Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Way better than the first...
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2009 Articles » Rolie, Gregg (Band) - 2009 Rain Dance
 
Rolie, Gregg (Band) - 2009 Rain Dance



ARTIST: Rolie, Gregg (Band)
ALBUM: Rain Dance
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Glass Onyon PR

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gregg Rolie - vocals, keyboards * Wally Minko - keyboards * Ron Wikso - drums * Alphonso Johnson - bass * Kurt Griffey - guitars * Michael Carabello - congas * Adrian Areas - timbales

TRACK LISTING: 01 Jingo * 02 Going Home * 03 No One To Depend On * 04 As The Years Go Passing By * 05 Evil Ways * 06 Across The Water * 07 Give It To Me * 08 Soul Sacrifice * 09 Black Magic Woman * 10 Gypsy Queen * 11 Oye Como Va * 12 Bailamos El Son

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.greggrolie.com


Background
Gregg Rolie is a name well founded in melodic rock circles. Journey, The Storm, plus a couple of CBS released solo albums all feature the talented singer and keyboardist. Of course, Rolie helped form latin rock legends Santana, and was their voice and keyboardist right up until the 'Caravansarai' album. In recent years though, Gregg has returned to his musical origins, releasing a couple of latin rock albums with the allstar Abraxas Pool, plus a couple under his own name. Included under his solo banner is this 2007 live release 'Rain Dance', featuring former Santana and Abraxas Pool players. While Carlos Santana goes musical walkabout with his various side projects, Gregg injects some much needed adrenalin, and reinvents the original Santana sound, albeit in 2007, come 2009.


The Songs
The songs featured here are a mixture of Santana songs, a handful from his 2001 'Roots' solo album, plus a couple of new songs. Listening to this, you'd swear this was Santana circa the early 70's, so convincing is the sound. The energy on display here would dispel any thoughts that this is a current day recording. There is a load of hammond organ on offer, while for me, the standout is guitarist Kurt Griffey, who really is one shred-head, and keeps the electricity sizzling throughout this performance. Three songs are sourced from the debut 1969 Santana album: 'Jingo', 'Evil Ways' and 'Soul Sacrifice'. These have all appeared as part of Rolie's setlist over the years. 'Black Magic Woman', 'Gypsy Queen' and 'Oye Como Va' are taken from 1970's 'Abraxas' album, while 'No One To Depend On' is the only track lifted from 'Santana III'. 'Going Home' and 'Give It To Me' are also older Santana songs which have been featured on the Abraxas Pool album as well. 'As The Years Go Passing By' is an Albert King tune, that is given a severe makeover by the GRB. It's blues, jazz and latin fused together in a fiery bout of playing. Griffey's solo work is particularly noticeable. Two newer songs are featured here: 'Across The Water' and 'Bailamos El Son'. The former is a deep (excuse the pun) sounding track, which crosses the latin theme with something mainstream. The latter is a happy-go-lucky affair, not too far removed from that Miami/Cuban sound.


In Summary
This is a pretty powerful set of songs from a musical combination that is as good live as their reputations on paper. If they are this good live, one wonders how good this lot would fare in the studio - that would be something to look forward to. Hopefully this combination is not a one-off performance, as a studio album full of new tracks would be quite appealing. 'Rain Dance' though full of older and familiar material is given such a breath of fresh air, that it truly does justice to the original Santana material. Grab it and give it a listen.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Gregg Rolie 
 
Comments
#1 | Eric on October 05 2009 21:38:08
One of the few musicians I really want to meet and chat with. Man, I can't imagine the stories he has tucked away.... Rolie never fails to impress and I just added this to my 'To Buy' list.Thumbs Up
#2 | ronwikso on October 10 2009 19:29:32
Thanks for the great review!

Just to clarify though, 'Going Home' and 'Give It To Me' are not older Santana songs. 'Going Home' was originally recorded on the Abraxas Pool CD and we re-recorded it on the Gregg Rolie 'Roots' CD. 'Give It To Me' was originally recorded on the 'Roots' CD.

'Across The Water' and 'Bailamos El Son' are brand new songs and have never appeared on a studio recording.

Thanks!

Ron Wikso
#3 | swazi on January 09 2010 14:45:05
His earlier releases "s/t", "Gringo" and "Rough Tracks" should definitely be up on GD as well. Amazing AOR!
#4 | gdazegod on January 09 2010 22:12:55
They are. With the exception of 'Rough Tracks'.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Native Window - 2009 Native Window, Illsley, John - 1988 Glass, Honeymoon Suite - 2001 Lemon Tongue, Kiss - 2009 Sonic Boom, Diamond Head - 2005 All Will Be Revealed, Firefall - 1980 Clouds Across The Sun, Dunnery, Francis - 1998 Lets Go Do What Happens, Six Shot Revival - 2013 Bible Belt Booze Hounds, Ruff, Michael - 1993 Speaking In Melodies, Santa Ana Winds - 2016 Santa Ana Winds, Soto, Jeff Scott - 2002 Prism, Bush, Stan - 2004 Shine, David - 2004 David III, Cassidy, Shaun - 1980 Wasp, Dee, Willie - 1983 Abrupt Edge
Tags©
Tank Neil Daniels Books Bloodrock AOR (Frederic Slama) Saint Harlow UFO Mad Max Bonfire Phantom 5 The Scorpions Casanova Frontline Jaded Heart FX Station Revoltons The Guess Who Age Of Reflection Tempestt Life By Night Brent Lamb Marshall Tucker Band Axe Phil Vincent Legion Martina Edoff White Wolf Kansas Secret Sphere Private Life Smile (USA) Firefall Eric Carmen Visionary Crysys Jeff Austin Project
All Tags
Search DDG