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How Much More?

by Ivory Tower Project

New, original music (with an old school, retro sound) inspired by the great Classic Pop/Rock artists of the 70s and 80s.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. How Much More?
6:35 album only
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2. The Ides of March (Et Tu Brute?)
7:23 album only
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3. Gotcha' (Full Length Remix)
5:58 album only
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4. Ring Around Rosie
3:39 album only
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5. Way Too Late (Full Length Remix)
3:52 album only
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6. Always
4:54 album only
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7. When Friends Become Lovers
3:37 album only
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8. Please Tell Me
4:11 album only
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9. Woman of the Times
5:04 album only
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10. Burning (Full Length Remix)
4:53 album only
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11. Surf Song
2:59 album only
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12. You Can See It in My Eyes (Remix)
4:13 album only
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13. Le Dare Un Anillo a Rosi
3:30 album only
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14. My Name (DJ Distortion Remix) [feat. DJ Distortion]
7:27 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The phrase ‘Ivory Tower’ has long been a metaphor for a place of refuge from the rest of the world. For singer/songwriter Mark Regula of the critically acclaimed modern vintage rock band: Ivory Tower Project, this figurative ideal resonates deeply. The New York City-based band has functioned as a safe haven for its members to process and, ultimately, triumph over trying times.

The group’s greatest victory is its rousing and emotive latest album; ‘How Much More?’. It’s an album that bids farewell to a key collaborator, co-founder and dear friend while it also welcomes a new era as Ivory Tower Project gears up for more recordings and fresh creative partnerships.

“For me, the name Ivory Tower always conveyed a feeling of escapism,” reveals singer, songwriter, co-founder and multi instrumentalist: Mark Regula. “The music has been where my heart and mind can live when everything around me goes wrong. It’s been my savior.”

Ivory Tower Project specializes in the majestic power rock of the 1970s and early 1980s. The songs burst with stirring vocal melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, polished musicianship, heartfelt lyrics, and imaginative arrangements. The band is part of a new breed of classic rock purists preserving the traditions set forth by masters such as 1970s Styx, Queen, Foreigner and Boston. ITP has garnered praise from a variety of sources, including: The Entertainment Bank, The Ripple Effect, Mossip, Quirky NY Chick, and Boom Boom Chick, among others. The group’s debut: 2008’s ‘Red Hot’ (Guerilla Records), has received rave reviews and airplay on over 600 radio stations in 32 countries. As a result, tracks from that CD earned them nominations in a few categories in both the 2015 and 2016 Nashville Universe Awards.

Much like Boston and Steely Dan, and other purveyors of exquisite pop-rock, Ivory Tower Project is not so much a band as it is a collective of songwriters. Mark Regula and lyricist Johnny Jace have been the creative core since the 1980s. In 2003, Johnny passed away, and the lyrics on ‘How Much More?’ are some of the last he’s written. In 1983, original drummer Sal DiAngelo also passed away. And in 2009, Mark Regula survived a car accident that has since left him barely able to walk, and currently battling chronic pain. In the face of it all, Regula has valiantly upheld Ivory Tower Project.

In the wake of all the loss, longtime collaborator and, hotshot studio guitarist; Tony Novarro has emerged a central creative force. Currently, Ivory Tower Project is: Mark Regula on vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, and percussion, with Novarro functioning as recording engineer, guitarist, backing vocalist and co-songwriter.

The title of ITP’s latest CD; ‘How Much More?’ references the band’s own challenging journey.“In life, you sometimes find yourself waiting for a good thing to happen or a bad thing to end.” Regula says. “It’s like; ‘how much more can we take?’ That sentiment resonated with me and Johnny [former songwriting collaborator].” He continues: “The struggle can be tough, but it can also be important in that, if you don’t give up, you learn something.”

‘How Much More?’ posits a query and provides a comforting prescription of answers in song. The album manages to be soothing, seething, and stirring. The title track unfolds from a boldly vulnerable piano ballad with smoldering emotionality to an anthemic climax with burly classic rock guitars. “That’s a song about being frustrated with a friend. In it, I ask, ‘How many times must I be a victim of your lies?’ The feeling is how much more can I take or should I take,” Regula says.

On "The Ides of March (Et tu Brute)" ITP manage to create their own niche of Shakespearian rock through melding classic texts with classic rock in the grand theatrical tradition of Queen. Guitarist Tony Novarro turns in the touching soulful rock gem, “Please Tell Me,” a tribute to a long lost friend, original drummer: Sal DiAngelo. The tracks “Ring Around Rosie” and “Way Too Late” are visceral and uplifting. “Ring Around Rosie” is a stately love song overflowing with amorous vibes and lush production touches. The invigorating “Way Too Late” is a hard driving pop-rock song with galloping guitars that evoke 1970s Styx, Billy Idol and Heart.

Up next, Ivory Tower Project is working on new music. Reflecting back on ITP’s journey thus far, Regula says: “Music is what has kept us going. It’s been our light during the darkness of loss. This album is a memorial to those no longer here with us. I hope this music is as healing and cathartic for others as it has been for us. I hope it gives people a chance to escape their pain and fears, and feel hope.”

PRESS REVIEWS:

Blazing Minds [UK]
"The title track from the album opens with a piano accompanied by a dreamy guitar which leads to the vocals that build up the track before it ramps up with a 70s/80s classic pop/rock feel that ties in beautifully with the lyrics. 'How Much More?' is certainly a track that has been well produced with love for the sound that fans of ITP have come to love over the years that they have been producing some brilliant tracks. This track is certainly one that opens up the albums and sets you up for the rest of the tracks to enjoy." ~ by Karen Woodham of Blazing Minds [UK] - https://blazingminds.co.uk/ivory-tower-project-new-single/

Soundwaves Reviews [USA]
"Ivory Tower Project’s style is a throwback to the expansive sound of bands like Styx and Kansas. The band recently released their album 'How Much More?', which is textured rock without the formulaic hooks. This is the kind of layered music meant for listening. And Tony Novarro gives us some killer guitar riffs." ~ Darcia Helle of SoundwavesReview.Com [USA] - http://soundwavesreview.com/ivory-tower-project-how-much-more-new-independent-rock/

ELO/Beatles Forever [UK]:
"(ITP's) latest recording 'How Much More?' really is a tour de force encompassing a variety of music styles around a core theme of Classic American AOR...At times you are listening to a reinvention of classic American Rock before being taken on a journey back to the days of extended 12" remixes or an adventure through inspired guitar solos that shout out 'Prog Rock!'...an album that is a credit to their talent and creativity. Elobeatlesforever (Elobf) recommends 'How Much More?' by Ivory Tower Project to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes." ~ Keith J. Sinclair of ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) - [UK] - Http://Elobeatlesforever.Blogspot.Co.Uk/2017/06/Review-How-Much-More-Ivory-Tower-Project.Html

Music Interview Magazine [USA]:
"As far as albums having a genuine message behind the music, look no further because Ivory Tower Project’s: 'How Much More?' has it covered and then some...the 14 compositions emit a retro vibe complete with expertly crafted intros, instrumental solos and vocal work, while a tightly percussive bass and drum battery holds everything together." ~ Paul J Wolfle: Music Interview Magazine (New York) - https://musicinterviewmagazine.com/2017/05/10/ivory-tower-project-how-much-is-more/

ALL Magazine [USA]:
"For Ivory Tower Project, How Much More? is so much more than the title of an album, it is the story of overcoming incredible adversity to pursue their passion for music. Their story is real. It is genuine. It is inspiring." ~ Heather Paige: ALL Magazine (New York) - https://www.joomag.com/magazine/mag/0218894001480434856?page=52

get ready to ROCK! [UK]:
“The Ivory Tower Project is a true labour of musical love… working on and off on these songs since their debut album ‘Red Hot’ was released in 2008. As the band name suggests they have a love of all things pomp rock citing bands such as Styx, Queen, Foreigner and Boston as major musical influences…It is an interesting mix as ‘The Ides Of March (Et Tu Brute)’ sounds like 70′s Queen… Those Boston influences shine through on ‘Ring Around Rosie’, more in the vocals than the Tom Scholz guitar orchestrations, although this song features a suitably gran guitar solo.” ~ Jason Ritchie: get ready to ROCK! [UK] - http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2017/06/quick-plays-abacu5-daniel-trigger-ivory-tower-project/

Your Music Blog [The Netherlands]
“(ITP’s) shared love for the music of Styx, Queen, Foreigner or Boston has helped shape this album; ‘How Much More?’…The title track, that starts life as an emotive piano ballad accompanied by crying guitar lines. But it does not take that long before those melodic rock references are coming to the fore. Next is the Shakespearean tragedy made into a rock song ‘The Ides Of March (et tu brute?)’. It is also nice to hear the band infuse some prog keyboard influences into their songs…Personal highlights for me are ‘Burning (Full Length Remix) ’, ‘Way To Late (Full Length Remix)’ and the beautiful ballad ’Always’… With 14 tracks and a playing time of almost 70 minutes, there is a lot to offer”. ~ Peter Cox: Your Music Blog [The Netherlands] ~ https://yourmusicblog.nl/?p=4786


"The hit record that should have been" ~ Paul Anderson of The Entertainment Bank

For News, Press, Interviews and much more, log onto band web site: www.IvoryTowerProject.com

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Paula Thomas

Ivory tower project HOW much more
I love this album ,Such a amazing voice I'm taking my CD everywhere I go The vocals are amazing the lyrics are great I haven't heard anything this awesome in a long time
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Paul

"How Much More?" - from a fan in Kent, England
Bought this album 3 days ago and WOW, excellent tracks, only found out about this group last year and really love their music, an absolute must buy CD, worth every penny.
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Luna

Amazing Band Ivory tower project
I love this band ,I love listening in the car to it, what amazing vocals ,it's like a blast from the past but with a new wave kinda retro
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Carlos Wilde

How Much More? by Ivory Tower Project
A very good album. The combination of well-crafted songs and great production guarantees the listener an enriching trip back to classic rock from the 70's and 80's .
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Natalie

ITP - "How Much More?"
If you are tired of what radio has been playing; the answer to that is to skip what the record labels and radio have been pushing and to look online at artists that are defying the norm of prefabricated beats and putting out music to suit the tastes of the general population by self recording their music. Ivory Tower Project's ‘How Much More?’ is just the kind of music that suits my tastes, having grown up in the era of Rock & Roll. This CD blends the best of rock and roll from the late 70's to the early 80's. The lyrics of "How Much More?" and “The Ides of March (Et tu Brute)” are haunting and Mark Regula does an excellent job of singing with much emotion to bring out the best of these songs and many others on this CD. Johnny Jace and Mark Regula's ability to write catchy lyrics is well represented in the songs on the CD. Regula's ability to write lyrics on his own is well shown in tracks 5 "Way Too Late" and 12 "You Can See It In My Eyes". The first five songs on the CD blew me away and are the best ones on the CD. However, the other writers and musicians also keep you interested. It is hard to like every song on a CD, but Tony Novarro's outstanding guitar playing makes sure you stay interested in the music and gives it a sound that many would call Classic Rock.
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Peter

Great AOR Stuff!
Thanks to Music Street Journal where I read the review about this great piece of music! This CD is like a little time machine which takes you back on a journey to the Progressive Rock and AOR days of the Seventies. I like almost every song and LOVE five of the tracks on this CD . How many albums can you say the same thing? All in all - a Big recommendation! - BUY!!!
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Tricia Seymour

Amazing Artist ~ Great Music
Listening to HOW MUCH MORE? is like taking an hour long ride from the 60s to the 80s. Ivory Tower Project is an amazing Artist ~ Great Music
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Patti

This is a GREAT CD!
I haven’t heard such great music in a long time! If you like the classic pop/rock artists of the late 70s and early 80s you will love this album! Great quality music; the way music used to sound!
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