EXCLUSIVE BONUS CD-R EP!! Only available at Not Lame. FOUR Bonus Trax on this:
"Every Little Thing" (instrumental)
"Say The Word" (alternate version)
"Walk With Me" (alternate version)
"Blue Sky" (instrumental)
First solo album from Pezband leader! More details to come but this is something fans of Betinis, Off Broadway and Pezband have been waiting for - a long time. So the time has arrived. We`ve grabbed some samples of a variety of the songs on "All That Glitters" for you to savor and enjoy!
The driving force behind the late-70s pioneering power-pop group, Pezband - Mimi Betinis offers his first solo album in three decades. "All That Glitters" features 10 gems that showcase the singer-songwriter`s eclectic musicality - from Beatlesque pop-rock to dance, jazz, Latin and classical. The symphonic cover of "Across the Universe" is also sublime. While "Glitters" highlights Betinis` signature catchiness, Lennon-meets-McCartney power vocals and Jeff Beck-style guitar mastery -- the lyrics are intensely revealing and poetic. A legend`s pop-rock magnum opus.
"Glitters" reveals that Betinis is in true return-to-form as an elite master craftsman of the three-minute pop-rock song--certainly on songs like "Veneer" and "Romance Me." But the album also showcases Betinis` uniquely eclectic musicality which takes him beyond the constricting `power-pop` label he is perhaps best known for--especially on songs like the symphonic "Summer Rain," the Latin-tinged "Blue Sky," and the electronica dance number,"Come On Down To My House." Betinis` vocal prowess is firmly established once again with this album. Moving beyond the Pezband-era--where he`d sung in a near-perfect cross between a raucous John Lennon and a sweet Paul McCartney as the group`s lead singer--Betinis has since found his own powerfully true and natural vocal style as a solo artist for today.
"It`s tempting to think of ALL THAT GLITTERS as a long-lost 4th Pezband album... Pezband`s RUBBER SOUL or REVOLVER -- thirty years in the making. After all, ALL THAT GLITTERS boasts rich, multi-layered production, inventive songwriting, and the iconic vocals of Pezband`s lead singer Mimi Betinis. But while the poppy "Love Is Just a Thin Veneer," (the first track of ALL THAT GLITTERS) may harken back to the skinny tie era -- with its twangy guitars and soaring background vocals, by the time you hit the chorus (arranged with cello and violin), you quickly realize that it`s not 1979 anymore and this is not a Pezband record. Which is just fine. In fact, better than fine. What emerges over the course of the next 10 tracks is an artfully-crafted collage of song textures and styles that fit together masterfully -- not unlike the album`s cover art (also created by Betinis).
Standout tracks include "Come on Down to My House" (co-written with Pezband drummer Mick Rain) with its wicked swampy guitar licks and an energetic rhythm section featuring Chris Massa (Bass) and Carlo Iaccino (Drums), "Blue Sky" with its refreshingly bare vocals and impossibly hooky melody -- complimented by ska horns by Chuck Soumar and Dave Stalhberg (The Ides of March), and the haunting "Say the Word" featuring acapella vocals with Carla Hassett.
Back in the Pezband era, Betinis was painted as sort of a windy-city Paul McCartney. And it`s true that his voice shares the same tone as Macca -- as well as the ability to switch from crooning ballads to raucous rock (as evidenced by Pezband`s seminal live performance of "Hippy Hippy Shake" from their Live At Dingwalls EP). But on ALL THAT GLITTERS we`re treated to another side of Betinis` voice -- somewhere between John Lennon and Ron Nasty. For proof, check out the hidden gem of the album: a lovingly-crafted symphonic cover of "Across the Universe" -- one of the few Beatles covers that actually surpasses the original.
ALL THAT GLITTERS is great news for Pezband fans, classic rock fans, or anybody who enjoys hand-made music overflowing with melody and texture. But the best news is that Betinis may be making up for lost time. "- Power Pop Criminals.
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