Marty Balin | Blue Highway

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Blue Highway

by Marty Balin

From melodic love songs, to soulful, biographical, and social awareness songs, Blue Highway is simply a "must have". Marty Balin at his best again.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Blue Highway
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2. I Need Love
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3:32 $0.99
3. City Lights
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5:28 $0.99
4. Somehow the Tired Reach Home
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4:07 $0.99
5. Don't Be Sad Anymore
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3:20 $0.99
6. Sure Can Make Love
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7. Goddess
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8. Viva La Vida
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9. Versace
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3:12 $0.99
10. Drivin' Me Crazy
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11. Rocket Launcher
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12. Solidarity
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13. Papa John
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14. Feelin' the Love Again
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Album Notes
A variety of Marty's musical styles are represented in his new album; Blue Highway. 14 New songs including "I Need Love," "City Lights," "Blue Highway," "Goddess," "Solidarity," "Versace" and the long awaited studio version of "Rocket Launcher."

Produced by: Marty Balin, Mark “Slick” Aguilar, Jim "Pinky" Beeman, and Joe Vertino
Executive Producer: Joe Buckwald - "This one's for you Pop"
Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered at:
Big 3 Studios - St. Petersburg, FL
Jim "Pinky" Beeman, Recording Engineer

Marty Balin - Vocals & Guitar
Mark "Slick" Agulara - Guitar & Vocals
Chris Smith - Keyboards
Joe LaLa - Percussion & Vocals
Dave Trupio - Bass
Michael Silvia - Drums & Vocals
Gary Gray – Strings
Charlie DeShant - Sax & Horns
Valerie Carter - Vocals
Kirk Adams - Slide Guitar & vocals (Blue Highway)
Liz Adams - Backround Vocals
Sue Cunningham - Violin (Pappa John)
Rob Alexander - Bass (Solidarity)
Joe Cosas - Keyboards (Goddess/Blue Highway)
Joe Grady - Bass (Goddess & Blue Highway)
Pat Hemley - Tablas (Goddess)
Fikret Ibrisevic - Accordion
Joan Joans - Vocals (Goddess)
Jaybo Key - Accustic Guitar
Tony Manna - Keyboards & Vocals (Solidarity)
Bert Russing - Drums (Blue Highway)
Brian Snapp - Sax & Vocals (Solidarity)
Gale Trippsmith - Backround Vocals
Joe Vertino - Vocals (Feelin' The Love Again)
Guy Walker - Guitar & Vocals (Solidarity)


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Generally classy effort
I had not previously heard any of Marty Balin's material outside of Jefferson Airplan/Starship, so bought this CD on the strength of past glories, if you will. In too many cases, artists that have had a lot of success seem to continue to release tired music that trades on those past successes. The music is, however, more than good enough to stand on its own and if anything, probably highlights just what Balin injected into Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. Whilst the standard is not uniformly high (in truth, the rating is probably 3.5 rather than 4 stars), the high spots are pretty classy indeed and are befitting a musician with Balin's pedigree. The musicians involved also bring a better than average quality to the music - even when the songs are at their weakest, the overall standard of musical performance is still high, if that makes sense. "Somehow the Tired Reach Home" and "Rocket Launcher" are the high spots for me and the former is one of those songs that I can listen to over an over (and I found that the opening passage makes a pretty good mobile 'phone ring tone that you can be pretty sure no-one else will be using - less chance of missing a call!!!), but overall, a pretty strong package and well worth a listen.