· BULLFROG - HIGH FLYER (GYR176) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. LOLA PLAYS THE BLUES
02. LOSING TIME
03. HOT ROD
04. BEGGARS AND LOSERS
05. DANGEROUS TRAILS
06. JOHNNY LEFT THE VILLAGE
07. DANCE THROUGH THE FIRE
08. THREE ROSES
09. OUT ON THE WIDE SEA
10. BLIND LEADER
11. RIVER OF TEARS


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR176 - $13.99

Excellent 5th studio disc by this killer hard rock power trio from Italy featuring 11 tracks of way-kool, blues-based, dynamic, retro-sonic-70s, heavy guitar rock music that delivers pure hard rock n' roll for your soul. The Bullfrog band consists of Silvano Zago on guitar, Francesco Dalla Riva on bass & vocals and Michelle Dalla Riva on drums. The three Bullfrog Brothers dig in deep and lock down their vintage riffage with style & groove on the essential "High Flyer" disc, an excellent follow-up to their rock solid "Clearwater" disc which also landed on Grooveyard Records. The Bullfrog: "High Flyer" disc is an excellent, bad-ass, retro power trio guitar rocker that is Highly Recommended to fans of Humble Pie, Grand Funk, Budgie, Cactus, ZZ Top, Cream, Free, Led Zeppelin and other awesome 70s guitar rockers on the third stone from the sun. It's time to fly high and rock with Bullfrog on the essential "High Flyer" disc.


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01. LOLA PLAYS THE BLUES
02. LOSING TIME
03. HOT ROD
04. BEGGARS AND LOSERS
05. DANGEROUS TRAILS
06. JOHNNY LEFT THE VILLAGE
07. DANCE THROUGH THE FIRE
08. THREE ROSES
09. OUT ON THE WIDE SEA
10. BLIND LEADER
11. RIVER OF TEARS

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Italian based Blues rock trio Bullfrog are back with their fifth studio release, 'High Flyer'. And as they did on their previous outing, 'Clearwater', the power blues rock trio serve up a classic rock vibe of blues infused rock that echo the likes of Cream, Free, Humble Pie and Grand Funk Railroad along with solid lyrics and a very tight sound. Capturing the early 70's production feel. Ah! the glory days, when bands were stripped back to just raw, bleeding Passion! Bullfrog is comprised of, Francesco Dalla Riva (Bass & Vocals), Silvano Zago on guitar and Michelle Dalla Riva on drums. Front man Francesco Dalla Riva possess a whiskey soaked wail that stretches the corners of classic rock, and soul simultaneously along with guitarist, Silvano Zago and drummer Michelle Dalla Riva, laying down meaty rhythms and grooves thick with the appreciation of classic blues rock cut by rips of edgy guitar riffs. Bullfrog is definitely keeping a vintage torch alive through fresh blood and it translates with authority on tracks like, "Lola Plays The Blues," "Losing Time", "Hot Rod" and down and dirty swagger of soul movers like, "Beggars And Losers" and "Blind Leader". Fans of classic rock will without a doubt eat up what this trio bring to the table. I will also say this, if anyone thinks there are no truly great Rock And Roll bands coming out anymore, you are wrong! Bullfrog do their own thing while still reminding you who their influences are. They've stuck to their guns and only gotten better and for those of you who are new to the band, your welcome. 'High Flyer' is an absolute killer, and a true stand out in an already solid catalog. Bullfrog .are the real deal. Playing rock music as it was intended to be played. Play it loud, play it front to back, and get comfortable.

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (February 2019)
 


Verona is a beautiful city, full of charm and history. But it is also quite far from the plains of the southern United States, where the blues were born. But there is a point of contact, at least one. That takes the form of the music of Bullfrog, trio Veronese in business since now distant 1993. But they do not make pure and simple blues, but the blues add a robust dose of hard rock seventy, becoming very attractive even to those who read these regularly digital pages. Led Zeppelin and Cream, Mountain and Deep Purple, these are some of the landmarks of the Veronese formation, which over time has developed an indisputable personality, and really worthy of note. 'High Flyer' is their fifth studio album, and is one of the best gifts you could afford for this musical 2019 in April - the album actually came out in December. If the cover artwork seems to indicate that the band does not take itself too seriously, the first notes of 'Lola Plays the Blues' are enough to understand that the Bullfrogs are damned seriously. The piece honors its name, in the name of a hard / blues with very high temperatures, with the voice of Francesco Dalla Riva that seems to come directly from the Delta. 'Hot Rod' winks at southern rock, and sees Silvano Zago's guitar go up in the chair, which is also optimally supported by Michele Dalla Riva's drumming. Led Zeppelin peep out in the riff of 'Beggars and Losers', perhaps the most immediate of a record that still has many other cartridges to shoot, from the acoustic country rock echoes 'Johnny Left the Village' - that squeezes the eye to Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp to the groovy 'Three Roses', with its unexpected funk echoes. 'High Flyer' is an album full of feeling, as well as interesting ideas. A record that confirms the Bullfrog as one of the most interesting bands of this scene, and not only in Italy. To listen, even and above all live!

Sandro Buti / Loud And Proud - Italy (January 2019)
 


The Italian trio Bullfrog is from Verona and has chosen the bullfrog as their band name. The thumb on the cover shows the thumb up and on the back of the digipak two of his buddies have wings and have been given a psychedelic touch. Whether one stands out with the blues-oriented Hard Rock with enthusiasm, must give a closer look under the musical magnifying glass. The combo is represented with their songs on some samplers that appeared in early 2000. In 2001, "Flower On The Moon" came on the market and in 2004 followed "The Road To Santiago". In 2009 they published "Beggars & Losers". The "High Flyer" predecessor listens to the simple name "Clearwater". For all records guest musicians were there. So also with the present plate. Fabio Serra plays keyboards and sings backing vocals. The Froggettes are the chord names Anna Bertasini and Daniela Pase. The tracklist has a title called "Beggars And Losers". However, this has nothing to do with the album title mentioned above, because such a number does not exist there. For the recordings, the musicians did not have to travel far. The songs were recorded in the Opal Arts Studios of their hometown.

Rapid, tuned by riffs, following the spirit of the 1970s, Bullfrog launches the disc with "Lola Plays The Blues". The trio gives air to the down-to-earth 12-stroke rock to breathe, especially during a cautious intermezzo. The combo presents compositions in which one takes his time. So there is at least one song that easily crack the eight minute limit. "Dangerous Trails" shoots off the bird. At an exciting pace, this number reflects the atmosphere of the years already mentioned and somehow it was a really good decision to win keyboarder Fabio Serra for the album, because he could already call him a fourth band member. His contributions are just great and give the tracks additional wealth. During his fast-paced Fretboard rides, Silvio Zago - sometimes with Wah Wah pedal drive - often escapes into higher spheres, scratching at the door of Psychedelic.

Bullfrog understands contrasts. After the interesting arranged "Dangerous Trails" the acoustic guitar is used for "Johnny Left The Village". By restrained, but intense rhythm, which extends to hand claps, this song is a very melodic therefore coming Country Blues. Great backing vocals accompany the Francesco Dalla Riva song. The Froggettes is also a praise. Class! The Bullfrog changes the means of transport, because for a track he climbs into a "Hot Rod". It comes up pretty well after the leisurely start of the song-starter and you have to like the heights in the voice of the singer. Again and again, the band may like tempo changes within the pieces.

At "Johnny Left The Village", the combo was already in the balladesque area. With "Blind Leader", the group enters this terrain again, but now with the sound of the electric guitar. The listener is somehow reminded of Led Zeppelin, vocally and by the arrangement of the arrangement. Vice versa here are the restrained moments of large-scale dynamics replaced. Good as well! In my opinion, Bullfrog has saved the best in the end. The beautifully intoned acoustic guitar accompanies us in the fingerpicking style through "River Of Tears". This enchants a discreetly slipping E-six string. Gorgeous!

Bullfrog has something to offer. "High Flyer" has become a varied fifth album of the band from the Italian Verona. As guests keyboarder Fabio Serra and The Froggettes leave an enriching impression and so the bullfrog on the cover picture entitled at least a thumbs up. The reviewer agrees.

Joachim 'Joe' Brookes / RockTimes-Germany (January 2019)
 


The Bullfrog give life to another tribute to an immortal genre, without fearing to confront all the myths that are part of the long and fascinating history of rock and give lovers of these sounds a casket of strong emotions.

If the classic hard rock continues to be one of your usual listens, perhaps accompanied by a lethal dose of blues, then run to your local shop because the Bullfrog, the local power trio from the now distant 1993, have come back and arrived with this sanguigno last work on the fifth album of his discography.

We are not talking about novellas then, but people who live in blues and rock for a lifetime, with the attitude and energy to give lovers of the genre a little gem. The Veronese band of water under the bridges has seen so much, has divided the stage with legends of hard rock world and all his experience, passion and skill has poured into these eleven chapters that form almost an hour of wonders sound contained in the High Flyer title. Francesco Dalla Riva (vocals and bass), Silvano Zago (guitar) and Michele Dalla Riva (drums) give life to the umpteenth tribute to an immortal genre, without fearing to deal with all the myths that are part of the long and fascinating history of rock and give lovers of these sounds a treasure chest of strong emotions. Hard rock, blues, southern rock are enclosed in a sound that refers to images of immense stages in large summer festivals beyond the ocean, where the great American rock was joined by the Anglo-Saxon groups in search of confirmation in the new continent. Led Zeppelin, Cream, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hendrix, the Deep Purple of Coverdale and Hughes, but who knows the history of rock knows that the inspirations do not end here, as obviously does not lack the signature of the Venetian trio that puts in the field his personality. Lola Plays The Blues, the stratospheric jam Dangerous Trails, Hot Rod's Southern, Out Of The Wide Sea from the riff that lifts centimeters of goosebumps are the best moments of a timeless unmissable album.

Alberto Centenari / Metal Eyes-Italy (January 2019)
 


We can rightly define Bullfrog today as an historic Italian band in the Hard Rock field. In business since 1993 the Veronese trio comes with "High Flyer" to their fifth seal of study. A band that has lived a lot on stage, and has breathed a lot of dust in the street to go in concert, but also with great satisfaction, have opened for myths like Uriah Heep, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Uli Roth (ex-Scorpions) and many others. The trio is composed by Silvano Zago (guitar), Francesco Dalla Riva (bass, vocals) and Michele Dalla Riva (drums).

"High Flyer" is presented in a guise with the artwork by Nicolò Carozzi and eleven songs to be sciroppated all of a bang! Yes, because it is the same genre that requires it, as they say at the table, "one cherry pulls the other". I have lived the years of Hard Rock with impetus and vehemence, having been young, and I have listened and seen live so much to be able to remain satisfied, but so it never was, indeed staying on culinary arguments, I say that the appetite comes with eating.

The Hard Rock is in the blood, it flows, and when the guitars start in the opening song "Lola Plays The Blues", it shatters me inside. Examples of landmarks are quite simple, some names could be Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Cream, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hendrix, Mountain, some Saxons and another hundred historical bands, because this is the path.

Mid-time for "Losing Time" with a very marked Zeppelian scent, both Hard Blues and sweat.

"Dangerous Trails", more than eight minutes of pleasure, struck by the "Hot Rod" Southern Rock, and there are also more relaxed and acoustic moments like "Johnny Left The Village" and the final "River Of Tears" , but it is all the album that has numerous peaks of pleasure.

If they ask you that the genre does not exist anymore or at least does not have valid ideas, bang him in the face "High Flyer", and since you find yourself tell him that you have to do away with being amateur, here precisely ... "It flies high".

Massimi Salari / Nonsolo Progrock (January 2019)
 


A singular album, given the times, because "High Flyer" brings the listener closer to the musicians bred to that hard rock british who was referring however to the American canons. If you know the origins of Led Zeppelin, Free or The Yardbirds you will probably understand the scope of all this. A few happy riffs at the Grand Funk Railroad and then via granitic rock melodies, melodically enamelled and sliding. All in the norm, because the Bullfrog born as a cover band with a repertoire that looked just to those names and more. Rock has been so assimilated that it becomes them. Well done, however, in executing it along the course of time, since "High Flyer" is the fifth album of Bullfrog. Witness then of a long course made of vibrations, ideas and a style that gradually becomes personal. In almost an hour Francesco Dalla Riva, bass and vocals, Michele Dalla Riva, drums, and Silvano Zago, guitar, show alongside the hard matrix, the blues and southern accents. To the three canonical instruments also the organ to strengthen and expand the musical spectrum. The trio is not a revival because it has a way of playing that is natural, in which the echo of the classics is enamel on a paint with vivid colors.

Redazione / Metal Head-Italy (January 2019)
 


The artwork of "High Flyer" makes me smile.. also because BULLFROG (not to be confused with the same name Munich band from the early 1970s) are back with their fifth album once again playing entertaining blues rock.

The trio comes from Italy but, unlike some others who play in a style not originating in their own country, they are unrestrained. BULLFROG, in addition to their frontman, benefit from their sweeping rhythm section, with bassist Francesco Dalla Riva also singing and his brother Michele playing the drums.

Guitarist Silvano Zago has the smoky voice needed for a credible performance in this genre, as well as a soft Glenn-Hughes timbre that allows the material to go some distance into the soul realm. During 'Dangerous Trails', he proves a fine taste when it comes to a rich, but self-contained guitar sound, and given the rebellious 'Hot Rod' you can certify him a captivating sense of drama, which goes straight in the blues so few combos.

Heavy and slow are the melancholic 'Three Roses' - again with Hammond - and 'Beggars and Losers', which is has the most distinctive riff on the album. 'Blind Leader' is the epic of "High Flyer" - and, along with 'Johnny Left the Village' the influences of Led Zeppelin on the one hand and various US singer-songwriters on the other hand are obvious.

Least bluesy are the glamorous classic rocker 'Dance Through the Fire' and the short, contemplative ballad 'River of Tears' at the end.

CONCLUSION: Exquisite blues rock, once more from Europe, but sounding like from the US - BULLFROG are among those power trios whose music is always there, because the band is jam-happy as Phish or Cream as pioneers of stylistics, but also writes excellent pieces that, despite their conservative nature, are completely fresh.

Andreas Schiffmann / Musik Reviews-Germany (December 2019)
 


Italy’s Bullfrog return and this time they are hitting the heights with their High Flyer, an album rich in the hard rock foundations of the 60s and 70s and which also cavorts with the blues. Created round the brothers Dalla Riva, singer and bassist Francesco and drummer Michelle have that intrinsic bond that only siblings can as they weave the thick and strong foundations from which the vintage guitar forays from Silvano Zago run free. With a looseness that allows proceedings to flow in the most natural style, where this trio really make things tick is by understanding that they also have to corral their intentions to be able to craft their more wide ranging tendencies into tight surges that hit with real authority. There’s a jam band feel in play at times, but Bullfrog never meander in search of their prize, instead knowing that a sound that takes cues from Zeppelin and Free needs to have real direction to find its way home.

That said the relaxed tone of “Out On The Wide Sea” rocks and rolls with an easy, honest tone and an unforced nature, quickly grabbing you by the hand and hauling you onboard the good ship Bullfrog for what is a groove laden journey. Francesco possesses one of those gritty lived in voices that both barks with intent and caresses the senses, a similarity in the forceful but likeable approach to that which The Answer’s Cormac Neeson can conjure. In less capable hands the trudge of “Blind Leader” could be rather listless but here the journey is given an uplifting pay off that stays long with you.

With the guest keyboard work from Fabio Serra adding depth throughout, the likes of “Lola Plays The Blues” finds more than enough room for Zago to stretch out and let loose and yet he never abuses that position. Instead the control the fretsmith provides unlocks the real force of a power trio; feel and groove always at the centre of the likes of “Dance Trough The Fire” and “Johnny Left The Village”. Although when the need arises he can also add a few fret flash-bombs that will satisfy those thirsty for more guitar action, leaving a more honest and rewarding path in his wake and one that still stays true no matter how many times you stride down it. High Flyer is one of those albums that never quite blows your socks off, instead warming you from the inside out and living long in the memory as it does so.

Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (December 2018)
 


Bullfrog has all the swagger and spirit of 1970's hard rock/blues bands like Cactus, Juicy Lucy, Budgie, Trapeze, Toe Fat et al. Granted most of the songs on this CD are very simple in their structure but there is enough signature changes within songs and such a brilliant presentation to their music that this slab of of hard rock muscle does not wear thin. Should you be wise enough to purchase this CD I'm betting that like me you are going to be pleasantly surprised. Long live hard rock. Long live the 70's music muscle. Long live Bullfrog.

Brent J. Lewis / Amazon Review (January 2019)
 



 


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