Review by Gregory "The Poet" Schwartz

February 22, 2023

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Colossal Street Jam

No Way To Live

Eleven Songs (forty minutes)

Gene Potts: Vocals.

Sal Marra: Guitar and Vocals.

Anthony Flora: Bass.

Dave Halpern: Drums and Percussion.

Eric Safka: Hammond B3, Piano and Fender Rhodes.

Start hard, dive right in, find your place and stand your ground.

No Way to Live

The opening track, and namesake of this eleven song collection Is the newest offering from the well known band “Colossal Street Jam.”

Throughout the next ten songs the listener is empowered with a belief in self-resilience. A love of daily life and an earful of sincerely driven Rock and Roll.

There are some familiar sounds wrapped within this collection. One could hear iconic bands as The Eurythmics, Pearl Jam, U2 or Grand Funk Railroad.

If the listener deems that necessary.

This reviewer recommends ignoring those outlines

And let the music take you into their sound.

Knowing this is a live working band, living for each performance.

These songs are a calling.

Inviting you to join in on a live “CSJ” jam.

The promise of a guarantee that fills any room with heart and soul. Moving the audience ever forward throughout an atmosphere of understanding,

When real music is done properly by a group of professional musicians

It’s an undeniable experience in being.

A full on recording of tight songs, grounded in maturity and voice.

Colossal Street Jam, “CSJ” is a true American Rock and Roll band.

It’s a good feeling to know these are our neighborhood musicians.

There’s Nothing Like Rock and Roll.


Liner Notes: Data Base: Inside Information.

Engineered, Produced and Mixed by Tony Lewis/HiVoltage Music/Ear Jack Records - Shrewsbury, NJ

Additional Drums/Percussion by Anthony Flora

Additional Musicians on “Look It Here”:

Mad Men Horns - arranged by Roland Smeets and Greg Torunski, recorded at Hometown Studios, Grevenbicht, Netherlands

Background Vocals – Des Spinks (Des and The Swagmatics)

Additional Musicians on "Dancing in Place":

Anthony Krizan - Guitar (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz, John Waite)

Additional Musicians on "Songbird - Reprise":

All Strings by Lorenza Ponce (Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, Hall & Oates, Bon Jovi)

"The song ‘No Way to Live’ was written before everything around the world really went south. The lyrics matched the time that was about to confront us, and then the whole album kind of took that theme. We wrote about anxiety, depression, the state of people’s well-being, relationships when you’re stuck together, and also the effect of social media and media on our lives. It is not a concept album, but it kind of took that shape. We are beyond proud of what we have written."

~Colossal Street Jam



Thursday, February 23 @ 7:00PM

Colossal Street Jam w/ The Winery Dogs

Sayreville, NJ

Saturday, February 25 @ 7:00PM

Colossal Street Jam/Anthony Krizan Band/ Resurexxtion 

Dunellen, NJ

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