Steve Roach and Robert Rich are two of the strongest e-musicians ever - musically, spiritually, and emotionally. But their greatest strengths are their abilities to express themselves musically and to interact cohesively. Rich and Roach approach music from almost completely divergent angles. Roach is always right in the middle of things, searching for answers to his questions. Rich, on the other hand, spends a great deal of time in the setup before diving into the middle. Once there, he begins searching for questions to his answers. Together, these approaches complement each other and they get right down to it…
Steve Forbert's youthful features and boyish voice certainly become misleading once his lyrics are heard. His folk-rock styled songs are usually centered around life's ups and downs and the problems of adulthood, portraying him as an artist who's just trying to get by. Alive on Arrival is an album full of earnest tunes about loneliness, self-worth, aspirations, and disappointments. Forbert's wispy, innocent sounding voice floats gently (and cuts roughly) over his acoustic guitar to homespun ditties with a down-to-earth feel. This album represents Forbert's music perfectly, and even though his latter albums sound less subtle, it is Alive on Arrival that so aptly personifies him.
Although Jackrabbit Slim was Steve Forbert's best-selling album, containing his only Top 40 hit, "Romeo's Tune," and his only other chart single, "Say Goodbye to Little Jo," it took Nemperor (formerly part of CBS, now part of Sony) 17 years to put it out on CD (on September 3, 1996). It sounds as good as it did before, thanks both to Forbert's excellent songwriting (also included: "January 23-30, 1978," one of his best diary songs) and to John Simon's production. In a newly added note, Forbert says Simon was a late addition, after his producer was stolen by Barbra Streisand.
The latest soundtrack album from American composer Steve Jablonsky will be digitally released tomorrow by La-La Land Records, with a limited edition 2-CD set to follow on July 11th, 2017. The film is the latest installment in the 'Transformers' series, which Jablonsky has scored previous films for.
The three guitar heroes jammed at the 1986 Nagano Open Air with the touring band of Jeff Beck, who was promoting his album "Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop" in Japan at the time.
Triple CD release of the folk/rock singer/songwriters long-lost fifth album. Disc one, the title disc itself, is a 13 track, refurbished version of the unreleased fifth album originally produced for Columbia Records by Neil Giraldo in 1983. Robby Turner and Steve Forbert produced this "20/20 hindsight" edition. Disc two consists entirely of previously unreleased Forbert originals. These studio demos, produced by Steve during 1984 and 1985, all feature The Flying Squirrels - John Leventhal, Paul Errico, Frank Campbell - along with drummers Dennis McDermott, Gary Burke or David Rosenberg.