Friday, 19 February 2016

The Raz Band Review

GONZO MULTIMEDIA – To be honest, I had not heard of The Raz Band before, but after hearing their 2015 CD, Madison Park, I’m sure glad I did. Featuring Badfinger legend Joey Molland and drumming icon Joe Vitale, The Raz Band features the songs and vocals of Michael “Raz” Rescigno along with a wide case of musical luminaries that makes for a very tight little band. The album takes its title from a place in Rescigno’s home town in New Jersey, to which he adds, “Madison Park was a great place to grow up and we have many happy memories from that time in our lives.”

Also on hand here are other legends like Gary Duncan, the great guitarist from Quicksilver Messenger Service. Of course having Joey Molland on hand is a major coup for the Raz Band. Commenting on having Molland’s still impeccable Badfinger-esque guitar sounds on his album is great with Molland adding, “I met the Raz almost 40 years ago and he’s been knocking me out ever since.” Singer-songwriter Carla Olson also makes an appearance on a track here called “You’re My Love” that is most welcome. Musically, this album is kind of influenced by both The Beatles, Badfinger and Joe Walsh as well. There’s a pop influence here but it's more in the realm of Flo & Eddie as opposed to The Turtles, if you catch my drift. Either way, Madison Park by The Raz Band is a most welcome addition to the pop world of the 21st century.

The Best of RAZ
CD - £9.99

Madison Park
CD - £9.99

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