“SPACE AGE POTPORRI”

WITH THE FADING OUT OF WHAT I GREW UP WITH IN WHICH I CALLED ROCK & ROLL. IT SEEMED THAT THERE WERE NOT A LOT OF ROCK AND ROLL MELODIES OR EVEN REAL ROCK & ROLL OUT THERE. WITH THE USHERING IN OF “GRUNGE” MUSIC IT SEEMED THAT I HAD SOLD MY SOLE TO ROCK & ROLL, AND ROCK & ROLL NEVER FORGETS. THE FADING OUT OF THE TOM PETTY SOUND, THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE BOSTON AND KANSAS SEEMED TO BE TUCKED UNDER THE MUSIC WORLD’S TABLECLOTH. AS I BEGAIN TO ENBARK AS A MUSIC REVIEWER IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES, THERE WEREN’T ALOT OF THAT OUT THERE. AS TIME WENT ON MY HOPES WERE THAT ROCK & ROLL WOULD MAKE A COMEBACK” FADED. EVERY NOW & THEN I’D HEAR A TRACK OR TWO THAT KIND OF RESEMBLED WHAT I DEFINE AS ROCK AND ROLL , BUT NOTHING REALLY TO KEEP THE PROVERBIAL BOOKMARK ON. FLASH FORWARD TO 2018 AS I BEGAN A EXHAUSTIVE AND SEARCH FOR MY THIRST FOR REAL MUSIC WEATHER IT BE ROCK & ROLL OR OTHER GENRE I JUST WANTED TO HEAR GREAT MUSIC AGAIN, I STUMBLED ACROSS THE BAND CALLED “IVORY TOWER” MARK RUGULA AND THE BAND REALLY SPARKED A SMALL FIRE IN MY BRAIN AFTER HEARING THE AMAZING & SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ROCK AND ROLL ALBUM CALLED “HOW MUCH MORE” I WAS UTTERLY AMAZED AND IN MUSICAL AWE. THE ALBUM STARTS OUT WITH THE SLOW AND BEAUTIFUL BALLAD OF “HOW MUCH MORE” AND MARK AND THE BAND SHOW THEIR TRUE HONESTY AND A SONG WORTH YOUR EARS ATTENTION. THE NEXT TRACK CALLED “THE IDES OF MARCH” WHICH HAS A BLUES FEEL TO IT, BUT BRINGS IN THE ROCK FEEL & MAKES ME BELIEVE AGAIN THAT THERE IS ROCK & ROLL AND BECAME MUISCALLY AROUSED WITH THIS SONG. THE SOUND HAS A BOSTON, AND KIND OF A TRIUMPH ROCK & ROLL FEEL TO IT AND REALLY HAS AN AWESOME SOUND. THE GUITARS ARE RIPPING IN THE BACKROUND, AND MARK HAS GOOD LYRICAL CONTENT. “GOTCHA”HAS AN OUTER SPACE KIND OF SOUND THAT FEELS LIKE FUTURE MUSIC THAT HAS DANCE, AND SAX AND A WHOLE LOT OF EVERYTHING IN IT, THE SONG IS AN POTPOURI OF MUSICALITY.  IT REALLY FELT NICE TO HEAR THIS SOUND AGAIN. AS I LISTENED THE NEXT SONG CALLED “RING AROUND ROSIE” THE SOUND IS REALLY ENTERTAINING AND HAS A FEEL OF GOODNESS TO IT. THE SONG SEEMED TO BE A SPACE AGE LOVE SONG THAT HAS SUBSTANCE AND THE MUSICALITY IS EQUALLY GOOD. THE GUITARS SEEMED TO TAKE YOU WITH THEM AS THE SONG PLAYS IN THE BACKROUND AND I REALLY LOVE THIS SONG. “WAY TOO LATE” HAS A BEAT OF TRUE ROCK & ROLL AND GETS DOWN TO THE PUNCH IMMEDIATLEY AND HAS THAT FEEL OF TOM SHOLTZ & BRAD DELP OF  BOSTON FAME.  ONCE AGAIN THE SOUND HAS A WELL MIXED AND THE GUITAR RIP AN ROAR THROUGH LIKE A HOT KNIFE THRU BUTTER. “ALWAYS” ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SONG THAT HAS A SENSITIVE FEEL TO IT AND MARK HAS THAT SOUND IS UNMATCHED AND KEPT MY BELIEVABILITY IN ROCK AND ROLL HAS A SPOT, THE HARMONIES ARE AS PURE AND FRESH AND NICE TO KNOW THAT THERE IS ROCK & ROLL OUT THERE AGAIN. “WHEN FRIENDS BECOME LOVERS” ANOTHER SONG THAT ALLOWS YOU EARS TO HEAR THE SOUND THAT SHARES A SOUND OF REAL ROCK & ROLL AND AS I LISTENED IT HAS A STYLE OF TODD RUNDGREN BUT DESPITE THIS MARK RUGULA PUTS HIS TOUCH ON IT AND KEEPS THE BEAT GOING AND HAS A AMAZING ABILTY TO SHOWCASE HIS TRUE WRITING ABILITIES ON THE LYRICS. “PLEASE TELL ME” BRINGS IN THAT FEEL OF FUTURE OUTER SPACE ROCK & ROLL TO IT, THE GUITAR AND RHYTHM KEEPS A STEADY PULSE AND THE SONG HAS A CATCHY LYRIC “TELL ME’. THE GUITAR WORK IS EXTRAORDINARY AND HAS AN INTRICATE STYLE TO IT THAT ADDS FLARE AND TRUE PIZAZZ TO THE SONG. “WOMAN OF THE TIMES’ HAS A KIND OF FUNKY, POP FEEL TO IT AND BRINGS IN A DANCE BEAT THAT HAS A LATE NIGHT MUSIC FEEL TO IT, AS I LISTENED TO THE SONG HEARING THE SAX, AND THE MUSICALITY MY MIND AND BODY WENT BACK TO A TIME OF LATE NIGHT CLUBS, WHERE WE DANCED TIL CLOSING TIME. “BURNING” ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL SONG THAT HAS A DEEPER FEEL TO IT, AND BRINGS UP THE LEVEL OF MUSICALITY THAT BRINGS IN A FEEL OF HEAT TO IT AND CONTINUAL RISES AS THE SONG PLAYS. “THE SURF SONG” REALLY HAS A TRUE SURF SOUND TO IT, AS I HEARD A “VENTURES” OR A” CHANTAYS” “PIPELINE” FEEL TO IT MARK AND IVORY TOWER REALLY KNOW THE TRUE DIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND SHOWCASE IT IN ALL OF THEIR SONG ASSORTMENT ON THIS AMAZING AND ENJOYABLE ALBUM. “YOU CAN SEE IT IN MY EYES” ANOTHER LOVE BALLAD THAT HAS TELLS A STORY THAT SHOWS MARK RUGULA AND HIS TRUE TO LIFE WRITTEN LYRICS THAT HE HAS THAT HE SHOWCASES THROUGHOUT THIS TERRIFIC AND WELL COMPOSED ALBUM. THE NEXT SONG CALLED ” LA DARE UN ANILLO A ROSI” AND HAS A REAL FLARE FOR THE LATIN SOUND AND WAS AMAZED TO HEAR THIS SONG ON THE ALBUM, SINCE HEARING THE REST OF THE ALBUM AND MY EARS WERE TUNED IN FOR ROCK & ROLL, THE SONG HAS A LATIN FLARE TO IT AND SHOWS ANOTHER SIDE OF MARK AND IVORY TOWER PROJECT. “MY NAME” THE LAST SONG ON THIS AMAZING AND TRULY ECLECTIC ALBUM THAT REALLY HAS TOTAL MUSICALITY TO IT, THIS SONG HAS THAT DANCE AND TECHNO FEEL TO IT WHICH I WASN’T PREPARED TO HEAR, HOWEVE RIT ADDS THAT FEEL OF THE WHOLE PACKAGE AND GRAND MUSIC DIVERSITY THAT MARK RUGULA AND THE IVORY TOWER PROJECT BRING TO THE MUSIC TABLE. THE ALBUM IS A SOLID ALBUM AND HAS AN AMAZING ABILITY TO TRANSFORM YOUR EARS FROM TRUE ROCK AND ROLL, MIX IN A LITTLE DANCE, SPRINKLED WITH BLUES AND FUNK ALONG THE WAY AND ALL MIXED TOGETHER YOU FORM AN AMAZING AND REFRESHING EARFUL OF THE BAND MARK RUGULA & THE IVORY TOWER PROJECT. I THANK MARK FOR HIS AMAZING FRIENDSHIP & HIS AMAZING MUSICAL GIFT OF SONG AND TRUE MUSICAL DIVERSITY AT IT’S FINEST.

STEVEN F. ADAMS

MUSIC PUBLICIST/PROMOTER REVIEWER OWNER SOUND WAVE ONE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA

C 2019 USED BY PERMISSION

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http://www.ivorytowerproject.com

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Author: SOUNDWAVEONE Steven F. Adams

I have a very extensive broadcasting & music back round. with over 30 years experience. I started a writing career, with the idea bringing notice to the industry, writing about individuals, from all around the globe, all genres and remaining consistent with my slogan of "Hearing is Believing", and bringing out the "positive" in all artists no matter how small, big or different. I feel all need to be given that chance to be noticed for their talents and allow others to hear, and be exposed to their craft. As of date I have written well over 180 music album reviews and continue to acquire more everyday. Some legends, some independent artists, but all in all my wish is they get the to share the stage lights within the industry and with my "Positive " music posts through my writing about them and reviewing their album always in a "Positive" forum.

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