Jimmy Sparks & the Blizzard
Also see 'Jimmy Sparks & The Mist' and 'SURF BEACH ISLAND' Many of these songs mave recently been incorporated as background music for the new TV show, Collecting... Seriously! Go to collectingseriously.com and check out a fresh approach to reality TV! This is the follow-up to 'Jimmy Sparks & The Mist' released in early 2004 and also still available. Like 'The Mist', this collection was also created as a conceptual project which pays tribute to the artists of yesteryear who loved creating art with their rock and roll. Artists like Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, ELP, Yes, King Crimson, David Bowie, Brian Wilson & Nick Lowe were just a few of the influences tapped for this project. While 'The Mist' had a certain relaxing ethereal quality to it, 'The Blizzard' is more upbeat and melodic while at the same time, progressive. If you are looking for a good reason to check this project out, proceed right to the end and listen to 'Dear Majesty.' Here you'll find sound clips from an actual mellotron from the past and not a facsimile or keyboard recreation. What you won't hear in this 2 minute sample is the build -up into a faster song which really makes it the best piece on the CD. Each song could easily stand on it's own, but together, they form a story. This is a journey which starts from negativity and isolation, yet ends in understanding and peace. It's a story of an all too common problem in the world today - apathy. At the risk of being pretentious, I hope you'll find this collection insightful as well as enjoyable! - JS Falsetto sighs, folkie strumming, subtly progressive drum tracks, fire-sale jazz chords and microdot banter mark this King Crimson/Floyd mystery meat, most of it equal parts industro-Misfits and early Zappa straightjacket jazz. The least forgettable rants would have to be "Covered in Ice" and "I Have Returned," but all of it has obviously undergone multiple surgeries to enhance the production and provide brevity - there's little if any filler, and an antique melotron can be heard in "Dear Majesty." Guys this odd tend to find themselves eating their centipede burgers alone, even at art school. - Eric W. Saeger.