NEW RELEASE - Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
"Ilistened to the album, I'm Coming Home for Christmas and of course itis excellent. We would expect nothing less from the Impressions ..."--Bob Davis
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How About Giving Some "BROWN EYED SOUL" A Litlle Consideration? (Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas)
A few weeks ago we did a rather critical and detailed review of the new album by Rod Stewart called "SoulBook." Some of you all wrote back to me and while you agreed with the overallreview, you asked me what I would reccomend as an alternative for theholiday gift giving season.
As luck would have it I got atelephone call from Fred Cash, one of the founding members of theImpressions, about a week ago. I had met Fred several years ago at theVocal Group Hall of Fame ceremonies in Wildwood, NJ and of course hisson often performs with our own Martha Redbone. He told me that theImpressions had just released their very first Christmas album called "I'm Coming Home for Christmas." Fred wanted me to check it out for a possible feature on Soul-Patrol.
I listened to the album and of course it is excellent. We would expect nothing less from the Impressions.
The release of "I'm Coming Home for Christmas."is also quite ironic, coming right on the heels of the Rod Stewartrelease (remember he is probably most famous for his cover of "PeopleGet Ready") and also the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame concert runningcurrently on HBO which prominently features the song "People Get Ready,"but strangely enough fails to feature the Impressions.
Scroll down to read a press release about the Impressions newalbum entitled; "I'm Coming Home For Christmas," as well as a detailed album review from yours truly.
Let's give some "brown eyed soul" a chance....
Thanks in advance...Check this stuff out and let us know what cha think?
PRESS RELEASE: The Impressions 2009
"TheImpressions, who are world-reowned performers and a legendary vocalgroup, have solld over 60 million records throughout their many years ofperforming around the world. They have toured with many other legendaryartists such as the great Eric Clapton as well as having the pleasureof recording an album with him which is called "Reptile".
Theimpressons are also thrilled to have had the opportunity to have playedat Camage Hall in New York with artists such as; Elton John, Sting,James Taylor, Tom Jones, Ricky Martin, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.At the end of that particular show, all of the artists came on stage tojoin in with The Impressions in singing their hit song, Amen
TheImpressions were inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 andalso into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. The Impressions werealso honored by being inducted int the Rhythm and Blues Foundation andrecieving the prestigious Pioneer Award amondothers too many to list.
The Impressions are proud of the musicthat they have recorded over the years including their hit songs like;Keep On Pushing, Were A Winner, Choice of Color, This Is My Country,Mighty Mighty Spade and Whitey, and the great People Get Ready. Thesesongs have played a big part in the civil rights movement. TheImpressions were also proud to have been part of the move Three The HardWay. They also performed the title soundtrack to the movie startringthe great NFL players Jim Brown and Fred Williason. The Impressions alsohad a feature part in the movie thanks to their good friend Jim Brown.
Inclosing, The Impressions have been Musca ambassadors and advocates forlove, peace and justice for all people. Fred Cash and Sam Goodenconsider it an honor that the songs they have recorded along with CurtisMayfield have had such an impact on the world. the Imp;ressions, whichnow consists of Fred Cash, Sam Gooden andReginald Torian are still sccessful and performing over 100 concertsevery year and still selling out venues all over the world. They willKeep On Pushing.
ALBUM REVIEW: I'm Coming Home for Christmas
Eachyear it seems that there is a whole lotta new Christmas music that isreleased. As a person who is at least peripherally involved in the musicbusiness, I can understand why that is.
Simply put, it is a wayfor artists & labels to put "new product" into the marketplace veryeasily. And if that "new product" can somehow catch on with the public,you will havequite literally created for yourself "a gift that keeps on giving,"because it creates a yearly revenue stream that can last forever.
Howeveras a music consumer, the perspective is quite different. There isn't asingle time in my life that I can recall thinking to myself "I have acompelling need to hear some new Christmas music because the Christmasmusic that I already have isn't enough for me."
Enter the Impressions (including original members Fred Cash & Sam Gooden) , with their VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM....
Thefirst thing I think to myself is; "wow the Impressions." They arecertainly one of the legendary "brands" in Black music and almostrequire no explanation. The music of the Impressions is quite literallythe "Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement." Everyone knows theirmusic regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, politicalaffiliation, etc. The Impressions also play a key role in the history ofBlackmusic for being the launching pad of the solo careers of legendaryartists like Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield.
--Their music is sensual, without being sexual: "Gypsy Woman"
--Their music is spiritual, without being religious: "Amen"
--Their music is political, without being partisan: "We're A Winner"
--Their music is pro black, without being anti white: "Choice of Colors"
Assoon as I place the album into my CD player and the first song (I'mComing Home (For Christmas) starts playing, I get a nice warm feelinginside. As you can see most of the songs are the traditional Christmassongs that we all know and love so well. Some of the songs have a "jazzarrangement," some have a "gospel arrangement" and some have a "classicsoul arrangement." Regardless of the arrangement of the individualsongs, at the heart of the matter is the vocal group harmony of theImpressions themselves that we have come to know and love over theyears.
Bottom line is that the album I'm Coming Home for Christmas, bythe Impressions, is quite literally "comfort food for your ears." Ihighly recommend it.
Today as we are facing multiple wars,widespread unemployment, global warming, widespreadcorporate/governmental corruption, and more. In 2009 we live in asociety that is simultaneously in denial about just how bad things areand increasingly dealing with reality of just how bad things are.
This is a good time for the Impressions to return to the scene. We need their message of hope and potential just as much today as we needed it during the 1960's.The fact that it takes the form of a Christmas album, is perhapsironic, but if you think about it for a moment, perhaps that is the onlyway that our advanced and troubled society is even capable of receivingthat message in2009?
TRACK LISTING: Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
1. I'm Coming Home (For Christmas)
2. Winter Wonderland
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. This Christmas
5. The Christmas Song
6. Christmas Just Ain't Christmas
7. White Christmas
8. Deck The Halls
9. Mary, Did You Know
11. Please Come Home For Christmas 12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
13. Got Tell It On The Mountain
14. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
15. Fred's Lullaby (Silent Night)
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