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Paris Keeling: End of Ride Revisited

Originally released as the 2006 End of Ride CD, this refreshed effort from Paris Keeling entitled, End of Ride Revisited (Surgeland Records) features 16 songs including bonus tracks, remixes and features special guests including George Lynch, Al Pitrelli, Carmine Appice, Shane Gaalaas and Don Dokken. This lighter Melodic Rock effort features a couple of rockers with a bunch of teary ballads to make focus on the superb vocal talents of Kelly Keeling and his guitar partner Marty Paris.

Kelly Keeling, (Baton Rouge, Blue Murder, John Norum, George Lynch, MSG, Guitar Zeus etc.) has long been a favorite singer of mine. The guy just reeks of soul and he delivers in spades all over End of Ride Revisited. From CD lead track co-written by Don Dokken, "Tears of Heaven", Paris Keeling starts off this CD on a high note with this moody rocker. Other stand out tracks on End of Ride Revisited are "These Days" co-written and featuring the legendary George Lynch, a cool upbeat song that you can instantly hear the Lynch-isms all over it and "Don't Disturb the Occupants. Unfortunately there are not more rockers like this on the record, as Paris Keeling opt for more of a songwriter's type of vibe with ballads, slower AOR themes and Beatle-esque tunes.

Along with providing the guitar on the record, Marty Paris also serves as the CDs producer and his production on End of Ride Revisited is nice and clean. The strength's of this band come shinning through and once again those are the amazing vocal performances of Kelly Keeling. The man has pipes to kill for with that aforementioned soul. You would swear he was channeling Otis Redding or something. Keeling is just very simply worth the price of the CD.

End of Ride Revisited is a quality record with good songwriting and vocal performances, but it's a little too light on the rock for my tastes. However, Kelly Keeling's vocals are enough for me to always want to venture into, regardless of the style. The guy is the real deal and he is also a multi-instrumentalist as well as songwriter. This Paris Keeling effort doesn't do very much for me but the material is quality, just a tad too "Lite FM" for my taste. The rockers on this record are great and I wish there were more of those here.

Track Listing
1. Tears of Heaven
2. Life
3. Head Straight
4. Free
5. She Was
6. End of Ride (Suite)
7. I Learned From The Inside
8. Morning Song
9. These Days
10. Color Blind
11. I've Found
12. Don't Disturb the Occupants
13. Feel
14. Head Straight
15. Telephone Line
16. Alive

Added: October 19th 2009
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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