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The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman – Built to Last

When The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman debuted in the late 1980s, they were supposed to be a one-act concept. A group of friends assembled by Freeman for what was intended as a one-time project. Now, some 25 years later, The Rippingtons are still going strong with Built to Last (Peak/eOne, 2012).

This release delves into previously uncharged territory. Several tracks are composed like a film score with Freeman handling all orchestra and brass arrangements. Freeman also wrote all the songs, except “Cougars and Gigolos” and “Firefly,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Yaredt Leon.

The title song opens the set, much like the main title of a motion picture. The orchestrations get things going, then about a minute and a half into the piece, the rock band that is The Rippingtons steps in. Freeman gives credit to producer Andi Howard for keeping it intact, a suggestion that had this recording been done with the usual approach, a good bit of material would be left out.

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The Rippingtons – Built To Last

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman will release a new album entitled Built To Last on August 28, 2012. The album took 15 months to write and record.  The first single is “Cougars and Gigolos.” iTunes offers a “deluxe edition” with a bonus track and digital booklet. The range of music goes from orchestrated, widescreen epics, to lyrical, smooth ballads, and high energy, progressive jazz-rock.

Its their biggest, most ambitious album ever. The album contains 16 tracks with four bonus tracks and one reprise. Rippingtons leader Russ Freeman has challenged himself and his band mates to make an imaginative, hook-filled collection. The mix of music is enticing and sure to please fans and newcomers alike, and includes four bonus alternative versions with full orchestra, adding a further, neo-classical dimension to this career landmark.