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Come Around

by My Record Player

10 powerful rock tracks full of catchy hooks, ringing guitars and smart songwriting.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come Around
3:17 $0.99
2. Seeds
4:41 $0.99
3. My Friends
4:52 $0.99
4. Turn The Radio On
4:56 $0.99
5. Terry
4:31 $0.99
6. Over My Shoulder
4:14 $0.99
7. Loose Women & Red Wine
4:30 $0.99
8. Silhouette Reverie
5:06 $0.99
9. Nerve Of A Green Idea
5:40 $0.99
10. Good News
4:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
"I blame it all on that damn little blue turntable. The kiddie one with the lid that closes and the pneumatic drill bit masquerading as a needle. Powder blue. Built in flip-up 45 adapter. The one that played The Cars' debut on Elektra and Live At Budokan and countless other slabs of vinyl whenever the WLS-AM Top 40 countdown wasn't pouring out of the clock radio."

My Record Player is the new band fronted by Mark Balletto, guitarist for acclaimed Chicago quintet Dolly Varden.

"Come Around" is the debut album. 10 powerful tracks full of catchy hooks, ringing guitars and smart songwriting.

Produced by Mark Balletto with additional production and engineering by Jay Bennett, "Come Around" was recorded primarily n Chicago at Bennett's Pieholden Sound studio in 2003. The record was mixed by Jeff Powell (Afghan Whigs, Big Star) at Perfect Sound Studios in Bolingbrook, IL.

"Come Around" features a talented roster of musicians including Jay Bennett, Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen, Gerald Dowd & Grant Tye (Robbie Fulks), Brad Peterson and Peter Stuart.

And the legendary Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love, contribute their classic sound to the tracks "Good News" and "Terry".

My Record Player will be performing worldwide throughout 2004 in support of "Come Around".



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Mark Gaurino - The Daily Herald

My Record Player is the auspicious solo debut of Mark Balletto
My Record Player is the auspicious solo debut of Mark Balletto, lead guitarist of the Chicago roots pop band Dolly Varden. Besides being one of the most expressive guitar stylists in town, he's also a certifiable music freak, able to summon a myriad of influences in one swift stroke. Naming his band after his turntable suggests a serving platter of references from his vinyl collection. That's not necessarily the case on these originals. Instead of simply summoning heroes, Balletto steps forward as a tuneful pop craftsman with a tasteful imagination and an ear for how to make all the ingredients cook.

Primary players include his Dolly Varden bandmates, ex-Wilco multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett and Stax veterans the Memphis Horns. Not surprisingly, the songs that rise above are the bold guitar rockers, built with a multitude of interwoven layers and radiant harmonies from Dolly Varden principals Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen.

Balletto's best when coloring in these songs with eloquent introspection, playing slide guitar ("Seeds") or launching into a solo that is simple yet flares with grandeur ("Nerve of a Green Idea"). He defies the expectation that a guitar purebred is only interested in directing the spotlight on the frets. Instead, on these meditative roots rockers, Balletto paints a rich picture held together with intimate warmth without a single slip of momentum.

Mark Guarino – The Daily Herald

Tony Barnett - Newcity

Balances straight-on rockers with earnest ballads
My Record Player is the solo project from Mark Balletto, the guitarist from Dolly Varden. On his debut, Come Around, Balletto taps into the vein of the seventies and the spirit of a decade that offered blues- and soul-based rock alongside unapologetic sappy pop. The refreshing part is Balletto's heart might long for the time of his musical innocence, but his talents as a guitarist and songwriter keep him current enough to avoid a retro label. With the assistance of some noteworthy buds, including Diane Christiansen and Steve Dawson from Dolly Varden, Jay Bennett, guitarist Grant Tye, and drummer Gerald Dowd, with a special appearance by the Memphis Horns, Balletto balances straight-on rockers with earnest ballads, conjuring back-of-the-mind thoughts of Dwight Twilley, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, and Robbie Robertson. While Balletto's first outing proves that he can exist outside of Dolly Varden, the real highlight of Come Around is the final cut, "Good News," in which he applies a smoky, soulful voice to a song that's a flash of Stax, made all the better by Steve Dawson lending his pipes on the high parts, Jay Bennett making the Hammond Organ sing and the Memphis Horns blaring.

Tony Barnett - Newcity