, that bass is still there almost daring the guitar to take the spotlight. Really, the entire band sounds good, but for me personally there is some-thing almost magical about the groove the percussion and bass are putting out.
8. Susan SurfTone - If I Knock 3:33 - The amazing Susan SufTone, the coolest former federal agent I know, is back. I have been digging Susan’s stuff for a long time. The woman can play! God there is almost nothing cooler than a smashing drum intro followed by a gnarly surf guitar. Okay, I guess this is a love song, but in all honesty I am too busy listening to the drummer throwing in his machine gun fills which cue Susan to open up and make her guitar scream. This is a very tight band that must be a massive party live!
9. Mark Baxter - Love Is (acoustic version) 3:19 - This is an old school love song that is reminiscent of the 1950s early love songs that were considered scandalous at the time. Overall, Mark has a good voice and the music is well played. I just can’t shake the Buddy Holly feeling of this song, (Just to clear that is a very good thing.)
10. NazB - Stay For Better 3:48 - Interesting beginning. Is that an organ that morphs into an electric piano? I dig the powerful, yet simplistic drums. You don’t need to be John Bonham to rock. NazB has a very unique voice. I hear a reggae vibe which is cool. I like this song, but find myself wondering what their live show is like. I have the feeling that at any moment this song could erupt into a blistering jam, but I imagine that is saved for the live show.
11. EG Holmes - Would You Stay If I Write A Love Song feat. David Vanden Enden 3:53 - EG is back and Sister-Grouch will be really happy when I share these tracks with her. This song starts out quite mellow, then the tempo picks up. EG’s killer voice blows the roof off and the smoking guitar sends in into orbit. This is EG doing what he does best, that is he ROCKS. Okay, this is a love song and the lyrics are sensitive, which I am sure will not be lost on Sister-Grouch, but for me those pipes and that massive, wickedly played solo are just too cool! Dude, even your love songs smoke. Well, done!
12. Studeo - Can't Stop Loving You 3:38 - Studeo is back and I am glad they are. This is a very pretty song with a great guitar line. The band absolutely hits a groove. Slow dancers at proms across America will love this song. The thing that sets it apart from many other slow dance songs is her voice. The vocals are a pleasure to listen to. Give this song a listen and I am sure you will agree. Don’t stop listening though or you may just miss some outstanding fret work on the lead guitar. Overall, this is a good song by a very good band.
13. Frank Piombo - Our Love feat. Angelo Uccello & Angela Marcone 4:13 - This is interest-ing. The beginning piano run made me think this was going to be swinging jazz track, but then the vocals came in and I can hear this song should be a staple on any mellow-rock station. There is a definite 1970s vibe going on here. The horn work is particularly nice. All in all, this is a very pretty song.
14. The Corridors – Grace 3:56 - The rain sound effect is kind of cool and the piano chords give an ominous sound. Then something really cool happens. his voice comes in and I am reminded of U2 back when they were a good band. Yeah yeah I know a lot of people still like U2, but personally I think their last good album was The Unforgettable Fire. That is exactly the album I could imagine this song being on. The vocals are intense and moving and the music is unexpected, just the way U2 blew our minds before they became “Rock Stars”. Overall, this is an excellent track. Give it a listen and I think you will agree.
So what is the bottom line? Bongo Boy has once again made clear that a love song is a song first and about love second. The lyrics on all of these songs are sensitive and even heart touch-ing, but it is the music that stands out in my mind. The music is good, very good. This album would make a fine addition to any collection.
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