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Riding the Wind

by Alain Rozan

Rousing roots rock'n roll, lowdown Chicago-style blues and heartbreaking ballads
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Summertime Blues
Alain Rozan
2:33 $0.99
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2. Junk Bond Junkie
Alain Rozan
3:15 $0.99
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3. Crawfish Blues
Alain Rozan
4:32 $0.99
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4. Riding the Wind
Alain Rozan
3:27 $0.99
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5. Goodie Two Shoes
Alain Rozan
4:13 $0.99
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6. Forgotten & Homeless
Alain Rozan
4:24 $0.99
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7. Shades of Grace
Alain Rozan
3:50 $0.99
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8. Money Jam
James Monack; Bryan Lamb; Dave Little; Charles Ashley Moore; Baxter Robertson
3:25 $0.99
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9. Cinderella ("Cendrillon")
Alain Rozan
3:48 $0.99
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10. Van Gogh Blues
Alain Rozan
2:47 $0.99
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11. I Will Find You
Alain Rozan
2:37 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Editorial Review of the album “Riding The Wind” by Alain Rozan
(Alec Cunningham)

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Alec Cunningham is a journalist and freelance writer from Knoxville, TN. Her passion for music goes back to the early days of her youth. For her, having the chance to interview bands and review their music, along with becoming introduced to new artists, combines the best of the music and writing worlds. She currently works for the Music section of BLANK Magazine, Knoxville’s longest-running independent publication, writing musician interview articles and album reviews.

“For a French man, Alain Rozan sure knows a lot about Rock and Roll. His album “Riding The Wind” transverses all eras of rock music, from classic rock and rock ballads to jam band music and to blues.

Multiple songs within the album are titled after the names of both fictional and non-fictional famous people. One of these songs is “Cinderella.” Rozan adds an unlikely twist to the fate of Cinderella, however. He explains that after her prince has left her everything goes downhill from there. She turns into a junkie and soon finds herself in an ambulance due to “an overdose of poetry.” The other famous person Rozan exhibits in the album is Van Gogh in “Van Gogh Blues.” The guitar of Erik Della Penna adds twang to the song along with giving it a bluesy, late night bar type of feel. He sings of a band, their trouble getting signed and their trouble with losing women. After each of these, he relates the situation back to Van Gogh, saying that he was not successful right off the bat either.

Rozan has the type of rugged, worn down voice that almost falls into the same category as Dylan's; a raspy voice that sounds as if it has come from years upon years of chain smoking and blues drinking. He wears his voice well, though, and supports it within his music.

Riding the Wind contains many songs that deal with people who have become down on their luck. “Junk Bond Junkie” is another one of these. The song deals with a man who is out to get rich, noting that he has to do a line of cocaine just to make it through the day. An electric guitar solo by Ashley Moore is presented within multiple sections of the song after the chorus, giving it a well-rounded, robust rock character.

The album’s self-titled song comes four songs into the album. “Riding The Wind” is an ambling tune whose melody along with its lyrics conveys a disheartening tone. He recollects his emotions and affection for a certain person. He describes numerous things that this person has done and says that he knows these things so well only because of that. He sings, “If I don’t know you now, I knew you so well then.” It has a delicate sound, though the ballad-like nature of the song gives it much more impact.

Rozan displays an array of talent by placing original songs as well as two covers on his album. Placing a cover beside original work on an album allows listeners to compare Rozan’s songwriting abilities with those of others. Fortunately, he is able to stack up to the test. His own songs do not fall short in the least; if you have never heard one of his covers before, you would think that it was one of his own songs. The two covers on the album are Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” and “Money Jam,” his own rendition of The O’Jay’s “For The Love Of Money.” He puts his own artistic license into effect on this song, though, by beginning with the song’s chorus and following with a strictly instrumental solo consisting of various instruments that lasts the rest of the song.

Likely due to his background, Rozan writes his lyrics and styles his songs in a crafty, poetic fashion that gives his songs depth. That being said, most of his songs cannot be understood after one quick listen; they may take some thinking and analyzing to completely make out.”

LINER NOTES

The genesis of Alain’s third release, “Riding The Wind,” was more or less an improvised session in San Francisco. Alain had songs ready to be recorded and one night he met some wonderful local musicians. They decided to rehearse once, just with acoustic guitars, and then booked a studio the next day where they recorded pretty much live. Alain added a wonderful cover of Eddie Cochran’s masterpiece, “Summertime Blues," which he always wanted to record faster than the original and with a Rolling Stones-type feel. Unfortunately, as he and the band got into extensive jamming, the session did not produce enough songs for an album, so Alain delved into his recent archives and selected three songs that he had just recorded in New York and thought would fit the feel of the San Francisco sessions. In the end, this is real music recorded with joy and feeling thanks to a cast of crackerjack musicians such as James Monack, Baxter Robertson and Charles Ashley Moore -- proof that sometimes, when musicians experience great chemistry with each other, they can produce music that is more than the sum of its parts -- in the true spirit of Rock’n Roll!

1. Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran/Jerry Capehart)
Published by EMI Music Publishing – under Limelight license
Produced by MELISSA ARMOUR– Recorded in San Francisco at The Annex
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
BRYAN LAMB: Electric Rhythm Guitar
CHARLES ASHLEY MOORE: Lead Guitar
BAXTER ROBERTSON: Keyboards
JIMMY MONACK: Drums
DAVE LITTLE: Bass
KRISTEN SCHMIDT: Backing Vocals

2. Junk Bond Junkie (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by MELISSA ARMOUR– Recorded in San Francisco at The Annex
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
BRYAN LAMB: Electric Rhythm Guitar
CHARLES ASHLEY MOORE: Lead Guitar
BAXTER ROBERTSON: Keyboards
JIMMY MONACK: Drums, Backing Vocals
DAVE LITTLE: Bass
KRISTEN SCHMIDT: Backing Vocals

3. Crawfish Blues (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by MELISSA ARMOUR– Recorded in San Francisco at The Annex
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
BRYAN LAMB: Electric Rhythm Guitar
CHARLES ASHLEY MOORE: Lead Guitar
BAXTER ROBERTSON: Keyboards
JIMMY MONACK: Drums
DAVE LITTLE: Bass
KRISTEN SCHMIDT: Backing Vocals

4. Riding The Wind (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by ALAIN ROZAN– Recorded in New York at Dubway Studios by Al Houghton
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
ERIK DELLA PENNA: Electric Guitar, Lap Steel, Mandolin and Bass
RICHARD PAGANO: Drums

5. Goodie Two Shoes (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by MELISSA ARMOUR– Recorded in San Francisco at The Annex
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
BRYAN LAMB: Electric Rhythm Guitar
CHARLES ASHLEY MOORE: Lead Guitar
BAXTER ROBERTSON: Keyboards
JIMMY MONACK: Drums
DAVE LITTLE: Bass
KRISTEN SCHMIDT: Backing Vocals

6. Forgotten & Homeless (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by MELISSA ARMOUR– Recorded in San Francisco at The Annex
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
BRYAN LAMB: Acoustic Guitar
BAXTER ROBERTSON: Keyboards

7. Shades Of Grace (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by ALAIN ROZAN– Recorded in New York at Dubway Studios by Al Houghton
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
ERIK DELLA PENNA: Electric Guitar, Lap Steel, Mandolin and Bass
RICHARD PAGANO: Drums

8. Money Jam (Monack, Lamb, Robertson, Little, Moore)
Produced by MELISSA ARMOUR– Recorded in San Francisco at The Annex
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
BRYAN LAMB: Electric Guitar
CHARLES ASHLEY MOORE: Lead Guitar
BAXTER ROBERTSON: Keyboards
JIMMY MONACK: Drums
DAVE LITTLE: Bass
KRISTEN SCHMIDT: Backing Vocals






9. Cinderella (Louis Bertignac/Telephone – English Lyrics By Alain Rozan)
Published by EMI Music Publishing – under Limelight license
Produced by MELISSA ARMOUR– Recorded in San Francisco at The Annex
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
BRYAN LAMB: Acoustic Guitar, Solo electric Guitar
BAXTER ROBERTSON: Keyboards
JIMMY MONACK: Drums
DAVE LITTLE: Bass
KRISTEN SCHMIDT: Backing Vocals

10. Van Gogh Blues (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by ALAIN ROZAN– Recorded in New York at Dubway Studios by Al Houghton
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
ERIK DELLA PENNA: Electric Guitar and Bass
RICHARD PAGANO: Drums

11. I Will Find You (Alain Rozan)
Published by Alain Rozan (ASCAP)
Produced by ALAIN ROZAN– Recorded in New York to 4 track-cassette by Alain Rozan
Mixed By Bryce Goggin at Baby Monster Studios
Mastered by Alain Rozan
Personnel:
ALAIN ROZAN: Lead Vocals
FRANK CARILLO: Acoustic rhythm guitar and solo nylon strings guitar

ARTWORK: Bruno Rozan & Mike Rimbaud

SPECIAL THANKS: Kristine, Robert Johnson, Melissa, Elvis Presley, Bruno, The Rolling Stones, Mike, Bob Dylan, Elizabeth, Tom Waits. Jimmy (Monack – the other one was spelled Jimi).

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