NEW RELEASE - Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
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
For more info, check it out here: NEW RELEASE - Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
Welcome To The Soul-Patrol Newsletter
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
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".
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
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.
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.
ALBUM REVIEW: I'm Coming Home for Christmas
year it seems that there is a whole lotta new Christmas music that is
released. As a person who is at least peripherally involved in the music
business, I can understand why that is.
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.
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....
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
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"
--Their music is spiritual, without being religious: "Amen"
--Their music is political, without being partisan: "We're A Winner"
--Their music is pro black, without being anti white: "Choice of Colors"
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
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
TRACK LISTING: Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
1. I'm Coming Home (For Christmas)
2. Winter Wonderland
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. This Christmas
5. The Christmas Song
6. Christmas Just Ain't Christmas
7. White Christmas
8. Deck The Halls
9. Mary, Did You Know
11. Please Come Home For Christmas 12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
13. Got Tell It On The Mountain
14. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
15. Fred's Lullaby (Silent Night)
Pick up on it via Amazon.com at the following link: Impressions - I'm Coming Home for Christmas
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