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Unstoppable

by Sounding Rick

Produced by Kasim Sulton, "Unstoppable" is a quirky upbeat funk/rock CD with 14 great songs featuring tight guitar, horns as well as Rick's and Kasim's unique voices.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Turn You On
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2. Left Your Mark
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3. Oh No!
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4. Danger For The Handicapped
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5. I Don't Wanna Be In Trouble
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6. Only Son
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7. I'm Hip
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8. Less Hate (More Love)
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9. Otis Redding
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10. With You
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11. Snake Eyes
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12. Lucy (the dog)
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13. Anxiety
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14. Blinded By The 9's & 10's
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sounding Rick is one of the most interesting acts in music today.

The band is built around Rick Reynolds' wide catalog of original songs as well as a high energy and fun live show.

In 2003, Rick began a dialog with Kasim Sulton (renowned bassist for Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Hall & Oates, Meat Loaf, Joan Jett, Patty Smith, Celine Dion, etc.) to see if he would be interested in producing and playing on his new record called "Unstoppable".

In August of 2004 production began on the 14 song release with Kasim commuting from New York to Florida. After delays caused by damage to the studio by Hurricane Ivan and tour commitments, the record was finally mixed in May of 2005.

A little background...

Rick began playing the Tampa bar scene at age 15 and quickly gained a reputation for being a guitar guru with a wacky and original solo style (kind of like Thelonias Monk meets Jimmy Hendrix).

In 1983 Rick moved to Pittsburgh, formed a band called Portable People and released his first single "Passion Beat" which gained heavy rotation on college radio stations throughout the eastern United States.

In 1984 Rick released two more singles which received regional airplay as well.

In 1985 Rick relocated to Philadelphia to incorporate the now famous Philly-Sound. While there, he released two more records which also received regional airplay and formed a band called Rick Reynolds' Mistaken Identity.

In 1990 Rick moved back to Pittsburgh and formed the trio The Doghouse Swing. With this band Rick recorded and produced over 60 songs.

It was at this time that Rick developed a concept for a television show called the Doghouse Swing, which was a weekly sitcom based on the band. The real key behind the show was that it gave him a chance to feature three or four new songs on each episode (i.e. The Monkeys).

Rick co-wrote, filmed, edited and acted in each show as well as using local actors.

In 1995 Rick relocated to the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area where he started two bands, Long Neck Jimmy (named after his guitar a 1976 Stratocaster) and Lucky Henry. As power-trios, both bands quickly earned the reputation for being the band to see, as they would play anything from a hard-driving rock song with a 16 bar break of the Flintstones theme in the middle to a knockout blues - funk version of Chim Chim Cherie from Mary Poppins.

In addition to his loyal fans who could always be found at the shows, many local musicians would also attend after their own performances just to hear and see what crazy thing Rick and his guys were playing.

At one such show George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic fame wandered in and asked if he could sit in. George stayed for the entire set and a friendship was born.

The following week Rick received a call from George's road manager asking if Rick's band would like to become the P-Funk All-stars and do a series of shows in that capacity. These performances were exciting, standing-room-only shows.

During this period Rick also produced and played on many records for other artists.


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Awnie

A Great Mix of Sound!
I loved the great mix of styles and sounds. I'm supplying all of my central coast friends with this new CD.

Thanks Rick!

carolyn

Fun Listen
An enjoyably fun and quirky album!

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "Unstoppable"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves Sounding Rick.

Sue Williams

I'm certainly looking forward to Rick Reynolds's next release!
If I didn't know who had produced Unstoppable by about halfway through the first track, Turn You On, I would have thought that it was a Todd Rundgren production as years of working with Todd has obviously rubbed off on Kasim Sulton are far as the background vocals are concerned!

The main thing that strikes me about Unstoppable is the clarity of the vocals. I don't think there's a word on the album that isn't easy to understand! That's partly because the vocals are well up in the mix but also because Rick Reynolds has such a clear voice. Other than on a couple of tracks all the background vocals are sung by Kasim who also has a clear voice and there is the added bonus that Rick and Kasim's voice blend together so well.

My favourite tracks on the album are Turn You On (a simple pop song which is an excellent choice for the first track on the album), I Don't Wanna Be In Trouble (a humorous song with great vocals and a strong bass melody) and Only Son. Another firm favourite of mine is With You which just cries out to be played live in an acoustic setting.

The album consists of 14 well produced and well played songs which are all similar in a way but equally are all very distinctive and cover a number of musical styles.

I'm certainly looking forward to Rick Reynolds's next release!

CJ Williams

Sounding Rick sounds Ecclectic
In this time of big corporate radio and formula music, it is refreshing to find an artist who covers this much ground!

Sounding Rick’s voice reminds me of Burton Cummings from the Guess Who. The songs run the gamut from the Nirvana like “Turn You On” to XTC sounding “Oh No” to funk/rock songs like “Danger for the Handicapped” and “I’m Hip”. As if that’s not enough there are upbeat and quirky songs like “Lucy the Dog” and “I Don’t Wanna Be in Trouble”.

Just when I think there is a formula I hear progressive songs like “Only Son” and my favorite “Less Hate More Love”.

Several years ago I caught one of Rick’s shows when his band opened for (and backed up) George Clinton from Parliament Funkadelic. I was amazed to see this white guy covering three octaves with his voice while at the same time playing a blistering guitar solo.

There is no doubt that Kasim Sultan’s (Todd Rundgren, Utopia, Meat Loaf) influence can be heard throughout the entire record as he plays bass and sings on just about every song. He also produced the CD.

I highly recommend this CD to anyone and can’t help but wonder when his next CD will be released. I have heard there are two more previously unreleased CD’s coming out by Christmas and new one in the spring.

Chuck Adams - Navarre Press 1-5-06

Rick Reynolds is Unstoppable
From the first play, I was impressed with the energy, the clever arrangements and the clarity of the voices and instrumentation. Remember when you could understand the lyrics? The songs are fresh but pleasantly familiar - reflecting a diverse bunch of pop influences from 60s Motown to Weather Report and Sea Level, the Beatles and even a little Green Day. This is all Rick's stuff. There are no covers or remixes.

Arrangements and production values show regard for both the musicians and the audience. Rick does the lead vocals, Donnie Morgan co-wrote some of the cuts and keeps the train moving with great precision on the drums. Roger Villines plays a glorious trumpet and Jim Andrews rips the saxophone. Greg Roth worked with Rick writing some of the songs and lends his vocals.

This is a keep-in-your-car CD. It'll provide a little boost on a rainy-day drive or help prevent road rage while waiting for traffic to clear. Think of it as sing-a-long music for grown-ups who have been around the block a few times. To get more information go to www.soundingrick.com