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Trevor Rabin's "Jacaranda" CD
Finally got around to writing about this CD. There are a couple of gems on this one.
Most surprising is the song "Killarney 1 & 2". It is one of the rare songs that showcases
Trevor's keyboard playing and it is one that is a very pleasant surprise! The piano playing is
just beautiful. Listen to it and you'll see why.
The other gem I found on this CD was the song "Freethought". I can just picture myself listening to this
jazz-tinged song high up in a high-rise apartment looking out on the city lights at night. It has such
a pleasing flow to it - I can picture having a cocktail party while this is playing in the background.
All in all this was an unusual CD from Trevor, but one that I genuinely enjoyed.
New Video Page!
With Youtube out there, some videos (though not much) are being put out there of this group!
I only found 2 for the group, but hopefully in the future more will pop up. You can see the
video page by clicking here: Videos
New LP by Trevor Rabin is coming soon!
Sounds like a new album is coming out by Trevor Rabin this January 13th (his birthday -
hee-hee, what perfect timing). It's an instrumental jazz/rock LP called "Jacaranda".
It'll be nice to see what Trevor has conjured up on his own - it has been so long!
Duncan Faure Anthology CD
If you haven't heard about it already, Duncan Faure has put out a 2-CD collection of his
musical history from his first band Orange Cashboat to his solo career. There are
some gems on this compilation. Most notably you get to hear 2 singles from his first band,
Orange Cashboat. The songs have a 60ish sound to them that shows off his talent
even that early in his career. I particularly like "Girl On Her Own". As you probably
know, Duncan has a voice that is reminiscent of the late John Lennon and you can
hear the resemblance on many of these songs. He does a good rendition of Nik
Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good". I also like the songs "In The Right Place"
(during his Karu time), "Oh You Make Me Blue", "Man Of A Thousand Dreams",
"Get Inside Of Your Heart", and the "Christmas Song". This is an excellent CD
that introduces you to the many bands Duncan has been in (unfortunately none from the
Rollers era are on this). Considering that many of the records from these bands are
hard to come by, this CD allows you the chance to hear them. To see info on this CD
compilation, click here: Anthology
Correction on Yes Greek Concert
Ooops, my bad. It turns out that it wasn't Jon Anderson after all in this lineup but someone
by the name of Benoit David and that the keyboardist is none other than Rick Wakeman's
son, Oliver Wakeman. Special thanks to Doug who notified me of this error. Thanks
Yes Greek Concert with Guest Star: Trevor Rabin!
The guys look and sound in fine form - even after all these years. Jon looks good in a
smart haircut and Trevor is just as good as ever. Not sure who was playing on the
keyboards (Rick Wakeman?) but the lineup for this rendition of "Owner of a Lonely
Heart" was Steve Howe, Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, and Alan White?
on drums. Someone was able to create a Youtube video of this and you can see it at:
YES - Owner of a Lonely Heart - Greek 7-9-2010.mov Isn't Youtube grand?
It's been so long, hasn't it? But I couldn't resist telling you about something that
a little elf shared with me... No, I can't tell you who this elf is (that would spoil the
fun!) but I can tell you what he told me. It seems that Trevor's son has now ventured
into the producing field! And he has produced a song by a musical group called Group!
(Yeah, I know, how original.) But that's not all... Ryan also plays the drums on the
song he produced for the group. The song is called "Colours" and you can find
the MP3 for it here: http://neongoldrecords.blogspot.com/. Give it a listen. I think
you're going to like it as I did. I can understand how Ryan chose this group to
produce. The lead vocalist has a good voice and Ryan's drummer is just perfect.
Look for the song "Colours" (there's a picture of a woman wearing a "colorful"
outfit) under "Round Round Round".
Answers to the trivia puzzle: Answers
New Trivia puzzle
Try your luck and see if you can solve the puzzle to find out the name of Neil Cloud's
personal trainer. Click on the blue "Trivia" link above to click to the puzzle page.
Updates to Ronnie Robot's bio page!
I cannot say for certain that all of this info is true or not, but I did recently hear from someone who
knows Ron and offered this info about him. You can read the update for yourself on Ron's
bio page and if you know something else to add, let me know! To find Ron's
bio page, click on the Members link and then Ron's biography link. Or you can just click here:
Ronnie Robot's Biography and look for the the "Update" towards the bottom of the page.
How Neil Cloud stays in shape
Did you ever wonder how Neil Cloud always managed to stay in shape? He trains with a
personal trainer 5 days a week! It's true (according to a source of mine). Makes you want
to hit those exercise equipment more often, doesn't it? (Well, maybe not. God didn't want us
all to be the same. I personally like to be individualistic that's why I'm still fat.)
New website address for Selwyn
Selwyn has a new website address. You can find it by clicking the "Credits & Links"
hyperlink above or by clicking here: Selwyn
Trevor Rabin Soundtrack Updates
I've added 3 more soundtracks to Rabin's "Other" recordings page: "Deep Blue Sea 1999 Film
Score", "Glory Road", and "The Great Raid". Click here to see: Trevor Rabin's Other Recordings
Selwyn Schneider's CDs: Deep Moments, The Lasting Feeling Of Elevation and Splash
Deep Moments: This album has a very oceanic feel to it which makes the cover design of the CD
appropriate. Selwyn, as usual, is at his best when it comes to instrumentation, production and
arrangements and this album has it all. When I first listened to the album, the first idea that came
to mind was, "This feels like I'm at the beach watching the waves crash along the shore." That's
the impression you come out with once you've heard it the first time. In fact, the songs are so well crafted
that they probably could be used in a movie soundtrack. They would fit in that well with such a medium.
Lasting Feeling Of Elevation: This album has a lot of favorites.
A good compilation of Selwyn's
past works. Excellent production, arrangements and the bass on some of these songs are just great.
This album was a surprise. Selwyn leaves the lead vocals to someone else
but still manages
to leave his mark on the songs. Louis Ribeiro has the perfect voice for these songs. Again, we have at
times a driving bass (which I like very much) and the production is excellent. There is a certain African
feel to some of the songs. I don't know anything about Louis, I would assume he might hail from Africa?
I would say this album in particular is one of Selwyn's best.
Some of the songs that stand out on this album: "Heartbeat of Africa", "Pilot Light", "Wannabe Your Wannabe",
"Do It With Your Heart", "Say Why", "You're Not Alone", and "Big Shot".
A great album that was put together very well. I think you're going to like it.