Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Michael Thompson Band-Future Past

Frontiers Records

Michael Thompson is a guitarist known for his studio work with a list of who's who in the music industry. He has worked with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, 'N Sync, Toni Braxton, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, the Scorpions, Vince Neil, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Bette Midler, Madonna, Babyface, En Vogue, Gloria Estefan, Stanley Clarke and Ricky Martin. "Future Past" is actually the second release from this talented guitarist to be issued under the Michael Thompson Band (M.T.B.) moniker. The first was the well-received 1988 album "How Long". Now just like on "How Long" what you get with "Future Past" is top of the line AOR/Melodic Rock. In addition to Michael Thompson himself (Guitars & Keys) the M.T.B. is made up vocalist Larry King (Soleil Moon), bassist Alan Berliant and drummer Khari Parker. Guest musicians include keyboardist John Blasucci, bassist Dave Hiltebrand (bass on tracks "When You Love Someone", "Beautiful Mystery", "Future Past", "Here I Am" and "Break Me Down"), drummer Matt Walker (on the track "High Times"), Sahara Thompson ( background vocals on "Can’t Miss") and keyboardist/backing vocalist/saxophonist J.P. Delaire (also on "Can’t Miss"). The album was produced by Larry King and Michael Thompson themselves and comes off as clear and clean. AOR and melodic rock fans will find plenty to rejoice about with "Future Past" from the smooth vocals of Larry King to the top-notch playing of Michael Thompson (not to mention the lush keyboards!). All in all there are 11 tracks of easy on the ears melodic rock from a guitarist who knows his way around the studio.

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