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Perspective

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  • Audio CD (22 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00005J9WX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
This album is brilliant! The opening song "Primal" sets the scene for the album with an African natured theme, with recurring voice chants and a heavily distorted guitar underneath the melody. It also features some cool wammy bar dips. The second song "Rain" is a great example of Jason's style and control of his instrument with an amazing lead guitar section and his usual, superb distorted guitar tone. The third song "End of the Beginning" is where the album starts to get clasical. It opens with a fast piano part with abundant arpeggios. Then the string instruments come in and finally the brilliant guitar parts. "Higher" is an all voice song which is very interesting to listen to and very cool. Finally my favourite song on the album is played. "Blue" features a blues based intro with Jason's crying clean guitar tone and then descends into an amazing distorted guitar lead with a few well chosen harmonics. The next song "Life and Death" is another clasical piece which is very enjoyable to listen to, followed by the very oriental styled song "Empire." We then have "Serrana" which features some cool trumpet parts which are amazingly fast, finally leading to "Meet me in the Morning." This song was originally recorded by Bob Dylan but I prefer Jasons version more as Jason can really play the blues well, and that is the style of the song. It has a very good guitar solo and the voice of the singer reminded me a little of David lee Roth. So the culmination of a great voice and a great guitarist naturally leads to a great song. A great way to end a great album. Buy it!
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By A Customer on 18 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I feel it necessary to inform you that Jason acutally played on none of the tracks on this album for he is, and has been for a very long time the unfortunate victim of a degenerative muscle disease to which he was actually given little time to live. He is still alive today defying the doctors just like he challenged the guitarists of his time with his lightning fast technique. He did compose the tracks on this album and I recommend buying it for it contains a fantastic Electric Guitar Concerto style track in the form of "End of the Beginning."
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To clarify: an earlier review that suggests Becker does not play guitar on any of these tracks is untrue. His guitar playing blesses 5 out of the 9 tracks on this album.

Two songs, including "Blue" and "Rain" may well be Jason's last songs as a guitar player, and what awesome compositions they are to go out on. This album is less of Jason's shred metal style as seen on his work with Cacaphony, but more the melodic psychedelic shred alike previous songs "Altitudes" and "Air". For listeners new to Jason Becker, I would recommend starting with the album Perpetual Burn.

Overall this is one of those albums that you could listen to over and over in an empty room.

(For fans of guitar masters such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Van Halen, Steve Vai & John Petrucci)
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An absolute inspiration.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab738c4) out of 5 stars Milestone 26 Jan. 2005
By Eric B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Neoclassical Rock is a genre that has produced a plethora of instrumental virtuosi, with emphasis on speed, showmanship and dazzlement. I liken modern talents such as Malmsteen and Vinnie Moore to legends Paganini and Liszt, who's historical innovations were performance oriented. They set new benchmarks for the way instruments were played.

Jason Becker has done his fair share of this, having shredded his way through two Cacophony albums and his first solo record "Perpetual Burn".

What makes "Perspective" such a milestone record is the sheer compositional power of the album. I haven't heard any other album in the genre come close to this. This is one of the most beautiful instrumental albums I own and it keeps getting better with every listen.

"Perspective" is not really a rock album. You don't find much of the traditional bass and drum backbeat here. Beyond the fantastic guitar work, the texture is realized by keyboard arrangements, and quite listenable orchestral samples.

Fans of Cacophony that were in it for the sheer speed may not find what they're looking for on "Perspective". However those that liked Cacophony for their longer instrumental arrangements will appreciate what Becker has done here.

Jason Becker is an exceptional musician who has moved away from being a Paganini, and is showing himself, in fact, to be a serious composer more likened to Beethoven or Brahms. In this sense, not only is this work "Neoclassical", it has actually redefined the genre.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab73918) out of 5 stars God save Jason... 7 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a true gift from god (JASON BECKER)!
END OF THE BEGINING is the ultimate composition of this album and
I think this song is the most melodic thing i have ever heard in my life,i realy mean it...11 minutes of magnificent music,a direct injection into your hart and after all that's what music is all about.
I personaly recomend this cd to enyone who is a true music lover,a guitarist or not.If i could choose another title for this album it would be "THE ART OF MUSIC"
Thank you JASON!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c28e384) out of 5 stars A TREMENDOUSLY FANTASTIC RECORD!! 27 May 2002
By Bad Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First of all "THIS IS NOT A SHRED RECORD"!!
Don't expect any lightening fast solos on this record therefore
if you are a shredhead which ONLY like to listen fast solos be aware of this record.However if you're a MUSIC lover then Perspective will definitely please your ears.I'm not going to mention Jason Becker's story cos it's nothing to do with the record,I'm sure that Jason didn't need you to buy Perspective because of sympathy but for your apprecciation.Perspective is no doubt one of the GREATEST record of all time,It's a very varied album which have as much music elements as you can think of like
African/Tribal percussions on Primal,that beautiful guitar concerto End of the Beginning,the Eastern influenced Empire,a bluesy rework of Bob Dylan's Meet me in the Morning...etc.Check this great record out,I can't think of any reason to diss this record off!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Musicer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
WOW. Really, there is so much variety in this album that it stunned me. I can't say that I like all the songs in here, but I can say that Jason Becker truely is a genious. He has what very few people in this world do, complete open minded-ness.
It starts with Primal, an interesting blend of something that sounds like an Indian ritual thing. Being a diehard shred fan, this came as a surprisel. But you know what, I really like this song. Its very catchy, has nice melodies. I realize just because songs arent played with a guitar doesn't mean that it isnt good.
Next comes Rain, which is a very relaxing song that he wrote on a rainy day. Short, smoothe guitar solo, no shredding, just smoothe.
Next comes the highlight of the album, and perhaps the greatest song of all time. Keep in mind that I am a metalhead, down to the bone. The End of the Beginning has touched me more perhaps more than any other song *ever*. It starts with a beautiful piano solo for bout a minute or so, hinting at the main melody. Then, a majestic guitar/orchestral(on the keyboard) composition, all written by Becker IN HIS WHEELCHAIR. AMAZING!!! He himself did not play the guitar in this song, as his condition did not allow him. An 11 minute composition that I think ranks up there with anything Mozart has ever done. Seriously. I cannot say enough about this song and it is worth the purchase of the album alone.
Higher is a beautiful song that features no guitar whatsoever. It is all sung by the voicestra. No lyrics, but singers that have very smooth voices. They sort of go: ah lah lah doo. A cool song. It was originally written on guitar, but you know how that goes, Becker's condition wouldnt permit him.
Blue is actually played by becker is it is was one of the first written and not a difficult song to play. It's blues, plain and simple. Good song.
Life and Death, another classical composition, was the last written on the album. Says Becker, "The title speaks for what was on my mind at the time." So sad.
Empire is a really different song, very Japanese feel to it. I like it though. Serrana is another definite highlight. It starts with a backwards acoustic guitar intro played in reverse. Cool effect. Then the classical sounding part of the song comes in, very cool. Listen for the keyboard simulated trumpet sound. That totally shredding solo is what Jason would play live in Cacophony concerts. Amazing, not only technically but its very melodic.
Meet me in the morning is the only album featuring lyrics, a Bob Dylan cover. A bluesy song, kind of like blue.
And there you have it, a masterpiece of an album. Keep Jason in your prayers please, and support him and his family by purchasing this album. Half of the money goes to an ALS foundation thing. We love you Jason.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab73d20) out of 5 stars Beautiful Music 7 Sept. 2002
By Nicholas Lam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ignore the negative reviews, they were looking for a shred album. Its disappointing to know so many 'shredders' have such closed minds when coming to music.
Perpetual burn was the first cd I ever bought and Jason is a constant source of inspiration for me. I listen to perspective everytime life throws some problems at me and find inspiration to solve my problem by listening to the songs.
Ethereally beautiful at times, intense at others, but beautiful all the same. This is no Perpetual Burn or Cacophony I can gurantee you, but the music on here communicates not with chops or blistering solos, but with inspiration from above. Jason's composing talents, inner strength, indominable will and spirit have culminated in this beautiful cd.
I heard he is releasing another cd like Raspberry Jam, can't wait.
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