Reid Stevens - vocals, guitars, keys, mandolin & percussion (all tracks); drums (1, 2, 5 & 12)
Brian Delgross - bass (all except *3, 5, 8 & 12)
Doug Hale - lead gtr (all except *3, 5, 8 & 12)
Banister Murray - drums (tracks 4, 6, 7, 9-11)
Penny Murray - background vocals (track 4)
Jeff Wright - bass, gtr, keys & drums* (3 & 8)
Audio Engineering: All songs tracked, mixed & mastered by Banister Murray at The Note Pad (Atlanta, GA) and tracked at 33 1/3 Studios except *tracked & mixed by Jeff Wright at Riot Studios (Atlanta, GA)
CD Review: Beauty From Above, the newest and 17th release by Reid Stevens (33 1/3 Records), takes off from where Songbird (2015 EP) ended, while creating new sonic landscapes for your imagination to explore.
Beauty From Above contains 12 solid tracks, which were built upon a common theme (space & atmospheric rock), which upon first listen captivates. While half of the album contains the following instrumental compositions: Northern Lights (dynamic intro), Aurora (sonic continuation), Winter Sky (sublime hints of Asian koto guitar with a blend of jazz) & Beauty (closing track & reprise); they're melodic yet powerful enough to captivate the listener for repeat plays.
Quality lyrics & vocals dominate the other half of the release containing Beauty From Above (melodic title track), Colors of Emotion (powerful stadium anthem), Many Wonders (introspective mid tempo rocker) and Angels Wings (ethereal romantic ballad).
As a bonus, four additional tracks (Mystery, Starlight, Vega & Spectrum) have been added to round out this newest release from 33 1/3 Records.
Returning musicians include: Brian Delgross (bass for all songs except the title track) & Banister Murray (from Hippocrene on drums & percussion for 6 songs). Additionally, Jeff Wright (first time contributor) plays guitar, electric piano and bass on the title track and reprise). Doug Hale (Grey Sunday & Hippocrene) plays lead guitar for all tracks except title track & reprise. Hippocrene lead vocalist, Penny Murray guests & provides backing vocals on "Many Wonders". Reid plays electric & acoustic guitars, piano/keys, mandolin, additional percussion (all tracks) while singing lead / background vocals and even drums on 4 songs.
released May 27, 2016
all songs written, arranged & produced by Reid Stevens for 33 1/3 Records
all songs ©2016 33 1/3 Records®
all songs ©2016 RRS Music®
all songs ©2016 33 1/3 Music Publishing®
all songs ©2016 33 1/3 Music Group®
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