Rock'n'Roll Romantic CD
Sha-La Music/The Orchard
CD UPC: 606345996284
1. Way To Know 3:42
2. And You Know Why 3:49
3. Turn Around and Go 3:29
4. Soul'd Out 4:13
5. Gongs of Karma 0:52
6. Brian Jones 3:27
7. Dead End Space 3:47
8. Hard Enough 3:19
9. Eyes of The World 3:51
10. Think a Little Louder 3:50
11. Believe in Nothing 4:07
12. Think it Over 4:09
13. She Said, She Said 2:49
14. Modern Ways 3:11
Rock'n'Roll Romantic is the first full album release from DownTown Mystic since the self-titled DownTown Mystic album in 2013. 3 singles and 1 EP have been released over the last year to help promote Rock'n'Roll Romantic, which includes 2015's DownTown Mystic on E Street EP and the cover of The Beatles She Said, She Said, released earlier this year to celebrate 50 years of the REVOLVER album.
Rock'n'Roll Romantic brings together 15 talented musicians, including the Rock’n'Roll Hall of Fame Rhythm Section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band—drummer “Mighty” Max Weinberg & bassist Garry W. Tallent, helping to make the album DownTown Mystic's most adventurous to date.
The album also puts DownTown Mystic in some very exclusive company. Other than “The Boss”, Garry and Max have only backed 2 other artists together in the studio--Gary U.S. Bonds and iconic rocker Ian Hunter. Of course Steve Holley and Paul Page, the current rhythm section for Ian Hunter's Rant Band have played on the last 2 DownTown Mystic albums, cementing the rocker’s connection to both artists. DownTown Mystic writer/producer Robert Allen comments, “For Rock’n’Roll currency, playing with the guys who have backed up 2 of the most accomplished rockers in history is a dream come true. It just doesn’t get any better than that!”
"Way To Know, a straightforward rocker in the best Stones tradition...a perfect radio-single" Dani Heyvaert/Rootstime/Belgium
“Hard Enough…this song is a killer” Paul Kerr/Blabber’n’Smoke UK
"An energetic, mainly uptempo experience designed for the ears of anyone longing for the days when records had two sides and rock ruled all, Rock ’n’ Roll Romantic hits all the right notes both lyrically and musically" Lisa D'Arrigo/IndieMinded
"DownTown Mystic has created an album that is musically engaging, driving and confident, with jams that engage the ear and the heart" Rick Jamm/JamSphere Magazine
"powerful harmonies, great guitar interplay and an overall stellar approach to rock songwriting" Mike Mehalick/Speak Into My Good Eye
Rock'n'Roll spoken here...
The sound of DownTown Mystic is “vintage yet modern”. The music is rooted in all the great traditions of American Rock‘n’Roll, blending story telling songs with vintage guitars and analog recording into a unique style that owes nods to Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Beatles and Rolling Stones but somehow manages to sound as contemporary as anything currently available.
DownTown Mystic is the alter ego of American Rocker, Robert Allen, whose passion for “old school” recording borders on obsession. Robert adds, “I grew up listening to all these great records and their sound and style has stayed with me”. Robert is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, including drummer extraordinaire Steve Holley (Paul McCartney/Wings/Elton John/Ian Hunter) & urban legend Paul Page (Dion/Ian Hunter) on bass, as well as one of the great rhythm sections in the history of American Rock'n'Roll--Max Weinberg & Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
DownTown Mystic broke through at US Americana Radio with the self-titled DownTown Mystic CD in 2013. That album spent 10 months on the US Americana Radio Charts, with a #1 Single and #3 Album on the Roots Music Report Charts. This Stateside success was built on DownTown Mystic’s 1st release, Standing Still, which found critical acclaim overseas in 2011. That album made the Top 25 Euro/Americana Chart, which lead to a Licensing Deal in Europe distributed by Sony Music.
2016 started with the release of the single Way To Know in Europe and spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Official European Independent Music Chart. In the spring the DownTown Nashville EP was released and debuted in the Top 5 Most Added on the US Americana Association’s Radio Chart (AMA). This summer, the digital release of the Rock'n'Roll Romantic album drew rave reviews, setting up the release of the Rock'n'Roll Romantic cd in the fall.
It started at Radio with veteran tastemaker, Jed The Fish, playing a DownTown Mystic track as his “Catch of The Day” on “World Famous” KROQ in LA, one of the most influential stations in the US. This would be followed by the “Mayor of The Sunset Strip”, legendary KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, playing another track and leading to national airplay.
From there, DownTown Mystic was off and running. Besides gaining recognition from Radio programmers, the DownTown Mystic Brand has been developing nicely with Music Supervisors via Sync Licensing. DownTown Mystic has music placed in movies and on over 200 TV shows, including The Voice on NBC, American Pickers on the History Channel, as well as shows on MTV, USA, CNN, Discovery, NatGeo, GACTV, TLC, WETV, Destination America and Lifetime.
“I have never heard a rock n’ roll band be so relentlessly high-quality, intelligent, thought-provoking, fun and just wonderful to hear; musically solid, and never-ever boring!” Rick Jamm/JamSphere
“Robert Allen AKA DownTown Mystic, took those old school influences that were planted in his musical soul, tended them with reverence, pollinated them with some fresh melodies and produced a tasty crop of tunes” Kath Galasso/OnStage Magazine
“brilliantly conceived piece of musical art” Rod Ames/ReviewYou.com
“genuine emotions and lots of soul” Rune Hager/Rootsy/Sweden
“DownTown Mystic is a real pleasure: a pure sound with a brilliant production and top musicians gives the listener the feeling there is still reasons to hope in Music” Mike Penard "The DJ" / "American Roots Music"/RadioISA/France
“With Robert Allen and DownTown Mystic we are in the field of best crafted rock'n'roll” Davide Albini/Roots Highway/Italy
"Allen's influences--Byrds, Beatles, Buffalo Springfield--permeate his guitar-driven songs, adding a retro sound to his more modern Americana leanings" Dave Curtis/Direct Current
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