Underground Radio is a modern rock opera by The Electric Buddha Band composed and recorded as an homage to classic '70s rock. It's like spinning your car radio dial late at night and hearing a strange mix of rock, blues, new wave and punk songs you've never heard before. It's discovering some long lost bootleg LP in a bargain bin and spinning the vinyl until the grooves wear through to the other side and you wake up in an alternate universe where Roger Waters and David Gilmour still get along, the Clash are playing at the Fillmore East, and Jim Morrison is headlining summer festivals.

Underground Radio was inspired by the music of The Pretty Things, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Crack The Sky, The Who, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam, The Stranglers, The Cynics, Television, Brainpool, The Grateful Dead, Tom Robinson, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, U2, Booker T & The MGs, The Staple Singers and everything else I've listened to since 1974. It's all free to listen to, download and re-use.

Remastered Album 

I've long felt that while Underground Radio was well mixed, it wasn't well mastered. In fact, it wasn't mastered at all. Mastering is a separate phase of production during which a talented engineer listens to your album and makes adjustments to the overall sound, as opposed to the individual tracks.

It turns out that at least some of the mastering process can be automated through the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and other buzzwords. So I used a nifty automatic service called LANDR. I think the songs came out punchier and louder. You can listen to the remastered songs here at rock-opera.com, over at SoundCloud or download them from Box.

All of this was done in advance of preparing the music to be distributed digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Pandora, Google Play etc. I will be using CD Baby for distribution once I finish reviewing these. 

More Rock Opera Reviews 

For rock opera fans, I've added several reviews of important rock operas including Styx's band-destroying Kilroy Was Here, Wishbone Ash's concept album Argus, Klaatu's Hope, Joe's Garage, Tommy, SF Sorrow, Brainpool Junk, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and more.

Styx's Kilroy Was Here came after a succession of four multi-platinum albums including their first #1 album Paradise Theater. While Kilroy Was Here is not awful, it failed to live up to expectations and created a rift in the band that never really mended. Still it gave birth to the goofy hit Mr Roboto and has a couple of other quite good songs. Check out the full story under More Rock Operas. If you've got other rock operas you'd like to see reviewed, let me know!

Libretto Now Available 

You can order the Libretto directly from Amazon for an introductory price of just $5.95. It's the size of a high-quality indie comic book with 45 pages including more than 20 original b&w illustrations. It also has all of the lyrics, song notes, a summary of the story and background on the project.

You can also download the full color PDF version from Box.

Bonus Instrumentals Now Available! 


There are five bonus instrumental tracks. You can listen and download tracks individually from Soundcloud.

You can download a ZIP file of MP3s from Box

Feel free to share these files however you like as it's all published under a Creative Commons open source license.