Camden Promise Reviews
TONY NATALE/The Camden Promise:
A drummer from Jersey that proved his mettle a long time ago is playing it for himself and invites you to follow if you feel like minded. Making music to inspire without going all hippie on you, there’s a nu message for a nu day lurking in here that feels like the product of a lot of self discovery. He might just be here to keep you from touching the stove to see if it’s really hot when someone tells you it is. He might look like someone that came to Woodstock and never left but his tunes take you some place else instead. Check it out.
TONY NATALE: THE CAMDEN PROMISE
They still exist: the world improvers, the believers, the soft generation …. the hippies. Drummer / songwriter Tony Natale still (and rightly) is dreaming of a nicer living world in peace love and understanding. The cover of his second solo album ‘The Camden Promise’ radiates joy and hope in a green orchard full of colorful butterflies (claphole + 12page booklet).
Granted, it’s not the first drummer to shoot himself in the pen. What did not always lead to brilliant results (think of Ringo Starr). Not every drummer can be as famous as Phil Collins. Most drummers who go solo go out of their career and bring little news.
Tony Natale deserves a standing ovation. On ‘The Camden Promise’ you hear his own soul races and add an original tune. The atmosphere of former Camden Town London comes alive. This is an original piece of work that does not work in a box. There’s a sixties left, there’s some (Santana) blues in, a sniff of NY rock (its roots), but nothing about it. His music does not match current trends. Alternative softrock from the heart? The album starts with a mild ‘What If You Did’, for many listeners enough to kiss the plate in the bin. Do not do … listen to the other songs. The album evolves in crescendo until the end. Tony Natale played with all the great earth, a man of the world, and is also a music teacher in addition to drummer. His beautiful creations deserve all support and respect!
Tony Natale (Drums, Bass, Keyboards)
Dan Beaulaurier (Vocals, Lead Guitar)
John Idan, Anna Robinson, Andy Herbert, Michael Starke (Bass)
Brian Heaven (Rythm Guitar)
Dr. Vincent Conigliaro (Lead Guitars)
Murray Goodman (Piano, Organ)
Marino Serdons (4)
Very inspiring alternative album of drummer / allrounder Tony Natale. After a (s) low start the album turns out to be my early morning dream!
Tony Natale / The Camden Promise – CD review
Natale, Tony: The Camden Promise
Drummer Tony Natale’s heart is surely in the right place. The New Jersey native, now residing in Camden Town, London has recently released his second solo disc titled The Camden Promise, the follow up to Mountain released in 2000. He is also the member of the band Turnhip which I am not familiar with.
Being the veteran musician that he is Natale has worked and played with a number of artists such as John Fogerty, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jaco Pastorius. Natale and his band of players have created some thoughtful music here mostly in the pop rock and bluesy vein.The disc begins with “What If You Did”, a nice enough pop rock number with just a hint of the blues in the guitar work and is followed by “Nobody” a bluesier mid-tempo tune with plaintive vocals. “Your Love Takes Me Home” is one of personal favourites, save for the ending fade out, featuring muted bluesy guitar work and laid back vocals. The searing blues guitar and heavier riffs of “Promiseman” makes for another highlight as the band add a little more guitar muscle as does the edgier “Insanity”. The R&B infused “3 Days On The Road” is another tasty little tune with a real catchy rhythm. Perhaps a little bit of the Atlanta Rhythm Section in this one.Going back to my original statement, Natale seems like a very thoughtful and pleasant guy and I wish him all the best. That’s reflected in his latest effort. Good stuff.Track Listing:
1. What If You Did?
3. Your Love Takes Me Home
5. 3 Days On The Road
6. U Shine
7. Boogie Around
9. The Way You Walk
The Camden Promise (Tony Natale)
Its main objective is to spread peace and love, Tony Natale is drummer and American composer who, while living in Camden Town, London, joined with Brian Heaven to compose 8 themes rock soft, where the guitars have the main word to say. Later, John Idan, of The Yardbirds, joined the duo to finish the album. The Camden Promise is a varied album though, as referred to, rock- centered . And this variability is given by passages through pop, R & B, boogie rock ( Boogie Around is in fact the best theme of the record), and even more ethnic passages such as Latin, Afro and tribal sounds. (4.5 / 6 )
American musician/songwriter Tony Natale recently released his highly anticipated new album titled “The Camden Promise.” Natale has worked alongside such great artists as John Fogerty and Jaco Pastorius, and has also shared a stage with bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Violent Femmes. His new 9-song release begins with the up-beat, pop rock of “What If You Did?” as his new album is intended to inspire and enlighten the listener. He delivers a southern rock vibe on “Your Love Takes Me Home,” before the grunge-like sound of “Promiseman” with an unforgettable chorus. He works up the Santana-like sound of “3 Days On The Road” as his smooth, classic rock sound becomes very addictive. Tony closes his new album with the guitar-driven hard rock of “Insanity” and the sweet, soft rock, seventies melody of “The Way You Walk.” To find out more about Tony Natale and his latest release “The Camden Promise,” please visit www.tonynatale.com
The Camden Promise
by Artist Tony Natale
For those not in the know, not unlike myself, born in Camden, New Jersey, Tony Natale is a drummer/songwriter who has also won the Carmine Appice drum competition.
His musical career started on the New York scene where he played along with luminaries like Jaco Pastorius and John Fogerty. Indeed, his Rock drumming style is well defined now and combines Rock, Latin, Jazz Fusion into one incredible blend of musical conscience.
In 1994, Natale hit the European scene and quickly became one of the most transcendental drummers on the London circuit. In 1999 he even started a parallel career as a producer, setting up Drum Track Studios; while co-writing and performing with vocalist Oliver Campana.
Tony also co-wrote and produced nine songs for his new release The Camden Promise. His stated mission in life since year 2000 has been to spread peace and love as far and wide as he possibly can and, trust me, with this new album he’s well on his way to achieving that goal. 1. ‘What If You Did?’2. ‘Nobody’ 3. ‘Your Love Takes Me Home’4. ‘Promiseman’ 5. ‘3 Days On The Road’6. ‘U Shine’7. ‘Boogie Around’8.’Insanity 9.’The Way You Walk’
The Camden Promise was composed along with Brian Heaven from London so as much as Nalale is from Camden, NJ, he actually wrote and demo-ed these songs at his flat (apartment) in the heart of Camden Town, London! Not one shy for asking friends to help in his process, the final song ‘The Way You Walk’ was written and produced along with John Idan, who is currently on tour with The Yardbirds singing and playing guitar.
We begin with the gently free flowing ‘What If You Did?’, a delightfully melodic track that immediately showcases the quality of what’s to come perfectly. With a special group of musicians from all around the world performing on the album, the upbeat, drum-based rocker ‘Nobody’ is along next, and that’s backed by both the all-out funk guitar rock of Dan Beaulaurier and then Vince Conigliaro on ‘Your Love Takes Me Home’. But then the whole momentum of the album changes with ‘Promiseman a rock classic. Then the Santana-inspired ‘3 Days On The Road’ is next and that’s followed by Natale taking the musical reins via his drumming on ‘U Shine. The rocker, with Natale on bass and John Idan on lead guitar ‘Boogie Around’ is one of my personal favorites here on this new nine track album. And that’s backed by the even harder-pace of ‘Insanity which rounds out the album with the rock guitar work of Brian Heaven.’The Way You Walk,’with a lite jazz piano track, it comes out of nowhere; but is a stunningly smooth change of pace, nonetheless. with John Idan’s vocals on this track, inclusive of Murray Goodman on keys, that ensures that once finished, all you feel like doing is hitting Play all over again.
Drummer/songwriterTony Natale has released his highly anticipated new album The Camden Promise on Peacepipe Records. Notable songs on this nine track album are What If You Did?, The Way You Walk, Insanity, Boogie Around and much more. There are great vocals and a sound that takes me back to the 60’s. On this album Tony is playing guitar, bass and keyboards on some tracks and of course playing drums on all tracks along with producing, engineering, mixing and editing the album. This album was well written, performed and recorded. To purchase this album, go to www.tonynatale.com