‘Free Angel Express” the sixth album by keyboard based American Tears is a “stunning”, “keyboard extravaganza” that continues their journey with anthemic melodies, salient lyrics, virtuoso musicianship and creative, unpredictable musical journeys that defy formula or category.
American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released its first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974, it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975, and its final for Columbia, Powerhouse in 1977 before reforming in 2018. Due to the very well received 2018 release of it's 4th record "Hard Core", the band recorded "White Flags", released to great critical acclaim in 2019, which kicked it all up a notch. Formed in the fertile musical environment of Long Island, New York, the band was initially made up of Gary Sonny, on bass, Tommy Gunn on drums and Mark Mangold on keys and vocals. The band was a power keyboard trio, using keyboards of the day, Hammond organ, synths, mellotron, clavinet, electronic melodica and playing progressive music which showed the bands stellar musicianship.
The band was fortunate to have toured major venues with such bands as Peter Frampton, J. Geils, Alvin Lee, Gentle Giant, Gary Wright, John McLaughlin and many others. They reached a wide audience and had an impressive show, topped off by Mangold doing handstands on his Hammond while being surrounded by his massive keyboard setup.
Mark Mangold would go on to play and work with Michael Bolton, Cher and Paul Rodgers, penning the hits “Fools Game”, “I Found Someone”, and "For A Little Ride" and many others, as well as forming the bands Touch, Drive, She Said, The Sign and others.
Mark Mangold - Keyboards and Vocals
Alex Landenburg (Stratovarius, Kamelot, Rhapsody, Cyhra, ) Drums
with guest appearances by Barry Sparks (UFO, Dokken), Doug Howard (Touch, Utopia, Edgar Winter Band), and Charlie Calv (Angel, Shotgun Symphony).
CD Track Listing:
2- Set It On Fire
3- Free Angel Express/Resist/Outta Here
4- Not For Nothing
6- Everything You Take
7- Roll The Stone
8- Blue Rondo
9- Can’t Get Satisfied
11- Shadows Aching Karma
12- So Glow
13- Rise To The Light
14- Tusk (Blood on the Ivory) DOWNLOAD ONLY
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