The Johnny Mowton Experience - New record

This is it! Our new record small CHANGEs´ is availlable NOW!

We finally made it!

Here it is – our much awaited new CD Small CHANGEs’ is now on release.
Once again we have tried to choose a representative selection from our wide repertoire for this latest recording. Of course, as usual, we have made a few ‘Small Changes’ with our arrangements to maintain the unique Johnny Mowton Experience way of musical interpretation and presentation. Come with us now on a musical journey from 50´s Country to 60´s “Bigband” Sound through 70´s Rock´n´Roll plus 80´s and 90´s Pop music.

And there is still more to experience:

We’ve included three of Johnny’s own compositions: We start with the Johnny Mowton composition; an “in your face” song: “It Must be Rock and Roll“, produced in a powerful “70´s Pop T-Rex-ish-Wall-of-Sound” style.

This is followed by a composition from Bob Dylan called “She belongs to me“, originally released March 22, 1965 on his second album “Bringing It All Back Home”. It was one of the first so called “anti-love songs”, one of Dylan’s first of many songs that describes a “witchy woman”.

Song No. 3 is called “Fly me to the Moon” (originally titled “In Other Words”) and was written in 1954 by Bart Howard. The most popular version (up ‘till now) probably is the 1964 version by Frank Sinatra, which was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon. As a tribute to the 50 anniversary we synchronised the original Apollo 11 Countdown Sequence to the intro and kept the “swingy” feeling and the “Big Band” Sound from the Sinatra version. Also we added a middle 8 to lift the Song up even higher … “The Eagle has landed!”, so to say.

The next Track, “Across the Borderline” is a beautiful ballad by Freddy Fender, which was featured on the motion picture soundtrack for the Movie “The Border” starring Jack Nicholson. It got re released in 1993 by Willy Nelson, crediting (for some reason) Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson as the composers. The sentiment of the song, sadly, not only remains true today but looks likely to stay with us long, far too long, into the future.

Every long-haul truck (and smaller, shorter-haul vehicles too) driver is sure to know the fifth number on our new CD: “Six days on the Road“. This song was written by Earl Green and Carl Montgomery and originally made famous by country music singer Dave Dudley in 1963. For one of our “small changes” to the original version we used Mick Tucker´s drum intro from Ballroom Blitz as the main Drumloop on this track, adding some over-dub Bass drums and Cymbles and that guitar lick.

If you feel that you’re not sure if you know this next song (yet) “The Moon Will Never Tell” there´s a good reason: It´s the second of Johnny´s own compositions. It comes, he says, from a place where we all have probably been at some time of other – perhaps, just perhaps, listening to the song might take us back there again for a while.

The next track: “Chasing Cars” is a number from the British Band “Snow Patrol”. It was released on 6 June 2006 in the US and 24 July 2006 in the UK, staying in the Top 75 UK Charts for 111 weeks. This was a big, though, thus far, only, hit for Snow Patrol but rather than coin the phrase “a one hit wonder” we’d rather say: “We´re waiting for more brilliant songs like this one to come along from them”!

Save the Last Dance for Me” is always a popular song, written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and first recorded in 1960 by Ben E. King and The Drifters. We simply added a little (small change) “JME Spice” to our arrangement!

Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” is a song written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson and released in 1971 on the album “The Silver Tongued Devil and I”. Successfully covered by many other country artists we decided it was a musical opportunity; too good for us to miss.

With the next track we move back to Europe and then forward; to the 80´s big Hit single by U2, “Still haven´t found” from their second album “The Joshua Tree”. It was released as their second single (after “With or Whithout you”) in May 1987.

Do you remember “They Shoot Horses (don´t they?)” from the Welsh pop band Racing Cars? Then you probably lived in the UK or Australia around 1977, where it went into the charts (UK No. 14 / AUS No. 32). It wasn’t released in many other countries and is still the only hit to come from Racing Cars. However the number is associated with the internationally, more widely, known film of the same name.

Another big hit: “Summer of ’69” was co composed by the Canadian artist/musician Bryan Adams and his long time writing partner Jim Vallance. It was produced by Adams and the American Bob Clearmountain and released in June 1985 as the fourth single from the album “Reckless”. As with most Adams/Vallance songs, “Summer of ’69” is an up tempo rock song.

Our last track on the CD: “What the Hell was that“, is the third of Johnny´s compositions that we wanted to feature; a fairly gentle love song with just a slight edge to it, which lets our musical journey end in a way that, we hope, will make you want to take it with us all over again.


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