Star Dust

Star Dust
Melodic Revolution Records
If you are ready for a delectable and varied early Christmas music feast, then you really need to dig into this wonderful compilation. There is a succulent blend of original and classic songs with a range of musical styles as well. The opening tracks – the folksy “Raise a Glass for Christmas” by Andy John Bradford and powerful yet ambient “A Million People” by Backhand – set the table with fervent emotion. Hannah and Magnus provide an acapella masterpiece with their duet on “Silent Night.” For you folks who take your Christmas music with a shot of rock and roll, you will get your air-guitar celebrating on with Jim Crean’s take on “Blue Christmas” and the Hispanic tinged “Natal” by Colin Tench with the Christmas Chili Allstars. There are some fragrant progressive flavors here particularly on “Oltre le montagne al di la dei mari” (translates to “Mountains”) by Marco Ragni, and “Winter” by Transport Aerian. Just as Melodic Revolution Records itself has an eclectic roster, it is well-represented by the unique music and instrumental/vocal prowess on this CD. The tunes showcase how musical holiday messages can be conveyed in many forms that will touch the heart, make you laugh, cry or smile, and really appreciate the passion that went into these creations.  – MW
NOTE: MRR is also  encouraging everyone to give to those in need this holiday season. In the spirit of giving, MRR will send a free download link for this CD to anyone who sends them a picture of their involvement with Christmas charities or any other ways that you contribute to, donate, volunteer or help those less fortunate or in need during this holiday season. You can send your picture of your charitable holiday actions to


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At Home For Christmas IV – Various Artists

At Home For Christmas IV
This is the fourth of annual projects produced by Myrtle Beach’s Harry Grillo, bringing together numerous musicians to create wonderful holiday music to help benefit Project Meet Me Half Way. There is a feast of excellent music here including both timeless holiday favorites and original compositions. The CD kicks off with a toe-tapping folksy rock version of “Joy To The World” by Atlanta area singer-songwriter Reid Stevens. “Carol of the Bells” is giving a subtle prog rock touch by renowned studio drummer Scotty Kormos. Delectable finger-picking highlights the instrumental version of “Jingle Bells” performed by NS-stick expert Don Schiff. The original compositions include the troubadour-esque minimalist ballad “Hurry On Home For Christmas” by Darren “Dew Train” Camp from the Grateful Dead tribute band Sunshine Daydream. Ella May Kay channels the grand ole dames of country with her shuffling ditty “Green Felt Christmas Tree.” California’s Broadway Posse lends a humorous touch with the jazz-hip-hop hybrid “Pimp Daddy Santa.” Harry Grillo himself contributes a touching, emotive version of “Away In A Manger.” There are so many good songs here that can’t really mention them all, but the talent and passion that went into them are obvious and there is enough variance in musical styles to hold anyone’s interest. This is another great collection of tunes you will want to spin for holidays to come, and, remember, it is also for a good cause. – MW

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