Above The Ground CD+DVD
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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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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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Burton is still doing what he has always done - singing about his feelings. There is no better recipe for music.Published 6 months ago by Eric Decker
Pretty damn good cd, always liked Burton Cummings and he still rocks and sounds great....19 songs and a dvd on the making of the album......great value..... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ed
A realy great rock album in the line of the best Guess Who things..some songs from that era. If you love rock, have a listen to it and you'l be hooked !! Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2012 by Johnny D.
I bought this CD based on the great reviews from Amazon's site.
Burton's voice still sounds great however this CD couldn't begin to measure up to previous Burton. Read more
This CD shows Cummings' talent as a singer/songwriter/musician (piano player). It's a good mix of different types of songs, backed by his band. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2010 by Brian Polk
I have been a follower of Burton Cummings from when he was with the Guess Who. He has a powerful voice, never ceases to amaze me in its strength, even as he's gotten older. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2010 by Kathy A. Kauranen
"Above The Ground" is a testiment to the fact that Burton is indeed still on top of his game! It has been a while since us die-hard Burton fans have had the pleasure of new... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2009 by Cheryl Mansfield
I loved the album and I think that Burton Cummings still have the total control of his unique and totally incredible and charming voice. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2009 by clark moon