Sunday, 17 June 2012

Review: Red Hot (Ivory Tower Project)

#357: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! One of the many benefits and greatest thrills of our partnership with Hamilton Radio is coming across fine and talented independent artistes. Hence, just after my good friend Gino 'Doc G' DiPierro introduced Yours Truly KJS to the The Ivory Tower Project, ITP leading light Mark Regula contacted me and kindly offered to send me their 2009 release entitled "Red Hot", and the "Time" was indeed right to introduce ITP to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF].

When ELO were a major force on those FM radio air play waves back in the late seventies and most of the eighties, they shared the limelight with great AOR acts like Foreigner, Survivor, Journey, Toto, Boston, Kansas, REO Speedwagon and Air Supply amongst many others. The repertoire of The Ivory Tower Project is both a tribute to and an extension of that great music genre and is as ear pleasing as those bands were.

"Red Hot" trax: [1] "My Name"; [2] "Burning"; [3] "Gotcha"; [4] "Way Too Late"; [5] "Guilty [You're The One]"; [6] "You Can See It In My Eyes"; [7] "Dreamer"; [8] "I Can't Tell Him [Her]"; [9] "Centre Street Radio Interview"; [10] "I Think I Fell In Love With You"

Whereas the artwork and imagery of ITP and "Red Hot" is reminiscent of ELO's 1981 classic "Time" and specifically those self same lyrics within "The Way Life's Meant To Be" and "When Time Stood Still", the thumping bass and slick guitar licks coupled with strong lyrics and clear vocals remind the listener of that great era of radio friendly rock we all knew and loved. And it is a tribute to Mark's passion and steadfastness that this "band-who-became-a-project" have stood the course despite tragedies and personnel changes. I like this album and suggest that you take a look at their web site in order to not only find out out more about ITP but to also consider getting a hold of "Red Hot" thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends Ivory Tower Project to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 17-June-2012

1 comment:

  1. As always, Ivory Tower Project is a Kudo magnet. Hey! That's what I like about YOU!

    Bill and Vic from the Mountains......