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Year of Change

by Bird Mancini

Rock & Roll with a blues/pop edge, three lead vocalists and jamming guitar solos.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Wrong People
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2. You're My Obsession
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3. Don't You Fall
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4. Oh, Babe
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5. Year Of Change
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6. Sirens In The Night
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7. Love Holds On
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8. River Of Sighs
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9. You're Not Alone
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10. Just Wait And See
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11. Long Gone Blues
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12. Freedom Soul
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13. Someone Like You
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14. The Future's Begun
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Album Notes
Heartfelt vocals--Soaring guitar solos that grab your attention like a freight train--Songs that are powerful, playful, and unabashed rock and roll.
With two women and two men in the line-up, Bird Mancini continues to showcase strong, catchy rock and pop songs that are likely to have broad appeal on their new CD titled "Year of Change". Namesakes Ruby Bird on keys, harmonica, accordion, vocals, and Billy Carl Mancini on guitars and vocals, are joined by Kevin Mahoney on bass, vocals, and Southside Nancy Delaney on drums and backing vocals. Mancini is the lead songwriter, but all offer contributions, and as you might have guessed, with so many singers in the group, there is variety and freshness throughout this CD that fans find reminiscent of other broadly gifted groups such as Fleetwood Mac. Also like master groups who've influenced them, such as The Beatles, Bowie or the Stones, Bird Mancini easily fits under a wide rock umbrella, but refuses to be boxed into a single sub-category in their recorded work.

Compared to their self-titled debut CD released in 2002, still deeply rooted in classic rock, blues and soul, the new rhythm section casts a decidedly roots feel to many of the new songs. Not surprising since both Delaney and Mahoney spent years backing up older Boston greats such as Silas Hubbard, Weepin' Willy, and the late Alabama Frank.
Likewise, Bird and Mancini's earlier experience with The Sky Blues of Boston leaves a blue-tinged note on much, though not all, of what they do. Some songs are spare and lean in presentation, while others are lush with vocal harmonies, complex instrumental arrangements and intensely melodic guitar solos that some have compared to Eric Clapton.

In addition to numerous radio and television credits accrued by Bird Mancini, various members have performed with a stellar cast of notable recording artists, including Gregg Allman, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Mighty Sam McClain, Orleans and Jonathan Edwards.

Bird Mancini offers the visceral power of rock combined with
improvisational complexity and emotional fireworks. No two Bird Mancini performances are alike, and their songs serve as a springboard for invention and pure chance. Says Cosmik.com of Bird Mancini: "A pastiche of rock, blues, jazz, world and pop sounds that is instantly accessible, constantly creative." Culture Shocker E-zine says: "This band's unique composition consists of three amazingly talented vocalists...Of note, Ruby Bird has an amazing rough rich voice that will give you goose bumps. The vocals are complimented by equally powerful and well-performed instrumentals, including amazing guitar and bass playing...Where less talented artists have failed, Bird Mancini have made a truly unique sound that is all their own."



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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

PICK OF THE WEEK! (October 1, 2004)
Over two years ago, I was fascinated with the band called Bird Mancini. Their self-titled album captured my imagination and kept me interested from start to finish. Today their music came knockin’ on my door again. Two years and hundreds of reviews later, I could not remember exactly what they sounded like, but I knew I liked them! Well, it did not take long…after putting on their new disc Year of Change I shook out those cobwebs and reintroduced myself to their great sound.

There is one problem here; they gave me 14 tracks of eclectic mesmerizing music to sink my teeth into, again, so where do I start? Well, there are four people in this band, two men and two women. Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini share the lead vocal duties while Kevin Mahoney thumps away on the bass (and sings lead vocals on two songs Oh, Babe and You're Not Alone ) and Nancy Delaney provides the rhythm for him to keep in step with on the drums, in between all of that action they both provide steadfast backup vocals. Bird is a multi-instrumentalist on keys, accordion, melodica (and backup vocals), while Mancini plays one mean ass guitar and provides some percussion (and backup vocals).

Two blues soaked rockers are what caught my ear the most. Just Wait And See and Long Gone Blues.   The spirit of these two songs is what makes them so convincing, and the character of the entire album keeps the ball-rollin’ non-stop throughout the run of this impressive recording. At first when you hear their name, curiosity gets the best of you and you have to check them out, then you hear their music…it’s all she wrote, you are sold, it is the knockout punch floors you. When you hear the hook filled Someone Like You or the opening swamp boogie licks from the closing track The Future’s Begun, I guarantee you will be coming back for more on a regular basis. This  band is fresh, different, and very progressive, now that is my cup of tea, how about you?

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Jim Lombardo

Listen toThis Record!
This record is a great work of art created by a group of gifted and seasoned musicians. It's obvious a lot of work went into this latest release, and the payoff to the listener is huge. What you get is 14 totally original, riff filled, catchy and polished bluesy-rock songs in a variety of tempos, and going through it is quite an amazing ride. Ruby Bird Mancini showcases her talent all over this cd. She's possesses an amazing vocal ability and range that truly are unique. I would have to say her signature song is "Don't you Fall". Billy Carl Mancini is simply an outrageous talent on guitar, that will have you drawing comparisons in your mind to the legends of this instrument througout the record, try the guitar solo in the title song "Year of Change", and you will get the message! Nancy Delaney's firm, crisp drum work rocks this cd along beautifully. Kevin Mahoney's contribution on bass is masterful, weaving perfectly througout each track. These are songs that unfold wonderfully, both the lyrics and the melodies will stay with you. All in all, this band is hitting on all cyclinders in this effort, and I give it the highest rating.