Rare Bird's unpolished but sturdy brand of early progressive rock was built on their heavy keyboard implementations, as they were one of the few bands to produce music without the employment of an electric guitar. Using only a couple of keyboards, a bass guitar, and drums, Rare Bird represented the simplest form of synthesizer prog, but their music ranged anywhere from busy and rambunctious to light and delicate sounding. Sympathy is a compilation that takes five songs from their 1969 self-titled debut album and four tracks from 1970s As Your Mind Flies By and unites them conveniently on one disc…
Veteran Charlie Parker collectors generally know that they should avoid all but his most famous live sessions. It is not that Parker plays badly on this CD reissue (in fact his solo on "Confirmation" is quite miraculous) but, as is often the case with these privately recorded sets, the recording quality is horrible. Bird (with trumpeter Red Rodney, pianist Al Haig, bassist Tommy Potter, and drummer Roy Haynes) plays quite well but these versions only hint at what the music must have sounded like.
Bobby Barth was the lead singer of the British heavy metal group Axe, but his solo debut, Two Hearts - One Beat, was recorded in a sentimental pop style. Bobby Barth is a musician, songwriter, studio owner and producer, with over 50 albums to his credit. Nearly 200 of his songs having appeared on dozens of different artists’ albums. He has toured the world for decades as lead singer and lead guitarist for Southern Rock legends Blackfoot, melodic rock pioneers, Axe, and Aussie superstar, Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo).
Using piano, strings, a wind ensemble, and light percussion, Brion’s score subtly and deftly mirrors the existential ambling of Greta Gerwig’s outstanding coming-of-age film.