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Straight Up The Middle

by DDrive

Classic Rock with a Modern Edge. Elements of Celtic/Punk and R&B. Featuring Don Mancuso and Phil Naro.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Little Bitta Sunshine
3:42 album only
2. Straight Up The Middle
3:18 album only
3. Lick Your Lips
3:31 album only
4. Dead On The Highway
4:24 album only
5. Pray For Tomorrow
4:21 album only
6. Whose Side You're On
4:59 album only
7. Can You Gig It
3:24 album only
8. I Don't Wanna Wait
4:32 album only
9. I Can Feel No Pain
3:45 album only
10. Love Me
3:34 album only
11. Diamond Star Halo
3:50 album only
12. Another Funky Day
6:02 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
DDrive is:
Phil Naro Vocals/Acoustic Guitar (Peter Criss(Kiss)/Talas
Don Mancuso Guitars/Bass/Mando (Lou Gramm Band/Black Sheep)
Andy Knoll Keys/Samles & Sequensing (Lou Gramm Band)
Joe Lana Drums
Richard Gramm Bass (Lou Gramm Band/Black Sheep),
with special guest Lou Gramm/Background Vocals
Dave Quick,AD Kimmer& John Taylor Bass
Energetic Classic Rock sound with a Modern Edge.
Plenty of energy! Melodic, Hard Rock.
See www.donmancuso.com OR www.ddrive.com



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Here we go!!! :)

I listened to SUTM this afternoon and I can't help it, but my heart is jumping up and down. I'm in love with this cd!!!

There is no weak song on it and not a weak spot in the songs either. I don't know what you do with that guitar of yours, but it's driving, rocking, floating and NOT YELLING!!! Lots of bands are driving their guitar work to heights until it yells and hurts the ears. Yours don't. Instead it's interesting to hear how you can drive it to heights without anything straining. And the lot of differences in tempo. It can go from smootly going into riffing and from there into straight rock and back. Those combinations are amazing and it totally floors me. I think it's a very unique stile.

It's the same with Phil's voice. How the hell can that man sound so relaxing, almost lazy and be powerful at the same time? He drives with his voice to a max and it doesn't sound anywhere strained. That man rocks with his voice and can flow with it at the same time!!! He is amazing and totally mind blowing.

And the music itself, it just is pure perfection. There are surprising twists in the songs and every bit of music is so refined!!! That's what I love most of it with this cd. Everything and everyone on this cd is refined to the max, nothing and no one is left out, it's totally honest and everyone is getting enough room to explore their talents without loosing anything on quality and personality. And it comes all together as one piece. And because everything is so refined, there is so much to listen to. To this cd I not only listen with joy, but also in amazement.

Ofcourse I don't know anyhing about the technical stuff here, but I just purely describe how it makes me feel when I listen to it. To me music and singing must take me to some kind of paradise and not wanting me to leave it. This cd does bring me and wants me to stay in paradise indeed!!! :)

Hugs and kisses to you all, Renée

you will never know or guess???

D- Drive doesn't compromise !
Very unique! D-Drive makes music that we want back!! Good old Hard Rock; the guitar solos are impeccable; guy on the keyboards is wonderful; can not forget to mention drum solos that will knock you out and say wow!
Vocals are so strong and appeal to your ears; mind and soul.
Those ballads will leave you wonderfully amazed.


Straight Up The Middle is definately not Mediocre!

Don is very very talented on that guitar of his! And the band just keeps getting better and better. SUTM seems to have a Beatles sound to me for some reason. For example the songs Love Me, Can Feel No Pain (...think about it..), Pray for Tomorrow ( i swear i was listening to John Lennon for a moment, especially the intro), Another Funky Day (again especially the first part of the vocals)

Phil really reaches the high notes (love it!) especially on Don't Wanna Wait and Diamond Star Halo. He really puts his all into his singing! (remind you of someone?)
I liked the beat of Dead On The Highway and Phil's voice was very diverse on that one.
The zooming car sound at the end of Whose Side Your'e On was very cool and fit in with the tone of the CD.
The little bit i could hear of the drums solo was really rockin'! I also loved the "Whooh" that started out the CD Just before Little Bit of Sunshine! (one of my fav songs btw) So another Great CD!!

P.S. i like your catchy phrase YWNKOG ;)


** Jesse B **

"Guitar Man" ---> you rock!
Great hard driving rock that will have you remembering a time when the "air waves" were safe for one and all. Plenty of fresh and new ideas here to keep it original. Solid performances by all, with an emphasis on a vocalist with a unique style, and a guitar player with great chops, and a dynamic tone! Song writing is strong, and the production is top notch! If your looking for music that will have you reminising about the good old times, but still keeps you moving forward, D:DRIVE delivers!! Free up some space on your MP3 players for this one, you won't be disappointed!!!


Straight Up The Middle delivers hard driving rock like only Don Mancuso and company can do it. It's been the only CD in my player for two weeks. This CD is the prefect compliment to their first release, D-Drive. All I can say is: GIVE THEM AIR TIME!

Steve R

D Drive Straight up the middle is some of the best new music in years- Don and Phil Team up to create Great music-amazing hooks-Ballads that pull your heart strings!!-what more can you ask for From a Great CD!! without a doubt this CD songs hit you straight up the middle!!!!

Lori Barbarisi

Hit after Hit after Hit!!!
I love these songs!!! now THIS is the music that should be on the radio!!! rock and roll the way it was meant to me!!! Great vocals, great band, the songs are original with a classic rock tone. Can't wait to see D:Drive live!!


If you missed the CD kickoff at the Club Paradise in Buffalo May 5, SHAME ON YOU because you just missed out on the live performance of a FANTASTIC new CD by D:DRIVE!!

If you loved the first D:Drive, you will be blown away by the songs on this newest edition-it totally ROCKS!!
This is ROCK in its purest form and it delivers to you, as the title so properly says-"Straight Up the Middle!" This is a raw, bare knuckled, back-to-the-basics rock CD and you NEED to have one in your collection--did I say ONE!?? You're going to need to buy a copy for the car, one for the house and one for your workplace because you won't be able to get enough!! And that's the honest truth-"Straight Up the Middle"-simply stated and the best CD you'll ever buy this year!

Great JOB gentlemen and thanks for an incredible showcase of your talents on this one-BRAVO!!!!!


DDrive Definitely Rocks!
WOW!!! The Straight Up The Middle and D:Drive CDs were both fabulous! I love the eclectic style. Trying to narrow down my favorite songs seems impossible. Supreme quality! Outstanding vocals and lyrics! Awesome music! Totally cool!!!

John Tinelli

Magical, Melodic, Concise, very well thought out and exicuted.
This CD is the best yet. Lyrics in this CD will have you thinking. Vocals will have you humming, and the instrumentation will blow you away. This CD has the best guitar, vocals and drumming youll get anywhere. The production is the best you can ask for. It sounds great no matter where you play it, and music will never let you down feeling there could have been more content. Its purely awsome. Job well done.
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