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Best Of - 2017 Dtabachn

ARTICLE: Best Of 2017, Dtabachn
YEAR: 2017


2017 was the year I fulfilled a major dream, visiting New York. Besides the fact that I had enough time to get to know the city and its boroughs fairly well, two things will forever stay with me. One is the newyorkers, fast and stressed out walkers and drivers, however cosmopolitans as no other people I know, organized and willing to help; like the kind old guy at the Madison Square Garden box office who gave me the exact information on how to get last minute tickets at the right price to see Billy Joel plus unexpected, more than welcome guests Paul Simon and Miley Cyrus. Bless him. The other is visiting and sometimes just finding without even planning iconic places for a music lover such as the aforementioned MSG, the Electric Lady Studios, Imagine mosaic at Central Park along with the Dakota Building where John Lennon was assassinated, a couple of locations/lofts where early Kiss used to rehearse; and Woody Allen playing at the Carlyle Cafe.

The world is protesting to a degree we have not seen before as Eric stated, and that might be a good sign if the demands are fair and well-conducted without excesses. Hope our leaders listen and act reasonably. Social media is the sign of the times more than ever before, and it allows good things like instant communication and sharing knowledge and experiences. On the other hand, abuse is everywhere. We must urgently find equilibrium in our dialogue and the way we express our opinions.

The year in music did not provide as much joy as I expected regarding new releases. I struggled at first trying to complete my list of ten 2017 albums that I liked, and I have not reviewed any new releases for last year (although I have a couple as drafts), something I will try to improve in 2018.

The Best
We lost beloved artists in 2017. David Cassidy - whom I kind of rediscovered last year through his superb Live! 1974 album, and Malcolm Young's passing were particularly touching for me. That led me to think about the future of our music, and what I can conclude to my relief is that there are writers and there are performers as well; and while we may lose the performers (whose interpretations will always be alive at least on record), the songs are immortal and new performers can make them come alive again.

During 2017, I intensified my love for bootleg recordings. Dedicated fans and several labels worldwide are fueling the passion for demos and live recordings that otherwise would have never been unearthed and shared among music lovers.Right before my ten picks of the year, I would like to mention Swedish indie artist Anna Leone. Her singles 'My Soul I' and especially 'I Never Really' amazed me upon first hearing them around Christmas. What a warm, deep voice for a 23 year-old.

#10 Cheap Trick - We're All Alright
A vital, hard-hitting album that still honors the Beatles and classic rock influences of the band.

#9 Stormburst - Raised on Rock
Classic melodic rock from Sweden. Funnily enough, I hear hints of Tina Turner's 'What You Get Is What You See' in the title track's addictive chorus.

#8 Jono - Life
Nothing better than this Swedish ensemble for Pomp rock lovers in 2017.

#7 Tokyo Motor Fist - Tokyo Motor Fist
80's and early 90's hard rock fans surely found a lot to enjoy in this debut.

#6 Geishas In Vitro - Geishas In Vitro
Influenced by Queen, they are a fantastic band on their own, and proudly from Argentina. Thanks Malcolm for strongly supporting them.

#5 Satin - It's About Time
A trip back to the best 80's melodic rock and hard rock, made from the heart by this Norwegian artist well known to Kiss' fans for his mid 2000's covers.

#4 Michael Monroe - The Best
A compilation of his solo albums plus the superb Demolition 23 project that shows how great and underrated the music of Hanoi Rocks' singer is. Hard Rock, Post-Punk and Glam at its best. Don't miss it.

#3 Night Flight Orchestra - Amber Galactic
Classic rock, pomp, AOR, 70s funk and disco, early 80's rock and melodic death metal background sounds like a very ambitious mix. It all worked surprisingly well in this fantastic, positive-vibe party record.

#2 Rocha - Unum
The brainchild of Portuguese musician Rui Rocha, this is quality lite AOR and Westcoast. Listen to the beautiful 'I'll Keep Holding On' as an example. Features Jeff Pescetto's Joe-Lynn-Turner-like vocals plus some well known musicians the likes of Jeff Paris, Michael Landau, Tim Pierce, Jeff Lorber and Vinnie Colaiuta. Produced and mixed by Keith Olsen.

#1 TSOL - The Trigger Complex
West Coast punk legends TSOL were back in early 2017 with an album that mixes the best of post-punk, power pop and melodic rock. Hooks, choruses and variety make this a highlight of the year, one I meant to review since January 2017. I have enjoyed this album throughout the entire year; hence it deservedly tops my list.

In Summary
After completing the article, I can say I'm pretty much satisfied with at least the ten picks. However, as fans of the glory days we are always asking for more, which might be too much for the current state of rock music. I discovered or rediscovered several classic artists last year, by buying old CDs or through reissues. Some of them are well known, some others not. Billy Joel, Steve Winwood, Don Henley, Gino Vannelli, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne are part of the former group; while Laura Nyro, Jeff Lorber, George Duke, and Bounce The Ocean are from the latter. Expect reviews of some of them from me in 2018.

Best wishes to all Glorydazers for 2018!


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#1 | Explorer on January 17 2018 18:35:11
Yes Dave, I agree New York is fabulous, the holiday of a lifetime, truly unforgettable. Also, a great shout out for your boys `Geishas In Vitro`, the more I hear it the more I just love it.
#2 | dtabachn on January 17 2018 23:49:02
Maybe an interview with Geishas In Vitro would be a possibility in the near future, Malcolm. We can arrange it. 2017 was not so bad after all in hindsight. The discussion in your wrap-up, a very good read by the way, got really interesting.
#3 | Explorer on January 18 2018 07:15:38
Dave, it's already set up for the end of the month. I've given them your name if that's ok, and they may be in touch with you.
#4 | dtabachn on January 18 2018 15:00:01
Great, Malcolm! I can help with whatever you or the guys need, just let me know. We'll be in touch.
#5 | Explorer on January 18 2018 16:00:12
Cheers Dave, looking to get the interview up here on GDM as well as in the next issue of Fireworks magazine too.
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