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A Sound Review 3-31-10

For any fan of Charlie Farren, the new Retrospective Live At The Regent Theatre DVD/CD package is truly a gem, as many of his past musical friends gathered together on this night to celebrate Charlie's rich musical legacy.

This included the members of Balloon, Beatlejuice and of course, Farrenheit. Also along for the ride were special guests Candy O'Terry and Alizon Lissance.

Charlie begins this night though, as a stand alone - just Charlie and his guitar - for "Nobody's Somebody," co-written with old friend Barry Goudreau of Boston fame and then the Farrenheit favorite "Impossible World."

Special guest Alizon Lissance then joined Charlie for a little ambiance, creating an old-world atmosphere with her subtle accordion accents on "Old & Young", the title track of Charlie's 2006 solo release.

Next up to join Farren were his old friends from Beatlejuice - a great band featuring David Mitchell on guitar, Steve Baker on keyboards, Joe Holaday on bass and John Muzzy ("Muzz") on drums - to perform "Love Street", (for which Mitchell's guitar solo is smoking) "Deja Blue" and the down-and-bluesy "Whose Going To Carry You Home?".

From there it was back to the solo entity for an acoustic version ("and less angry than the original") of the old Balloon song "Afraid To Fly,"

Charlie next invited on stage, said Balloon, his first significant band which enjoyed regional success and radio air play in Boston, featuring Ken Kalayjian on guitar, Joe Black on bass and Bob Sutton on drums.

Balloon proceeded to plow through the powerful "Too Far Gone" and "Lies, Lies, Lies," before contrasting into the ballad "Woman In My Life," which Farren also recorded for his aforementioned Old & Young solo release.

30 years gone by, Balloon can still cook it up together as if they never stopped, while Kalayjian unleashes a couple of blistering guitar solos.

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