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Submitted by Kaj Roth on 2008-01-29
New Alliance album from Robert Berry

Escape Music is very pleased to announce the long awaited release of the brand new Alliance album "Road To Heaven". "It is very exciting, now that here we are in 2008, some ten years after the first Alliance CD and the band is recording music as fresh as ever. Road to Heaven is a very worthy third CD, and is chock full of powerful melodic rock music. Somehow these guys just seem to bond in a way that brings out the best in each band member. Tracks like “Road to Heaven”, “Anything Goes” and “Comin´ Home” are some of the best songs the band has recorded to date."

The members of Alliance are icons in their field. Their line-up is unchanged in ten years: Robert Berry (Solo, Hush, GTR, 3, Ambrosia) / Gary Pihl (Boston, Sammy Hagar) / David Lauser (Sammy Hagar) / Alan “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Night Ranger). A very impressive pedigree indeed, and the quality of the music needs no further introduction...

Alliance is possibly the band to successfully take this form of music into the future. What makes them more interesting is that the four musicians involved have such a high profile, and have all been involved with some of the biggest names in rock history. In fact, they still are connected to many famous bands, and despite hectic schedules they still manage to find time to devote to this very special band, Alliance. So who are these four people? First of all drummer David Lauser has spent most of his career with the Sammy Hagar Band, both touring and recording. Alan “Fitz” Fitzgerald needs no introduction; many of you will know that he plays keyboards for Nightranger and his work is unquestionably brilliant. Guitarist Gary Pihl has also worked with Sammy Hagar in the pre Van Halen days, but more importantly perfectionist Tom Scholz asked him to join Boston. His work can be heard on the later Boston albums. As for band leader, and lead vocalist, Robert Berry, he has become an icon in the rock world.

Robert´s work stems back to the late seventies, when his band “Hush” recorded a couple of albums, which never really got the attention they deserved. Escape Music released a CD in February, 1998 (“Hush” ESM 027) which helped lost recordings see the light of day. It was obvious that the band was way ahead of its time. Since then, Robert has become a household name in progressive and melodic circles. He has recorded at least three solo albums, recorded an album with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer) under the name of “3”. Robert now has his own studios, “Soundtek”, and this is where the first Alliance album was recorded for Escape Music (Alliance ESM 012).

This exquisite piece of work has gone on to become a much-loved recording and an essential part of any serious CD collection, so much so it has completely sold out. The second album, called “Missing Piece” (ESM 048) was a massive leap forward for the band. Somehow, Robert took a whole new approach to the Alliance sound and honed it into a melodic force to be reckoned with. The song structures remained simple and uncluttered, yet created an aura of beauty and intense harmonies. You would only have to listen to the first song “I´d Give Anything” once and you would be singing it for weeks after. Indeed the album “Missing Piece” is still an inspiring piece of work. Yet, as a listener you feel that the best is yet to come. Recently the first two CD´s have been combined into a digipack, re-mastered and given lavish new artwork. Oh, yes, and eight bonus tracks! This is a great way of catching up with the band if you missed out on them the first time.

Track Lists: Road to Heaven / I can Breathe / Make a Stand / Anything goes / Like me like that / Broken Glass / We Don’t talk / Comin’ Home / Nothin’ Else / Walkin’ away / Remember those days / Not done til its done / Much more innocent

Robert Berry (Solo, Hush, GTR, Ambrosia) / Gary Pihl (Boston, Sammy Hagar) / David Lauser (Sammy Hagar) / Alan “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Nightranger)



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