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  • Audio CD (7 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elevate
  • ASIN: B00CEJ2ARQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This has a definite Kansas influence and sound. It also has a Mastedon sound - thanks to John Elefante's vocals. This album seems to follow on from the last Mastedon album. It opens with my new favourite John Elefante song - a big production number with a song that could have been on the next Kansas studio album. The quality is maintained all the way through the album.
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I have two of JE's previous albums (Corridors and Defying Gravity) and have liked both of them for their composition and for John's voice plus backing vocal harmonies. However I felt that many of the songs would have been stronger with a greater level of influence from his background in Kansas (who I have long appreciated). Well, it seems my wait is over with 'On My Way To The Sun'!! This is. for the most part, an honest-to-goodness Christian-themed melodic/progressive rock album. There are loads of gems scattered throughout the album's 10 tracks that appeal to my prog sensibilities. Standout tracks for me are 'Where Have The Old Days Gone', 'The Awakening' (great guitar soloing near the end) and, above all the 11-minute epic 'This Is How The Story Goes' with its changing tempos and moods and its amazing guitar and violin passages from old Kansas colleagues Rich Williams and David Ragsdale (respectively). This really rocks!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5d03f0) out of 5 stars Bright Shine 8 May 2013
By Glenn O. Kirms - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'On My Way to the Sun' is John's follow-up to 'Revolution of Mind' released back in 2009 carrying the Mastedon name also from back in his earlier days. As one reviewer already noted this was fan funded by Kickstarter which I was proudly a contributor. The cd kicks off with the 11 minute epic "This is How the Story Goes" which guest stars Richard Williams and David Ragsdale, both from Kansas. It definitely shows as during the course of the song I really thought I was listening to Kansas and for those out there that wish there would be new Kansas tunes at some point, this might be the closest thing that you might get. From there, the balance of the album is your typical rock oriented tunes with the classic Elefante trademark and to the point lyrics all focusing on what this album is all about. Is this album better than 'Revolution of Mind'? Not sure. For me, personally, I like 'Revolution of Mind' a touch better because it just had a harder edge and as much as I was anticipating the 11 minute song (which I knew would be on this album early on) I'm not sure if measures up to "One Day Down by the Lake" off his previous effort which is just an outstanding song, and to be honest, would be hard to top. Not taking anything away from the album here, it's still a very solid effort on John's part and for those Christian artists out there in the mainstream that think they measure up to John, fat chance. Over the years, John's voice has definitely gotten better and stronger and it would be really cool if the members of Kansas could actually sit down and write an album and have John sing lead. I think today, John would blow away anything he did in the albums 'Vinyl Confessions' and 'Drastic Measures' while he was with Kansas back in the eighties. This is a great album and although I might differ on my personal preference from his last album to this one, it's still a much welcomed release and a breath of fresh air in a market that desperately needs it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5d0540) out of 5 stars John's greatest album to date 1 Jun. 2013
By Kevin Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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This is John's greatest album to date and may even exceed the exceptionally produced "Revolution of Mind" he did a few years ago with his previous band Mastedon. It was really interesting that he chose to put it out by raising money through the Kickstarter online program. With the level of talent he has and the talented people he has around him, I don't think he would have any problem putting out such a quality product with any record company. Maybe he decided he wanted to give the fans something more than just another great album. He should definitely be nominated for a Grammy (not that he is seeking that at all).
This album harkens back to music they really don't produce any more. You would have to go back to the great bands of the late 70's and 80's like Yes, Kansas, Styx, Queen, and Journey. It definitely has its own sound, but you can definitely hear those influences throughout this timeless masterpiece.
Pick up your own copy and enjoy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5d0c3c) out of 5 stars Listen to the entire album 3 times!!! 12 May 2013
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
I don't know what it is about John Elefante's music, but the first listen always has me thinking, it's pretty good. The second listen has me thinking, this is really good. And the third time listening I think, "How did I ever live without this album". There is a very strange affection and connection that occurs when listening to a John song. It bores straight into your heart and let's you connect to a truth beyond words. It doesn't make sense but it's sooo real and easy to relate to. If at first the songs seem a little disjointed and forced, listen 2 more times!!!! Don't sell yourself short. This album is nothing short of inspired and brilliant. Oh, and for the Kansas connection, this simply blows the Kansas days away (And I'm a huge Kansas, Streets, AD, Livgren, Pack fan.)

I was driving highway one on a perfect day
I couldn't find a bad song even if I tried
Filled up with myself no do or die
I didn't need anyone or a reason why

Cause lately life's been good to me
I think I found the key to what it's all about
And lately I have everything I need
But Im starting to bleed on the inside

Oh but how long can I wear this face
As the world runs dry and I'm thirsty
Oh this is not at all a dream come true
Just an ordinary guy playing make believe

If it's all right but everything's wrong
Then why can't I seem to find my way home
The fields have all dried up so desperate for rain
No wonder why the harvest never came

A knock on my door this time I'm answering
I've waited to long to put a crown on my king
This time it's everything
On my way to the sun

For 47 years I had it all figured out
Build my castles on an island there was never any doubt
But little did I know it would crumble in the sand
I'd be rescued from myself and be a better man

Lately life's been good to me
I finally found the key to what it's all about
This is a life that's truly turned around
This is no make believe

If it's all right but everything's wrong
Then why can't I seem to find my way home
The fields have all dried up so desperate for rain
No wonder why the harvest never came

A knock on my door this time I'm answering
I've waited to long to put a crown on my king
This time it's everything
On my way to the sun
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Zachary - Published on Amazon.com
John's voice hasn't deteriorated in the slightest - his vocals are rich and soaring, with lush harmonies and guitars that hearken back to the glory days of classic Christian rock. And his songwriting... man, this boy doesn't mince words. From the first track to the last, John's passionate lyrics cut home and put the vast majority of "Christian Contemporary Music" to a sorry shame. None of this pandering ambiguity in the name of "art" or "maturity" - John tells it like it is and doesn't leave any room for doubt. And all with a mastery that leaves many self-professed "artists" in the proverbial dust.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a5d0c48) out of 5 stars The best work of an incredible career 13 July 2013
By Brian H. Galloway - Published on Amazon.com
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The new John Elefante album, 'On My Way to the Sun,' was the first Kickstarter project I pledged to last year. It was hard to wait the almost-12 months for the project to come to fruition, but the occasional rough mixes he made available during that time made it clear this would be something special. When he set up an online listening party for pledgers a month before the release, I completely abandoned my domestic duties to listen to it in its entirety (much to my wife's irritation).

While I was listening to it, I took some notes for each track:

#1: Oh my. "This is How the Story Goes" is an 11-minute prog epic. What a kickoff!

#2: "Where Have the Old Days Gone." Barnstorming rocker w/a ripping guitar solo. Hardest rocking solo song I've heard from John Elefante.

#3 "On My Way to the Sun" (title track). Nice mid-tempo rocker. John sounds incredible. I don't think he's lost any range at all.

#4 "All I Have to Do." Upbeat rocker. I'm noticing a trend, and I like it! Very nice outro guitar solo.

#5 "The Awakening." A rocking worship song. Angelic voices? Just listen to John harmonize w/himself. Cool bass playing.

#6 "Half the Way Home" is a head-bobbin' foot-stomper. John really gives his pipes a workout. Another winner. If I had half the range he has, I'd have twice the range I have now.

#7 "We All Fall Short" slows things down a bit. Encouraging song about God's love for us in spite of our shortcomings.

#8 "Don't Hide Away" brings back the rock. Nice groove with a good driving beat. More cool guitar work during the outro.

#9 "This Time" is a beautiful, powerful song about the value of life. More amazing vocals.

#10 "Confess" closes the album on an amazing, worshipful note. Very, very nice. And, of course, John sounds great.

Conclusion: 'On My Way to the Sun' is an amazing album.

Now, a few months after having the CD in my possession, I have to say that my initial reactions in my notes have not changed. This is a great album that is in no way hampered by its lack of major label involvement. If anything, its independent nature allowed John the freedom to truly make the album he wanted to make it, and it's a stunner. Plus, his 30 years of experience behind the boards ensure that the sound is big and full and extremely professional. John's production and the mixing by James Joseph, JR McNeely, and Sam Nicoletta are flawless. Another plus: no loudness war. Thanks to the mastering by Brad Bradshaw, the music on here is allowed to ebb and flow with all the dynamics it deserves.

A quick note about the musicians.

Dan Needham returns on the drums, and lays down a solid foundation. He's never flashy (although he could be) but instead provides just what each song needs.

Dave Cleveland on guitar is new to me, but I'm very impressed with what he does on this album, particularly his solos.

Matthew Pearson on bass is also new to me, but he also impressed me. He hits some wonderful grooves and locks in with Needham's drums very well. Even the slower songs have an added sense of urgency to them because of his smooth playing.

Finally, two very special guests on "This is How the Story Goes," Rich Williams and David Ragsdale from Kansas. Since Kansas isn't producing new material anymore, they show that they still have the stuff, and it's great to hear them let loose on a song that isn't at least 30 years old.

So, bottom line: if you like John Elefante's solo work, his work with Mastedon, or his work with Kansas, buy this album. If you like straight up rock and roll with gorgeous melodies and great guitar, buy this album. I hope John continues to put out new music in the future, but if this ends up being his swan song, I can't think of a better one.
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