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Fire Wind

1 Nov 2006 | Format: MP3

7.49 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 1 Nov 2006
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Steamhammer, a division of SPV GmbH
  • Total Length: 53:09
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  • ASIN: B00261LH4E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,934 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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By reggie on 6 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
my mate lent me this on lp years ago. loved it. had to get it on cd for this price. still rate it. guitar solos are nowhere to be found in todays music. this makes me sad. so back we go.
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Ulrich Roth At The Height Of His Powers 6 Oct 2005
By 317 East 32nd - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Fire Wind has been released at least three times on CD over the years. I own a double-disc set of Earthquake and Fire Wind, but two weeks ago a friend and I got into a discussion about Roth, and afterward my friend played this particular reissue.

I was disappointed to find that, once again, the opening track, "Cast Away Your Chains" has had half of two different verses edited out as compared to the original Brain vinyl release. As far as I can tell, there are no other edits anywhere else on the disc. Perhaps the edited version now in circulation was intended for potential release as a single back in '80.

If you're already a fan of Electric Sun and looking for a good CD version of Fire Wind, I can assure you the mastering on this CD is excellent, and you will not be disappointed. If perhaps you're not familiar with the material but you've heard good things about Uli Roth's incredible guitar playing, and you're purchasing this out of curiosity, you certainly won't find anything to complain about from an instrumental standpoint. Just beware: Ulrich Roth's singing voice is, shall we say, an acquired taste. Roth once said in an interview, "A lot of people have had a go at my voice, not liking it in the least" (Kerrang)... but people generally don't buy Electric Sun or Uli Jon records for the singing anyway. Additionally, my friend and I agreed that this music just wouldn't sound "right" if a "trained" rock vocalist had participated. Roth's voice isn't unbearable, but in this day and age, be prepared to have your friends ask you to play a different CD...

U. Roth's considerable technical prowess and melodic inventiveness have been well-documented over the years. What Fire Wind displays above all other releases with which he's been associated is his complete mastery of the wah pedal tweak. There has never been another rock guitarist who has used the effect more subtly or effectively. Roth is constantly using the device to shape tones during his solos, multi-tracked unison lines, etc. He's only moving the pedal in small increments, but it's never arbitrary, and always with the intention of making the guitar sing, speak, cry in just the right way to further the emotional content of the melody.

As the previous reviewer has indicated, each solo is a gem in its own right, but you could spend a year just marveling at the nuances in the densely layered backing tracks. The amount of thought and dedication put into these recordings is staggering. From a technical standpoint, this release is quite a testament to the producer(s), engineers, tape-ops, right on down to the guy who fetched the tea and biscuits. Everything is miked just right and the clarity of the production is remarkable, given the complexity of the tracks. One can't help but wonder what the reaction of the crew was on the first day vocal tracks were cut. Definitely "moustache on the Mona Lisa" time...

Fire Wind features some of the best hard rock guitar ever recorded. It's also one othe most "intelligent" hard rock records available. Lyrically, it can get a little cosmic in places, and "Chaplin & I" could almost be considered camp, although I'm certain that was not the intention. In places, bassist Ule Ritgen really shines in his role. But it really is all about the compositions and the guitar playing. Soaring. Majestic. Inspired. Flawlessly performed. One would be hard-pressed to find an instance where the substitution of even one or two notes would result in an improvement.

Yngwie Malmsteen copped 100 percent of his wardrobe, stage antics and haircut from Ritchie Blackmore, and about 85 percent of his playing style from Ulrich Roth. But he can't hold a candle to Roth in the "emotion" department. Buy this disc and hear for yourself.
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