MP3 Mark Wirtz presents - Spyderbaby UK - Glassblower
14 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Surf Rock, POP: Beatles-pop
With their debut CD,"Glassblower," Spyderbaby''s Rob Stride, Micky Groome, and brothers Adam and John Stride offer us a sparkling bouquet of musical reflection in the spirit of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Harry Nilsson and Phil Spector, as well as a hand shake with the future, playing it like it is and will be.
As such, "Glassblower'' is a journey - one that kicks off with the the exhuberantly spirited Rock "party" of the album''s title track, "Glassblower," then slyly traveling back into the golden years of great pop, timeless songs, catchy hooks, stirring harmonies, creative musicianship, and a genuine passion for music that one wants to not only hear again and again, but buy and own for always.
A "record" like they "used to make" -- is that possible?
Not a comp, or a reissue, but a new one, with all original material?
But with all the touches that remind us of our past heroes?
Loaded with harmonies, like Brian and the Beach Boys, the Four Seasons, etc.?
Any Phil Spector tributes in there?
Recorded in analog, recalling the sounds of our beloved classics?
And all that sprinkled with Mark Wirtz fairy dust and several of his quirky arrangements and one of his idiosyncratic, new, compositions co-written with "Lion Judd" Kris Ife?
Damn! What CD is THAT!?
Spyderbaby''s "Glassblower" - the brainchild of musical virtuosos Rob Stride and Mickey Groome.
Any guest Stars?
You bet! Legendary harmony ace Tony Rivers and his acclaimed son Anthony.
Can I hear any of the tracks, so I can make sure you''re not hyping me?
Absolutely. Sound samples of all of "Glassblower''s" tracks are posted on the Spyderbaby page on https://www.tradebit.com
Cheers! Catchy ya later -- gotta run to hear this stuff and buy it if it''s as good as you say!
"ROCK OF AGES" -- Review
SPYDERBABY - Glassblower (Dream Tunes Records DTCD 001)
Here, in July 2006, I have actual proof that "they do make them like they used to." Spyderbaby''s new CD, Glassblower, is the apparent first release on Dream Tunes Records (DTCD 001), but not for the veterans involved with this group. Long-time master producer Mark Wirtz still has his chops, and they''re working just fine. In fact I probably like these productions more than anything I''ve heard yet from his earlier oeuvre - and he has some excellent work on his résumé. The vocals are completely on the money, and the instrumental work - from group members Rob and Adam Stride and Micky Groome plus some musical guests - is also in the groove. The first half in particular is outstanding, but every track has at least something to recommend it. "Only A Summer Away" and "Stonelea Road" seem to form two parts of a suite; "Learning 2 Live With Love" has a wonderful long progressive-era fade; and "Cherry Orchard Way," with its hints of the Beatles, The Move, The Small Faces, ELO and a host of other melodic yet energized ''60s bands, is probably my favorite track so far - at least today. In the past I''ve thought of Spyderbaby as a Beach Boys-related group - and indeed, "Just a Breath Away," "Only A Summer Away" and the last track, the appropriately-titled "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending," do show that influence. However, the overall feeling of the album is much more British-in-the-''60s-and-''70s, yet it feels like a solid and contemporary piece of work on its own, not a pastiche or tribute.
A reviewer''s note: Most of my listening so far has been in the car. It''s atechnique I learned from the legendary Bertha Porter, Music Director of WDRCin Hartford in the ''60s (back when half the radios in town - literally! -were tuned in during afternoon drive time). She told me that was the secret of her success, since most people first hear a new song in their cars. If it sounds good there, it could become a hit; however, if it flunked the cartest, there was no hope. It is a tribute to Spyderbaby that they sound good in the car !
Another endorsement: My wife is a music "generalist" which means that like most casual listeners (and unlike the music fanatics that we are),she knows whether or not she likes something, but can''t articulate why. I have found her opinions to be quite accurate in the past, and she likes Spyderbaby.
Mark Wirtz has said (and I paraphrase) that one reason he made this album (with original track producer Rob Stride and a team of Britain and America''s best) was to show the record industry that "quality commercial music" is not an oxymoron, and that it can be recorded and produced by people older than 21. I think Mark and the gang have proven their points well. Now it''s time for the public to get excited and buy a bunch of copies. More details are at https://www.tradebit.com. (And no, I''m not on Mark''s payroll; I just get excited by good stuff.)
by "Country" Paul Payton