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Old May-20-2014, 12:59 PM
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All Falls Down is a true masterpiece. This one tugs at the heart!
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Old May-20-2014, 1:35 PM
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This one tugs at the heart!

OMG i posted this before reading Glenns' tweet about the surgery. Sorry Glenn, this one gets me misty when i hear it. Thankful all went well!
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Old May-20-2014, 5:06 PM
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Got the album and heard it on my crappy work computer at low volume. Gonna have us a good meal in a few along with a couple drinks then we are having a proper listen.

Already have songs stuck in my head. I'll post a full review after I absorb it more.

Glenn,

I was shocked when I read that today! It goes to show that you never know. Thankfully they are able to do so much today with these things. I'm still shocked my friend.

God bless you and your awesome wife. Glad you are in this world and can't wait to see you in less than 2 weeks in NYC.

Gonna be epic!!!

Heres to many many more years brother!!!
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Old May-22-2014, 5:30 PM
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Man its sure dead around here considering we have a brand new album out!!!

I'm really loving this record. I will do my review this weekend as we'll be home and have lots of time for more listens.

Come on people!! Lets hear what you all are thinking of California Breed.

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Old May-22-2014, 11:14 PM
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My deluxe version arrived on Tuesday and so far played it once in full and loud on my big hifi at home and a couple of times in the car.

the hardest thing about reviewing the album is that every track is so damn good!

i havent got a favourite as such (yet) but have found myself singing the "whooa oh oh oh ohohohohoh oh" bit non-stop! trust me, when you hear it you'll know what i mean.

there is simply no weak track and i love the female vocals on "All Falls Down".

with a lot of albums there is always a standout track, catchy riff/hook or amazing solo that really grab you but this seems to just be 13 well written and thought out songs with great playing and vocals rather than 2 great, 3 good 3 average and a couple of fillers you''l jump past on the next play.

Glenn's live singing while playing the tracks has i think made the difference as its just like a live gig where every breath he sings is "in the now" and from the soul rather than too thought out and premeditated.

the same goes for Jason. he's playing hard and fast as if a live gig rather than holding back looking for click track perfection.

as for Andrew Watt - do believe the hype! a great meaty & dirty sound from the guitar with real crunch. there are times where i get a bit of Marc Bolan or Mick Ronson but otherwise its a sound all of his own and that is going to be a real trade mark for him.

the branding/packaging of the cd is excellent and both my wife an daughter like the whole look of it. Expect a lot of merch sales!

the only "small" criticism i can think of is that some of the lyrics in the booklet are too small to read clearly! could just be my eyesight.

Overall then - this easily matches ANYTHING Glenn has been involved in.

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Old May-23-2014, 3:36 AM
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Nice review Wolfy!!

Its funny you mention the lyrics in the booklet. I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday. The ones that are printed smaller are just too small.

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Old May-23-2014, 7:00 AM
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I'm simply going to paste and copy a review of the record from Joe B's web site forum. Speaks volumes coming from a Joe B fanboy.

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I've only had one spin through the CD so far, but it's very, very good. As usual for Glenn, the songs are great. Glenn knows how to write even if he reaches into the cliche lyric box from time to time. It also has it's unrestrained Glenn vocal moments. I know that's not everyone's cup of tea here, but I like his style, and it's not like he goes over the top all of the time. As I've said before, Glenn is a total freak of nature to have that kind of power and vocal range through this long career. It's simply amazing to me. Only last vocal note: the vocal harmonies are terrific on several songs. I need to read the liner notes to see who it is. Sounds too high to be Jason.

Andrew Watt, the guitarist, has totally exceeded my expectations. I was afraid this was going to be artsy/quirky/funky and it is not. More like BCC pushed a bit harder. Andrew's guitar tone is more overdriven than I expected. I always wished Joe had dirtied up his tone a bit for BCC to set it apart from his blues stuff. But this is more than that. Since I'm a hard rock guy at heart, it certainly works for me and perhaps a lot of others here as well.

I totally recommend this for the rock guys here or anyone who has followed Glenn. This is not BCC 2.0. It's more like the next Glenn thing. Just get passed the over the top Glenn vocals on track one and you will be rewarded.

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Old May-23-2014, 8:34 AM
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the only "small" criticism i can think of is that some of the lyrics in the booklet are too small to read clearly! could just be my eyesight.

Originally Posted by Forever Young View Post
Its funny you mention the lyrics in the booklet. I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday. The ones that are printed smaller are just too small.

...the lyrics from the booklet have been posted online by the band on their various 'social' sites, so you can get a closer look that way

...such as www.google.com/+CaliforniaBreedOfficial
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Old May-24-2014, 9:29 AM
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i think I played it 50 times already!!!!!!!!!! cant stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old May-25-2014, 1:47 PM
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Very glad that GLENN is healty again. Great album CALIFORNIA BREED. Lots of power, heart and soul.
Cosmic stoner rock. Very now!
One of the highlights in his rich career!
Glenn plays and sings wit a lot of feel, Jason is amazing and Andrew is a revalation to me. Best songs for now The Way (very Sabbath and in thechoir even Heaven and Hell). Sweet Tea (some echo's of the Cult or early Angus), Midnight Oil (amazing), All falls down (in my opinion a top ten hit in UK and US), The Grey (It's grunge
time) and Strong ( that is what this album is).
THIS WEEK NEW AT NUMBER 16 IN THE UK.
AND IN THE NETHERLANDS THIS BRILLIANT ALBUM IS NEWCOMER IN THE TOP 100 AT NUMBER 93.
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Old May-26-2014, 12:50 PM
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I am on vacation and this album makes me feel GOOD. It's breeding time
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Old May-27-2014, 11:46 PM
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Finally got to play the cd for several hours on the road today. Stunning debut album My favorites so far - Chemical Rain - Midnight Oil - All Falls Down - Invisible - Breathe.

Glenn has put his all into the vocals and songwriting, Jasons' drumming is top shelf creative and Andrew is an amazing player Great group Cali Breed
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Old May-28-2014, 3:26 AM
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Been playing this every day since i got it.

fantastic album and find myself singing/humming multiple tracks rather than one or two highlights

my 10 year old daughter loves All Falls Down, especially the female vocals over the top of Glenn.

i cant help feeling that a more cynical/commercial approach in regards to bigger sales would have been this track and Spit You Out with Andrew getting put out front to get the younger non "classic rock" type of audience.

Personally this ranks as one of Glenn's best ever albums with HughesThrall, Fused, Addiction and Music for the Divine

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Old Jun-12-2014, 6:15 PM
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Love the vibe on the debut, but I do not understand some of the noise that is mixed in throughout these cuts? do they fill in holes?, what do they add to the overall effect?, I would like to hear from Dave Cobb on what the motive was to install some of this additional clatter.

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Old Jun-14-2014, 12:21 AM
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Well I've been living with the album for a few weeks now and think its a very good album.

I like my Rock but seem to like the softer, more Glenn solo style songs the most.
All Falls Down, Breathe, and Strong are my favourites.

I'm not sure that I'm keen on the continuing strong desire to write and perform songs that mimic Led Zeppelin, not that the songs aren't good.

Think Solo is a great track and can't believe it was the bonus track on the cd. I'd have had it as the opening track!

Glenn sings great as usual. Not sure about his bass playing on the album because for some reason I can't hear it that well on most of the tracks. Not sure if it's my ears, or the equipment I use to listen. Jason plays fantastic, and I like Andrews playing a lot.

I'd score this as a 7.5 out of 10 album.
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Old Jun-15-2014, 3:19 AM
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The mix leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. More separation between the instruments would have been greatly beneficial, and I just long to hear more of Glenn's bass which is sadly buried. Listen to "You Are The Music, We're Just the Band" after Cali Breed for a stark contrast. Here, the bass pops out at you and makes you want to dance straight away. On Cali Breed I struggle to hear the bass lines. The mix is just too noisy, which is a shame. If it would have been easier on the ears, I think the songs would have benefitted a lot. Because there are some nice ones here, All Falls Down being the 'classic' among them. Other highlights to me: Chemical Rain, The Grey, Breathe, Solo (why only a bonus track?). Not all tracks are as good, but that can partly be down to the mix as well. Looking forward to see them live.

6/10.
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Old Jun-15-2014, 8:17 AM
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I'm REALLY diggin' California Breeds first release!
I love every song on this album and have to say that The Grey may be my favorite song, but, each song has something that grabs me !!!

Now, regarding the compressed sound and extra noise comments I'm reading...
I don't have a problem with either! In fact, this was recorded to 2'' tape, so you are going to get a natural compression when providing a 'large volume' sound! I ordered the Vinyl, so, I can't wait to here it on Analog audio equipment (Old School) !

The extra noise may give some the impression that this recording is a-little sloppy, but, after listening to the entire album over 30 times, I'm enjoying the impromptu placement of ALL sound on the album. I really dig the '60's Car Door Slam' Andrew gets around the 1:24 mark of Spit You Out with his right hand technique..that blows me away!!

All-in-all...a GREAT album!!!
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recording to tape does not add the so called noise that is intended to be there on this platter.
tape recordings in the 60's & 70's were clean but lacked clarity, & frequency compared to what is available in the studio today.
being old school it takes my hearing a little to adjust to this new technique.
but the songs and playing are fantastic, so that is what I will enjoy.
What happened to the bass don't lie?

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Yes I think the production could have been a bit better and I think some of the noise mentioned on here is the weird telephone box with chorus though an Am radio treatment some of the vocals get. I like that actually as it does something different. The production is still better than that awful distracted Shirley work on DafterFlow. Seeing the band kicked up my enjoyment of the album several notches. Really loving it. Great album. Andrew is a major find, good songwriter and a vocal clone of Glenn. Thumbs up!
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Sorry to say that, but this album is just another victim of loudness war - one of worst example´s of this crime I have ever heard. I am not able to hear WHOLE album in 1 listening.... it´s just painful to hear that album! It´s really sad, because it seems that in that whole "noise" some really good music was hidden!
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Sorry to say that, but this album is just another victim of loudness war - one of worst example´s of this crime I have ever heard. I am not able to hear WHOLE album in 1 listening.... it´s just painful to hear that album! It´s really sad, because it seems that in that whole "noise" some really good music was hidden!

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Funny how opinions go. Over on the DP board, everyone hates Spit You Out, and that's one of my favorite songs!
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Spit it out for me is just.. correct ! my favourites songs are (not particular order) :

- Midnight Oil
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- All Falls Down
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Sorry to say that, but this album is just another victim of loudness war - one of worst example´s of this crime I have ever heard. I am not able to hear WHOLE album in 1 listening.... it´s just painful to hear that album! It´s really sad, because it seems that in that whole "noise" some really good music was hidden!

maybe 'noise' to you, but i hear vital, powerful rock 'n roll - the big beat, pumping bass, fresh guitar grinding through those marshall and orange amps, with possibly the greatest voice in rock on top of everything....oh yeah, my kind of noise.
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Hey, have now listened to the CB a time, Unfortunately, it is so poorly mixed, and the songs are not the status as Glenn always give out. And now Bonham's out of the game.
Sad but true ....
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Not agree, Gribban. The album sounds great. Heavier than most of GLENN'S albums. But that's GLENN. He surprises you all the time. Jason is out and Joey is in and what's most important of all GLENN is in.
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Not agree, Gribban. The album sounds great. Heavier than most of GLENN'S albums. But that's GLENN. He surprises you all the time. Jason is out and Joey is in and what's most important of all GLENN is in.

Just like you, Willem, I am a huge fan of GH, but it's just production that falls here and the songs are not as strong in my opinion. Glenn's voice is normally outstanding good. Luckily, we are all different in taste.
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Been listening to California Breed a lot lately. It is different kind of GH album and I like it because of that.

Did they record or film any of those shows they did? Might have said this before but I'd like to get some sort of live release from them.


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