"....In addition to the splendid title track (which sounds as if it could have been written by B.O.C. sometime in the seventies!) and the aforementioned "Walk With The Devil" (I love this great rock track!!) you've got the wild and fun ride that is "Is He The Wolfman". This first-rate song is old-time rock and roll number with a nice and spooky horror/Sci Fi vibe and it shows just how talented and creative this multi-instrumentalist is!...." FOR MORE CLICK HERE.
Martin is the author of Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed, the to-date definitive story of the BOC.
"Huge thumbs up here. Not for ever-damn-body in the whole world of course. But if you think Agents of Fortune or Spectres are the cat's meow, I have no problem saying you will love this. Plus it's 3D and comes with 3D glasses.
Joe Bouchard – The Power of Music
Ex-Blue Oyster Cult writer, vocalist and bassist Joe Bouchard has been inspiringly prolific in recent years, crafting albums full of smart originals both as a solo artist and with his brother Albert and Denis Dunaway in Blue Coupe. But I don’t know what it is, all that further music education every year for the guy or what, but The Power of Music is probably the coolest and most cohesive of the lot, Joe singing strong, and writing in a tight range evoking the rich alloys of BOC at their prime, namely acoustics layered with electrics as applied to dark hard-ish pop. Seriously, man, I listen to this and it’s nothing less than a calling card to Eric and Buck, with Joe waving his arms saying, look, you guys are not interested in writing, I got a whole ‘nother Agents of Fortune or Spectres right here. I mean, “Walk with the Devil?” “Is He the Wolfman?” “36 Strings” as a gauzy Lower East Side/Allen Lanier ballad? This is off the hook great material, right in that Doors-y BOC pocket of BOC’s sort of lighter arrangements of heavy-written songs, again, Agents to Spectres. Even “Photographic Evidence,” by buddy and collaborator John Elwood Cook is like the new “Death Valley Nights.” By putting this after six originals, and then following with a keyboard instrumental and then a cover of his brother’s and Patti Smith’s “Career of Evil,” the album is a bit like a long EP of killer classics, all strong, plus bonus tracks, but hell, even “Career of Evil,” with this ambient, garage rock arrangement... again, there’s a purpose and a coherence and a unified style with this record that wasn’t there (nor intended) on some of the last half dozed Joe projects. But now that that thought is lodged in my head... this should be the next BOC record. It’s such a shame: he is so them."
FROM THE BLUE COUPE SHOW AT DIVAN DU MONDE, PARIS FRANCE OCT 12, 2014 "Listening to the absolutes classics that are “I’m Eighteen” and “Cities On Flames With Rock And Roll” is still a joy, but it’s made even better here by the fact that they not only play the song, but make it feel like on of their own, with a more modern sound and the fact that they are only three on stage. And it shows what an amazing guitarist Joe Bouchard is, as he plays lead and rhythm guitar while singing without a single mistake in the whole show. And listening to him on the great single “Hallows Grave” (originally sung by Alice Cooper), is quite surprising at first, seeing how the two have different voices, but Joe Bouchard has such a wide range that he’s able to render a whole new version of the song."
Jeb: Obviously back when you were in Blue Oyster Cult you would get a huge response. Now you have work hard to get people to hear your music. Joe: You have to be a self-promoter and you have to be the businessman. You have to make sure the mastering is done right and you have to make sure you go to the mailbox every day to send out Eps. It’s great and I really like it. I was a little nervous about it at first, but it’s really not so bad. You count your views to see how many people are checking you out. I check out my analytics and you can see who is listening to you in Russia. We never had anything like that back in the day. We never knew what people were doing until we went to a show and there would be twenty thousand people there. We must have been doing something right! That was like fantasy land. Who knew what that was all about?
Jeb: Some of your peers do not want to make new music because not as many people hear it. You’re still an artist. You’re going to create. Joe: I am extremely grateful that the fans are still as rabid as they were. They are connected on the Internet and that is a big incentive. You can watch and see how it goes and you can see the comments. Once in a while I get a comment from somebody that is not favorable and that is fine as it is their opinion. I will tell you that ninety eight percent of them are positive. I get to still get out and play and do shows with Blue Coupe and once in a while we will get a live on-the-air interview with a radio station. I still love it all.
Blue Oyster Cult original bassist Joe Bouchard may not be in that band anymore, but his career is still in full swing. His latest solo effort is titled New Solid Black. Bouchard delivers big with an album of music that evokes many emotions with it's honest simplicity. Read more here.
Joe Bouchard - New Solid Black [EP]
A 6 song release from Joe Bouchard [ex of Blue Oyster Cult]. Half of these tracks are penned by life-long friend John Elwood Cook, who Joe has covered a number of times in recent years - both on his previous solo albums and the albums with Blue Coupe. Cook has a knack for storytelling and visuals in his songs, and they seem to fit Bouchard's Americana old school rock approach in recent years. Gone are the 'metal' influences of his BOC days, but definitely just as melodic and wider appealing. Faves include - Drive Me Crazy, Loves Takes Heart, and guitar instrumental Roller Girls. Anyone who's got Joe's previous albums will easily like this.
Joe Bouchard has been the unfailing motor of this legend. But... But Joe Bouchard isn't only a bassist. He is a complete musician, an excellent guitarist as well as a multi-instrumentalist.
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