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River To The Sea

by Simon Apple

There's a point where Sting, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, John Mayer, Bruce Hornsby, Marillion, Genesis, Pat Metheny Group, Supertramp, all intersect... that point is Simon Apple - which also features several Grammy-winning & multi-Platinum guest artists
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Leap Of Faith
4:24 $0.49
2. Weight Of The World
8:15 $0.49
3. The Colours In Between
4:40 $0.49
4. Hold Me (Like A Lover)
4:39 $0.49
5. A Way Outside
1:11 $0.49
6. A Way Inside
4:06 $0.49
7. Significance
4:14 $0.49
8. Taken Root
6:33 $0.49
9. The Weight Is On...
0:59 $0.49
10. Take My Life
5:33 $0.49
11. For Every Loss
5:46 $0.49
12. Katherine
4:54 $0.49
13. A Lot Of Hope
4:58 $0.49
14. A Reason Why...
0:47 $0.49
15. River To The Sea
4:47 $0.49
16. Wait...
0:30 album only
17. Weight Of The World (single edit)
4:09 $0.49
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Album Notes
Simon Apple's "River To The Sea" (released October 2004), yielded the band's first U.S. Top 10 single in December of 2005 - Hold Me [Like A Lover]. (#10 Adult Contemporary FMQB). The album also features several Grammy-winning and multi-platinum guest artists, including: Legendary bassist TONY LEVIN (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon), guitarist BUCK DHARMA (Blue Oyster Cult), saxophonist JOHN HELLIWELL (Supertramp), cellist HUGH McDOWELL (Electric Light Orchestra), acoustic bassist STEVE RODBY (Pat Metheny Group), and trumpeter DAVE STAHL (Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr.). The album was mixed by Grammy-winning engineer, DAVID LEONARD (credits include: Paul McCartney, Rush, Tony Bennett, Prince, Barenaked Ladies, kd lang, Toto, to name a few).

"River To The Sea" has also received critical acclaim worldwide, including four nominations and one award in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Awards: Best Contemporary Song ("Hold Me"), Best Rock Song ("Leap Of Faith"), Best Rock Album ("River To The Sea"), and winner for Best Male Vocalist (Dan Merrill). [Just Plain Folks is a worldwide music organization of over 40,000 independent musicians, songwriters, publishers, and record labels. Nominations were selected from over 25,000 albums and 350,000 songs.]

Additionally, Simon Apple donates a portion of every sale to the CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION... and on-going donation - until there is a cure.

Two Philadelphia area musicians, Jeff Miller and Buzz Saylor, formed Simon Apple with the intentions of writing material that combined their favorite elements of pop, rock, and jazz, coupled with positive, hopeful, spiritual, thought-provoking, and sometimes humorous messages.

In early 1998, Simon Apple independently released their first single, "It's Over", taken from their debut CD From The Toybox. By April, "It's Over" had climbed to #21 nationally, on the Adult Contemporary Gavin chart (kept out of the Top 20 by Mariah Carey by only 24 spins). By late summer, their second single, "A Boy Like Me", broke the A/C Gavin Top 30 again (reaching #29). A third 'seasonal' single, "Scenes Of December", also received national airplay (reaching #43).

Simon Apple has been invited to perform at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia for Billy Joel three times, Elton John twice, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Creed, Depeche Mode. They have performed to stadium crowds of 65,000, small intimate acoustic venues, churches, open-air music festivals, and all points in between...while purposefully bridging the secular/spiritual gap.

Guest Artists and Engineers on the 'River To The Sea' CD:

BUCK DHARMA - Guitarist, writer, singer, producer of Blue Oyster Cult. As a founding member of BOC, Buck wrote and sang the band's biggest hits - Don't Fear The Reaper, Burnin' For You, & Godzilla. The band has several Gold & Platinum albums selling millions worldwide. BOC is still an active touring/recording band.

TONY LEVIN - Bassist with Peter Gabriel & King Crimson. Tony has been the recording & touring bassist with Gabriel since Peter's first solo album after leaving Genesis in 1977. He still occasionally records & tours with King Crimson. Tony has played on hundreds of albums over the years including: John Lennon, Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Stevie Nicks, Sarah McLachlan, etc. Tony is also a Grammy nominated solo artist, with several solo albums to his credit.

JOHN HELLIWELL - Saxophonist of Supertramp. John has been with Supertramp since their 1974 hit album Crime Of The Century... in 1979, Supertramp's 'Breakfast In America' album was the biggest selling album of the year worldwide. In between Tramp duties, John has his own jazz sextet, Creme Anglaise, which gigs throughout Europe.

STEVE RODBY - Bassist in the Pat Metheny Group. Steve has been with the PMG since 1982. Steve has been nominated for numerous Grammy awards and has won several Grammy awards. Steve has also performed with jazz greats Tony Bennett, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson. In addition to being a world-renowned bassist, Steve is also an accomplished producer.

HUGH MCDOWELL - Cellist formerly of Electric Light Orchestra. Hugh was with ELO between 1973-1980, during their impressive string of 24 consecutive Top 40 hits, and world-wide massive arena & stadium tours... multi-gold & platinum albums throughout the world.

DAVE STAHL - Trumpeter who hails from our Pennsylvania hometown area, has played with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., Liza Minnelli. Dave also has his own 20-30 piece big band (including vocalists) - The Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra - performing jazz arrangements of sacred works. The Sacred Orchestra has released 2 albums to date.

DAVID LEONARD - Mix engineer. David mixed the album and also engineered the drum & piano tracks. A partial list of David's credits... David won a Grammy for his engineering contribution to Toto IV, which won album of the year and numerous awards that year (Rosanna, Africa, etc). David has engineered, mixed, and/or co-produced Rush, Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, Prince, kd lang, Tony Bennett, Avril Lavigne, Chick Corea, Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Hornsby, Sugar Ray, Jackson Browne, Santana, Hootie & The Blowfish, etc.

ADAM AYAN - Mastering engineer. Adam's mastering credits include Rush, LeAnn Rimes, Phish, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Linkin Park, Wynonna, Brian Setzer, Martina McBride, Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Dave Matthews, Bela Fleck, Counting Crows, Mariah Carey.




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The Dude

Supertramp' John Helliwell did a great job on the album!!
Good band; strong melodies. Brilliant idea to get John Helliwell involved in this project. Keep rockin'!!

Frank Sternberg

The Best CD of the Year!
This is by far the best CD I've heard in many years... I love bands like the Beatles, Genesis, Supertramp and Steely Dan. Simon Apple's River to the Sea is absolutely wonderful and a real treat for anyone who appreciates the above bands. Go buy it now. It's nice to know there are still bands this talented making music this good.

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "River To The Sea"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Simon Apple.

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "River To The Sea"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Simon Apple.

mark bolliger

Very eclectic mix. Great production values. Will order as finances allow!

Maxwell of Cybercafe, jazz and conversation

Lush, lush arrangements
I am featuring these artists in my cyber cafe, which is no little feat, since, they now join Ramsey Lewis Trio, vince guaraldi, Erroll garner and Pat Metheny. It is no joke, that Jeff Miller is giving those who crave Steely Dan and meaty textures, original arrangements and Gorgeous vocals something released just today that makes us roar with a sense of, "Now that is old school FANTASTIC and completely out of sight. " God bless you jeff Miller, for I've been listening to track 5, 6, 7, 8 and 3 like a rabid beast. They are blaring from every music system I own. Thank you my man, you, Dan and Buzz should be proud. I would pay DOUBLE for this CD- got it right here thank you CDBABY!

Michael Will

Very Good
Very sophisticated music. wouldn't really call it prog, but it is very good Pop/rock with. at times, a prog feel to it. very good writing and performance.

Terry Jackson

Dang! This stuff's good!
My music collection is full of albums like this; well produced, intelligent and sophisticated progressive pop. At times reminiscent of Mr. Mister or Mike and the Mechanics, I’m almost sure I heard Paul Carrack on background vocals a few times. Even Sting, Steely Dan and the more mainstream Gentle Giant are influences. Hey, wasn’t that a Sergio Mendes riff I heard? Dang, this stuff’s good


great original blend of various influences
Simon Apple incorporate lots of different styles and influences in their own original way. This album is full of catchy tunes which are delivered with great musicianship, songwriting and beautiful arrangements. This is high quality Prog-Pop/Rock with some light jazzy feel to it. This music makes happy.

Dave Sargent

Superb - one of the albums of the year
In my top 3 albums of 2004. Superb songs, excellent production. Will appeal to anyone who likes not too-complex prog or AOR rock. Have also bought their first album which is also great. can't wait for the next one!