Today’s Free Download – Yngwie & King’s X

Ultimate Guitar Zeus

Carmine Appice is the prototypical rock drummer in my opinion, first with Vanilla Fudge, then with Cactus, a band that set that standard for power trios in the early 70’s. Later, Appice and fellow Cacti Tim Bogert hooked up with Jeff Beck to form Beck, Bogert & Appice.Appice also wrote “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” for Rod Stewart, but in light of his other fine works I’m willing to forgive him.

In the last few years, Appice has recruited world-class axemen like Ted Nugent, Brian May, Zakk Wylde and Richie Sambora for a series of “Guitar Zeus” records. This track is from “Ultimate Guitar Zeus”, a record long available ony to fan club members.

It features King’s X vocalist Doug Pinnick and a grinding, slashing balls-out assault from guitar God Yngwie Malmsteen. Check it out and enjoy.

BTW, the original Cactus (with ex-Savoy Brown member Jimmy Kunes sitting in for the late Rusty Day) is back on the road. That’s one bunch of geezers I’d pay to see!

Download “This Time Around” (MP3, 192kbps)

Artist: Carmine Appice Project
Label: Escapi Music Group

David Wilcox’s Follow-up to “Big Horizon” (Finally)

VistaDavid Wilcox’s output over the last few years has been, to be charitable, erratic. He made “Big Horizon” over 10 years ago, with the help of Jonatha Brooke and Jennifer Kimball of the Story. The blend of Wilcox’s warm baritone with their marvelous, slightly off-kilter harmonies made for one of the decade’s best albums.

He’s fallen off my radar since, partly due to an excruciating performance at Newport in 1996, when he spent more time doing a fevered New Age prayer-rap than playing actual songs. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn about his latest, “Vista,” which after a couple of listens I’m prepared to call a return to form.

Check out the title cut, available for free download from iodaPromonet. Be warned, however. If you thought Blender Magazine’s elevation of James Taylor to biggest wuss in the history of music was dead-on, you probably won’t like it. Stick to Simple Plan or your old Iggy vinyl records if that’s the case.

Album: Vista

Artist: David Wilcox

Label: What Are Records

Buy at eMusic

Download “Vista” (MP3, 192kbps)