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Circus Hero

Andy Summers, Circa ZeroAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B00I1XYE6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Legendary guitarist with The Police, fiercely iconoclastic composer and songwriter Andy Summers has teamed up with singer songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist producer Rob Giles (The Rescues) to form Circa Zero a band poised to blow people away with its unique brand of rock and roll intensity. Taking full advantage of an immediate musical chemistry, Circa Zero recorded their debut album Circus Hero at Summers studio Bowl of Cherries in Venice, CA. Co-produced by Summers and Giles, Circus Hero is an exhilarating musical ride created by musicians dead set on launching a long term vibrant endeavor.

Fresh off The Police reunion tour, Summers was intent on remaining in the rock world after years of pushing the boundaries with his solo projects. The two-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was energized to record again and his search for a musical cohort ended when he discovered Rob Giles performing with his band The Rescues at the Troubadour. Circa Zero is an exciting new chapter for both of them the name referring to both starting with a blank musical slate to create a wholly unique sound, a sound with few if any ties to the past. "It's an uncategorizable rock record, built around great songs that we are both extremely proud of, stated Giles.

Says Summers: From the start, we were on the same team going all the same places together. That kind of feeling is very rare. I had it with Sting but there s been no one else since then, so it s very magical when it happens. This is that thing.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! April 1, 2014
By Lem
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I've been waiting since the Police broke up for Andy to have a project I could really get into. I never could take to his past solo or collaboration projects. That is, until now. It has all Andy's trademark atmospheric guitar sounds and fills, combined/ amped up with layers of rock guitar sound that I wasn't expecting. Rob Giles' vocals and playing are excellent and every song is great. The guitar on "Whenever You Hear the Rain" is immediately recognizable. "Hot Camel" is groove funky as hell. "Levitation" and "The Story Ends Here" are currently my two favorite tracks.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The RajMan (Fan) Review March 27, 2014
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Where was this Andy Summers 27 years earlier? This is organic, living, breathing rock music. The Andy Summers of 1987 and the Andy Summers of 2014 sound like two completely different musicians.

On the debut album from his new rock group, the 71-year-old Summers shows the young'uns how it's done - and how it should have been done for the last couple of decades, since the guitar master was busy doing things that most rock musicians couldn't dream or hope of doing.

This time, Summers lays it on really thick with his guitars and wisely leaves the singing to his new songwriting partner Rob Giles, a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the indie rock band The Rescues. Not only does Giles provide dynamite, powerhouse vocals, but he also does a standout job on bass and drums, sometimes sounding like Sting and Stewart Copeland on those instruments on certain songs. Dan Epand also handles the sticks masterfully on three tracks.

The resulting sound is an exhilarating mix of musical styles (The Police, Yes, U2, `80s rock, modern rock, even Eric Johnson) that make up a compelling package, and Summers has the chords, licks, and riffs and Giles has the voice to really sell it, especially on numbers such as "Levitation," "Underground," "No Highway," and "Whenever You Hear the Rain." Other highlights include "Say Goodnight," "Gamma Ray," "Summer Lies," and "Light the Fuse & Run." My personal favorites aside, the whole album is flawless from beginning to end.

There's no telling how long Summers can keep going (based on now, he can seemingly go on forever). Hopefully, he can get at least three to five records out of this deal.

As for Giles, based on this album, he deserves a long-lasting and successful high-profile career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new band June 12, 2014
By Robbo
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I had been keeping an eye on this combination via the internet, and finally heard the album on an international flight. Amazing; it was way more rocking that I had thought it would be. There some really good songs on here, with a great strong starter in Levitation. Personally I also like Night Time Travellers, Shoot Out the Stars and Whenever You Hear the Rain (the last one having a great guitar line that echos Every Breath). The absolute standout feature is Andy's guitar playing; it's clean, original and SO good to hear in a rock context again. Will be an interesting band to watch develop over the next couple of years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I've been waiting for! June 16, 2014
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This is an absolutely brilliant piece of work: well written power pop/rock chock full of the imaginative guitar riffs we hope/expect from Andy Summers. I agree with the other reviewers mentioning Police/U2/Yes references, but I also hear Shins & FOW in there too. Rob GIles is an amazing find too; great player & he knows how to write some big catchy hooks! I'm actually glad that Sting didn't get a hold of these song ideas & castrate them into the neutered vision of music he seeks nowadays. I had no idea this band even existed until I read the Andy Summers interview in the Jul/14 issue of Guitar Player magazine. Based on this find alone, I will continue my subscription; thanks GP for spotlighting this gem! I sure do miss the days of hearing stuff like this on the radio (I'm old enough to remember when the Police owned the radio & MTV). I hate writing reviews but I would love to see this band/cd get the attention I feel it deserves; this is my summer jam!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge May 21, 2014
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Summers (I think) made the Police the Police - not that those other two guys weren't pretty good as well. He has a unique sense of harmony, uses some really gnarly chord structures, and delivers the package with razor sharp execution. Post Police I pretty much lost track of him, aside from reading his bio - an interesting and well done book - and listening to a few of his independent projects like World Gone Strange, which was quite a while ago - 1991. These indie projects had some great songs, but seemed to drift more in a cerebral than gut-level direction; then again, for a guy who likes to play Bartok violin concertos on guitar with Fripp "for fun" is definitely not a lightweight musician. At any rate, Summers comes roaring back as a rocker in this album that has a vibe somewhat like U2 meets Cold Play in a big room with a fair amount of reverb. For guitar junkies like me this is a fiesta with a wide range of pedals used very well, especially the good old wah on a few tracks. There are a bunch of really hypnotic riffs in the album, Shoot Out the Stars being one, and one I've yet to figure out how to play - sounds simple, it ain't. Rob Giles' singing propels this album along like a freight train; he and Summers make a great combination and hope to hear more from them in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the World of Circa Zero
I`ve been a fan of Andy Summers, since he played the guitar with The Police. He made The Police what it was: a thick-layered new wave band that provided some brilliant... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ivan Howe The Great
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Dig Summers guitar tones
Excellent. Dig Summers guitar tones. I've gotten most of his solo work and this is a totally different project and cool fusion of his experience.
Published 1 month ago by mauijet
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit hard to take, but if you're a ...
A bit hard to take, but if you're a fan of Andy Summers, it's surely worth it!! Rob Giles has a decent voice and the material was written by both Giles and Summers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael J. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great set of tunes. Loving it.
Published 2 months ago by David Perrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces coming back together
Normally I write long, adjective-laden reviews extolling this or panning that but...

Wee! It's so fun to have Andy back on rock tracks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Koslowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok venture
Was excited about this project, but the songs were just ok. I know music is very personal and there is a lot of hard work and passion in this. It just wasn't for me.
Published 4 months ago by K Silvers
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock Album of 2014
Just start playing the CD and let it play. It's great from the first song. If there's a Grammy Award for the "Find of the Year," it has to be given to Rob Giles. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Caesar Darias
5.0 out of 5 stars summers and giles ... well done.
These guy's are ... great! Musically it's it's too cool for school and the vocals are excellent ... the songs are strong and well crafted. Love the album.
Published 4 months ago by TonyTelecaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy the Hero
Sting! Just listen to it and see what you are missing by not playing with Andy. What a great The Police album it would have been
Published 4 months ago by Zorges
4.0 out of 5 stars More twists and turns than the Houston Toll roads........
Andy and Rob string together some of the freshest, 80-esque Rock music since .....well, since the Police....and JUST AS ARRESTING! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bluesriff
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