I have been a fan of Jeff Scott Soto since his early days as a singer with Yngwie Malmsteen. I have never had the luxury of seeing Soto perform live. His fan base in the United States is so small, I fear the new JSS CD, One Night in Madrid is as close as it will get for me.
If you are familiar with Soto’s solo work on his CD’s Lost in the Translation, Beautiful Mess, or music from his
previous band Talisman, you will feel right at home with this CD. Soto’s vocals are amazing as always, and the music is super tight. Soto’s band sounds like they are having a good time while playing, and that shows in the music. This is obviously not soundboard quality with this being live, but it is far better than any bootleg you will hear.
Some of my favorites in this set are the songs, “Soul Divine”, “Drowning” “Frozen/Crazy (Seal)”. I really got a kick out of hearing Soto do the song “Stand Up” from the Rockstar movie soundtrack. (Remember Steel Dragon?) If there was anything that I found disappointing with this live CD, it is that there are a ton of songs from Jeff’s career that he could have played, that is not in this two CD set. How about a tune from the Malmsteen, Eyes or the Soul Sirkus days? I would love to hear “Calling All Girls” or “Cheyenne” performed live. There is so much great music from Soto’s career, there is no way he could pack it all in a ninety minute set. The material that is here is very good though.
One Night in Madrid reiterates what I already knew.: Jeff Scott Soto is one of the best singers in rock today! It is a shame that more folks in the U.S. haven’t figured this out yet. Casual fans of Jeff Scott Soto may want to invest in Soto’s solo CD’s before checking out this live disc. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I am familiar with most of the songs in this two CD set. If you are a die hard fan of Jeff Scott Soto, don’t miss out on this.
Rating: Out of 10
02. 21st Century Man
03. Colour My XTC
04. Soul Divine
05. Our Song
07. Edu Drum Solo
08. Funky Jam
09. Jorge Guitar Solo
11. Eyes of Love
13. Band Introductions
14. Broken Man
03. Piano Medley
04. Gin & Tonic Sky
05. Jorge Workshop
06. I`ll Be Waiting
07. Stand Up
08. Funky Medley
Jeff Scott Soto – Lead Vocals
Jorge Salan – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Fernando Mainer – Bass/Vocals
Edu Comnato – Drums/Vocals
BJ – Rhythm & Acoustic GUitars/Keyboards/Vocals
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of JEFF SCOTT SOTO “One Night in Madrid” in Cd and DVD formats on December 4th 2009 in Europe and January 12th 2010 in the USA.
This live performance will set Jeff Scott Soto’s outstanding career in context. It is a road-map through a journey spanning more than twenty-five years that begun with college bands and culminated as front-man for the ever popular ‘Journey’ taking in ‘Talisman’, ‘Soul SirkUS’ and the band that lifted his career into the consciousness of rock fans across the world – ‘Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force’.
His first solo album, ‘Love Parade’ was released almost 15 years ago in the mid 90s and was picked up by Frontiers Records and rereleased in 2002 to coincide with his appearance at ‘The Gods’ Festival. Since then Jeff has released three stunning albums; ‘Prism’ (2003), ‘Lost In The Translation’ (2004) and his latest offering ‘Beautiful Mess’ produced with Paulo Mendonça and released on download in 2008. Released as a CD in February 2009, JSS toured ‘Beautiful Mess’ across the USA, Europe and South America showing fans a brand new direction as well as a new line-up featuring Jorge Salan on guitar, BJ on guitar and keyboards, Fernando Mainer on bass and Edu Cominato on drums.
As a grand finale to the tour this concert in Madrid, in front of a packed and enthusiastic audience, was taped for a release that could portray the artist as he is today with a set-list that showcases Jeff’s long and successful musical career including many favourites from his past & present, including a cut from the motion picture “Rock Star” as well as selections from all his solo albums including ‘Love Parade’, ‘Prism’, ‘Lost In The Translation’ and his outstanding work with ‘Talisman’.
Clocking in at approximately 2½ hours, these specially packaged CD and DVD capture the stunning performance of the show!
CD contents include:
CD-1: Intro; 21st Century; Colour My XTC; Soul Divine; Our Song; Drowning; Edu drum solo; Funky Jam; Jorge guitar solo; Mountain; Eyes Of Love; Testify; Band Introductions; Broken Man
CD-2: Hey; Frozen/Crazy; Piano Medley: If This Is The End/Holding On/Nobody Said It Was Easy/4 U/Just Between Us; Gin & Tonic Sky; JSS/Jorge workshop; I’ll Be Waiting; Encore: Stand Up; Funky Medley: We Will Rock You/I Love Rock & Roll/Play That Funky Music/Jungle Boogie/The Roof Is On Fire/Brick House/Shake Your Booty/Kung Fu Fighting/Yo Baby Yo/Macho Man/The Right Stuff/Ice Ice Baby/Stayin’ Alive/Another One Bites The Dust/Walk This Way
The DVD includes the full show tracklisting plus the following extras: Video clips: Holding On, Eyes Of Love, Believe In Me (w/- Neal Schon), If This Is The End, 21st Century, Hey, Gin & Tonic Sky plus a Special Tribute video “In Memory of Marcel Jacob”.
The DVD will be available in NTSC Region Free format, in 5.1 mix. Enjoy a multimedia presentation watching this youtube trailer: