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Tony Mitchell - Beggard's Gold

Tony Mitchell
Beggar's Gold
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 12 October 2018, 4:18 AM

Well, for those who don’t know the work of Tony Mitchell, he played bass guitar and sang for acts like Alice Cooper, Jon Anderson and ALAN PARSONS PROJECT. But what could we expect from “Beggar’s Gold”, his new album? Well, let’s start! Tony’s work on this album is a midterm between AOR from the 80’s with North American Arena/Hard Rock from the 70's/80's. Today you can call it a mix between Melodic Rock/Glam with a Classic Rock insight. It means that you’ll have an elegant and charming set of songs, with fine and accessible melodic lines, amazing choruses and aesthetically it bears a clear Pop Rock scent. For the ones who looks solely for extreme Metal genres, you must stay away from this album, but if you’re just a fan of music that can’t stand labels, go on and hear it out loud.

Recorded at XGypsy Studios, Tony himself produced and mixed the album, having the mastering of Chris Clancy. And his experience earned him enough knowledge to make the sound quality of “Beggar’s Gold” something great, because it sounds loud and clean, with the right instrumental tunes to be an accessible Rock album. Yes, you’ll hear all the musical instruments and arrangements without problems. These 13 songs are all a very good experience to be heard, so “Beggar’s Gold” is that kind of album that you can let it play from the first track to the last one without concerns. But the astonishing melodies and chorus of “Playing With Fire”, the charming accessibility presented on “Never Say Die” and “What You Make It” (both with fine guitars parts), the beautiful and elegant “Stone by Stone” (great presence of a chorus here), the Country/Pop scent of the modern “Wildside”, the excellent melodies of “Beggar’s Gold”, and the bittersweet “Welcome to the Revolution” are ones you can hear first.

It’s a very good album, indeed.

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Playing With Fire
2. Never Say Die
3. Blind
4. What You Make It
5. Someone Like You
6. Our Song
7. Stone by Stone
8. In Everyone of Us
9. Wildside
10. Fire Me Up
11. Beggar’s Gold
12. Take a Look at Me Now
13. Welcome to the Revolution
Tony Mitchell - Vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Chris Hunt - Lead guitars (invited musician)
Paul Hume - Lead guitars (invited musician)
James Marsh - Lead Guitar (invited musician)
Tim Manford - Lead Guitar (invited musician)
Eddie Anthony - Drums (invited musician)
Daniel Sings - Sax on “Someone Like You” (invited musician)
Sue Willetts - Vocals on “What You Make It” (invited musician)
Rouges Gallery Gospel - Choir on “Stone by Stone” (invited musician)
Record Label: Melodic Rock Records


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Edited 07 February 2023

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