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Standing in the Middle of Your Mind

1 rating: 3.0
An album by Randy Blossom
1 review about Standing in the Middle of Your Mind

Every Rose Has It's Thorn, Rock & Roll Now Has It's Blossom

  • Aug 31, 2008
Rating:
+3
Pros: Extremley good guitar work. Plenty of old fashion rock and roll.

Cons: First record jitters do show through at times.

The Bottom Line: A very good first effort that will please anyone with a rock and roll spirit.  Wait till his next release!!

The music scene today is a much different animal then let’s say 20 years ago. Record companies now want to offer only tried and true product that they know will sell well. Gone are the days when they might give a new and different sounding artist a chance to show his stuff. There are many great musicians who are never heard because of this.

The internet is partially to blame. It is so easy now to download a song or album that the CD or record market is drying up. Artists today cannot even tell how many copies of their work are actually out there. Now you can download the song, then e-mail it to a friend and it goes on and on from there. This type of easy access has crippled the major labels with any effort to effectively market product anymore. Album sales are dwindling and the ripple effect is being felt all the way down to the musicians.

So what are you to do if you are a new artist with something to offer and can’t get a record company to look at you? Well, if you are Randy Blossom, you record an album at home, print it on your own label and sell it through the internet.

Randy's first CD is titled Standing in the Middle of Your Mind. You can tell from the sound right away that he is a classic rocker through and through. The influences are wide and varied but you can hear strands of Cheap Trick, early Bon Jovi, Rush, The Beatles and very noticeably Led Zeppelin.

His approach is to let the guitar speak first. It comes through loud and clear as he is a very talented player. He uses a multitude of styles up to using the bow, ala Jimmy Page. His guitar is really the extension of the person and that person has rock and roll running through his veins.

All you have to do is listen to the Zeppelinesque “The Day Heaven Cried” to see that he is as guilty as most of us of being a fan of the gods of rock and roll. You will be diving for your collection to find out where this riff or that one came from in this fine tribute to one of the greatest bands in the history of rock and roll.


But I can also recognize some other major influences such as Cream, (“The Unborn”) Cheap Trick in the semi-autobiographical (“1960”) and even early Foghat when he pulls out the slide for (“B.J. Aeroplane.”) It is refreshing to hear how well he can pull together the music from our past and update it with his own special touch for the present. He just proves that there is never a bad time for good rock and roll!

One of the highlights for me is a song that takes me back to the psychedelic days of The Beatles. It’s a great little composition called “Sands of Time.” You can almost hear it being played in front of the yogi master with the hookah sitting there in the middle.

Another highlight is brought to you by Randy and his acoustic guitar with yet another nod to Zeppelin on the title track “Standing in the Middle of Your Mind.” It is the calm in the eye of the raging rock and roll hurricane that surrounds it. This is a terrific melody that carries you away before he fires up the electric once more.

If I can find any fault with his music it is in the vocal style that he uses on some of this album. It sounds tentative and almost like his is trying to be too smooth. Rough it up a little Randy! This is rock and roll! My wife and I both agree that if he can get a little of the growl in his voice, he would sound a lot like Jon Oliva from Savatage. Of course, Jon has a LOT of that nasty snarl.

All in all, this is a very good first effort. This disc has been a constant companion. We have already made many trips to the store together and Randy has even gone fishing with me whether he knows it or not. I am not the only person in the house who has thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife has even made a ring tone of one of his songs.

Any lover of classic rock and roll will love this disc. I have no doubt in my mind. It is well worth the time it will take to seek out this disc as it may be hard to find in your area.

The track listing is:

1. Should’ve Left That Girl
2. Staring at the Sun
3. The Blue
4. Sands of Time
5. B.J. Aeroplane
6. Standing in the Middle of Your Mind
7. The Day Heaven Cried
8. The Unborn
9. 1960
10. Take Her Down

Many artists have trouble marketing their product and have to go through a service such as CD Baby or put up a My Space page. It’s a shame that you can’t go down to the local record store and browse through the racks until you see something that catches you eye. Sometimes it will be someone you know, sometimes it will be a cool album cover, but those days are long gone. My town doesn’t even have a record store in it anymore. The only place to go is the neighborhood Wal-Mart or travel to a bigger city for something like a Best Buy. And to think that they call this progress!



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Great Music to Play While: Driving

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Label: Orchard Records
Artist: Randy Blossom
Release Date: January 04, 2000

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