· SUPER VINTAGE - SHINING LIGHT (GYR192) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. DOWN THE ROAD
02. BIRDS ON A WIRE
03. SOUTHERN SON
04. TAKE A RIDE
05. SHINING LIGHT
06. TOO LONG
07. KEEP IT UP
08. LONE STAR RIDER
09. BOURBON MAN
10. SWEET ROCKIN' MAMA
11. BROTHERS


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
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Superb fifth studio album by this awesome hard rock band from Greece featuring the outstanding musical talents of Stavros Papadopoulos on guitar & vocals. Includes 11 songs of world-class, dynamic, blues-based, soul-powered, Southern rock inspired, heavy guitar music that lands remarkable with supreme levels of strength, maturity & excellence.

Stavros Papadopoulos is a prolific modern day guitar hero rock n' roll savior who is on a mission to Keep the Rock alive and he has achieved true musical greatness on the brilliant new Super Vintage "Shining Light" disc which he created & produced during the worldwide Coronavirus Pandemic. We believe that music has "Healing Power" and this is the positive message that surrounds the songs on this Super Vintage disc which lands as a bonafide testament to the song writing, guitar playing, production & sonic mojo talents of our good musical brother Stavros.

Highly recommended to fans of excellent heavy guitar driven, blues-based, melodic hard rock music and to fans of all the other killer bands & discs by Stavros Papadopoulos which include Revolution Highway, Freerock Saints, Hard Driver, Universal Hippies, Children Of Aegean and Stoned Olympus along with the amazing Shadowplay Project (Rory Gallagher Tribute Disc) and his recent outstanding debut solo disc entitled "Spirits On The Rise." If you aren't familiar with these bands and you love & appreciate excellent top-shelf, blues-based, heavy guitar rock music, check them out at all costs.

From start to finish, the Super Vintage: "Shining Light" disc stands tall as an essential Grooveyard Records "musical document." An impressive, classic, genuine, heavy guitar rocker that lands timeless and shines like the sun.

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We would like to dedicate the Super Vintage: “Shining Light” album to our very close friend and musical sister of many years, Trish Desiato. She walked through life full of grace and beauty, a wonderful and positive human being who made the world a better place to live in and we cherish the time spent with her. In spite of this sudden and tragic loss, her spirit lives on forever.

Joe Romagnola / Grooveyard Records (July 2020)


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01. DOWN THE ROAD
02. BIRDS ON A WIRE
03. SOUTHERN SON
04. TAKE A RIDE
05. SHINING LIGHT
06. TOO LONG
07. KEEP IT UP
08. LONE STAR RIDER
09. BOURBON MAN
10. SWEET ROCKIN' MAMA
11. BROTHERS

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Two years ago, Super Vintage released a decent hard rock record with “Destiny”. Now the Greek band is back with “Shining Light”. The new album takes a huge step forward towards Southern Rock. While the introduction to the CD with the guitar runs on “Down The Road” or the singing style on “Birds On A Wire” clearly shows the musical corner from which the Greeks come, the work then takes a turn towards Southern. The intros in particular are dusty and evocative of the American south. In this respect, “Southern Son” is first class, which also offers a catchy refrain. The polyphonic vocal passages on “Take A Ride” and the slower “Too Long” also testify to the new direction of Super Vintage. The latter song, like the strong title track "Shining Light", is carried by an acoustic guitar. Super Vintage plays a kind of desert blues rock on "Keep It Up" and "Bourbon Man". The emphasis in the first song is on rock and the second on blues. In between, the quartet sprinkles another number of the harder pace ("Lone Star Rider"). At the end of the long player there is finally Southern Rock, which is equal to the American predecessors of this genre. With “Sweet Rockin‘ Mama ”, Super Vintage indulges in a stronger variety and with the concluding ballad“ Brothers ”there is a calmer contribution to the disc.

Super Vintage continues to develop its strengths, which include the atmospheric intros in particular. With a few exceptions, the pieces end with a gradual fade out, which doesn't seem so elegant. There is therefore still room for optimization in the details. Bandleader Stavros Papadopoulos is currently in an extremely productive phase. In addition to his solo debut "Spirits On The Rise" this year, he is exploring new musical regions with his band Super Vintage. The affinity to hard rock shines through on “Shining Light”, but the earthier sound represents a step forward compared to the previous work. The group gains profile by turning to roots rock. “Shining Light” is one of the positive surprises for 2020. When it comes to the quality of the songwriting, Stavros Papadopoulos has gone one better and the album appears to be much more varied than its predecessor. Few bands on the European mainland are dedicated to the Southern. If Super Vintage stays in the current direction, the quartet can develop into a reference point for Southern Rock on the old continent.

Michael Segets / Sounds Of The South (Germany) (October 2020)
 


If I did not know any better I would tell you that Super Vintage comes from a place like Jacksonville in Florida, the home town of great southern rock bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot. But it turns out that this band comes from Greece with guitarist/song writer, singer and producer Stavros Papadopoulos as their main man. Stavros has been active for quite a while, has recorded four earlier albums with Super Vintage, recorded and released a solo-album (‘Spirits On The Rise’) and is also involved with a handful of other bands.

Listening to the eleven tracks I really feel that this is too good to be true. Stavros and his band mates have managed to create a warm blues and southern rock based record where all the southern rock ingredients are showcased in fine songs like "Southern Son’’, "Bourbon Man’’, the classic rocking "Too Long’’ and the semi-ballad "Shining Light’’. His vocals are also quite astonishing and at times very tasteful. The music is a mix between blues rock, southern rock and a bit of heavy rock can be detected as well. And above all the record has a super melodic character. The only typical ingredient that is missing would be the typical guitar duels that is so characteristic for the above mentioned bands and a group like Outlaws. But Stavros does a good job by himself as his songs are very mature and the execution pretty immaculate. The production is kept pretty basic I guess but all in all the whole record sounds very genuine and honest. A bit more fire in the hole on the production side would have been nice but in this case there is enough bite and grit there, so Super Vintage can look back and be proud of an honest sounding bluesy/southern rock record from European soil. Stavros and his team have used the lockdown for COVID-19 to their advantage as they managed to record the album. A pleasant discovery I might say.

Michel van de Moosdijk / Headbangers Lifestyle (October 2020)
 


Does Stavros Papadopoulos ever sleep? I mean I’ve literally lost count of the amount of bands and projects he helms for the ever fruitful Grooveyards Records, never mind the cornucopia of albums those outfits have released. However, it’s maybe with Super Vintage that Big Papa makes his mightiest mark and with his hard rockin’ blues band’s fifth offering he might just have made their strongest contribution. In all honesty, the six string master ain’t pulling the screens back on anything dazzlingly new on Shining Light and yet for all that this is groove infested rock from start to finish, not once does this set of songs feel anything less than fresh, invigorating and vital. Cleverly, however, there are a few little tweaks here and there for Shining Light, the band rounded out by drummer Chris Lagios, bassist Jim Moralis and rhythm fret pounder Panagiotis Zabourlis adding a few less expected moments.

“Down The Road” gets the journey started by gouging out a deep rocker that pulls in elements of Foghat, Zeppelin, Bonamassa and Whitesnake as it fires an arrow right through the bull’s eye of boogie, blues, hard rock and something altogether more melodic. Stavros has always been a decent singer but the growth in his vocal style is marked here when compared to this band’s debut - 2015’s Salvation Road - with the singing now a perfect marriage to the energetic rifftabular outbursts. From the mid-paced but fiery “Bird On A Wire” to the unsurprisingly Southern rock tinged “Southern Son” and from the beautiful clean guitars and infectious beats of the heartfelt “Too Long” to the considered “Sweet Rockin’ Mama”, the impact never once lessens and yet a lot of these tracks are cut from a more considered cloth where the intention isn’t to burn a trail of fret-fury but instead to pull at the heartstrings - albeit with vim and vigour. It’s an approach that really suits Super Vintage and when they have simply stunning numbers like “Brothers” up their sleeves to close this album out, then no wonder.

It would be unfair to call Shining Light an album that finds Super Vintage coming of age, after all, they’ve been an accomplished act since their inception. And yet, I can’t quite shake off the welcome feel that this band have matured here and in a most engaging fashion. Either way, Shining Light and Super Vintage are classic heavy - but maybe not as heavy as we might have expected - blues rock at its very best.

Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (October 2020)
 


Earthy rock that has a healing effect.

This company has now reached the fifth album and that although mastermind Stavros Papadopoulos only launched this formation less than ten years ago and is known to be active in dozens of other bands as well, and seems to be busy as a producer.

The good man is definitely not lacking in inspiration, nobody has doubts about his class as songwriter, guitarist and singer for years anyway. Therefore, the expectations of "Shining Light" are not exactly low, but the guy manages once more to easily pull the listener to his side. Provided, logically, that you have just as much for shirt-sleeved skirt of the dignified pace as for an unpretentious manner of presentation.

That's exactly what you can hear on "Shining Light". As was to be expected, the disc is shaped by the boss's casually plucked lead guitar and stylistically settled in almost all sub-genres of traditional rock. From earthy blues rock to the easy-going, fat southern groove in the tried and tested manner, Stavros once again has pretty much everything that the listener expects from him.

Compared to previous SUPER VINTAGE albums, however, some of the lyrics are a little more thoughtful this time. Since he wrote and recorded all of the numbers during the worldwide rampant Covid-19 pandemic, that should not necessarily cause surprise. On the contrary, one can only agree with his message of using the healing power of music in times like these. Tracks like 'Birds On A Wire', 'Southern Son', 'Lone Star Rider' or 'Bourbon Man' prove that without any ifs or buts!

Walter Scheurer / Power Metal Germany (September 2020)
 


Blues is the basis for earthy heavy rock and Super Vintage is heavy southern rock with blues in its veins. Typically American one would think. Far from it, the band comes from Greece. It may be that the Greeks are bon vivants, but at least they have a soul, just like the American South. The head of the band on guitar and mic has a name that I would give a Greek if I were to dig deep into the cliché box: Stavros Papadopoulos. But I am careful not to ridicule this awesome record. It's just too well made for that. If you were to draw heavy classic rock heaven in its most beautiful tones, it would sound like SHINING LIGHT. And that's meant as a compliment! With songs like “Take A Ride” or the stylistically completely different “Shining Light” you can hear the genes of a varied record, on which there is actually nothing to improve.

Ewald Funk / Classic Rock - Germany (September 2020)
 


The Greek band Super Vintage from Kavala was formed in 2012 under the name Hush 'N Rush. After the name change in 2014, the band consists since 2016, after several line-up changes, of: Stavros Papadopoulos - vocals, solo and acoustic guitar, slide guitar and keyboards, Panagiotis Zabourlis - rhythm guitar, Panagiotis Zabourlis - bass guitar and Chris Lagios - drums. Under the name Hush 'N Rush, the band self-released the mp3 albums "Kick Over The Traces" (2013) and the acoustic "Tales Never Told" (2014). After the name change followed the CDs "Salvation Road" (2015), "Rock N 'Roll For Your Soul" (Hush' N Rush compilation album, 2015), "Welcome To Mojo Land" (2016), "Destiny" (2018) and "Shining Light" (2020), all of which were released through Grooveyard Records.

Their latest album "Shining Light" contains 11 songs and starts with "Down The Road", in which the band plays a great mix of hard and blues rock, which has tempo changes and an infectious rhythm and this song is followed by "Birds On A Wire", a beautiful quiet rock song, which has a recurring rhythm and" Southern Son ", a wonderful mix of blues and hard rock in an average tempo, which has an infectious rhythm that encourages movement. This is followed by "Take A Ride", a fantastic swinging up-tempo Southern rock song with a recurring rhythm, where sitting still is not an option, the title song "Shining Light", a beautiful, quite calm, rock song with various tempo changes (listen to this song via the youtube link below the review) and "Too Long", an excellent Southern rock song, which is played at a not too fast tempo, which has an infectious danceable rhythm. In "Keep It Up" Super Vintage presents me with a delightful mix of hard and progressive blues rock, which swings like a train and sitting still is not possible, in "Lone Star Rider" I get a great up-tempo rock song. which has an infectious danceable rhythm and great guitar playing and in "Bourbon Man" the band lets me enjoy a great blues rock song, which is played at an average tempo and has a recurring rhythm, where it is difficult not to get moving. Further follow "Sweet Rockin 'Mama", also a nice song with Southern rock influences and "Brothers", a nice quiet song, which again has influences from the American Southern rock bands.

Super Vintage's "Shining Light" contains excellent varied songs, which sound nice and encourage you to dance, shuffle and swing like a train from time to time and I can heartily recommend this disc to fans of hard and blues rock, as well as Southern rock.

Carry Munter / New Underground Music Blog (Holland) (October 2020)
 


Hopefully, fans of old school hard rock have better track on suitable bands than I have. You see, in spite of this being the fifth album by Greek band SUPER VINTAGE, I did not know about them!

Sometimes they’re a cool mix of early albums by WHITESNAKE and DEEP PURPLE! The title track ”Shining Light” is one example. In other songs there are clear vibes of ZZ TOP, although maybe a hunch more hard rock. They also have a groove that I really like – check out ”Birds On A Wire” for example.

Lead vocalist STAVROS PAPADOPOULOS, also on excellent guitar, has a great voice for this type of music. Charismatic and slightly rusty, he fits right into the (sound) picture. Good stuff indeed!

Ola Gränshagen / Melodic Net (October 2020)
 


If there is one thing that can be said for sure, it is that the guitarist, keyboardist and singer Stavros Papadopoulos is the clear boss in the ring for the band Super Vintage. For their meanwhile fifth album, "Shining Light", he not only took over the positions mentioned above, but also the production and mixing. In other words, he was responsible for the entire recording process as well as the end product, and only the three other band members were involved in the project with regard to recording their instruments. Respect! Now the Greek hard rock band has taken a dangerous path, because when a person is so involved in an album, it can very quickly happen that they no longer see the forest for the trees. But no, not Stavros Papadopoulos, because what is presented with these eleven tracks is powerful, handmade, melodic and very good hard rock, which also drifts into southern rock.

This becomes particularly clear with (the title already suggests) "Southern Son", during which the Greeks sound very much like Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny Van Zant on the microphone and at the time of "The Last Rebel". So that's it, because on the one hand there are much worse reference bands, on the other hand, apart from the sound and vocals, the number comes across very independent and good. Funnily enough, the reviewer thinks he can make out clear allusions to the Allman Brothers Band in some guitar parts and (vocally) their "Midnight Rider" in the track "Take A Ride" that follows immediately. And yet the quartet manages to keep these tracks interesting and thus keep the listener interested. Papadopoulos has his instruments 100% under control and the other three musicians also deliver rock-solid rhythm work. For the title song, the acoustic is first unpacked until the lead parts and finally the entire band join in.

Sure, the southern Europeans already have it in their name. It's all very vintage, you've all heard the song structures and arrangements of combos from around the mid-seventies to the end of the nineties. So the wheel doesn't want to be reinvented in the first place, a fact that every listener can evaluate for himself. With "Too Long" it stays with the acoustic guitar and this piece also has a slight country touch. But whatever Super Vintage do, they do it well. Now one more thing for the ladies: "Sweet Rockin 'Mama" begins slowly, before shifting up two gears again and rocking hard. Very nice. The "Bourbon Man" drifts around the corner with fine slide guitar playing and remains relaxed on the one hand, and standing under a certain internal tension in the ring on the other until the last gong has sounded.

Anyone who likes hard and southern rock from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties and doesn't mind the fact that the old structures are held firmly to the fore will really enjoy "Shining Light" by Super Vintage. I would like to recommend the opening "Down The Road", "Sweet Rockin 'Mama", the hard-hitting "Lone Star Rider" and the very cool, groovy "Keep It Up" as a play. But actually it doesn't matter, as there is no filling material or emergency nail to be found here. So one can attest to Stavros Papadopoulos and his band a very good job and a top album that only has to deal with the already mentioned deductions in the B-note. Overall, the second half of the record is a lot quieter than the first, but that shouldn't be understood as a point of criticism. The pluses clearly predominate and there is actually hardly anything to complain about. Thumbs up!

Markus Kerren / Rock Times (Germany) (September 2020)
 


‘Shining Light’ by Super Vintage is the latest offering by Stavros Papadopoulos and Company. Truth be told, I have been following this guitar slinger from the beginning of his career, and so I’ve come to always expect excellence from him — he has delivered nothing short of guitar perfection from his earliest recordings. Each time I sit down to listen to him, he amazingly surpasses his prior effort. This CD is no exception (though it IS exceptional). I must say, these songs feel like they’ve been with me my entire life. They are familiar but unique: Varied blues-rock — both raunchy and delicate — with haunting melodies and profound lyrics, and of course incomparable guitar playing. All original, no filler, and not to be missed. Papadopoulos — You da man!

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (September 2020)
 




 


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