January is coming! Prog Rock singer-songwriter Barry Weinberg is ready to launch his debut full-length release Samsarana. This personal achievement that’s been in the works for years packs 75 minutes on 15 songs. The full track listing and album art are announced this week.
With a full grasp of stunning emotions and superior dramatic compositions, the South Florida-based musician has certainly a lot to display on Samsarana. With two stylistically different singles being revealed so far, the album has all predispositions to be labeled as a multifaceted release.
“‘Samsarana’ is the story of a Creator creating a world to experience life only to find it was not exactly what was expected. The image on the cover, designed by German artists, Stefan Wewers and Nicole Unverrict, represents Creation. If you look closely in the sun, you can actually see music from the album. There is also a 13 page lyric booklet with an art piece created for each song by Stefan which will soon be available for download on our website.”
Samsarana could also be described as auto-biographical release, written by Weinberg who also performs all guitars, keyboards, bass and vocal parts on the record, with the exception of drums which were recorded by Glenn Welman in South Africa. The album was mixed and mastered at World Beat Group in Southwest Ranches, Florida by Jorge Guzman.
“The music of ‘Samsarana’ spoke to me from the very beginning, so the mixing process was very organic and straight forward. In every track, you’ll find something non-predictable. It does make it a very interesting album. Very solid vocals and guitar solos. The musical textures are very contrasting between them. And the flow of the album is very entertaining and dynamic.”
Samsarana Track Listing:
3. Welcome to My World
4. This Vicious Circle
5. Come Out and Play
6. Beyond the Astral Sky
7. Taking It All
8. Endless Sea
9. A Passage of Time
11. You Cannot Burn the Fire
12. Come My Way
13. The Way
About Barry Weinberg:
Barry Weinberg is a progressive rock musician and songwriter from South Florida producing conceptual albums through his production company, Dream Reality Productions. Crossing the boundaries of Rock, Folk, Blues, Heavy Metal, Jazz and Orchestral music, people have described his music as “Pink Floyd meets Rush with a Metallica twist.”
Starting at age 12 in the early ’80s, he bought his first guitar and started to teach himself listening to hard rock and heavy metal albums. Having always played by ear, he began writing music from the first moment he laid his hands on the strings. In his early 20’s, he studied music at the University of Florida, where he learned music theory, music reading and the fine art of classical guitar. With a unique style that bridges such stylings of Metallica, James Taylor, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Johann Sebastian Bach and Mozart, his music is greatly appreciated by his fans for its unique, eclectic sound.
In 2006, he wrote the score and soundtrack for the documentary film Florida Crackers: The Cowboys and Cattlemen of Florida. In this project, he wrote 18 songs exploring the genres of blues, country and bluegrass. Florida Crackers is available on DVD, CD and mp3 on Amazon.com and iTunes.
His most recent project is his new Progressive Rock concept album Samsarana, a musical journey which spans from the moment of the Big Bang to the Spiritual Awakening of Man. Written as a musical novel, with each song a chapter in the story, “Samsarana” explores the polarity of life… Birth and Death, Light and Dark, Good and Evil, Disillusionment and Enlightment. It tells a powerful human story of life’s challenges, redemption and self-actualization that all listeners will relate to and be inspired by. Circular in nature, the end of the album is its beginning and the last two songs hold a “twist” which will be remembered with the likes of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime.
Inspired by the progressive rock and metal bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, he strives to create music with depth and meaning that takes the listener on a musical journey – producing albums that you could listen through in their entirety with headphones over and over again, having a new experience with each listen. It is with this intention that he wrote „Samsarana“ for his fans and the World!
Besides music, Barry’s other passion is Healing and Personal Growth. Also known as Dr Barry, he has been practicing chiropractic in his Wellness Center, A Place for Healing, for almost 25 years, specializing in Network Spinal Analysis, a process that „re-tunes“ the nervous system for people to reach their optimum health potential.
He is also the author of two books, A Clear Path to Healing and To Face a Dragon.
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