Kimball Jamison is a new CD yet it sounds like the music they created back in their hayday, hince “Back to the Future”
If you’re like me, you find yourself listening to MP3’s, CD’s and Classic Rock stations. What happened to GOOD music? I would love to find some music that maybe I had missed back in the 70’s and 80’s by groups like Journey, Toto, Styx, Loverboy, Survivor, Ted Nugent, etc.
Oh sure, some of those groups are touring and it’s always great to hear them live doing the songs we love. I do catch them whenever they come to Memphis. Memphian Jimi Jamison plays in town quite a bit and I catch him from time to time with Jack Rowell’s “Thrill at the Grill” at the East End Grill on Thursday’s. But I’m dying to hear some new music that sounds like the music when “Rock Was King”.
Problem solved. Jimi Jamison (do I really need to tell you he’s Survivor’s former lead singer?) and Bobby Kimball who sang lead with Toto have just released a new CD on Frontiers Records called Kimball Jamison.
I’m not a critic because critics criticize and I don’t. I do know what I like. I have read several reviews and it seems to me that the reviewers are more interested in impressing the reader with their analytical skills. All I want to know is…Is Kimball Jamison a good CD? The answer to that question is a resounding YES!
First of all Jamison and Kimball are best of friends, they have been touring together with ‘Legends of Rock’ and the ‘Voices of Classic Rock’. If you haven’t caught those tours, make it a point. Both have great lineups of singers from some of the best Classic Rock groups.
Jamison and Kimball are great lead singers but they also harmonize well together. With the reviews I have read, most seem to lean toward one or the other. Jimi Jamison is someone I have admired for years and is a good friend so naturally I lean towards him. However, I have to admire what both men have done with this CD. They sound great together and their vocal styles compliment each other.
There is a lot of talent on Kimball Jamison besides the vocals. The musicians are outstanding and the songwriting superb. The songwriters include Jim Peterik who Jamison worked with in Survivor but was also the driving force in the Ides of March, he wrote and sang lead on their hit “Vehicle”. John Waite, who was the lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English, he also had a hit with “Missing You”. Richard Page of Mr. Mister also contributed as a songwriter. So as you see this CD has all the makings of a classic.
Jamison and Kimball trade off on the verses and combine their vocal talents on the chorus. Kimball Jamison is a CD you have to hear to believe. With the first listen you may say “Yeah, this is good.” But the more I listened, the more I liked it. The more I appreciated what they have done together. This is an AOR (Album Oriented Rock) dream come true, combining two of the format’s greatest singers.
Key tracks for me are “Worth Fighting For” and “Get Back in the Game” as far as rock songs. Ballads are here too “Your Photograph” and “Find Another Way” are also great songs. But I’d have to say that “We Gotta Believe” is my overall favorite track on the CD.
For my taste in music, this is the best new music I have heard in way too long. Remember I played classic rock here in Memphis before it was classic at FM100 and Rock 103, then it was just rock and so is this.
For more information on Jimi Jamison and his upcoming tours check JimiJamison.com and SJIEentertainment.com.