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  • Audio CD (Nov. 4 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • ASIN: B001H122PW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Crazy If You Mess With The Gods
2. Junior Won’t Behave
3. T.P.O.S.
4. Any Minor Miracle
5. Powers At Play
6. Ponderlust
7. Rolloway
8. We Came From The U.S.A
9. Pretty Pictures
10. Look Out Charlie
11. Kurt’s Song
12. Richard
13. Dream
14. Up In The Canyon
15. A Touch Of Morning
16. Revelation
17. Invisible
18. Retribution
19. Above The Ground

Product Description

Limited two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of the 2008 album from the Canadian singer/songwriter, best known for his work with Rock legends The Guess Who. Includes a bonus DVD containing over one hour of behind the scenes footage on the making of the album. Though his 'legend' status is based upon his great work with that band, Cummings has also had a fruitful and successful solo career, including the massive hit 'Stand Tall'. Above The Ground features 19 new tracks written solely by Burton, the first time in his career when an album did not include any songwriting collaborations or covers. On the album, he is backed by the Indie Pop band The Carpet Frogs. Sony/BMG.

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Fans have been eagerly awaiting for the release of Above The Ground - the latest solo album by Burton Cummings - one of the top vocalists in rock `n roll. It's been a few years since Burton's last solo studio album - 18 years to be exact since Plus Signs came out in 1990. The good news is I don't think anyone will be disappointed with this album - in fact, in my view Above The Ground ranks right up there among his best albums.

At 19 tracks (all originals) this is the equivalent of a double album - most of Burton's previous solo records contained 9-10 songs and usually at least had a cover song or two. In a recent interview Burton described it as his "White Album" - The Beatles' 1968 double album. One of the best things about the White Album is the incredible diversity of songs. In that respect, Above The Ground is very similar - with a wide variety of material.

The album (which was originally to be titled "Double Nickel") was recorded earlier this year at Joe Vannelli's (Gino's brother) Blue Moon Studio in Agoura Hills, California - north of LA. The Carpet Frogs - a talented band from Toronto - were used on the album and certainly contributed to making the overall sound of the record quite different than any of Burton's previous solo albums. The Carpet Frogs have been Burton's touring band for a number of years and were also featured on the Bachman-Cummings "Jukebox" album which was released in mid-2007.

The songs on Above The Ground were written over the years - some recently (such as the title track) and others some time ago. One song on the album - a humorous song called Rollaway (a rollaway / a rollaway / that bed just down the hall is a rollaway) was actually written in late 1970.
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Already having won over the critics, don't miss this opportunity to own "Above the Ground" (meaning "Still Alive"), Burton Cummings' first solo album release since 1990! All 19 tracks were written by Cummings - honest and revealing reflections on his life. Cummings says: "Let's face it...a 60 year old can't be writing teenage fluff anymore. I'm very conscious of how important the words are at this stage in my life." There are songs of faith ("Any Minor Miracle" and "Invisible"), songs with socio-political viewpoints ("Look Out Charlie", "We Just Came from the USA", "Pretty Pictures", "Up in the Canyon"), songs about friends and music legends gone too soon ("Kurt's Song", "Powers at Play"), the dark side ("Ponderlust"), discovery ("Revelation"), soul searching ("Dream"), poor judgment ("Crazy If You Mess with the Gods"), parenthood ("Junior Won't Behave"), aging ("Above the Ground"), and the simply beautiful ("A Touch of Morning"). Add Burton's expert keyboarding and unmistakable voice to the mix, and the result is a brilliant album guaranteed not to disappoint. A final note: There is an accompanying hour-long DVD of the "Making of Above the Ground", featuring exceptional footage by Lil Sarafian of the legendary Burton Cummings during the recording sessions. If you know nothing about cutting an album (or even if you do), you must see this video - a fabulous "up close and personal" film. Not only do you get the CD, but the bonus DVD as well, all for one very affordable price!
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Burton Cummings hoped that the music gods would visit him when he was writing the music and lyrics for the songs on Above the Ground. When you listen to them you will see that they did indeed. The lyrics are pure poetry with lines such as " Healing power like holy water, Held the kiss of a rich mans daughter" from the song " Dream". His voice sounds strong and clear in this collection of songs which deal with universal themes such as loneliness, loss of a good friend, envy, self pity and the hope for healing and redemption. I feel everyone will find something to relate to in these songs, as we have all felt the same emotions that Burton is singing about on our walk through life. He says he is very proud of this album which is his first solo effort in twenty years. I am quite sure that those who listen to it will be lifted up as I was when I heard it.
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The Burton Cummings led Guess Who are staples of classic rock radio with great songs like the rock anthem American Woman and the endearing ballad These Eyes. While many classic rockers are happy to sit in their easy chairs and collect royalties, Burton Cummings has embarked on an ambitious project of all new music with all the songs written by Cummings himself. It has always been known that Cummings possesses one of the finest voices in rock and roll, but Above the Ground also proves that he is one of rocks greatest songwriters as well. Songs such as Invisible, Any Minor Miracle and Look Out Charlie are lyrically and vocally inspiring. Pretty Pictures and Up In the Canyon will have you singing these songs in your head for weeks. And as he has done all throughout his career, Cummings does his best to stretch your mind with contemplative lyrics in Above the Ground and Ponderlust. And of course, Cummings throws in some classic rockers such as We Just Came from the USA. If you're looking for that unique and special collection of great vocals, compelling lyrics and fun rockers, then you'll be happy with Above the Ground. Let's be happy this is one classic rocker who has passed on the easy chair and still lives in the "rockin" chair!!
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