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  • Happy 78th Birthday to Buddy Guy! It's been a year since he released Rhythm & Blues?

    Happy 78th Birthday to Buddy Guy! It's been a year since he released Rhythm & Blues?

  • Exploring the Symphonic Progressive Rock of Netherland's - Minor Giant - On the Road

    Exploring the Symphonic Progressive Rock of Netherland's - Minor Giant - On the Road

New Age Sounds from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins - Found

New Age Sounds from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins - Found

So I made a quick stop at the Echoes with John Diliberto's website this morning and about all I had time for was to check out the album of the month which is Found from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins.
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Denmark's Royal Hunt - A Life to Die For!

Denmark's Royal Hunt - A Life to Die For!

The Music Safari first spotted the Danish prog rock band Royal Hunt a while back, and listened to their 2011 release Show Me How to Live which was the 11th studio album from the band I enjoyed the album and have been looking forward to the release of their new album A Life to Die For, which was released on December 3rd! Since then the album has been on the iPhone and been listening to several times!! If you don't know.....
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New World Music from Anoushka Shankar

New World Music from Anoushka Shankar

Check Out great new music from the daughter of Ravi Shankar and a geat sitar player and composer!
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German Neo-Prog Rockers – Subsignal – Paraiso!

German Neo-Prog Rockers – Subsignal – Paraiso!

The soundtrack for this morning's work around the house was the latest release from Subsignal, a German Neo-Prog (there's that sub-genre again) band Subsignal's latest release Paraíso. Paraiso was released back in September of this year. I listened to the deluxe edition of the album which is two discs. The first disc is Paraiso and the second disc is a collection of various live performances of songs from previous albums, which was great for me, who knew nothing about the band.
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2013 Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Award Winning NewAge Albums explored on my Safari!!

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Over the last year, I have reviewed a several New Age albums. I was happy and surprised to see that several of them recently won Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) music awards! The awards were presented last May. Here are the albums that  I listened to enjoyed and wrote about, that won awards!!

 

Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic – The Safari listens to Tom Carleno’s Perfect Imperfection. (He’s from from Colorado!)

 

 

 

Best Electronic Album - 2013 – New Age Sounds from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins Found -

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2013 – New Age Sounds from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins – Found

Found

So I made a quick stop at the Echoes with John Diliberto’s website this morning and about all I had time for was to check out the album of the month which is Found from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins. After the visit I went to MOG put the album on and the wonderful music of this duo provided a perfect soundtrack for my morning. I think after listening to Found and reading about the music that the two create and the comparisons to other artist I have another all new sub-genre of New Age music to explore. The good thing is that it ties in very well with the symphonic prog music have listened to and like lately!! Helpling is a self-taught musician and composer for film. One of the films Trade Offs, immersed him in the music of India. The score features several guest artists including vocalist Nidhi Bhatmuley David lists Elliot Goldenthal, Edward Shearmur and David Julyan as his favorite film composers, while U2 and Björk afre two of his favorite musicians, . David has also provided several themes, scores and ambient beds for numerous television, corporate and interactive projects. David says this about composing for television  “Creating music for TV is certainly rewarding and streamlines the process in producing my own music.” Helpling’s  debut release, Between Green and Blue, was a finalist for the 1997 INDIE Album-Of- The-Year award. In 1999, David’s second album was Sleeping on the Edge of the World  

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Happy 78th Birthday to Buddy Guy! It’s been a year since he released Rhythm & Blues?

Buddy Guy
Rhythm and Bues

Originally posted on July 30, 2013……

Last year on his birthday Buddy Guy released he album Rhythm and Blues. Boy, could another year have flown by so quickly! (I must be having lots of fun because they keep flying by more quickly-right!)  Yes it has and on this date in 1936, Buddy Guy was born. For those of you non-blues fans here some background on Buddy from Wikipedia:

George “Buddy” Guy (born July 30, 1936[1]) is an American blues guitarist and singer. Critically acclaimed, he is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s Guy was a member of Muddy Waters’ band and was a house guitarist at Chess Records. He can be heard on Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” and Koko Taylor’s “Wang Dang Doodle” as well as on his own Chess sides and the series of records he made with harmonica player Junior Wells.

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The Safari Travels Back to Find Old Folk Friends – Tom Rush and Darryl Purpose

Wrong End of the Rainbow
Wrong End of the Rainbow

On the last few trips to work at Target I turned the iPod to a couple of albums that I haven’t listen to in a long time. The first album was Tom Rush’s 1970 release Wrong End of the Rainbow.  The album was Rush’s first release on Columbia Records after three albums on the Elektra label. The album followed one of my all-time favorite albums The Circle Game, which in my opinion, it did not come close to topping, but the album was still a favorite during my college years, onward. It only took the first few words of the title track, which kicks off the album to have me singing along!! 

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Exploring the Symphonic Prog of Germany’s Traumhaus – Ausgeliefert and Das Geheimnis!

Ausgeliefert
Ausgeliefert

So one of the things that I really like about Prog Rock is that the genre is global in nature, and the bands can virtually come from anywhere in the world!! Typically, most of the vocals are in English making it harder to pinpoint the homeland of the band. That is not a problem with Traumhaus, whose vocals are in their native language – German!! I discovered the band on progstreaming, where I saw their latest release Das Geheimnis (The Secret) I listened for a bit and then went to Spotify to find the album so that I could download it, to listen to it more fully. The album was not a Spotify, I did find though a just released album Ausgeleiffert. The album is a re-release of the band’s self-titled first album, which was released in 2001. The re-re-release includes some new cover art work and two bonus tracks “Die Reise” (The Journey) and Die Andere Seite (The Other Side).

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Exploring the Crossover Prog Rock of Finland’s The Chant – New Haven!

new haven
new haven

The album that was the soundtrack for my run on Thursday was New Haven, the latest release from the Finnish crossover prog. band The Chant. The album has been in my rotation for about a week now and it’s one of those albums, that get better with each repeated listen!

The Chant has been around since 1999. First, there were three Jussi Hämäläinen(guitar/vocals), Mari Jämbäck (keyboards) and Ilpo Paasela (vocals), then four when  Kimmo Tukiainen(guitar) joined the group. The final count which has been fairly stable over the life of the band was six, after Markus Forsström (bass) and Roope Sivén(drums) came on board.

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