From: CA, United States

Pop, Beatlesque, Pop/rock

Marco has three CD's that are available through CDbaby and Itunes. "Changing Times" a folk acoustic album, "Songville" which evokes The Travelling Wilburys and his latest "Hidden Symphonies" See review below

Bloody Red Baron CD Reviews – Early October

Posted on 29 September 2011



MARCO JOACHIM: Hidden Symphonies (TransUnited)

NY-based Marco Joachim and collaborator Jon Gordon have created an epic album of Beatles-based sunshine pop that succeeds as a major achievement in its own right. “And When the World…” opens with plangent Beatles chords and Joachim’s warm vocal wrapping itself around the lyric. Jon Gordon who does all the solo guitar work is a synthesis of Harrison and Lennon.

Violin and cello kick off “Things You Do” which reworks the message of “The Love You Make” into an admonition The song has a McCartney/Wings bounce with Gordon adding poignant, arcing guitar that ends with a proper Beatle chord. “Cellophane Sue” is obviously inspired by “Polythene Pam” but “Sue” is bluesier with swaggering horns and ELO chords– it could have come off A New World Record. “Penny Lane” horns cascade behind the chorus, then fall back into step behind Gordon’s piercing guitar solo.

“Nameless” is chamber rock played by violin and cello with a telepathic vibe that yields lines of heart-tugging beauty, no more so than when the cello dives and the violin soars in anticipation of the bridge. “Those Days” harks back to Revolver/Barry & the Remains era Brit pop with a melting garage rock chorus.

“Gramercy Park” is an ambitious pop suite and the centerpiece of the album beginning with a mini orchestral tune-up that fades behind Joachim singing in a McCartney-esque voice and playing piano. Gradually he layers in harmonies and Harry Nilsson gives way to pure McCartney in the piercing guitar and orchestral chorus. Sound effects, country barkers abruptly fall into a driving juke-joint beat as Joachim sings, “The last time I saw her she was standing in the silver sun.” There are so many Beatlesque elements in this piece it reveals new insights with every listen.

The album art by May Ann Licudine perfectly illustrates the music inside. Go on the internet and take a look ( Reminds me of Jellyfish: Spilt Milk. And not just the graphics. A sure bet for Top Ten.

Five stars.