Johnny Lima - 'My Revolution'

         (Limited Edition)

 

THE BAND:
Johnny Lima - all instruments
special appearances:
Christian Wolff - lead guitar on "Happily Ever After You", "I Can't Love You Anymore", "Couldn't Be The One", Nowhere Left To Go", Show Them Who You Are" and "Naturally Beautiful"
Craig Launer - lead guitar on "My Revolution", "Fill You Up", "Blame It On Love", "Tell Me Lies" and "Dirty Girls"
Julian Angel - lead guitar on "You're The Drug I Wanna Get I On"
Danni Theodosis - additional backing vocals on "Tell Me Lies", "Happily Ever After You" and "You're The Drug I Wanna Get High On"



TRACK FRAMENTS:
1.) "My Revolution" - This track opens with Johnny playing treble side of a pipe organ.  After the whole-note, Johnny begins to play the bass side.  Johnny plays a whole-note on the bass side of the pipe organ.  After these two whole-notes underneath the pipe organ there is a very subtle hi-hat and tom-tom pattern.  In many ways, the way Johnny arranged the opening to this intro reminded you of something you would hear in the opening credits of a movie.  To give the intro a more full sound Johnny added a string arrangement underneath the pipe organ.   For the musical verse, the only thing Johnny kept from the intro was the string arrangement.  The rhythm guitar and drum line Johnny wrote for the musical verse was kept pretty simple.  The ninth and eleventh lyric lines consisted of a backing harmony.  There is a short drum rest underneath the rhythm guitar and string arrangement leading into the second verse.  The first chorus is actually after the second verse.  After the first chorus guitarist Craig Launer plays a lead guitar solo.   After the second chorus there is a breakdown section.   
2.) "Happily Ever After You" - This track opens with a fairly simple up-tempo intro arrangement.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The lead vocal lines of the chorus are very reminiscent to some of the songs Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora were writing in the late eighties.  There was a small drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  There was a couple lead guitar licks connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a blistering lead guitar solo played by Christian Wolff.  There was a lead guitar scale underneath the last chorus.  There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.      
3.) "You're The Drug I Wanna Get High On" - Johnny wrote a very simple basic musical arrangement for this intro.  For the musical verse the rhythm guitar riffs are in between the lyric lines.  The last two lyric lines of the verse had a huge older Jon Bon Jovi sound to them.  The highlight of the chorus where the huge Bon Jovi influenced backing vocals.  There was a snare and tom-tom fill connecting the musical first chorus with the musical second verse.  There was a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  Johnny played a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda. 
4.) "Fill You Up" - This track opened with what sounds like Johnny singing the words fill me up.  For these vocal lines Johnny used some sort of special effect.  This effect was reminiscent to the talk box effect.  Underneath the fourth set of lyric effects there is a record scratch effect.  Underneath the record scratch effect there was a drum pattern.  This drum pattern sounded like it was done with a very old drum machine.  After a few more lyric effects it sounded like someone unplugged the soundboard then plugged it back up again.  The song immediately kicks right back in with the addition of a rhythm guitar riff, bass line and drum pattern.  The musical arrangement underneath the lyric lines consisted of some sort of computerized instrumentation.  The chorus consisted of the same computerized vocals as what opened the song.  In between the computerized musical arrangement and vocals, there is a rhythm guitar arrangement.  After the second chorus there is a lead guitar solo performed by guitarist Craig Launer.  If one did not know any better, especially on the last chorus, they would swear by Johnny's vocal sound that Bon Jovi recorded this in the eighties.   However never used.  The coda consisted of a vocal echo.          
5.) "Blame It On Love" - This track opens with a very simple rhythm guitar riff.  The rhythm guitar riff had a Ritchie Sambora feel to it.  My wife happened to notice that Johnny's opening vocal lines were very reminiscent to Jon Bon Jovi and the songs that he was writing for Bon Jovi's 1995 release titled, 'These Days'.  Johnny used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one for intro section.  There was a small echo attached to the end of each lyric line.  Underneath the fifth lyric line a second rhythm guitar arrangement kicks in.  It is also at this time Johnny changes the lyric arrangement.  Also at this time there was a very subtle underlining bass drum kick.  Johnny kicks the song in for the musical chorus.  This chorus just may consist of the hugest hooks I think Johnny may have ever written.  The second verse had a very Jon Bon Jovi sound to it.  The lead guitar solo connects the second and third choruses.  The solo Craig Launer plays was very short and simple.    
6.) "I Can't Love You Anymore" -  The intro to this track consisted of a piano arrangement over the top of a drum line.  Johnny used the same piano arrangement for the verse as the one for the intro.  Johnny's vocals sound so much like Jon Bon Jovi's that I do not think most Jon Bon Jovi fans will know the difference between the two.  Johnny's vocals build with power as the pre-chorus progresses.  Underneath Johnny's vocal lines of the chorus there is a second piano arrangement.  After the first chorus there is a short lead guitar solo played by guitarist Christian Wolff.  There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.
7.) "Couldn't Be The One" - The intro to this track consisted of two rhythm guitars playing two different rhythm arrangements.  The two rhythm guitars in conjunction with the keyboard along with the use of the ride cymbal really gave this intro a huge musical hook. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  It sounded as if Johnny went down to just one rhythm guitar for the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar along with the way Johnny arranged the lyric lines was very reminiscent to a lot of the songs Ritchie Sambora and Jon Bon was writing for the Bon Jovi release 'These Days'.  At the end of some of the lyric lines consisted of a very subtle echo.  This echo will probably only be picked up if you are listening to the CD on headphones.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  Johnny wrote a huge lyrical hook for the chorus.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo played by guitarist Christian Wolff.
8.) "Tell Me Lies" - The rhythm guitar and keyboards of this intro section play the same rhythm.  The rhythm guitar Johnny wrote for the intro though simple had not only a mean sound to it.  However, it also had a sweet hook.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  For the musical verse, the keyboard arrangement switched from following the rhythm guitar to mainly playing a fill-in rhythm.  Connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus was a keyboard arrangement and vocal line.  Both of which had a studio effect attached to them.  Johnny used the same music arrangement for the short chorus as the one he wrote for the intro arrangement.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo played by guitarist Craig Launer.
9.) "Dirty Girls" - Some of the notes Johnny plays on this intro sound like some of the same notes Tom Petty plays on his song titled, "Running Down A Dream" taken off of the CD 'Full moon Fever' released on July 29, 1989.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The second and fourth lyric lines of the first and second verse consisted of a backing vocal.  At times underneath Johnny's vocal lines there is a blistering rhythm guitar riff bleeding through.  Though the lead guitar solo Craig Launer plays for this song was very short it did however have a very melodic feel to it and suited the song very well.
10.) "Nowhere Left To Go" - This intro consisted of two minor lead guitar solos.  The first minor lead guitar solo was either double-tracked or played by both Christian Wolff and Johnny Lima.  The first minor lead guitar solo was very reminiscent to some of the lead guitar solo notes Aldo Nova wrote on his self-titled 1981 release.  The second solo leads right into the opening lyric line.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Johnny kept the musical verse very straightforward.  I loved the hook of this chorus.  The way Johnny cares out the notes of the lyric lines really shows the strength of his voice.  There is a minor solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  The major solo connects the second and third choruses.  There is a third minor solo over the top of the coda.
11.) "Maybe You're Right, Maybe It's Wrong" - This ballad consisted of piano and vocals with an underling string arrangement.  My guess is Johnny wrote this song in a minor key because it has a very melancholy depressed sound.  This melancholy sound matched the lyrics perfectly.  Which made for a great ballad!!
12.) "Into The Light" - The intro to this track consisted of an electric guitar arrangement over the top of an acoustic guitar.  In between the two guitar rhythms there is a second electric guitar arrangement.  For the main rhythm Johnny used an effects pedal on the electric guitar arrangement.  There is a drum fill connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Johnny's vocals for the verse are very reminiscent of Jon Bon Jovi.  Underneath the lead vocals of the pre-chorus Johnny overdubbed a backing harmony.  The choruses had a huge hook attached to them.  After the second chorus there is an arrangement change.  Johnny plays several lead guitar notes leading into the third chorus.
13.) "Deeper Into You" - This track opens with a fairly simple hard rock intro arrangement.  There is a drum fill connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The lyric arrangements along with the guitar riff matched perfectly.  The chorus had one of the biggest hooks I think I have ever heard.  After the second chorus instead of a lead guitar solo Johnny wrote a lead guitar rhythm riff over the top of the main rhythm.     
14.) "Show Them Who You Are" -This was a classic eighties rock anthem.
15.) "Naturally Beautiful" - There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro section.  This minor solo was either double-tracked by Christian Wolff or played by both Christian and Johnny.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Johnny's vocals are amazing!  The last few lyrics of the verse were double-tracked.  Underneath the second verse Johnny incorporated a second rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  This lead guitar solo was played by lead guitarist Christian Wolff. 


        This release is revolutionary in more ways than just the title and or the title track.  Johnny used the Indiegogo Platform (http://www.indiegogo.com/) and created a campaign to help fund the recording of the release.
       Fans were allowed to go to a website and for different prices they could, download the MPs, buy the standard version of the CD (containing eleven tracks), buy a limited edition version (containing fifteen tracks), or buy an autograph copy of the limited edition.  Johnny used this income and applied it to the recording of the CD so in a sense you the fans paid a part in the recording of this CD. I thought this was a great idea!  In fact, more artists should do this.
     Over the years, it has been my experience when an artist releases a second version of a CD consisting of bonus tracks, in this case five songs. Those songs are usually subpar. However, that is not the case with 'My Revolution'. These bonus tracks are just as great as the previous eleven!
     Johnny took his time with the recording of this release and the production value reflects this. As for the fifteen tracks, I wish I could honestly say something bad about them.  However, I can't!  Every song is a 10 or better!  Using Bon Jovi's 'Slippery When Wet' and 'New Jersey' blueprints Johnny recorded a #1 CD!  There isn't a doubt in my mind if some of these songs were rotated on the radio Johnny would be a house hold name within the melodic rock genre!!!!  Please buy this CD!!!!!