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    Welcome to the EvO:R Independent CD Reviews Section.
    I would like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to everyone. The EvO:R review section features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.

    I wanted to let you know a little about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people we review know what we think of their music and how we listened to their creations.

    We hold nothing back! The team has been instructed to be honest and respectful of all CD's reviewed.
    The EvO:R CD Review Team
  • Artist: Mike Barnett
  • Album: Everybody Gets to Dream
  • Genre: 60's Pop
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  • Video: Everybody Gets to Dream
  • Rating:9.5 out of 10 stars
  • Review by: Charles Harrelson
  • Edited by: Charles Harrelson
  • Review Comments: next2zero@yahoo.com

    Midwest artist Mike Barnett returns with a offering which would have made pop producer Mickie Most proud. For those of you under age 50, Mickie Most was a producer kown as the king of the 3 minute pop tune. Most's production credits included acts like The Animals, Arrows, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Suzi Quatro, The Yardbirds, Lulu, early Jeff Beck and later with The Moody Blues.

    In 1968, The Yardbirds came unravalled and began to self-destruct. In frustration over the situation, Jeff Beck walked off the stage and left the band. Jimmy Page wanted to re-invent the band and move away from releasing singles (45 records at the time) and concentrate on albums due to the rising popularity of the FM radio in the United States. At that time FM radio was a fresh alternative to the AM top 40 music stations. FM radio played entire album sides in the early 70's and this fit right into the way Page was experiencing music. Page also wanted to produce the next record himself. In the 60's production was never done by a band member. Production was always handled by a hired producer. Jimmy Page had years of studio experience and he wanted to handle production work for the next Yardbird album.

    Mickie Most objected to this idea but having Jeff Beck resign from the Yardbirds left an opportunity for Page to get his wish. It was agreed that Most would produce the Jeff Beck solo album "Truth" with singer Rod Stuart and Page would produce the next Yardbirds album. Due to legal issues the New Yardbirds name was challenged so the band was renamed Led Zepplin. And the rest is history.

    Why the history lesson for a CD review?
    The CD firmly fits into the late 60's era with the length of all but two songs clocking in at under four minutes. This release fits perfectly into that Mickie Most production idea. I'm not knocking it because he was a proven success. You can not argue the numbers. Most produced one Top 40 hit after another and his contribution to POP music was undeniable.

    At the beginning of the 70's the top two bands were The Beatles (now broken up) and the Rolling Stones. George Harrison releases an epic album called "All Things Must Pass" while Lennon and McCartney release their own music.

    After listening to "Everybody Gets To Dream" I had to imagine what would have happened if Lennon would have joined forces with Harrison to write and record music together. Barnett's voice has one part Lennon, one part Harrison, and two parts Tom Petty. A number of songs lend a musical hint to a Lennon/Harrison team. The title track sounds like it could have easily been performed by Lennon or Harrison. On "It Must Be Love" Joe Reyes playes slide guitar. If you didn't know better you might think Joe was channeling the late George Harrison.

    Unlike the recordings of the late 60's and early 70's the vocals are not drenched in reverb. Mike's voice sounds like it is recorded straight to the console free of delay and reverb effects. This method is very effective because the lyrics are like poetry in motion and Mike's voice is clear and unencumbered by the studio.

    During the latest remix of John Lennon's, Double Fantacy album the production team removed all the reverb from John's vocals and allow his voice to take center stage. John was very insecure about his vocals but removing the studio effects made the music sounded fresh, as if it was recorded last week.

    The only issue I have with this release is the fact it is 50 years too late. Had it been released in the mid to late 60's we might still be listening to this on the classic rock and oldies stations. Mike would be making celebrity appearances at charity events and playing to devoted fans who still say the 60's produced the best music ever.

    Mike Barnett is on lead vocals and acoustic guitar. Musicians joining him on this release include Doug E. Rees on acoustic guitar; Salim Nourallah on bass, 12 string guitar, acoustic guitar and backing vocals; J. Paul Slavens on keyboards, piano, glockenspiel, accordion and mellotron; Joe Reyes on acoustic guitar, lead guitar, slide guitar, ukulele, tambourine, glockenspiel and backing vocals; and John Dufilho on drums and percussion.

    The band is solid as a rock and flawless in their collective delivery. They do an excellent job of knowing when to step forward and when to lay back.

    Recorded at Pleasantry Lane Studios in Dallas Texas and Mastered by Kevin Nix at Ardent Studios, Memphis Tennessee. Produced by Salim Nourallah which spelled backwards is Hallaruon Milas (just a joke).

    Song Samples:
      /  Who Loves You Blue   /  I Could Fall   /  Late At Night   /  It Must Be Love   /  Merry Christmas to Me   /  Heidi Surprise   /  Everybody Gets to Dream   /  Push Me Away   /  Stranger in My Own Skin   /  Locked the Door   /  Greenest Mississippi   /  To You   /  
    This is a pristine recording by a group of musicians that sounded like they had a lot of fun working together. I listened to this CD a dozen times and really came to appreciate the production quality and the performances. Not every song is a hit, but there are five or six jewels in this bag. As I stated before, I wish this CD was recorded and released 40-50 years earlier. Mickie Most would have been proud!
    Rating: 9.5/10

    Review by: Charles Harrelson
    Edited by: Charles Harrelson
    Review Comments: next2zero@yahoo.com

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