Danny Bryant’s Redeyeband: Black and White

Rs. 350 (CD)

The saddest thing about music today is the slow death of most classic genres. With Black and White, Danny Bryant’s Redeyeband attempts to reclaim the lost glory of blues, and sure enough comes up a winner.Danny Bryant’s Redeyeband has been active in the Blues circuit for close to ten years now and he is just getting warmed up. Black and White is their sixth studio album followed up after their “live” compilation album that has taken the European blues community by storm early last year.

Bryant and his three piece blues ensemble make magic with this ten track CD by mixing aggressive rock ’n’ roll with old school blues. The album kicks off with “Tell Me”, a racy, aggressive, guns blazing rock ’n’ roll track, followed by a slower, more blues-ish track called, “Between the Lines”. Love Remains” is a slow, blues love song, Danny wrote for his wife and guitar tech, Kirby Bryant. Bryant puts in the occasional rock ballad with tracks like “Walk Away” and “Old Blues Song”.

Die hard blues fans should not miss tracks like “21”, “Lowdown Blues”, “The Last Goodbye” and “Black and White”, where Danny and the trio show us the true magic of blues and rock ’n’ roll with smooth bass lines and some amazing guitar riffs by Danny. Parts of the CD will make you believe you are listening to a compilation of Joe Satriani’s slower, blues tracks, simply because Danny Bryant’s skill on the guitar is as good as Satriani’s.

Black and White is the perfect excuse to turn up the sound on a Sunday afternoon and just chill out to some old school blues. Black and White is a must buy for all blues fans all over the world. It is a great CD to reboot the blues phase or just fall in love with all over again.

Iron Maiden: Somewhere Back in Time

Rs 350 (CD)

Ask any metal fan worth his salt, who he considers the godfather or metal and Iron Maiden will be their typical answer. Iron Maiden has come a long way since Steve Harris got the group together in 1975. A few line up changes, several successful gigs the world over, two stopovers in our fair country and a massive collection of multi platinum albums and even a video game later, Iron Maiden have established themselves as one of metals greats.

Currently on their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour, Maiden has realized that their fan base seems to be growing exponentially, even connecting with younger, newer fans. Coinciding with the Tour, EMI Records saw it fit to release Somewhere Back in Time, a compilation album of Iron Maiden’s greatest tracks, like a primer to new Iron Maiden fans.

The 15 track compilation houses Maiden’s best between 1980 and 1989, spanning the self titled album Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.The CD opens with Churchill’s infamous speech that Maiden has used time and again to open their concerts with, followed by a live version of “Aces High”.

Of the 15 tracks, four of them are live versions of Maiden songs, with the best of them being Bruce Dickinson singing “Phantom of the Opera” taking off from the original track from the Iron Maiden album, initially sung by then Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno.

Old favourites like “2 Minutes to Midnight”, “Can I Play with Madness”, “The Trooper”, “Wasted Years”, “Run to the Hills”, “Children of the Damned”, “Hallowed be Thy Name”, “Powerslave” and “The Evil that Men Do” form the album with their respective remastered studio versions.

Apart from “Aces High” and “Phantom of the Opera”, “Wrathchild” and “Iron Maiden” are featured as live versions of the tracks. Like every Maiden album, “Somewhere Back in Time” also features the Maiden mascot Eddie in a futuristic avatar breaking out of Egyptian tomb like structure similar to the cover of the Powerslave album.

A good buy for metal fans who have just discovered the magic that is Iron Maiden. There isn’t much here for veteran maiden fans, unless of course they want to complete the ultimate Iron Maiden collection.

AKSHAY RAJMOHAN

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