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by Human Radio

UPDATE: Vinyl is also available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/humanradio2. Formed in 1988, the Memphis-based rock hybrid quintet--Ross Rice, Kye Kennedy, Steve Arnold, Steve Ebe and Peter Hyrka --has reunited to record and perform new music for 2016
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Super Solar Satellite
4:58 $0.99
2. The Alienation
5:17 $0.99
3. Samsara It's Real
4:10 $0.99
4. The Water the River the Sea
5:48 $0.99
5. The Big Drums
4:35 $0.99
6. Transatlantic Lives
4:35 $0.99
7. We've Got to Live Here Together
4:53 $0.99
8. Walk in the Garden
3:28 $0.99
9. Follow You Down
3:52 $0.99
10. Horizon Now
3:20 $0.99
11. She's Gonna Be the One
6:04 $0.99
12. We're All Light
5:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
In Memphis, anything can happen and usually does. Entire genres of music were born there to be beamed out to the rest of the world. So when five musical pals started Human Radio there in 1988, there were no boundaries other than: have we done it before? A modern rock trio plus synthesizers and electric violin, leaning away from the blues/R&B/soul/indie tradition, with cleverly topical lyrics, was probably the least Memphis-sounding thing that could possibly happen there and then, and yet.....praise Sam Phillips.....it worked. The band was signed within the year, debuting on Columbia Records in 1990 with their eponymous record, and soon touring to support their Billboard-charting single "Me & Elvis," a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Memphis' favorite son. Though the record and tour were a modest success, Columbia declined their option for a second record, and after relocating to Nashville in 1990 the band recorded a second unreleased record, while continuously touring, before disbanding in 1992. But 23 years later they reunited for a benefit concert, and re-kindled the long-time relationship, resulting in fruitful writing sessions, a more universal lyrical perspective (not quite so clever, that is), and a successful Indiegogo campaign. The result is "Samsara," which revisits the visionary sound of the band, and reboots it into the future. An audio experience designed to be listened to in entirety in sequence, Samsara hearkens back to an earlier time where one took the time to savor the fruits of the vinyl. Today, however, Human Radio beams out the message to sentient beings everywhere: it's a beautiful universe. Let's explore it together....



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John Carls

Human Radio - Samsara:
This CD is best listened to loud and in the order presented by the band in one continuous sitting. The song transitions are superb. I couldn't possibly say enough about the musicianship of this band.
Super Solar Satellite - Brilliant opening hit, love this song, from the little satellite sonar sounds in the beginning to the final notes of the catchy groove that epitomizes Human Radio.
The Alienation - Thought provoking lyrics with an amazing guitar solo that makes me very happy. The drums and bass work are very creative and solid.
Samsara It's Real - If this is rebirth, long may this incarnation of Human Radio live!! It has a good spiritual feel that leaves one enlightened.
The Water The River The Sea - Amazing imagery, this song reveals the dynamic breadth of this band's musical capability. Love the fiddle and drum work. It's like a float trip home.
The Big Drums - Percussive with its fist pumping message. For me, this is a song about speaking your mind and having the backing of the big drums!
Transatlantic Lives - Memphis style jam about managing relationships across seemingly vast spaces. Another favorite that reminds me of Memphis roots.
We Got To Live Here Together - Nuff said.
Walk In The Garden - A somber and emotionally touching song. I really like the chord progressions.
Follow You Down - Great catchy song and lyrics. Should be a hit. Wake up!!!!!!!!!!
Horizon Now - Swampy rhythm, wonderful bass line. These guys clearly have some Mississippi Delta mud flowing through their veins. One of my favorite songs.
She's Gonna Be The One - Progressive song, with good harmonies another great guitar solo too.
We're All Light - Closing song that comes full circle remembering the positive light presented in the opening song.


Really enjoyed! So glad they are still putting out great music. Hope to hear more.