THE BOYSCOUT – My Route 66 (2015)
We already presented here some material of guitarist & vocalist Manuel “The Boyscout” Mijalkovski, a man with an immeasurable love for motorcycles and rock ‘n’ roll. Now THE BOYSCOUT is releasing “My Route 66“, his own vision on classic songs produced by no other than talented Michael Voss (MSG, Casanova, Mad Max, Bonfire) and with star guest lead vocalists such as Claus Lessmann (ex- Bonfire), Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, WET), Paul Shortino (ex- Quiet Riot) and many more.
What we have here is a record with ten covers of well-known epic rock tracks like the timeless ‘Born To Be Wild’, Journey’s classic Wheel in the Sky’ sung by Paul Shortino, Foreigner’s ‘Juke Box Hero’ (perhaps the strongest cover here) or ‘Get your Kicks on Route 66’ featuring a terrific Jeff Scott Soto performance in a track not usual for him, but you know, the can sing anything.
Musically it is like the classic rock music that spawned these songs, each cover very much faithful to the original with a modern spin (and punch).
The Boyscout Mijalkovski sings three of them (pretty well) including the AOR staple ‘No Easy Way Out’ (originally performed by Robert Tepper for the Rocky IV movie), plays cool guitar lines and it’s helped with the rest of the instruments by Michael Voss, who apart of producing with a crystal clear quality also does lead vocals on Poison’s ‘Ride the Wind’.
The Boyscout takes a trip down the iconic Route 66 and for his own soundtrack he takes some killer classsic rock songs and makes very good, solid cover versions.
On “My Route 66” all songs are good, all performances are good, and production is top notch.
A complete, highly enjoyable package.
01. Born To Be Wild – Claus Lessmann (ex- Bonfire)
02. Michael Voss (Casanova, Mad Max, Bonfire)
03. Turn the Page – The Boyscout
04. Because the Night – Linda Lulka (Linda and the Punch)
05. Get your Kicks on Route 66 – Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, WET)
06. Wheel in the Sky – Paul Shortino (ex- Quiet Riot)
07. No easy Way out – The Boyscout
08. Take it easy – Tony Carey (ex- Rainbow)
09. Juke Box Hero – Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia)
10. Hallelujah – The Boyscout
The Boyscout – guitars, vocals
Michael Voss – guitar, bass, production
Heiko Strings – guitar, bass, keys
Ben Hatten – drums, percussion
Stefan Heinz – keys
Claus Lessmann – vocals
Jeff Scott Soto – vocals
Paul Shortino – vocals
Linda Lulka – vocals
Tony Carey – vocals
Oliver Hartmann – vocals
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