Dave Mar­tone NAcIMIENTO

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On this in­stru­men­tal out­ing Mar­tone plays ny­lon-string guitar, ca­jon and gen­eral per­cus­sion, the only out­side help com­ing from bassist David Spidel. And what a gem it turns out to be; full of fab­u­lous play­ing and ex­cit­ing ar­range­ments. This is not the usual Amer­i­can song­book plun­der, how­ever; the ma­te­rial is far reach­ing, from Malage­una and clas­si­cal Gas to The Fi­nal count­down and Spi­der-Man, all done with vigour and ap­ti­tude - and Mar­tone is a true ex­pert of the genre. One of the big­gest sur­prises is his ver­sion of Boney M’s Rasputin which re­ally knocks along, and with with a huge sound. It’s im­pos­si­ble not to smile as you lis­ten, and that’s the whole thing about this al­bum: it makes you feel good. It’s about fa­mil­iar songs, great ar­range­ments and all ben­e­fit­ing from fresh, new ideas from an ex­cel­lent player, mak­ing this is a very up­beat and re­ward­ing al­bum to lis­ten to. re­dis­cov­ered and with to­day’s mas­ter­ing tech­niques these per­for­mances have been given a new lease of life. These shows are ear­lier than those fea­tured on the band’s triple live al­bum, Yes­songs and the qual­ity here is amaz­ingly good. For most peo­ple this ‘high­lights’ se­lec­tion of tracks from five dif­fer­ent venues will be a great ad­di­tion to their col­lec­tion but for the hard­ened Yes fan the box set will be noth­ing short of manna from heaven. re­leased way back in 1977, but now avail­able on CD. He’s a fine tune­smith and that is very ev­i­dent on this al­bum. He’s also able to call upon use­ful friends like Ray Thomas and Mike Pin­der from the Mood­ies to join him on the acous­tic-led Sim­ply Magic. He’s also en­listed the help of gui­tarist Chris Sped­ding who proves to be an ex­cel­lent choice, adding fire and au­thor­ity to this al­bum. Be­ing such a piv­otal mem­ber of the Mood­ies it will come as no sur­prise that there are sim­i­lar­i­ties in the ma­te­rial here, but there’s enough that’s dif­fer­ent to make this a very vi­able re­lease; it’s melodic, easy on the ear but full of great per­for­mances and va­ri­ety. Lodge will be tour­ing in the UK with The Moody Blues next month. said, it does fea­ture mu­sic from 1992’s Tubu­lar Bells II plus the more recog­nis­able ra­dio ed­its and sin­gle ver­sions for tracks like Sen­tinel, To Be Free, Far Above The Clouds and the sin­gle remix of Tubu­lar Bells from 2003. Much of Mike’s mu­sic stays within this for­mula, with a few un­usual di­rec­tions; yet un­doubt­edly it has all stood the test of time. While the sec­ond CD will fill in a few gaps for the reg­u­lar Oldfield col­lec­tor, CD one will ap­peal to some­one newly dis­cov­er­ing his mu­sic so this should ap­peal to all. chal­lenge to rein­vent him­self? Well Neil Young, the late Jeff Healey, Joe Bona­massa and Peter Framp­ton for starters but there are oth­ers too. It’s an up­beat al­bum that truly lives up to its ti­tle with lots of vari­a­tion within the blues re­mit. Lit­tle Girl Lost fea­tures Neil Young and is a bit like an over pro­duced ZZ Top track but it works ex­tremely well. Con­fess­ing To The Devil with Healey is a sort of chant over a Bo Did­dley rhythm and the ti­tle track en­lists Framp­ton and fea­tures a nice chord pro­gres­sion. Randy is al­most re-in­vent­ing him­self here but this is a re­ally en­joy­able, driv­ing blues-rock al­bum with some great guitar from all con­cerned.

Mag­ni­tude Records

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