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Steinhardt Moon - 1995 Steinhardt Moon



ARTIST: Steinhardt Moon
ALBUM: Steinhardt Moon
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robby Steinhardt - violins * Rick Moon - guitars, vocals * John Vasalakis - vocals * Eddie Pecchio - bass, vocals * John Zahner - keyboards, vocals * Dana Newcomer - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Raising Mother Mary * 02 Backseat Love Affair * 03 No Way Out * 04 Bite The Bullet * 05 Don't Lie Down With Stranger * 06 Fly On The Wall * 07 Forever


Background
This colloboration should be better named as the band Stormbringer - featuring Robby Steinhardt, because that's about the reality of it. We see the symphonic influences of the ex Kansas violinist combined with the Tampa based hard rock outfit Stormbringer, or more specifically Rick Moon, the band's lead guitarist. I'm not sure how the initial get-together of these guys occurred, but it's surely an unusual merger. Their sound is quite tight, technical, and in some ways similar to latterday Kansas and the best overblown bits of Toto.


The Songs
'Raising Mother Mary' is a nice enough way to open the album, soaring violins and rich vocal choruses. The track 'Backseat Love Affair' can best be described as an ode to the oldest profession in the world. Something I'm sure that Hugh Grant and Divine Brown can relate to well. A boogie styled romp that drives through 'downtown' with ease. 'No Way Out' starts off with Toto like rhythms, and progresses through with a shuffle beat accompanying some very technical passages. An interesting musical collage starts 'Bite The Bullet', with 'shoot-em-up' gunfight scenes, whirring helicopters and voiceovers. In between the music, you get more sound effects. 'Don't Lie Down With Strangers' is something borrowed from Living Color's urban rock dictionary. For a bit of humor, check out 'Fly On The Wall', with an excerpt from the movie 'The Fly' (help me.. help me..). Robby's violin helps cement the demise of the poor Fly/Scientist with four-string bowed dramatics! Very clever. Hey, also check out said 'Fly' on the album cover! Steinhardt Moon venture back into the land of reality with their last track 'Forever' which is standard fare progressive rock/pomp with a piano emphasis.


In Summary
For seven tracks we don't have a lot on quantity, but it sure ain't boring! Some highly recommended listening, but you'll need to have an open ear to appreciate the diversity and difference on show. The Steinhardt Moon team got together to release a follow-up album in 1997 called 'Moonshot', a double CD. Of late, Steinhardt has occasionally rejoined Kansas, while the band Stormbringer have released a brace of CD's themselves.


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#1 | Eric on May 26 2010 12:48:38
I was disappointed with this disc. I don't think the material is there, but 'Forever' was decent.
 
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