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Head

by Gregg Burns

An intense mix of hard rock, funk and soul. Great vocals and lyrics, and burning guitar.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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1. Strawman
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2. Straight Through My Head
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3. Time
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4. Drown
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5. Videoctomy
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6. Load
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7. Images Of You
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8. Without
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9. Go
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10. Sister
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11. Have I Told You
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12. You Be Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Head" is the highly anticipated full-length release from Los Angeles musician Gregg Burns. For those familiar with this talented artist (he is an acclaimed guitar player and singer), this album has been a long time in coming, and I can tell you, it was well worth the wait. To put it simply: front to back, this album kicks ass.

When new listeners are being introduced to an "unknown" artist or group, the inevitable question asked is, "Who does he/she/they sound like?" In the case of Gregg Burns and "Head," this is not easily answered, and that is a good thing. Elements of hard rock, blues, alternative, progressive, and heavy funk are intertwined throughout the album in a way that is immediately recognizable, but delivered with an original and unique voice.

The album opens with "Strawman," a flat-out barnburner with a heavy guitar riff reminiscent of King's X, and a funk underpinning that alludes to Lenny Kravitz (on his good days). Add a tough chorus and a burning, bluesy, wah-drenched guitar solo, and you have one of those songs you go back to hear again, even before you get to the rest of the disc (which you should). "Straight Through My Head" keeps the hard rock/blues/funk train rolling, but in an altogether different manner, more of a Stevie Ray Vaughn-meets-Prince vibe, with driving guitars propelling the tune forward. This song rocks.

The album gets more progressive with "Time," seamlessly utilizing odd meters, and introduces some jazz/fusion flavor in "Videoctomy," with the growl of Burns' guitar lurking ominously in the background all the while. A more relaxed, R&B feel permeates the keyboards-based "Without"; the sexy, slow burn of "Images of You" reveals yet another, more erotic facet of this artist's vision. The strongest material, however, is the heavy stuff. "Drown," its wistful lyric driven by an absolutely crushing guitar riff, should be a hard-rock radio staple; the sparse muscularity of "Go" and its searing outro guitar lead make it one of this album's highlights.

"Head" is full of strong material, delivered with an intensity that never lets up. Burns sings with a powerful, distinctive, clear voice, and there are intriguing melodies, lush harmonies, and hook-laden choruses throughout, made even more memorable by some truly compelling lyrics: check out "Load" one time, and you'll be humming it for a week. According to the liner notes, Burns produced, mixed, and engineered "Head," in addition to writing, singing, and playing almost all the instruments here. This is a first-rate effort from a true talent. Even the artwork is cool.

-F. Rienbaum, 2001 (*some excerpts previously published)


***UPDATE***
November 8, 2002: 'Gregg Burns "Head"' has just been nominated for "Hard Rock Album of the Year" by Just Plain Folks (www.jpfolks.com), a worldwide organization of over 25,000 Songwriters, Recording Artists, Music Publishers, Record Labels, Performing Arts Societies, Educational Institutions, Recording Studios and Engineers, Producers, Legal Professionals, Publicists and Journalists, Publications, Music Manufacturers and Retailers and about every other type of member of the Music Industry. The winners of JPF's Annual Awards will be announced in the Spring of 2003.


***UPDATE***
March 7, 2003: Just Plain Folks (www.jpfolks.com) held their annual Music Awards Show this past Saturday, March 1st, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, where they recognized the best in independent music for the last year. The nominees were selected from over 100,000 songs and nearly 8000 albums; the final round winners were chosen by a panel of more than 300 judges. The award for 2002's "Best Hard Rock Album" was presented to Gregg Burns for his debut release, "Head." This album is now available online at CD Baby; Burns' live band is currently preparing for a Summer 2003 tour.


***UPDATE***
February 23, 2007: Gregg is also now lead guitarist/backing vocalist for Sound of the Blue Heart, the new band fronted by Johnny Indovina, former lead singer/songwriter of LA's legendary Human Drama.

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Jeff Barrell

Excellent rock album
This is a great CD. I don't buy a lot of CDs because so many of them have several tracks that sound the same. Burns offers many different sounds with some good driving rock broken up with catchy melodies and lyrics. Can't go wrong here.
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A. G.

Is it hot in here?
Images of You is one of the sexiest songs I have heard in a long time...it definitely sets a mood...great lyrics!
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R. Lahey, producer

An excellent rock record!
I heard about this album through a client, who mentioned that Gregg had also co-produced and mixed June Carter Cash's Grammy-winning "Press On" album, so I expected rock-solid production... I was not disappointed: monster tones, rich, transparent mixes, and this guy has a voice you can put anywhere. He plays just enough guitar to let you know he can really smoke, but never at the expense of the song, and this CD is chock-full of great songs. I really like Strawman and Videoctomy... Drown has 'hit single' all over it... Go could probably induce a speeding ticket if you listened to it loud enough. This is just an excellent rock record.
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Curt Mitchell,Learn to Burn/MVP home videos,guitar instructor.

Outstanding
Just checked out Gregg's current release, "Head." After putting my two cents in on a couple of the tracks, "Strawman" and "Straight Through My Head," I moved out of LA and Gregg (aka Burnsy) completed the album on his own, and I have to say I am impressed. Clever hook driven lyrics, tight complex rhythms, always something to catch your ear and give you a double take. Songs like "Videoctomy" and "You Be Me" get me laughing every time I listen. Gregg's dry, high, powerful voice is the perfect topping for these extreemely cool grooves, not to mention the first class guitar playing throughout. Makes me want to pick my guitar up every time I listen. Unique and powerful. I love this record.

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oz

kick ass music
buy this stuff, u will love it
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Kristina Quinn

It's refreshing to hear guys still know how to rock
The first time I heard it I fell in love with it. I can't even listen to new music being sold right now, I just listen to all my old CDs. So it was refreshing to hear something new with the type of edgyness and rock the music scene has been sadly missing.
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Chris David

I Like This More Than Creed's Latest
This guy f'n rocks. Not too many musician's I know of have the talent to write, arrange, play and produce the way this dude puts out. My favorite piece is Go, followed by Strawman...ripping guitar, driving drum tracks, and engaging vocals. Where's he playing?!
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