BIG NEWS! Here's the latest Issue of NJ Stage Magazine -- Click here

SHOW REVIEW: Arlan Feiles' CD Release

By Gary Wien


(MARCH 15, ASBURY PARK) -- Arlan Feiles taught me a lesson once that I will never forget.

His CD "Razing A Nation" originally came out on an indie label a few years ago with a cover that looked slightly worse than your average cheap bootleg. The cover turned me off so much that the cd stayed in our pile of new cds for about 4-5 months. When I finally got around to giving it a listen it was like hearing Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" for the first time.

It blew me away.

That disc instantly became one of my all-time favorite CDs by a Jersey artist and it remains one of the top two CDs we have ever received at Upstage Magazine by an artist we had never heard of before (the debut album by Jason Shain being the other).

Thankfully Not Pop Records has rescued this wonderful disc and given it new life and new, MUCH IMPROVED packaging. Arlan had a release party for the new CD at the Saint in Asbury Park on March 15th and proceeded to play the entire disc. It was interesting seeing Arlan perform solo again as lately nearly all of his shows feature his large orchestra with a setlist comprised of newer songs. Arlan may be a bit tired of playing the songs from "Razing A Nation" but they not only deserve a wider audience they are as fresh today as the day the CD first came out years ago. Fortunately for Arlan the CD was ready around the same time as Shannon McNally was returning to the area so he was able to have her join him on stage for the two songs she did backing vocals for on the record.

There's not a weak track on the disc with highlights including the anti-war song "Sign Up", "Change" and "Drifted Town" (both which include Shannon McNally on backing vocals), "Impossibly Lonely" and "The Ballad Of A New Lone Ranger".

The record should be available in local stores, but you can turn to http://www.notpoprecords.com or http://www.arlanfeiles.com for more information.

If you're a fan of singer-songwriters, this CD needs to be in your collection.


Gary Wien has been covering the arts since 2001 and has had work published with Jersey Arts, Elmore Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Backstreets and other publications. He is a three-time winner of the Asbury Music Award for Top Music Journalist and the author of Beyond the Palace (the first book on the history of rock and roll in Asbury Park) and Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists. In addition, he runs New Jersey Stage and the online radio station The Penguin Rocks. He can be contacted at gary@newjerseystage.com.


For more by this author, click here




More Articles You Might Like

"Call Me!" Spotlight on Chris Montez
"Call Me!" Spotlight on Chris Montez
"Music is the Medicine" Spotlight on The Rascals' Eddie Brigati
"Music is the Medicine" Spotlight on The Rascals' Eddie Brigati
OFFICIAL PREMIERE: Ohio's Brian Lisik Releases "Looking For You"
OFFICIAL PREMIERE: Ohio's Brian Lisik Releases "Looking For You"
Meet New Jersey’s Arts Leaders: Alysia Souder, Executive Director, The Institute of Music for Children
Meet New Jersey’s Arts Leaders: Alysia Souder, Executive Director, The Institute of Music for Children
"Cherish is the Word" Spotlight on The Association’s Jim Yester
"Cherish is the Word" Spotlight on The Association’s Jim Yester
Makin Waves with The Happy Fits: Contagious Joy
Makin Waves with The Happy Fits: Contagious Joy


Art Against Racism


REVIEW: "The Devil All The Time"


Theatre Spotlight: October 2020


Inez & Doug & Kira


NJ Film Fest Preview: October 2020


Record Roundup with The Milwaukees & Morningside Lane


BlowUpRadio.com Turns 20!


"Guess There's Just No Getting Over You!" Spotlight on The Union Gap’s Gary Puckett


The Return of Art All Day


Given Circumstance: New Plays at Mile Square Theatre


















New Jersey Stage © 2020 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.