Mike Hamilton | Anthology

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Anthology

by Mike Hamilton

16 tracks of original pop/blues/jazz/folk/rock/new age music by this studio and touring guitarist/singer/songwriter for Pure Prairie League, Jay Ferguson, Max Bennett, Kenny Loggins, Peter Kater, Bette Midler and others.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Persistence
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2. Bird of Prey
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3. 3 Wishes Ago
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4. The Phantom
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5. From Now On
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6. Junior's Symphony
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7. Stand Up For Me
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8. Barbara / Lost Love
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9. Sandpiper Shuffle
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10. Canon In D
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11. Invention No. 8
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12. Cedar Creek Reel
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13. Westminister Opal Miner
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14. Sonata In C Major
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15. Where's My Lily Pad?
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16. Windows
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Musicians:
Mike Hamilton • Vocals; Steel, Nylon, 6 and 12 String Acoustic and Electric Guitars,
Guitar Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Keyboard Synthesizers,
Keyboard Bass Pedals, Drums, Hand Percussion, Harmonica

Michele Beals • Vocals on tracks 2 and 5, Guitar on track 13
Frank Cotinola • Drums and percussion on tracks 1, 2, 6, 7 and 9
Alan Deremo • Bass Guitar on track 16
John Ferraro • Drums on track 16
Tim Lee • Organ Solo on track 7
Michael Steele • Vocals on track 2

Produced and Recorded by Mike Hamilton and Virgil Gentile

Mastered by Virgil Gentile


Mike Hamilton (sometimes listed as Michael Hamilton) is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter/composer
and multi-instrumentalist.
He has performed, toured, and/or recorded with Stevie Nicks, Sting, Michael McDonald, Bette Midler, Michael Steele,
Jay Ferguson, Jack Tempchin, Andrej Sifrer, Peter Kater, Max Bennett, Jennifer Warnes, Steve Wood, Phil Marshall,
Mario Frangoulis, Neil Larsen, Mick Fleetwood, Jesse Colin Young, Gary Wright, Daniel May, Bob Stewart, and Pure Prairie League - with whom he performed several of his own original songs.

Mike also toured internationally as a member of the Kenny Loggins Band, recording lead guitar solos, background vocals and rhythm guitar parts on seven of Ken’s gold and platinum Sony/Columbia Albums: “Nightwatch”(which included the hit 'Whenever I Call You Friend' with Stevie Nicks), “Keep The Fire” ('This Is It' with Michael McDonald), “Alive”,”Caddyshack”('I’m Alright), ”High Adventure”('Don’t Fight It' with Steve Perry and Neil Giraldo on which Mike played the Bass Guitar and 'Heart To Heart'), “The Essential Kenny Loggins”, and “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins”.

His Guitar work can also be heard on such movie scores as “Endless Summer II” (film score by Phil Marshall),
“Dolphins” (film score by Steve Wood and Sting) and “Johnny Tsunami” (Phil Marshall)
as well as numerous radio & TV commercials. In 2008, he recorded guitar tracks with Steve Wood for the
Steve Wood/Dave Matthews Band collaboration movie score and CD, “Grand Canyon Adventure -
River At Risk” (a MacGillivray Freeman IMax film).

As a solo performer , Mike plays his music consistently throughout the Southern California nightclub scene and has opened concerts for Spyro Gyra, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo, and others.
He has released 4 solo albums; “Songs And Sounds The Same”, “Anthology”, “Liv The Dig” and
"Impianoprov In Folktrancea".


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This is really good
From sweet and lyrical to classical, Mike Hamilton's talent and creativity surpass that of the more famous artists with whom he has played.

He has a lovely voice with a range that surprised me, and is in a league of his own when it comes to his skill as a guitar player.

This is a wonderful CD, every song is so unique, aptly illustrating his apparently boundless talent.

My favorite songs on the CD are Junior's Symphony, Three Wishes Ago, Bird of Prey and the classical pieces which showcase his amazing skill as a guitar virtuoso.

And I absolutely LOVE the photos of little Mike. I knew that guy.

And I knew the first time I heard him that his talent was going to take him places.

And so it has.

wally ross

Anthology is 2 CDs in One
There’s only one thing to be said about a CD that runs the gamut from acoustic country/folk to classical, driving hard rock to orchestral to jazz fusion. One where all the seemingly disparate musical styles still remain distinctly personal. Good Gawd, y’all!

“I have extremely varied musical interests,” Mike Hamilton said. And taste. Moreover, Hamilton has an impressive technical wealth to draw from as well. When taken as a whole, “Anthology” is nothing short of dizzying.

Indeed, his music reminds us of Dizzy Gillespie’s truism that there are only two kinds of music — good and bad — and Hamilton’s falls firmly in the former camp. And as infectious as Hamilton’s music is — much of it immediately becomes earworms, i.e. those tunes you just can’t get out of your head — it’s never as simple as it sounds.

Rarely is one lucky enough to find the depth and breadth of musicianship, both in songwriting and technical ability, and in so many different styles, on one disc. This CD provides a rare opportunity, a “get-acquainted offer,” for the listener to experience Mike Hamilton’s many facets.

You may not recognize Mike Hamilton’s name, but you’ve certainly heard his playing many times before; for example, he’s the guy playing that funky, ultra mood-setting plunk-guitar on the beginning of Kenny Loggins’ “This Is It.” A veteran of five Loggins albums (seven if you count Loggins’ two greatest hits albums); a contributor to Pure Prairie League’s “Mementos” album; toured, recorded and/or played with acts as diverse as Bette Midler to Max Bennett’s Freeway to new-age keyboardist/composer Peter Kater; not to mention numerous movie scores and jingles in between. Fact is, to list all of his credits would require a nearly book-length treatise. Suffice to say, he’s a well-traveled musical soul.

Listen to “Anthology” a couple of times and the more fascinating it becomes. You realize Mike’s sense of time and harmony is not only incredibly unique, it’s soothing, familiar. There are few musicians with such a bold approach to seemingly disparate musical elements who aren't hopelessly locked into a single genre or, worse, once it works, interminably flogs it to death. Hamilton’s sensibilities and technical abilities allow him to weave seamlessly across many styles, from Americana to ze jazz, that hint nary a wisp of imitation or derivation.

But what’s really fascinating about Mike’s music, in general, and “Anthology,” in particular, is that so many of Mike’s tunes consistently hold up to repeated listens. His tunes are just so subversively memorable, and so brain-sticky in such a pleasing, soothing way, that your subconscious simply takes over. You really can’t fight it. After a few listens you will find yourself singing his tunes to yourself.

For instance, “From Now On,” a gentle, folkish paean to lifelong commitment, is presented so subtly that, when you find yourself singing along with it in the shower, you will not realize you are shampooing to every refrain in 13/4 time.

Another true earworm for me is “Stand Up For Me.” This song has all the elements of truly great classic rock tunes. It’s got the crunch that every timid heart desires to express, but with the unexpected delights of Mike’s fascinating harmonic sense. It’s proof, I guess, that if you know the rules you are welcome to break them. While it’s doubtful the average listener would realize its degree of difficulty is x2, I’ll tell ya: I pity the poor 12-year-old that tackles this one — “It sounded so simple!” will echo through the bathroom, no doubt.

And then there’s “Where’s My Lilypad.” I can think of few other artists that can “take you along” the way Mike does; Pat Metheney comes to mind. The tune starts as a folky finger-style number but then morphs into some very straight-ahead cool-jazz improvisation. You simply can’t help but wonder, “How did we get here from there?”

Another noteworthy thing about “Anthology” is that for the most part — the exception being some of the drums — Mike is playing all of the instruments, and with equal virtuosity. But lest someone think it’s a bunch of sophisticated studio trickery, the CD ends with a live trio recording of Chick Corea’s “Windows,” which will effectively dispel such notions.

Essentially two albums in one — eight with vocals, eight instrumentals — “Anthology” provides an excellent vehicle to discover Mike Hamilton’s many talents. He even did the cover art! Pop it in, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

Steve Wright

inspireing,pleasuable, clean, diverse, smooth, rythemic, great musicianship
this is one great musician! he can do it all, guitar,piano. mandelin, sing, write and display his talents in a manner so wonderful it makes you want to travel to see and hear him perform. I can't stop playing this cd. thanks mike!!!!!!