Johnny Mau | Solo...Not Alone

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Solo...Not Alone

by Johnny Mau

A collection of retro arena rock featuring soaring vocals and searing guitar with lyrical focus on spiritual warfare, the struggle between good and evil, and the story of a man whose soul has been saved.
Genre: Rock: Arena Rock
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1. Storm the Gates of Babylon
10:27 $0.99
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2. Never Surrender
7:35 $0.99
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3. Walking Wounded
9:45 $0.99
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4. I Heard Love (Calling my name)
8:08 $0.99
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5. I'll Always Be There
6:40 $0.99
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6. High Road to Heaven
6:04 $0.99
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7. Shadow of the Man
6:17 $0.99
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8. When I See You in Heaven
9:33 $0.99
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9. Bonus Mystery Track (Acappella vox Walking Wounded)
1:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album is steeped in the tradition of the hard rock bands of the mid 70's to early 80's such as Bad Company, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Dio, Humble Pie, Free, Tom Petty, and Brian Adams. All tracks were written, performed, engineered, and produced by John E Mausen, veteran rocker from the Pacific Northwest, now residing in San Jose, CA.

A former 2-time winner of the Portland Music Blazing Guitars Contest, John's searing guitar is a great match for his chainsaw vocals. His sparse driving rhythm guitar style is reminiscent of Paul Kossoff of Free and his free hand soloing reflects shades of Clapton, Mick Ralphs, and Billy Gibbons. John's specialty is slide guitar and he uses it tastefully and melodically, with the influence of Duane Allman and Johnny Winter obvious.

A classically trained singer, John is a veteran of the "Bar Wars" of the 70's and 80's and has the whiskey tenor voice that speaks of the many years spent in the dark smoky havens where the liquor flowed freely and the music lasted all night. His rough-hewn voice shows a wide variety of influences. There are shades of Dio, Paul Rodgers, Davey Pattison (Robin Trower), Bryan Adams, and Joe Lynn Turner. While he can shriek and scream with the best of them, his voice also has a sensitive and melodic side.

The first three tracks form a sort of thematic trilogy concerning spiritual warfare and have the accompanying hard edge to emphasize this. "Storm the Gates of Babylon" relates how people who have recovered from the wars of drug abuse and violence can actually become the greatest warriors in the fight against the forces of evil. "Never Surrender" is a song of encouragement to the oppressed. "Walking Wounded" illustrates an example of a person who has the courage to pick up the pieces and go on after pain has been inflicted.

"I Heard Love" is a sensitive dedication to the rooms of recovery. "I'll Always Be There" has the interesting perspective of a song written from God's point of view and speaks to atheists and agnostics. "High Road to Heaven" is an auto biographical hard rock blues-based tune that captures John's story in a nutshell. "Shadow of the Man" is a tribute to John's father. "When I See You in Heaven" was written as a dedication to John's wife, but could easily be interpreted as a song of appreciation for the saving grace of God.

The album is intended to cut away at the mistaken image of those of Christian faith being weak and submissive. The music deals with the reality of pain, suffering, addiction, and abuse in the real world and to emphasize that in order to be a strong spiritual person, one need be ready to face these situations head-on. While there is a strong spiritual message in this music, there are some very down-to-earth street life illustrations that belie the image of the Christian man as a weakling. The message that John relates is that our past failures and weaknesses are the very things which give us the strength to face and obtain victory over demons.

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