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Blue Pearl Union

by Freerock Saints

Super excellent debut studio disc by this awesome female-fronted hard rock band from Greece. An outstanding, timeless musical display of superb, memorable hard rock excellence.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. From the Ashes
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2. Game of Pain
4:05 $0.99
3. Roll with the Wind
4:30 $0.99
4. Shot Down in Flames
3:56 $0.99
5. Blue Pearl
6:02 $0.99
6. Still Bleeding
4:16 $0.99
7. Take It
3:22 $0.99
8. All I Need
3:35 $0.99
9. Never Lost My Faith
4:59 $0.99
10. Touch the Sky
3:58 $0.99
11. Funk Boogie Train
3:31 $0.99
12. Saints & Sinners
4:32 $0.99
13. Goodbye
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Album Notes
Super excellent debut studio disc by this awesome female-fronted hard rock band
from Greece featuring the amazing vocal talents of Areti Valavanopoulou and Stavros
Papadopoulos on guitar. Includes 13 tracks of outstanding, blues-based, powerful, dynamic,
retro hard rockin' excellence which gives us faith, hope & love that REAL music still exists
& lives strong in the world of the Freerock Saints on the essential "Blue Pearl Union" disc.

Areti Valavanopoulou is an incredible, undiscovered female hard rock vocal talent who makes
her stunning debut on the Freerock Saints: "Blue Pearl Union" disc. A true rock vocal goddess
whose powerful vocal delivery lands with the prefect blend of silky smooth meets whiskey
grit steeping in soul-powered, blues-based hard rock bliss. Areti's awesome vocals define
clarity and focus that shine forever with strength, class & melody. Marking the first female
vocalist to land and grace a Grooveyard Records disc, we are proud and honored to have
our good musical sister Areti be part of the Grooveyard family with her stunning, killer
vocal power. Our good musical brother Stavros Papadopoulos from Super Vintage plays
guitar, wrote all the songs and produced the amazing Freerock Saints: "Blue Pearl Union"
disc. An incredible guitar rock talent who has a strong passion for Keeping the Rock alive
and whose song writing plus guitar playing abilities are outstanding, prolific and classic.
Freerock Saints also features the powerhouse rock solid Lazaros Simitis (Super Vintage)
on drums and Jim Moralis (Super Vintage) on bass, both excellent players and hard
rock demons of the night who nail down the Freerock Saints sound to solid ground.

The Freerock Saints: "Blue Pearl Union" disc is an essential, blues-based, hard rockin'
musical slice of pure "Rock N' Roll For Your Soul" that is Highly recommended to fans
of Super Vintage, Sass Jordan, Stevie Salas, Richie Kotzen, Paul Rodgers, Black Crowes
and all other world-class, top-shelf, hard rock saints on the third stone from the sun.
An outstanding, timeless musical display of superb, memorable hard rock excellence.



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A great new band - and a revelation!
A little while ago I wrote a review about Freerock Saints’ second cd, Electric Passion, released on the Grooveyard label in late 2017. Assessing it, I gave it full house, five stars if you like. Comparing the album with a great deal of other releases in that same year, by sometimes better known artists, I made the bold claim that Freerock Saints had made one of the best, if not the very best, rock album of 2017, one that continues to spin on my systems. Having said so much, I now feel I owe it to the band, its fans (and potential fans) and perhaps the entire Grooveyard Nation, to drop a comment on the band’s first album, Blue Pearl Union, released a year earlier. I have a good and compelling reason to do so; the first album is, by every measure, as good as the second.
Blue Pearl Union may be Freerock Saint’s maiden release and you might be forgiven thinking that on it you will hear a band busying itself trying to find its way, define its direction and sound, experiment with various and half-baked ideas. First releases are often like that. But not in the case of Freerock Saints; the band is made up of seasoned veterans of the Greek/European rock scene, some of the best the continent has to offer in terms of talent and abilities. Freerock Saints are nothing less than a stellar rock outfit, as great as they come.
Led and directed by super-talented guitar god and songwriter, Stavros Papadopoulos, the band has produced an album of spectacular (and spectacularly consistent) quality. Stavros is currently one of the most efficient, productive and accomplished writer of guitar rock on the European rock circuit, having racked up eight albums on the Grooveyeard label since 2015 (add to that four or five since 2010). A guitarist extraordinaire he is accompanied on the Blue Pearl Union album by his long-term partner, drummer Lazaros Simitsis of Super Vintage fame. The chemistry between these great musicians has developed over years of collaboration and is clearly heard on the album. That can also be said about the bassman, Dinos Maltezos, who joins the pair and plays with them like he has never done anything else in his life. These three make an incredibly tight outfit and manage to do what studio orchestras do in support of less talented pop artists; to raise an impenetrable wall of sound.
And fronting the ensemble is Areti, a true force of nature, up with all the best female rock singers, past and present, and copying none of them. With all respect to Stavros’s brilliant songwriting and the band’s outstanding playing, Areti’s performance is what gives the album its edge. Those of us who love and follow classic “male dominated”, guitar-led rock have, in a sense, settled for only the second best: great music and outstanding playing but, all too often, poor vocals, a daunting task typically assigned to the guitarist of the band (however good a guitarist he may be). A great female vocalist creates a difference and experience that sets an otherwise good band apart from the rest and elevates it into a category of its own. And here the band in question is Freerock Saints led by the uniquely gifted Areti. And really, she needs no wall of sounds in support of her singing, she is a perfectly good currency on her own!
The music on the album is written and delivered by veteran musicians, premier league players on the European rock music scene. It is classic rock in the finest meaning of the definition, beautifully crafted and performed to meet the unwavering demand of rock aficionados for nothing less than the best, the highest of standards. Freerock Saints’ music is not so much blues-based but derived from seeds sown in the olden days by pioneering rock greats like Cream and Mountain, and cultivated by numerous rock outfits that continue to blaze the trail. And that takes me back to my opening note; the music on Blue Pearl Union is reaped from the same grounds as the music on its successor, Electric Passion, delivered to the same exceptional standards. These two Freerock Saints’s albums really are glittering gems in the Grooveyard catalogue and if you only got one you must get the other as well … and then the third. If you got neither, then that is an issue to be remedied.