Thomas Ventiquattro II | Horizon Eyes

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Horizon Eyes

by Thomas Ventiquattro II

Tom 24 presents an intriguing musical odyssey, cruising back through time...somewhere between Bee Gees 1st and Neil Young's Harvest album...melodic and refreshing...hard to categorize, but easy to enjoy.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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1. Peaceful And Mine
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2. Guilty By Association
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3. To All Living
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4. Play Your Life
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5. I Saw Her In The Rain
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6. I'll Dream Up A Way To Your Heart
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7. Hopeless And Helpless
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8. Kick Your But Habits
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9. Love Lost
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10. Who Can Hear
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11. A Year Has Passed
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12. Ecology
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13. Clever Endeavor
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14. Half Alive
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15. Horizon Eyes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Remember the Bee Gees pre-"Jive Talkin" and Saturday Night Fever, when they were sweet, melancholy Beatles-sound likes? Thomas Ventiquattro II (aka Tom 24) sure does and proves it on his latest CD Horizon Eyes.
Tom 24 has been writing songs and performing for over 30 years, and yet Horizon Eyes retains a youthful exuberance that belies the man's years of experience. With a voice eerily similar to head Bee Gee Barry Gibb, Tom manages to echo their pop-folk lovelorn balladry with uncanny accuracy on songs like "Peaceful and Mine", "Guilty By Association", Hopeless and Helpless" and "Play Your Life". Elsewhere, as if to prove he's no one trick pony, he kicks things up a notch with "Love Lost", "Clever Endeavor" and "Half Alive", all songs that the likes of America or Little River Band would kill to get their mitts on.
Although the Latin accents of "Kick Your But Habits" are a tad over the top, Tom does manage to keep the album flowing along nicely. Horizon Eyes may be old fashioned in its composition style, outlook and sound but in this day and age of substance over content and few people being able to write a song properly anymore, this CD is welcome and worth seeking out.

-Above review written by Gina Morris
Evolution Of Media (April 2007)
www.evolutionofmedia.com


In the spring of 2006, Earl Beecher of Morrhythm/Outstanding Records, urged Thomas Ventiquattro II (Tom 24) to release a second album under the Morrhythm label. "Horizon Eyes" then became the follow-up to the well-reviewed 2004 release, 'Twilight Blue Excursion."

Studio producer, Dan Wills, again performs impressive background instrumental work, highlighting the vocals and guitars of Tom 24. The opening number, "Peaceful And Mine," sets the mellow tone for the next 14 easy-listening tracks. A mid-disc dose of comedy jumps out in a bossa nova beat with "Kick Your But Habits." "Ecology" offers a departure from Ventiquattro's usual writing and performing style, revealng early '70s influence from Neil Young. Several selections, including the title cut, "Horizon Eyes," hint at the stylings of pre-1975 work by America and the Bee Gees.

Tom says, "A lot of these songs are re-writes of tunes from my high school and college days, from 1968 to 1977." He adds, "After choosing the songs and the track progression for this CD, I was surprised by the smooth flow of the album. I give tons of credit to studio magician, Dan Wills. He made this project come alive."

Tom 24 and Dan Wills have been working together since 1996, employing Dan's Slab City studio to record an ever-expanding catalog of Tom's original material. This duo does not normally perform live together. Tom books his road show as a vocal and guitar soloist, while Dan (on bass guitar) leads the 4-man rock band, "Slab City." Aside from these performing differences, their collaboration effort works very nicely, here.

Listeners will be challenged to assign a genre to this music. Elements of folk, pop, R&B, rock and country, weave an enigmatic tapestry throughout the disc. But, forget the classification. Just kick back, relax...and enjoy!

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Robyn and family

fantastic music
Hi Tom fantasic album mate .love your music.All the kids say they give it 2 thumbs up. we highly recommend this music to anyone and everyone.very relaxing.great job Tom
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Monique Lannott

Amazing, and as always a surprise
Tom, congratulations with this new album, and 3 in a year must bring good luck. As always I'm surprised and amazed with the \results of your studio projects, as each new cd shows just a little new style to your writing talents, , and it's a pleasure to listen to it.You and Dan and all others who helped in any way have done a great job again. Greetings from Monique from the Netherlands!
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