MP3 John Ryan - Words Alone, The Music and Lyrics of John Ryan
The music and lyrics of songwriter John Ryan arranged and conducted by legendary British musical director Pete Moore. Recorded in London with artists from both the UK and USA featuring the 32 piece Pete Moore Orchestra.
17 MP3 Songs
EASY LISTENING: Love Songs, JAZZ: Big Band
*NOTE: This CD is currently being distributed in the UK and until recently has only been available as a British import for £13.49 (about $25. U.S.) It is now available in limited quantities in the USA online here at CD baby… Buy one copy for $15.97-- Buy more than one CD and get a 10% discount.
The story behind the album…
An American pianist/songwriter performing his nightly solo piano gig at a small piano bar in Florida is discovered by a London record producer on holiday from England. The record producer likes what he hears and plans to fly the piano player to London to record an album of piano music… but soon discovers that this piano player is also a songwriter - and is quite impressed after hearing a few demos of his unpublished original songs.
Within weeks of arriving back in London, and after consulting with friends and associates, the record producer decides to produce and record an entire album of the piano player’s original songs. Suddenly, over the next few months, this relatively unknown pianist/songwriter finds himself heavily involved in a major recording project: an album featuring and showcasing the music and lyrics of seventeen of his songs brought to life by the beautiful arrangements of the legendary British arranger and conductor, Pete Moore, the performances of four incredible vocalists (backed by the 32-piece Pete Moore Orchestra), and the musical talents of world class musicians and recording engineers.
The pianist/songwriter is John Ryan, the London record producer is Peter Clayton of Robinwood Productions Ltd., and the album, entitled “Words Alone…” was launched at ''Live in the Park", Hyde Park London in November of 2005. The album has already received airplay and been featured in the press and on several BBC and American radio and television programs.
The following is a review of the album by Gian Fiero
Senior Music Reviewer and Commercial Music Critic for The Muse''s Muse, the leading songwriting resource and music community on the Internet... (https://www.tradebit.com)
CD REVIEW: John Ryan - "Words Alone"
By Gian Fiero - 02/23/06 - 10:39 PM EST
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Orchestral
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Commercial Value: 10
Overall Talent Level: 10
Songwriting Skills: 10
Performance Skill: 10
Best Songs: Words Alone, Holding On To Dreams, I Never Knew, Watching The Years Go By, Melancholy Serenade
CD Review: Every now and then - actually, every 300 CDs or so - I get one project that stands out from all the rest in terms of quality and originality. A project that I''m not only happy to receive as a music reviewer, but one that I''m genuinely thankful to have as a music lover. John Ryan, a professional pianist from Melbourne, Florida, sent me such a project.
It''s a diverse blend of styles and genres that are built around his superior songwriting and piano playing talents; the renowned orchestration of British Legendary arranger and conductor Pete Moore and his 32 piece orchestra; the excellence of the project''s producer, Peter Clayton; the scintillating vocal performances of Laurie Broadway, Jacqui Hicks, David Migden, and Colin Anthony; and last but not least, the contributions of world class musicians and recording engineers. Yes, this was an incredible ensemble effort and those who are responsible for the phenomenal results need to be acknowledged first, as John wouldn''t have it any other way.
For every adult over 35 who has wondered, "What ever happened to real music?" You know, songs with real lyrics that pertain to adult life and honest relationship issues, remember those? If you have given up hope on ever finding new songs that rival the quality of the songs you grew up with, the search is over - especially if you share my affection for the work of Burt Bacharach or happen to be fond of The Carpenters.
The opening song, "Words Alone," performed by Laurie Broadway (whose contribution to this project is indispensable), sets the tone and the standard which is maintained from start to finish. David Migden turns in a performance that is sure to conjure up memories of the late Lou Rawls on "Misery Blues."
There''s a beautiful instrumental that is well-placed in the line up which gives you time to embrace the refreshingly immense quality of this project, while increasing your appetite for more...and more of it is what you get when it continues. And who better than to start it off with than Laurie Broadway singing "You''re Not Alone," a song that will resonate during these times of war and trepidation. It will also resonate with music supervisors seeking songs on this subject matter for television specials.
Listening to this project from beginning to end is like the fantasy you had as a kid of eating a whole cake or pie...the only difference here is that you want be sick of consuming this entire CD by yourself. This is just a great project and Words alone can''t describe just how wonderful it truly is. Buy it today!
Advice: Infinite licensing opportunities here, but don''t overlook radio. These songs can easily hold their place alongside classics like the Carpenters, Neil Diamond, and others.
Senior Music Reviewer and Commercial Music Critic, The Muse''s Muse
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