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Michael Lee Firkins [Import]

Michael Lee Firkins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • ASIN: B000001070
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut! 29 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a full-time guitar teacher in the UK, I was knocked out when I first heard this CD. Michael Lee Firkins effortlessly combines blues, country and rock styles in a uniquely original and individual way and with a maturity that belies his age at the time. Although capable of serious shredding, it never interferes with the harmonic sensibility of any of the tunes. For anybody interested in stunning modern guitar playing I have just two words of advice - buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Moly!! the most undiscovered legend ever 3 Aug 2006
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
I too am a full time guitar tutor, I thought I'd heard it all, I have always said that satch is the tastiest (not the fastest) guitarist ever, but boy is this dude good...did I say good?...i mean absoloutly awesome!!! phenominal...i don't know how i aint heard of him b4/??? it's hard to describe his style, but he manages to play very tasty licks and phrases and sneek a bit of shred in there without it sounding like shred music?? i hope that makes sense? he's totally unique...the closest player to his style is blues saraceno, but firkins is way better......no disrespect blues..you rock too...

just but thge dam cd,... you'll not be dissapointed....i gurantee you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for all guitar lovers! 30 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would recommend this album to anyone who appreciates good guitar work! I think this was MLF's best solo album, it's my favourite instrumental album ever! Really shows off his talent! I discovered this guy through some of Jason Becker's work, it really doesn't disappoint. MLF is up there with the likes of Vai and Satriani. A great buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fingerlickingly Good 15 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD shows clearly what Michael Lee Firkins is made of, which is an exceptionally gifted guitar player with a fabulous fingertechnique. Furthermore, he also shows that he is able to play an amazing variety of styles of music. He knows how to write songs that will leave you breathless after first time listening and will keep on lingering in your brain forever. A must for anyone who likes guitar music. By the way, this CD is totally free of long winding, egotripping guitar solos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mother of all guitar albums 19 Jan 2006
By Futsal Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are so many stupidly superb guitarists out there who have cut shred-a-thons that the genre can easily become a bit of a caricature of itself, and doubtless many fans will come here looking for the same.

But this is the album that rises way above that genre. Sixteen years after its release it stills sounds fresh and vibrant because Firkins made a mini-epic of each track. Not only is each tune a rollercoaster ride, but the solo has also been painstakingly put together so that there is each and every time a firey climax guaranteed to give goosebumps.

Essential six-string listening...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collective piece of work.... 18 Jan 2001
By fosgood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first songs from this CD when I was at the Planetarium in L.A. "The Sargasso Sea" came over the sound system and I had to ask the guy what this was. I went out and bought it immediately and turned it on to all of my guitar worshiping friends. This is really good music for both musicians and non-musicians as well. His other albums are good, but this one will always be my favorite. You should buy this for any guitar players that you know, they would really wear it out.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing 13 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
He is with out a doubt one of the few great players to survive the guitar hero dynasty of the 80's. This being his first CD is stellar and still holds up today 9 years later. This is clearly a must have for any guitar player. Check out his hot lick video as well.....mind bogglin!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man with three right hands 14 April 2005
By Jazzcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the title of the first article I read about Michael in the eighties. It was in the Guitar Player magazine. I tought "three right hands"? What are they meaning? So I read on and I discovered that they meant that Michael could use his right hand with a dexterity so high that you can think he had three hands going on on the guitar's body (left hand is on the neck). This happens because Michael is able to use the pick, the fingers and the whammy bar at the same time wih his right hand generating an incredible array of sounds, great slide effects and incredibly clean shred chops. Later on I did buy his first record, this one (and more later I did buy every album he recorded). When I listened to it for the first time I was immediatly floored. His sound and his music, his compositions floored me more than his technique, which by the way is outstanding. This album after so many years remains one of the ones I love the most in the genre considering it instrumental guitar music. Michael's music is a blend of south blues rock oriented music mixed with shred techniques and solos. The intensity he is able to build as a player is unbelievable. His sound is fantastic, he can play magnificiently with his right hand but also with the pick and be incredibly clean in distorted scales, arpeggios and licks. But what I really want to say to you is that Michael is fantastic more than everything else as a songwriter (and this statement means a lot in the case of a technician of the Michael's stature believe me). His music is not a futile display of virtuosity. His albums are about music, compositions, something you can't say of a lot of guitar players. This first album of his is phenomenal, probably it is still his best. It is way better than the 99% of shred guitar albums, Vai, Satriani and Yngwie included. And it has a special place in my 7000 cds collection which is full of masterpieces from any era. Another exceptional gem from Michael is "chapter eleven". I REALLY suggest the purchase of both albums. Michael is a TRUE master!!! A true MASTER MUSICIAN, COMPOSER and a TRUE MASTER GUITAR PLAYER.
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