Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers – Ballads Before The Rain (2008)

FrontCover1Raymond Daniel Manzarek Jr. (born Manczarek; February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013) was an American musician, singer, producer, film director, and author. He was best known as a member of the Doors from 1965 to 1973, which he co-founded with singer and lyricist Jim Morrison.

Manzarek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 as a member of the Doors. He was a co-founding member of Nite City from 1977 to 1978, and of Manzarek–Krieger from 2001 until his death in 2013. USA Today defined him as “one of the best keyboardists ever”. (wikipedia)

And 2008, Manzarek began his musical partnerschip with with slide guitarist Roy Rogers:

Roy Rogers (born July 28, 1950, Redding, California, United States) is an American blues rock slide guitarist and record producer. He was named after the singing cowboy. Rogers plays a variety of guitar styles related to the Delta blues, but is most often recognized for his virtuoso slide work.

In the 1980s Rogers was a member of John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Band. Rogers produced four John Lee Hooker recordings – “The Healer”, a Grammy winner, “Mr. Lucky”, “Boom Boom” and Chill Out. He also produced two Grammy nominated recordings for Ramblin’ Jack Elliott entitled “Friends of Mine” and “A Long Ride”. Roy also co-wrote “Gnawnin’ On It”, which was nominated for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal for Bonnie Raitt’, a long-time friend and collaborator.

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Rogers has performed and/or recorded with for a diverse spectrum of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Sammy Hagar, Bonnie Raitt, Zucchero, John Gorka and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Elvin Bishop, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, and Ray Manzarek. Since 1980, Rogers has also fronted his own trio, The Delta Rhythm Kings. In 2003, Roger’s own Slideways reached number 3 on Billboard’s chart for “Top Blues Albums.” Split Decision also charted in 2009. He has also been nominated for ‘Best Blues Guitar Instrumentalist” by The Blues Foundation. Other awards include those from France and Australia with long-time friend Norton Buffalo. His most recent release is his first solo album in five years, titled Into The Wild Blue, released by Chops Not Chaps Records in June 2015. His releases have been received worldwide, as he has been touring Europe, Brazil, Australia, and Scandinavia since 1982. (wikipedia)

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And here´s their first album:

The legendary co-founder of The Doors, Ray Manzarek and the critically acclaimed slide/blues guitarist Roy Rogers have put their artistic minds together and have truly created a captivating new duet album for Friday Music entitled Ballads Before The Rain…….The nine instrumental works that make up this debut album are sonically some of the finest recordings to be released this year, and we are very proud to have both of these fine gentlemen on board with this incredible new release…….

Audiophile fanatics and fans alike will truly dig the amazing new takes on Doors classics like The Crystal Ship and Riders On The Storm, as well as the other blues/jazz/classical tracks that define the utmost level of musicianship that each of these award winning composers/producers/performers display.

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The much emulated keyboard technique of Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers solid guitar work carry on throughout all of the works contained on this debut release. Not foreign to the classics, the two even combine their talents and visit Eric Satie s Gnossienne No. 1 as well as deep blue etchings from Roy Rogers himself on Remembering You and Ruby Red Nails.

Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers- Ballads Before The Rain….This historic meeting is now waxed and ready for their legions of collective fans to enjoy. A session fit for a king indeed! (Press release)

Booklet02Ballads before the rain is an exceptional CD. Its dialogical style, Ray on piano and Roy on guitars, create mysterious happenings in nearly one hour. Ray with some some of the most beatuful and original piano arrangements I ever heard, and Roys evocative guitar sounds – for the most part in the background. Together they have created music for intellectual and philosophical minds, music that affect every part of you. If you want to forget or loose yourself for some time, please listen to this cd: Two fabulous musicans who knows the art of musical interaction and improvisation. This is one of the best CDs this year. (by Albatross)

I’ve always loved Ray Manzarek’s post-Doors musical releases, though they have been few and far between. This one – Ray’s latest – is among his most consistent. Together with guitarist extraordinaire Roy Rogers, Manzarek constructs aural soundscapes of unsurpassed beauty. Ambient music which is not “elevator music” is a rare thing indeed. This release by Manzarek and Rogers – in essence – would best be classified as “mature, romantic blues-inspired music which is ideally enjoyed accompanied by a bottle of vintage wine”. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (by Georges E. Tremblay)

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Personnel:
Ray Manzarek (keyboards)
Roy Rogers (guitar)

Booklet01Tracklist:
01. Gnossienne No. 1 (Satie) 6.43
02. B.E. In Memorium (Manzarek) 6.12
03. El Amor Brujo (de Falla) 6.45
04. Remembering You (Rogers) 6.18
05. Crystal Ship (Densmore/Manzarek/Krieger/Morrison) 3.31
06. Love Is A Dangerous Place (Manzarek) 6.02
07. Ruby Red Nails (Rogers) 5.14
08 Riders On The Storm (Densmore/Manzarek/Krieger/Morrison) 8.58
09. American Pastoral (Manzarek) 6.36

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