John M - No Overdubs review
John M - No Overdubs
Location: Reseda, California USA
Genre: Folk, Folk Pop
1996 - That's What Christmas Is To Me
1997 - Still Here
1998 - Part Of The Game
2003 - No Overdubs
2007 - Songs I Wish I'd Written
Album: No Overdubs
Recording Studio: John M Studio Van Nuys, California USA
Music Rowbots recorded during a live performance in Nashville, Tennessee USA
Engineers: John M
Engineers on Live Concert: John M, Franklin Spicer, assisted by Fred Davis
Mixing & Editing: John M
Mastered by: Nancy Matter Moonlight Mastering. Burbank, California USA
Lyrics: All songs & Music written by John M
(c) FJM Mollenhauer III Music, ASCAP
John M - Lead Vocals, guitar, lyrics
Todd Herzog - Background Vocals on selected songs
Gina Venturini - Background Vocals on selected songs
"No Overdubs" track list
1 - We Can Make It
2 - I Could've Had You
3 - Forever
4 - My Mother In Me
5 - In Jesus' Name
6 - There For You
7 - Some Hearts
8 - White Lines & Highway Signs
9 - The Eyes Of A Child
10 - Music Rowbots
11 - School Bus Blues
12 - If It Stays Like This
John M re-releases "No Overdubs" to the sheer delight of listeners worldwide. John M is the ultimate triple threat! He is one of the finest world lyricists out there. He writes from personal experience, life, love, family, a healthy songwriters imagination and creativity. His music is upbeat and truthful. Your spirit raises several notches in John M's presence, live or through the air waves. He can be a hard hitting rock god in one moment, then slide into a gentle soothing ballad with ease the next. John M does it all on "No Overdubs." You will be transfixed and absorbed in polished lyrics and song construction. This is an album that moves through time effortlessly with you, stamping the best times in your life. John M holds the listener captive from beginning to end. "No Overdubs" is recorded live thereby giving us, the listeners, the feeling of being right there with John M. I found myself smiling away whilst singing along and yes... there was at times some air drumming happening on my desk. Say no more. It is incredible indeed, John M, that you have accomplished an album with this big feel with only an acoustic guitar! Brilliant my friend! A true genius.
John M has honed his skills on guitar to a fine edge and it certainly shows on this live album. His expertise is stunning. The actual song construction and orchestration marries deliciously with John M's rich vocal style. John M has that "Thing," you know what that thing is.... The thing that causes goose pimples up your arms and flutters in your stomach. That is the ultimate sign of perfection for a listener. John M has such charisma, not only because he looks hot but because he can back it up with a strong vocal style and expertise on guitar. He conveys that clearly through this album.
I found the recording, mixing, mastering and engineering to be exceptional on "No Overdubs." Often when recording live, the background noise can be difficult to deal with. Not so with John M - "No Overdubs." This has translated really well onto the album. In fact, not only is John M's vocal clear and pure, you feel transported to the live concert, with much better seats. Brilliant effort !
Now I would like to bring forward 3 tracks from No "Overdubs":
1 - My Mother In Me
This exceptionally written song will bring you to your knees. John M shows his versatility on guitar by setting those strings on fire. Such expertise is a joy to behold, truly. Lyrically "My Mother In Me" is perfection. It has it all: a) a strong hook, b) a story line that the whole world can relate to, c) an upbeat rhythm that draws you in securely, d) guitar being played like it was created for, with expertise and love. And last but certainly not least e) a strong, rich sexy vocal style that is addicting. LOVE LOVE LOVE this song.
2 - There For You
There For You is one of my all time favorite John M songs. His lyrics are impeccable! His song construction beginning with lyrics, superb orchestration and instrumentation, then on to his strong, rich vocals, are magnetizing together. This is an upbeat song with a clear message. John M has swooped in for the kill and left us fanning ourselves with this brilliant song!
3 - Music Rowbots
I Love how John begins this song with a dedication, then gets us grooving in no time flat with superb guitar playing. His lyrics are precise and honest. He will have your head boppin', feet tappin' and pulled into the "John M zone" before you can say Mama! John M connects with his audience and listeners with ease but should come with a warning label. "This song will cause eruptions of chair dancing, laughter, singing, smiling and a fair few uh-huh moments." Fabulous vocals married with exceptional guitar pickin'.
As you can probably tell from this writers reaction to John M - "No Overdubs," this album has ticked every box. This is an album you will put on your "Good Shelf." C'mon, you know what I'm talkin' about. The one that visitors see when they come over. John M is the kind of muso (musician) everyone aspires to be. He has the Midas touch. John M - "No Overdubs" - is unequalled. Truly a stand alone album!
If you haven't heard it, babies, get on over there and hear it! CD Baby can hook you up this Christmas!
http://www.cdbaby.com/all/johnm. I know I am going to be hitting it for a couple brothers I know will love it.
That's How I See It
The best live album I've ever heard
One man on a stage with his guitar could get boring... unless of course the man is John M. For me, live performances in general are mediocre compared to the studio versions--many artists can't always sing on key or spend more time practicing their choreography than their chords. But John M's got a genuine talent for his instrument, for singing, for songwriting, and for engaging an audience--all of which shine on this album. If his concerts are this captivating audio-only, just imagine what an experience it would be to see him live.
Move over, Peter Frampton. No Overdubs! is the new definitive live album.