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THE LEGENDARY R&B GROUP "THE IMPRESSIONS" RELEASE
NEW CHRISTMAS CD! "I'M COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" First new recording in 25 Years!!!
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10.16.09 | REVIEW - I'm Coming Home For Christmas (www.the-impressions.com)
Impressions - I'm Coming Home For Christmas - Mega Force
Every one of the fifteen tracks has a yuletide aspect that will appeal to different family members. It was actually cut a couple of years back for their own ReBirth Music label and just missed last Christmas release. It has been re-sequenced since then and is that bit better for it. The Impressions have legions of fans worldwide who should get the message in time for Christmas to buy this great album for themselves and as stocking fillers for their friends. It is the absolute best Christmas album for many a year! - And one less present to have to find. They are after all the best vocal group on planet earth. This is all the music you will need this Christmas and for quite a few to come.
Mark S. Allen
SPN: Soul/R&B - Impressions, New Release - Im Coming Home for Christmas, Rod Stewart, Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler, Fred Cash, Sam Gooden, Vocal Group Hall of Fame"
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NEW RELEASE - Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
"I listened to the album, I'm Coming Home for Christmas and of course it is excellent. We would expect nothing less from the Impressions ..."--Bob Davis
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How About Giving Some "BROWN EYED SOUL" A Litlle Consideration? (Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas)
A few weeks ago we did a rather critical and detailed review of the new album by Rod Stewart called "SoulBook." Some of you all wrote back to me and while you agreed with the overall review, you asked me what I would reccomend as an alternative for the holiday gift giving season.
As luck would have it I got a telephone call from Fred Cash, one of the founding members of the Impressions, about a week ago. I had met Fred several years ago at the Vocal Group Hall of Fame ceremonies in Wildwood, NJ and of course his son often performs with our own Martha Redbone. He told me that the Impressions had just released their very first Christmas album called "I'm Coming Home for Christmas." Fred wanted me to check it out for a possible feature on Soul-Patrol.
I listened to the album and of course it is excellent. We would expect nothing less from the Impressions.
The release of "I'm Coming Home for Christmas." is also quite ironic, coming right on the heels of the Rod Stewart release (remember he is probably most famous for his cover of "People Get Ready") and also the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame concert running currently on HBO which prominently features the song "People Get Ready," but strangely enough fails to feature the Impressions.
Scroll down to read a press release about the Impressions new album entitled; "I'm Coming Home For Christmas," as well as a detailed album review from yours truly.
Let's give some "brown eyed soul" a chance....
Thanks in advance...Check this stuff out and let us know what cha think?
PRESS RELEASE: The Impressions 2009
"The Impressions, who are world-reowned performers and a legendary vocal group, have solld over 60 million records throughout their many years of performing around the world. They have toured with many other legendary artists such as the great Eric Clapton as well as having the pleasure of recording an album with him which is called "Reptile".
The impressons are also thrilled to have had the opportunity to have played at Camage Hall in New York with artists such as; Elton John, Sting, James Taylor, Tom Jones, Ricky Martin, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. At the end of that particular show, all of the artists came on stage to join in with The Impressions in singing their hit song, Amen
The Impressions were inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and also into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. The Impressions were also honored by being inducted int the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and recieving the prestigious Pioneer Award amond others too many to list.
The Impressions are proud of the music that they have recorded over the years including their hit songs like; Keep On Pushing, Were A Winner, Choice of Color, This Is My Country, Mighty Mighty Spade and Whitey, and the great People Get Ready. These songs have played a big part in the civil rights movement. The Impressions were also proud to have been part of the move Three The Hard Way. They also performed the title soundtrack to the movie startring the great NFL players Jim Brown and Fred Williason. The Impressions also had a feature part in the movie thanks to their good friend Jim Brown.
In closing, The Impressions have been Musca ambassadors and advocates for love, peace and justice for all people. Fred Cash and Sam Gooden consider it an honor that the songs they have recorded along with Curtis Mayfield have had such an impact on the world. the Imp;ressions, which now consists of Fred Cash, Sam Gooden and Reginald Torian are still sccessful and performing over 100 concerts every year and still selling out venues all over the world. They will Keep On Pushing.
Simply put, it is a way for artists & labels to put "new product" into the marketplace very easily. And if that "new product" can somehow catch on with the public, you will have quite literally created for yourself "a gift that keeps on giving," because it creates a yearly revenue stream that can last forever.
However as a music consumer, the perspective is quite different. There isn't a single time in my life that I can recall thinking to myself "I have a compelling need to hear some new Christmas music because the Christmas music that I already have isn't enough for me."
Enter the Impressions (including original members Fred Cash & Sam Gooden) , with their VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM....
The first thing I think to myself is; "wow the Impressions." They are certainly one of the legendary "brands" in Black music and almost require no explanation. The music of the Impressions is quite literally the "Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement." Everyone knows their music regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, political affiliation, etc. The Impressions also play a key role in the history of Black music for being the launching pad of the solo careers of legendary artists like Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield.
--Their music is sensual, without being sexual: "Gypsy Woman"
As soon as I place the album into my CD player and the first song (I'm Coming Home (For Christmas) starts playing, I get a nice warm feeling inside. As you can see most of the songs are the traditional Christmas songs that we all know and love so well. Some of the songs have a "jazz arrangement," some have a "gospel arrangement" and some have a "classic soul arrangement." Regardless of the arrangement of the individual songs, at the heart of the matter is the vocal group harmony of the Impressions themselves that we have come to know and love over the years.
Bottom line is that the album I'm Coming Home for Christmas, by the Impressions, is quite literally "comfort food for your ears." I highly recommend it.
Today as we are facing multiple wars, widespread unemployment, global warming, widespread corporate/governmental corruption, and more. In 2009 we live in a society that is simultaneously in denial about just how bad things are and increasingly dealing with reality of just how bad things are.
This is a good time for the Impressions to return to the scene. We need their message of hope and potential just as much today as we needed it during the 1960's. The fact that it takes the form of a Christmas album, is perhaps ironic, but if you think about it for a moment, perhaps that is the only way that our advanced and troubled society is even capable of receiving that message in 2009?
TRACK LISTING: Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
1. I'm Coming Home (For Christmas)
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