Danny O'Donnell | Hard Love

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Hard Love

by Danny O'Donnell

"Organic" Pop/Rock featuring electric and acoustic guitars, Hammond b-3 organ, earthy vocals. Featuring a solid rock band all basic tracks recorded "Live" in the studio. Plenty of ear candy from these tracks, various instruments and elements throughout CD
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Interstate 5
4:03 $0.99
2. Stay Awhile
4:21 $0.99
3. Two Way Street
4:40 $0.99
4. The Game
4:31 $0.99
5. Slip Away
4:21 $0.99
6. Hard Love
4:04 $0.99
7. So Sad
4:11 $0.99
8. Gone Before Her Time
6:11 $0.99
9. Tell Us More Lies
4:09 $0.99
10. Misery
4:11 $0.99
11. Lover's Arm
4:37 $0.99
12. Where did it go?
4:05 $0.79
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Album Notes
Danny O'Donnell's debut recording "Hard Love" features a wide selection of rock recordings. This disc delivers in the tradition of classic 70's albums. It features electric and acoustic guitar based songwriting. All basic rhythm tracks were cut "Live" to provide the live band experience to the listener. All songs BMI "Leprechan Lullaby" except Gone b4, which is written by DOD and DKL productions.
These "Organic rock" songs and performances were created by real (generous) human beings. These tracks are void of overproduction and excessive studio manipulation. Produced by DKL and DOD and Mixed by Jeff Harris at Porcupine Studios, Chandler AZ. There is a healthy helping of Hammond B3 played by Tommy Lepson, check out his solo on Hard Love!
The basic tracks were recorded live to Adat Tape in L.A. project studios. We then mixed and sweetened all 36 tapes professionally at Porcupine Studios in Chandler, Arizona. All vocals were recorded using Lounge Audio's custom tube microphone pre-amp built by Robert Morin.
This music will not disappoint! Please turn up the volume and listen on at least 5" speakers for best results.

Musicians playing on Hard Love:
Michael Lowery Drum kit /Keith Scripps/Warren Thompson= Drums/Percussion/Conga
Dallas Lykens, Electric Bass guitar all tracks
Scott Shifflett, Fender Bass on Misery
Jamie Lykens, Vocals, Piano and Keyboards (Horn arrangement, So Sad)
Carl Lafky, Alto Saxophone (Two way Street)
Bill Marks, Mandolin (Lover's arms)
Whalen Thompson, Electric Guitar (Hard Love)
Tommy Lepson, Hammond B3 Organ and Electric Keys
Susan Lowery, Backing Vocals (Misery)
Rick Fritz, Harmonica ( Interstate 5)
Corky James, Pre-Production all tracks
Danny O’Donnell, Vocals, Electric and Acoustic 6, 12 string guitars and slide, and hand percussion

Electric Guitars by Fender, Zemaitis and Rickenbacker
Acoustic Guitars by Guild, Ovation and Yamaha
Amplification by Mesa/Boogie

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Lynette M. Johnson

Earthy rock that means it!
Beginning with the raw bluesy guitar of "Interstate 5," Danny O'Donnell's Hard Love CD returns us to early '70s rock basics. O'Donnell, backed by a band that's stripped down to the archetypal rock & roll sound of two or three guitars, bass and drums, also throws in a few of the touches that make for good r&b tracks: wailing harmonica, moody organ, and smooth, soulful horn lines.

As the CD title suggests, O'Donnell visits the themes of love, loss, hope and the hardships of emotional commitment. Guitarist/songwriter O'Donnell, who has a real command of the blues language on guitar, comes across as a guy singing his heart – he is by turns romantic, ticked off, reflective, vulnerable, not-quite in control, but always direct and to the point.

From the anthemic "Gone Before Her Time" to the solid bluesy groove of "Misery," the hard-hitting sass of "Tell Us More Lies" the vengeful desperation of "So Sad" and the spare intimacy of "Lover's Arms," Hard Love is full of rough-around-the-edges, straight-ahead, no-apologies, earthy rock reminiscent of classic Rolling Stones. But this is not a nostalgia trip taken just for the sake of paying homage to a bygone era. Clearly O'Donnell is at home here, comfortable in roots rock territory, and the power of his primal, cathartic rock & roll songs, as with any rock & roll tunes worth their salt, lies in their immediacy, accessibility and timelessness.

O'Donnell has put together a sturdy blues-rock CD, characterized by fiery uptempo cuts, contemplative ballads, and superb guitar work. O'Donnell's vocals are simple and without pretense, and are supported nicely by the harmonies of Jamie Lykens. All around, O'Donnell has gotten some real good help from some very capable musicians (contributing on drums, bass, organ, etc). Devoid of gimmicks, techno excesses, and slick, meddlesome production, this is earthy rock that MEANS it.
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