Cliff Johnson | Razors and Rose Petals (Redux)

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Razors and Rose Petals (Redux)

by Cliff Johnson

Cliff Johnson and his pals of over 20 years combine to define the genre of Power Pop. Rick Nielson produces, and sings background on several of these tracks. Ozzy Osbourne Drummer, Randy Castillo joins in on the single "Mr. Ideal" among many other guests.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mr. Ideal
4:03 $1.49
2. On A lifeline
3:48 $1.49
3. Boys Must Be Strong - Live
7:54 $1.49
4. Excuse Me
3:46 $1.49
5. Holiday
3:09 $1.49
6. Now You Got It Comin'
3:07 $1.49
7. Winner
2:57 $1.49
8. Battle of the Bands
5:10 $1.49
9. Satisfaction Guaranteed
3:36 $1.49
10. Getting There Is Half the Fun
3:00 $1.49
11. Fallin' In
4:51 $1.49
12. Just In Time
3:43 $1.49
13. Rockin' the Cowboys
3:42 $1.49
14. Stay In Time – Acoustic
3:00 $1.49
15. Maybe I Know
2:41 $1.49
16. Hello Aloha
2:01 $1.49
17. Bring On the Band
4:14 $1.49
18. Are You Alone –Acoustic
3:35 $1.49
19. Here Or There
4:13 $1.49
20. Time Wounds All Heels
3:36 $1.49
21. I Belong To Me
3:08 $1.49
22. Oh Yeah Cecille
3:34 $1.49
23. She Said, She Said
3:46 $1.49
24. Comin' Home
5:22 $1.49
25. Time Takes Five
4:52 $1.49
26. Stop, Look, and Listen
4:32 $1.49
27. One, Two, Three
2:56 $1.49
28. Full Moon Turn My Head Around – LIVE
10:10 $1.99
29. Christmas Everyday (Bonus Track)
3:05 $1.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Cliff Johnson, The name may seem like you know him, it seems familiar, then you may lapse into “Where have I heard that name before?”

The former New York Yankee?

Not the man who has designed the early computer game, “The Fools Errand”?

No, our Cliff Johnson is one of America’s greatest hidden treasures. He is, if Robin Zander is the man of 1,000 voices, Cliff is the man of 2,000. He is the only person in Rock and Roll History to have his bands spawn not one, but two members of Cheap Trick, AND have two of his drummers move on to Ozzie Osbourne’s bands.

The only thing missing has been the hit that moves an artist over the top. Cliff has been number one in a small radio market in the Midwest for a song titled “Are You Alone”. This career retrospective should fix the lack of a “Hit Single”. Maybe the track “Maybe I Know”? Which takes a new twist on the Lesley Gore hit and turns it into what is the best new Beatles, Turtles, Beach Boys, Ramones & Raspberries inspired piece of Power Pop (Cliff has to be in the first chapter of whatever book is written about Power Pop or it is a fraud) since Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart”. Or possibly are there some Rock and Roll Radio Stations ready to put Layla and Stairway to Heaven aside for Cliff’s mammoth songs “Boys Must Be Strong”, heard here in all its raw glory and the Tour De Force version of the Showstopper “Full Moon Turn My Head Around. Who knows which gem it may be!

Where did he come from, and where did he learn those harmonies? Cliff is a Chicago man, from the near west side suburb of Oak Park, a city with a who’s who of residents (or former residents), including Frank Lloyd Wright, Dan Castellaneta (The voice of Homer Simpson), Daws Butler (the voice of Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound, among others), James Dewar (who invented the Twinkie), Ray Kroc (Founder of a little restaurant named McDonalds), and of course. Cliff Johnson, founding member and singer/songwriter of Pezband, d’Thumbs, USSA, Off Broadway, Black n Blonde, and most recently, the Cliff Johnson Band.

The Harmonies? Three extremely harmonious older sisters doing (and outdoing) the harmonies on WLS or WCFL in the car made for an extremely competitive voice to fit in to the styling of the Shirelle’s, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield and a host of others. This competitive streak took the esteemed Mr. Johnson to the toppermost of the poppermost in Illinois State gymnastics. These moves made their way onto stages across the country, playing shows with The Beach Boys, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, AC/DC, Blackfoot, among others.

Where did these songs come from? Hidden vaults, shoeboxes, safety deposit boxes, they just arrived.
Rose Petals & Razors won’t get us to open our mouths. The music will make your jaw drop. Enjoy the ride.

Album Credits:

Founder/Lead Vocals/Backing Vocals
Cliff Johnson

Mimi Betinis including vihuela on "Just In Time"
Rob Harding
John Ivan
Mike Redmond
Pete Comita
Gary Levin
Tom Gawenda
Cliff Johnson 6/12 String Acoustics

Mike Gorman
John Brant
John Pazdan

Ken Harck
Tommy Aldridge
Randy Castillo
Gregg Potter
Rick Newhouse
Randy Antlept

Miscellaneous Percussion
Cliff Johnson

Backing Vocals
Mimi Betinis
Mike Gorman
Rob Harding
Rick Nielsen
Gary Levin
Mike Redmond

Scott May
Mimi Betinis
Dave Roberts
Gary Fry

Additional Credits:
Pete Comita - Co-Writer, Performer "Now You Got It Comin”.
Gary Levin - Backing Vocals and Guitar for "Now You Got It Comin”.
Randy Castillo – Drummer on “Mr. Ideal”.

Cliff Johnson
Rick Nielsen
Mimi Betinis
Doug McBride
Ken Rasek

Doug McBride
Chris Shephard
Mike Sharp
Bill Steed - Howling Sow
Ken Rasek

CD Duplication
Mike Byrne

Cliffs Edge Music / ASCAP

Special Thanks:

My Higher Power
Mimi Betinis, dear friend and co-writer of 35 years
Bill Fitzgerald - Fitzgerald's Roadhouse, Berwyn, IL
Mickey Gentile
Norm Winer and radio station WXRT
Joh Shanahan - Club Metro, Chicago
Phil Bonano
Kevin Allodi
Paddy Houlihan
Doug VanPoppel
Aleksandra Stamenkovich
Patti Johnson
Lisa and Kayla Pedicone
Michael Chinn
Chess Studio Artists
British "Invaders"
Ronnie Spector
Dusty Springfield
Leslie Gore
And all the girl groups of the sixties.
Brian Wilson
Jim Peterick - World Stage Productions
David Bowie
John Lennon
All my family, dear friends and fans.

Cover Art
Bill Steed

Love and peace to all.

Contact Cliff Johnson at & on Facebook.



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David Avner/sevasdog

simply fantastic
thanks for all the yrs of outstanding music .its been my honer to play some of your music in my bands . its because of your being that i maybe .im greatful to have had the chance to have known you in the path of life. youve been a great inspiration , in life and music and i think your knew thing is off the charts . may you find all you seek with an abundance of health and happyness. from one oak parkiean to another, peace out .