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Phil Lanzon - 48 Seconds

Phil Lanzon
48 Seconds
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 13 September 2019, 6:03 AM

As Classic Rock (or Hard Rock from the 70’s, as you like to call it) rose since some years, there are many albums of the genre invading the records stores (and the internet stores as well). The best way to choose the best releases (the ones that the fans can bet that will satisfy their musical tastes) that are released by names that are known. Taking this seriously, “48 seconds” is a fine piece of art, because Phil Larzon is recognized for his works with URIAH HEEP, JOHN LAWTON, GRAND PRIX, and SWEET.

This isn’t a Hard Rock album in the deepest sense of the genre, because it embraces an ample range of Rock and Hard Rock sonorities, as Progressive Rock, Pop Rock from the 70’s, a touch of Hard Rock, and many more. But how the musical work presented on “48 Seconds” sounds tender and elegant, two features that aren’t so usual to hear today. They’re features that only those from the 70’s could use. The sound quality is great, an excellent work from Phil himself with the helping hand of Simon Hanhart (both worked as producers). They really created a great sonority, clean, loud and grandiose. But they worked in a way that could keep the vintage ambience, but with the modern technologies build something really clean.

With a set of invited guest to give a different shine in some moments, “48 Seconds” is really excellent. But the tender melodic lines presented on “In the Rain” (excellent keyboards and vocals parts, charming chorus and clean parts of the guitars are presented on this one) and on “Forty Line”, the Progressive/Hard Rock moments of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” and “Look at the Time”, the Pop touch heard on “You Can Make a Living”, and the long and charming “48 Seconds” are the ones that will seduce the listeners.

“48 Seconds” is really a very good album, and presents that kind of music that everyone deserves to hear when they are enjoying a very good time.

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Azura’s Theme (Instrumental)
2. In the Rain
3. Forty Line
4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Children
5. Blue Mountain
6. Look at the Time
7. Road to London
8. You Can Make a Living
9. Face to Face
10. 48 Seconds
Lineup:
Phil Lanzon - Keyboards, vocals
John Mitchell - Lead vocals
Andy Makin - Lead vocals
Miriam Grey - Lead vocals
Richard Cottle - Additional Keyboards, Saxes
Neal Wilkinson - Drums
Adam Goldsmith - Guitars
Mick O’Donohue - Guitars
Tom Walsh - Trumpets
Clare Mcinerney - Saxes
Neil Sidwell - Trombones
Chris Haigh - Violin solo
Richard Harwood - Cello solo
Levine Andrade - Viola solo
London Telefilmonic Orchestra - Violins, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Record Label: Cargo Records
     


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