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Don Henley "Cass County"


Don Henley will release Cass County, his fifth studio album, and first solo album in 15 years, on September 25, 2015.

Includes the 16 track Deluxe CD Softpack.

Tracklist: Bramble Rose (featuring Mick Jagger & Miranda Lambert), The Cost of Living (featuring Merle Haggard), No, Thank You, Waiting Tables, Take A Picture of This, Too Far Gone, That Old Flame (featuring Martina McBride), The Brand New Tennessee Waltz, Words Can Break Your Heart, When I Stop Dreaming (featuring Dolly Parton), Praying for Rain, Too Much Pride, She Sang Hymns Out of Tune, Train In The Distance, “A Younger Man, Where I Am Now

Cass County was produced by Don Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co-wrote 11 of the songs on the album, and represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey.

Recorded primarily in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dallas, Texas, the album includes guest appearances from Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton.

The Summit "Higher Ground"


"-Wanna make an album? It has to be quick!"

An unexpected clash of elements,
several years in the making but assembled in just a short couple of months.

In October of 2011 Björn Höglund (drummer of EASY ACTION and HOVEN DROVEN)
 made the call to Mats Karlsson (220 VOLT) and explained what he had in mind. For him, a dream team consisting of Mats,
singer and childhood friend Michael Klemmé (MARMALADE SOULS) and bass player Lars Ericsson.

Both with who Björn had played with since eighth grade.
A carefully picked team of great players and established songwriters with the same background,
musical taste and origin. The task; a quickly assembeled album with a nod to the 70:s. Tired of being tied up in several album projects, years in the making,
 Björn wanted to write and record quickly, just like many of his favourite albums
were made in the 70:s , and the music had to fit the same idea. Within hours everyone was on board. At this time Michael and Mats had never even met. Stepping up to the challenge, the boys began writing in January.

Out of some 16 songs written, recording began in April and eleven songs
were completed during the fall of 2012. The result; a modern sounding 70:s rock album with several nods to the all the bands
that shaped Mats, Björn, Michael and Lars musically, without ripping off any of them.

Well crafted songwriting in the hands of potent players
with years of experience from the stage and the studio. This is THE SUMMIT

Sweet Confort Band "The Waiting Is Over"


The Sweet Comfort Band returns!

The funk and jazz are still there, now with almost three decades of maturing as artists thrown in as well. Worth the wait… It seems like several bands and artists from the golden age of ‘Jesus Music’ have been jumping on the kick-starter bandwagon and picking up where they left off – some more successfully than others.

On The Waiting is Over, their first project since 1984′s Perfect Timing, The Sweet Comfort Band doesn’t pick up from where they left off – instead, as The Beatles might say, they got back to where they once belonged. Where Perfect Timing had a big, pre-prog arena sound (thanks in part to the fine production work of Dino Elefante), The Waiting is Over has a more pure band sound that highlights the interplay of the musicians, the excellent songwriting, and the exquisite vocals. Horns and strings? Sure – they’re around where needed (and are wonderfully arranged by Bob Barrett), but the band is never up-staged.

The album opens with the up-tempo, solid groove of “Lay It All On the Line,” featuring Bryan Duncan sounding as if the band never closed up shop, Randy Thomas delivering the most fiery (and the sweetest) guitar lines of his career, Rick Thomson as rock-steady as ever on drums, and Elijah Thomson (son of the late Kevin Thomson, the band’s original bassist) playing some of the most engaging, melodic bass I’ve heard onany recording this year.

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Mr Mister's "Welcome to the real world" & "Go On" re-released with Bonus tracks by Rock Candy!!


ALTHOUGH MR MISTER achieved colossal commercial success there has always been a vast under appreciation of their musical worth. Unfairly viewed by many as a faceless mid 80’s pop rock band, they eventually scored two worldwide hit singles, their sound showcasing technical ability far beyond the level of musical proficiency normally expected. Indeed, there is an argument that elevates Mr Mister into that rarefied breed of highly respected AOR acts such as Toto, Chicago and Steely Dan. Based in Los Angeles, the band was originally formed by Steve George and Richard Page (later adding über drummer Pat Mastelotto and guitarist Steve Farris). Page and George initially recorded unsuccessfully as Pages before changing members and switching their name to Mr Mister, they were then signed to RCA Records by Paul Atkinson, a former member of revered British psychedelic outfit the Zombies.

‘Welcome To The Real World’, was the band’s second album and saw them facing a make or break situation. Fortunately it was a happy ending, with the album producing two #1 hit singles, in ‘Broken Wings’ and ‘Kyrie’, and going on to sell in excess of two million copies. Co-produced by former Yes soundman Paul De Villiers, the album showcases a collection of highly polished tracks, fusing lyrics, melody and showmanship into one glorious clutch of tracks that actually owe as much to progressive rock as they do to catchy pop.

Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound, Six Bonus Tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos. TRACK LISTING: 1. Black/White 2. Uniform Of Youth 3. Don't Slow Down 4. Run To Her 5. Into My Own Hands 6. Is It Love 7. Kyrie 8. Broken Wings 9. Tangent Tears 10. Welcome To The Real World BONUS TRACKS: 11. Kyrie’ (Extended Version) 12. Broken Wings (Live) 13. Uniform Of Youth (Live) 14. Is It Love' (Dance Mix) 15. Is It Love (Dub Mix) 16. Broken Wings (Extended Version)



WHEN MR MISTER’S ‘Welcome To The Real World’ album eventually became a huge international seller, producing two massive hit singles in ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Broken Wings’, the music business hailed them as all conquering heroes destined to take their place in the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame. So much attention was focussed on this their follow-up album, the meticulously crafted ‘Go On...’, with many eyes and ears confidently predicting another massive success story.

Sadly, however, that was not to be. ‘Go On...’ suffered at the hands of a record company corporate reshuffle, one that saw it change hands and clean out its long time staff. RCA had been sold to German media group BMG who set in motion a restructuring of the company, a place where Mr Mister’s new music was not appreciated. It was a disappointing state of affairs as the band had poured their heart and soul into crafting an album that, in many respects, displayed a far more confident and courageous sound.... but one that BMG were not sold on. Utilising producer Kevin Killen, who had previously crafted records by U2 and Peter Gabriel, ‘Go On...’ elevates the band to another creative level. The sound is perfectly pristine, boasting a brace of superb songs (including the all time great ‘Stand And Deliver’) wrapped up in a progressive pop sheen that, even to this day, makes it entirely unfathomable as to why the record label failed to see its potential.

Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound, Four Bonus Tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos. TRACK LISTING: 1. Stand And Deliver 2. Healing Waters 3. Dust 4. Something Real (Inside Me / Inside You) 5. The Tube 6. Control 7. Watching The World 8. Power Over Me 9. Man Of A Thousand Dances 10. The Border. BONUS TRACKS: 11. Healing Waters (Remix) 12. Bare My Soul (B-Side) 13. Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You) (Rock Dance Mix) 14. Stand And Deliver (Remix)


Availables at Rock Candy Records.