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Wings of Gold

by JRS

Aggressive, progressive, melodic hard rock. Shredding guitar, soaring vocals, hard-hitting drums.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
2:14 $0.69
2. Living
4:45 $0.69
3. Fade
4:29 $0.69
4. Homeland
3:50 $0.69
5. Pound
4:24 $0.69
6. Change
5:19 $0.69
7. I Know
3:51 $0.69
8. Never Never Land
3:58 $0.69
9. Natural Disaster
3:38 $0.69
10. V
4:47 $0.69
11. Find a Way
3:20 $0.69
12. Wings of Gold
4:12 $0.69
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Album Notes
Multi-Instrumentalist/Composer Jeffrey Ryan Smoots explores his love of melodic, progressive rock on this solo release.

Wings of Gold features 12 hard-driving progressive rock songs, all with an emphasis on melody and listenability. Shredders will especially enjoy the opening tune, 'Intro', a two minute instrumental roller-coaster ride rife with wicked ascending runs and tight guitar/keyboard unison lines. Wings of Gold also pays homage to vocal-rich bands like Styx, showcasing Jeffrey's penchant for soaring melodies and thick harmony vocals.

Of Wings of Gold, Progression Magazine said, "...Great songwriting, great guitar work, and fantastic vocals."

Fans of modern progressive rock will not be disappointed with Wings of Gold. Give it a listen!

Also check out Jeffrey's work with Peter Orullian (Inner Resonance - Solar Voices), and Jeffrey's electronica CD, Spank Your Inner Child.


Jeffrey has been spotlighted in Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine. He's had a number one MP3.COM instrumental hit with the song "Intro" (from the Wings of Gold album), and has seen several of his other songs reach the top 10 in their respective genres.

Jeffrey is endorsed by Dean Guitars, Dean Markley Strings, Morley Pedals, Sonic Implants Sound Libraries, and ADK Pro Audio Computers.

Jeffrey maintains an active presence on the Internet, hosting his own website (www.jrsmoots.com), and artist pages on MP3.COM (www.mp3.com/jrsmoots). He's written guest columns for several websites, including Guitar 9 Records, Insane Guitar, and Sounduser.com. His MIDI-based compositions appear on many websites throughout the Internet.


"...Great songwriting, great guitar work, and fantastic vocals..." - Progression Magazine.

"...Jeffrey's tunes leave your imagination running wild. Which is exactly what instrumental music is supposed to do right?" - Flash Forward.

"...Jeffrey Ryan Smoots knows the difference between virtuosity and feeling in his progressive rock...The music is full of feeling, with refrains very well built; see pearls like 'Homeland' and 'Never Never Land'...Wings of Gold is an extraordinary album..." -Krepsukulum Underzine Online - Brazil.

"...Intricate guitar work and finely-crafted progressive rock..." - Gajoob.

"...Jeffrey can play some good music...superb lead vocals. (Points: 7.5 out of 10)." - Strutter'zine.

"...There is no question that there is significant talent on this CD..." - Heady Metal.

"...[Wings of Gold is] a very good album that won't leave you disappointed..." - Through Different Eyes.

"...This is a good record. Smoots conveys an infectious energy that elevates...Influenced by such luminaries as Alex Lifeson, Eric Johnson and Yngwie Malmsteen, his guitar playing is spectacular, and his commanding tenor would bring down the house on Broadway." - Jim Santo's Demo Universe.

"...The guitar playing is quite a thrill without been over-the-top...The musicianship of Jeffrey Smoots, cannot be in question; he as the ability to play a wide number of instruments. " - Martin Jones Acid Attack Music.



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Jim Reindel

Fantastic compositions, masterful guitar work, excellent vocals!!!
This CD is a progressive masterpiece! Creating some of the hottest prog and instrumental music of our era, Jeff blazes intricate guitar work throughout every cut. Influences of Lifeson, Malmsteen, Dream Theater and others are evident, yet Jeff achieves an exciting sound and style all his own. I highly recomend this CD to all fans of excellent prog! You will NOT be dissapointed!!!


Hello potential Wings of Gold buyers! This is Jeffrey Ryan Smoots, the person behind Wings of Gold. In the next few days, I'll be posting reviews of Wings of Gold that I've received from various magazines and websites. I also look forward to you posting your review of the CD! Feedback from listeners is essential for any artist who wants to learn and grow. So, tell me what you think of the music! Thanks, /jeff


Hello again, potential listeners! Here's some excerpts from recent reviews of "Wings of Gold". From Progression Magazine, Issue 30, 1999. Review by James Bickers: "Great songwriting, great guitar work, and fantastic vocals." From Heady Metal, June 1999. Review by Corey McKenzie: "There is is no question that there is signifcant talent on this CD." From Martin Jones' Acid Attack Records, February 1999. Review by Martin Jones: "Jeff Smoots for those who want to know, is the brain behind this new 12 track progressive metal piece that I'm sure will appeal if your into the world of guitar heroes. From the opening there is no let up and it's powered, guitar-led songs although, vocals are very strong and hold the song together well. Jeff plays everything and does vocals, bar drums which come from David Beardsley. Some of the tracks have the vocal sound of Styx, and sound not unlike most of the progressive metal bands around today, Queensryce, Dream Theatre. If these are for you then check out WINGS OF GOLD." I look forward to your reviews too!! Thanks, /jeffrey ryan smoots


FANTASTIC album,(cd) the harmonies and melodies are trance-like, the guitar just sings for attention, its fantastic! Words cannot begin to describe the music on here.. Comparing this to styx? This is far better..

Goocher (http://www.goocher.com)

I'm jealous
Yeah, that's right: I'm jealous. JRS leaves me in the dust, plays circles around me, shreds like there's no tomorrow, and constructs wonderfully gritty hooks. I hope he doesn't mind me saying this, but I think he really stuck his nuts out there on this album. His lyrics (poetry) are heart-felt, and sound like they come from a reservoir of personal struggles and triumphs. Not to mention, the album just plain ROCKZ! :) Also, as you'll hear, his influences are more smoothly blended together that probably any other artist I've heard. He may have been influenced by some of today's greatest modern Progressive Rock bands and guitar shredders, but you'll be hard-pressed to say exactly who just by listening. His sound is *completely* his own. Oh, and his voice. Yes indeed. JRS has a Voice of Gold, conveying passion and vulnerability... and grit! Did I mention that the album ROCKZ?!!!

Goocher (http://www.goocher.com)

I forgot to mention...
I forgot to mention that I'm also jealous of the album cover. Too cool.