Category Archives: Mospeada

Review: Michael Bradley’s “Lonely Soldier Boy” CD

After I found the video of Michael Bradley’s live performance of “Lonely Soldier Boy” on YouTube, I searched the ‘net, and found that he has his own Web site, and he sells a CD with a collection of his songs:

http://michaelbradleymusic.com/fr_index.cfm

This CD comes with 11 tracks, including 3 bonus tracks.

"Lonely Soldier Boy" CD and front cover insert

"Lonely Soldier Boy" CD and front cover insert

  1. In My Heart
  2. It Don’t Get Any Better
  3. Lonely Soldier Boy
  4. Flower of Life
  5. Underground
  6. The Way To Love
  7. We Will Win
  8. Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling
  9. Lonely Soldier Boy demo
  10. It Don’t Get Any Better demo
  11. Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling demo
"Lonely Soldier Boy" Back Cover

"Lonely Soldier Boy" Back Cover (that bright spot is on the CD, and isn't my camera's flash)

The front cover insert has lyrics for six of the songs!

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Michael explains, “The last three tracks of this CD are the original demos of Lonely Soldier Boy, It Don’t Get Any Better, and Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling.  These are the recordings that were played for music supervisor Thomas White and producer Carl Macek before they approved the songs to be included in the television series, ROBOTECH.  Please excuse the recording quality.  These are RAW demos recorded in my spare bedroom in Van Nuys, California in 1985 on a small 8-track recorder.  Once the songs were approved, we re-recorded them on a large 8-track recorder in someone else’s spare bedroom in Chatsworth, California.  Those were the recordings that were heard in the show…THESE are not!  Now you know why.”

So I’m slightly confused by this explanation–how come Michael couldn’t get the recordings from Robotech, especially since these songs are copyrighted by Harmony Gold Music?  Because these aren’t the recordings from Robotech, I was slightly disappointed.  But it’s great to have these songs on a CD!

“Flower of Life” has the music that I think was used for the background music in the 3rd series in Robotech, when we see scenes inside the Invid hive.

By far, my favorites on this CD are “Lonely Soldier Boy”, “We Will Win”, and “Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling”.

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Genesis Climber Mospeada: Complete Art Works

Today, we’re looking at an artwork book on the third series in the Robotech TV series, Genesis Climber Mospeada!  This is my second favorite of the three series, because it reminds me of the movie, Red Dawn, where the main group of characters are trying to survive even though their homeland has been invaded.  I am also drawn to Mospeada because of the transformable motorcycles called cyclones, and the fighter plane mecha, the alpha and beta fighters!

Mospeada Complete Art Works:  Front Cover

Mospeada Complete Art Works: Front Cover

Mospeada Complete Art Works:  Back Cover

Mospeada Complete Art Works: Back Cover

This is a softcover book, with 155 pages of Mospeada goodness!  There are mecha drawings:

Color drawings of the alpha fighter and Invid

Color drawings of the alpha fighter and Invid

There are pictures of actual toys!

The Red Alpha and Beta Fighter ("Legioss and Tread")

The Red Alpha and Beta Fighter ("Legioss and Tread")

And pictures of the 1/10 Beagle cyclones:

Cyclone toys made by Beagle, 1/10th scale

Cyclone toys made by Beagle, 1/10th scale

Finally, if you like looking at pencil sketches, there are plenty!

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I especially like the following one, because it shows how an Invid fits inside its shock-trooper armor:

The Invid pilot looks immersed in goop in the cockpit!

The Invid pilot looks immersed in goop in the cockpit!

Here are some character sketches of Scott Bernard and Rand:

Scott and Rand

Scott and Rand

Finally, this book has some really nice sketches of the sets and characters from each episode!

Sketches from episode set in Denver (remember the underground city?)

Sketches from episode set in Denver (remember the underground city?)

Michael Bradley sang Lancer’s songs.  Here’s a tribute to Lancer’s song, “Lonely Soldier Boy”!  Someone recorded this live performance!  Enjoy!!