Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Modern Worship

And the Winner is.... Modern Worship. Really, did you expect anything else? While I try to keep my snark to a minimum level it does get a little old. Could we have rock win the genre one of these days? Let's get to the big winner.

Modern Worship

And that concludes the third quarter. The Fourth Quarter is already underway, and no surprise, some big hitters have chosen to release now. Keep it locked to The Night Beat, and as I always conclude every post, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Pop

We are down to our final two single genre posts. That was quicker than I thought. The penultimate post is for Pop Music. It had eleven entries this quarter. If you have been keeping track of things as we go along you know which genre won the quarter. It usually does. On to the entries.

Pop Music

A nice mix this quarter, including a surprise entry by Dance Queen Lights. When a Dance album goes acoustic, it winds up pop. Modern Worship is all that is left. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Rock

We are on the third of our three way tie. Rock also had nine entries into the pool this quarter. (I think there was a rock tune called Number Nine. Sorry- Obscure Beatles Reference). Anyway from here on in every genre has more than nine, which means a lot of whittling come judging time. To the entries

Rock Music

This is a simply amazing quarter for Rock. Decyfer Down has put out another excellent Southern Rock release. Dogs of Peace proves the wait is worth it with its PFResque sophomore release. BTW, the debut, Speak (we're going through the obedience school manual), was in 1996. TFK knocked it out of the park with Exhale, not to be confused with an album by the same name by Plumb. Suffice it to say that of these 9 entries, 5 are Perfect 5 Emerald Releases. And the Finals have 7 spots. Usually. There could be a lot of snubs for #PlatVnyl7. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Rap/Hip-Hop

The second of our three way tie is here. Rap and Hip Hop had 9 eligible entries this quarter. That would be enough, if there were no judging, to fill a final category with two left over. There will be judging, however.

Rap/Hip Hop

A solid group of entrants which should make for a very tough category once judging begins. Rock, the final of our trio of nine, is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Gospel

Gospel Music is next in our single genre postings. It had nine entrants this quarter, and shared that number with both Hip Hop and Rock. From this point on all of our genres had enough entries in one quarter to fill a finals. It makes judging worthwhile. On to the entrants.


Not much to say this time around, except that sometimes things are worth the wait. Myron Butler was setting vaporware records with On Purpose. I think the album is about six months late. All is forgiven once you listen to it. Hip Hop is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Alternative

Our third quarter rollout of #PlatVnyl7 eligible entries now moves into its Single Genre Posting phase, and builds in intensity from the least to the greatest, at least as far as number of entrants is concerned. This time the fewest entrants went to Alternative Rock, which met the minimum bar of five. Let's get to it.

Alternative Rock

A comment is in order. Kings Kaleidoscope has created a bit of a kerfuffle about them this time around, and it's not about the music. Personally I find it was a bit of a distraction from an otherwise good album, though not on the level of Live In Color or Becoming Who We Are. The controversy comes from a line in the song called "A Prayer", where lead singer Chad Gardner uses the phrase "F***ing Violence" in the "explicit version" of the album. Now when I was a youngster the F-bomb was a Euphemism for Sex, so the words would mean sex violence. Now, well the word is merely bad English, and can mean just about anything (as in "I went down to the f*** store and got myself some f***** donuts when this F**** car pulled in." I hear some variation of this every day). In the clean version it is Vicious Violence. Strong, frequent, whatever. Oh for the lack of a thesaurus. The word use is completely unnecessary. We are linking the clean version.

Next up is the first of a three way tie. We will begin with Gospel. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter -Inspirational Electronic Metal

The Final of our multi-genre posts is here. After this point there will be six more posts in the wrap, all of them single genres with 5 or more entrants, in ascending order. Of course all the pool entrants are linked with Amazon Purchase Links where they exist. Be a dear and buy through the links, you will support The Night Beat at the same time. On to the releases.

Adult Contemporary/Inspirational


 Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

We begin our single genre posting next time with Alternative. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Live Instrumental Dance

This is the second of three multi-genre posts as we wrap the 3rd Quarter of 2016 in #PlatVnyl7. Things are going to get very interesting by the time this eligibility year is in the tank, you can be sure of that. 

Instrumental Music

 Live Recorded Album


Next up is our final multi-genre post. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Seven Soundtrack: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 3rd Quarter - Folk Remix Compilation

Welcome to the first of the multi-genre posts of the 3rd Quarter Wrap. Our minimum bar for a solo post is 5 nominees, and all of these did not make the bar. Only Children's Music is a no-show, however. Let us begin.

Compilation Album

Folk/Folk Rock

Remix Album

Of course this is the real minimum bar. Unless you qualify (or even make an album), you can't show up in our wrap. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Night Beat Rewind: June 2016

We are down to the final stretch. The beginning of July doesn't just mean the kicking of Summer into high gear, it also means that there are only 3 months left to make the #PlatVnyl7 eligibility pool. And that warning will be heeded. Usually at least one release occurs, sometimes in late August, that simply screams Album of The Year. Don't laugh, it happens more often than you think.

We begin with the song releases, or as we like to call it

The Singles Scene

  • Tanya Godsey - We Are Your Song 4.50 Emeralds
  • Anna Golden - Changing Me 4.75 Emeralds
  • Spencer Kane - New Level 4.50 Emeralds
  • Skillet - Stars 4.75 Emeralds
A nice bunch of singles this month. Should make for an interesting year in the Song Awards. On to the albums. First to the albums, or more specifically album, which 

Missed The Mark

  • First Call - Second Birth 3.75 Emeralds 
We are usually all about comebacks here at The Night Beat, but I don't think so in this case. This was pretty flat as things go. Nothing Flat about our next grouping.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Myron Butler and Levi - On Purpose 5 Emeralds
  • Emery - Acoustic: Live In Houston 5 Emeralds
  • William Murphy - Demonstrate 5 Emeralds
  • Red - End Of Silence 10th Anniversary Edition 5 Emeralds
  • Starflyer 59 - Slow 5 Emeralds
  • Thousand Foot Krutch - Exhale 5 Emeralds
  • The Union of Sinners and Saints - The Union of Sinners and Saints 5 Emeralds
This is a jam packed month. This is going to be a very tough year to judge. Like we say, most music lies somewhere in the middle, or what we call

Semi-Precious Metal

  • Trisha Alisha - Pieces 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jon Bauer - The Light In Us 4.75 Emeralds
  • Zach Bolen - 1001 4.50 Emeralds
  • Brinson - Black Canvas UWMA2 4.75 Emeralds     
  • BrvndonP - BrvndonP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Shirley Caesar - Fill This House 4.50 Emeralds
  • Lindsey Conant and The Circuit Riders - Every Nation 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jason Gray - Where The Light gets In 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jesus Culture - Let It Echo: Unplugged EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Kings Kaleidoscope - Beyond Control 4.50 Emeralds
  • Deon Kipping - Something to Talk About 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Rubyz - I'll Follow 4.50 Emeralds
  • Sherwood - Some Things Never Leave You 4.50 Emeralds
  • DA T.R.U.T.H. - It's Complicated 4.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - 1 Mic, 1 Take 4.75 Emeralds
  • Viktory - Tomorrow Came 4.75 Emeralds
  • Natalie Villa - Symphony 4.50 Emeralds
  • Vineyard Music - Shine On Us 4.50 Emeralds
  • Adam Young - Omaha Beach 4.75 Emeralds
That does it for June. The 4th Quarter Beckons. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.