Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby soxtalon » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:11 am

Got my digital copy. Quick review - I've managed to listen once through (admittedly while driving etc. so nothing too in depth).

My quick and dirty review...Fits well with Anthems. But closer to straight pop. Brian says it's combining musical theater with rock but it's not...it's pure pop. Which is a valid choice but *shrug*. There are some nice flashes here and there and if you liked Anthems, I feel you'll dig Golden Days.

Track by track:

Love In A Rainbow - Overuse of echoechoecho effects....lyrics are a bit treacly but the sound is nice. EDITED - Not one of the better ones. This one actually shrank on me (opposite of grow) - just way too cheesy. A nice idea pops in now and then but it's just cheesy.

Roll With You - You've heard it. It's grown on me a bit tbh. But nothing spectacular

Golden Days - I wished they'd covered Crazy Nights instead :P I never really dug the original and this does nothing to change my mind. -- EDITED in - this grew on me a little. Not much but there's than....

It's Gonna Be All RIght (The Panic Attack Song) - Some nice work in here but buried by vocal effects and whispering and attempted....I'm not even sure. It sits along side all the other B/K "originals"

Amazing Grace - Unnecessary. Just bla straight forward - why bother?

One Voice - All heard it already, but one of the better tracks on the album It just sits right in the arrangement, and I like Brian's voice on it.

If I Loved You - Again not a big fan of the original...and I actually like musical theater so it's not just a rock guy dissing a show tune....this does nothing for me

Born Free - the Electric arrangement which is nice if only because we've heard the acoustic one a ton

Parisienne Walkways - I dug this one. I know some don't, but this one did the trick for me

I Who Have Nothing - Probably my favorite on the album. This is the closest we get to musical theater/rock. If you caught the one time they did it in Italy with Zucchero's daughter - the electric guitar arrangement, then you've heard this - just cleaned up a bit. Some nice Brian work here.

The Kissing Me Song - I Definitely a different version than the single verison - The opening has a more enhanced keyboard sounding plunking and the ending is a true studio ending. I think this one despite some dumb lyrics is a better original than Roll With You - as there are some good rock and roll moments....for a pop song

Story Of A Heart - This one could grow on me. I'll have to listen again honestly....But the beginning speaking part makes it very hard not to turn it off. SO CRINGY and awful. The song itself is not bad.

Can't Help Falling In Love - A nice cover - a nice attempt to sound like a genuine slice of time here. Some nice vocal harmonies.

All in all I have to listen a bit more but it's a nice listen. Nothing essential but I'll give it a listen to now and again.


EDITED in after a proper listen - I don't change much except I will say I'm not going to listen to it much more if I'm honest. Not my cup of tea really but some good moments are in there here and there - just not enough to be a regular...
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby BitterTears » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:09 am

It's on Spotify now
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby Capt. Den Ronson » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:20 am

BitterTears wrote:It's on Spotify now


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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby soxtalon » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:45 pm

Edited my review after an actual listen...not for the better unfortunately
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby hotspace1966 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:15 am

My copy arrived Friday morning delivered to my work, when i left the office forgot to take the copy with me.It still sits buried under some paperwork. Years ago i probably would have listed to it straight away but still can't get excited about this release.
I will no doubt give it a listen in the car this week sometime, although not sure what disc to replace it with as i am currently listening to Kate Bush Before the Dawn live, Extreme Pornographiti live, Tyketto 'Reach' and Sgt Pepper and not sure i want to replace them with Golden days just yet !!!!
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby cmsdrums » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:52 am

hotspace1966 wrote:My copy arrived Friday morning delivered to my work, when i left the office forgot to take the copy with me.It still sits buried under some paperwork. Years ago i probably would have listed to it straight away but still can't get excited about this release.
I will no doubt give it a listen in the car this week sometime, although not sure what disc to replace it with as i am currently listening to Kate Bush Before the Dawn live, Extreme Pornographiti live, Tyketto 'Reach' and Sgt Pepper and not sure i want to replace them with Golden days just yet !!!!


Great selection! - got all those on rotation at present with the exception of Kate Bush...Thunder's 'Rip it Up' takes her place for me!
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby hotspace1966 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:01 am

Yup... Thunder will be on the list soon but also just dug out Magnum 'Wings of heaven' live album i want to give a spin.
Think Kerry may have to take a back seat for a bit...
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby Kes » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:15 pm

Before The Dawn is a cracking live album though, just a shame that she didn't put out an accompanying video format for it. Paricularly like 'The Ninth Wave' section of it, despite having the Hounds Of Love album since it came out, the second side had never really bit me. It has now!

Bought Golden Days today. Hmmm, it's still in the shrink wrap. Think I'll save it for a drive into work.
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby hotspace1966 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:41 am

Agreed...A DVD of the show would have completed the release nicely, i was lucky enough to have got a ticket for one of the shows and is right up there with one of the best i have seen without a doubt and seems a shame that anyone not fortunate enough to have been there have not yet had a chance to witness it.
Golden Days still sits on my desk unopened.....
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby BitterTears » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:23 am

To be honest, mine is also still in the shrink-wrap, and has migrated onto the CD shelf. Has anyone who bought it actually opened it?!
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby TheHero » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:18 pm

BitterTears wrote:To be honest, mine is also still in the shrink-wrap, and has migrated onto the CD shelf. Has anyone who bought it actually opened it?!





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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby Capt. Den Ronson » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:14 pm

Brian looks like my Auntie Pam.
 
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby action » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:31 pm

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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby Kes » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:33 pm

Poor old sausage, I know the feeling! Took longer getting through the sellophane that he did explaining what was inside it.
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Re: Brian May/Kerry Ellis album "Golden Days"

Postby Capt. Den Ronson » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:32 pm

The only unwrapped copy in existence.
 
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