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Saguitar [Import]

Alvin Lee Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rainman
  • ASIN: B000UVLT2M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Nice sounding release. Roots rock style, rockers and ballads. But most of all: songs. Entertaining.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Alvin Lee was always criticised for replacing the feel and rawness of the Blues with empty flash and speedy fretboard work. Didn't stop him from becoming a bona-fide guitar hero, alongside Clapton, Peter Green, Hendrix and others. Now well into a four decades long career, 'Saguitar' shows an Alvin Lee who still acknowledges his fifties rock and roll / rockabilly roots (check out the rollicking 'Midnite Train'), as well as the Blues (sometimes played with a jazz edge) and a couple of new slants -'Rapper', despite the rather grim prospect of a sixty-year old tackling a contemporary Hip Hop / Dance style, is actually quite (intentionally) funny, with some amusing wordplay and the usual excellent guitar. 'Saguitar' is pretty good, all in all, and well worth checking out. Purists might yearn for a TYA reunion, but in truth, Alvin and his old band are both doing quite nicely in their own right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 29 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant collection of 14 new songs in multiple genres - blues, rockabilly, even a rousing interpretation of "rap", but all have the common thread of Lee's emotive mastery of the guitar. There are several standouts here, including the thoughtful and melodic The Squeeze; the melancholic Motel Blues that is heart wrenching in its deeply personal delivery, and the Texas driven Rocking Rendezvous (which also features an incredible vocal performance). Lee also nails it with The Rapper, a daring and forceful song with great drum rhythms and soaring guitar. Filled with understated and elegant performances, this album deftly showcases the musical growth of exceptional talent.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't heard this guy since the seventies, but saw this album in HMV this morning. I bought it because of the great cover and in memory of the fact that I once spoke to him on the telephone. I played it in the car and then at home; I'm really impressed. I even liked the track where he fused his usual rock/blues style with some rap - Now that was brave! The song, 'education' is my favourite so far. Whether you get it from amazon, or like me have to get it today even though it cost more (13); buy it and enjoy some beautiful rock/blues guitar work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good like in the glory days! 28 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Alvin Lee was great in the past. He was the famous woodstock star, best known as the guitarman from TYA in the early and glory days of rock.
But this album is only the "over and over again" from songs in the near of "a space in time" and "free fall", "detroit diesel" and "zoom". Made in small homerecording sound and with spare ideas. Sometimes is the old genius from Alvin Lee`s wonderful guitarwork there, but the most time it`s sounds not so good like many years before with his MASTER and LIFE BAND Ten Years After. Sorry Mr. Lee, but I think for "SAGUITAR" are three stars enough! And for the next album in the studio please come back with a good band, not with drumcomputer and programming! What you play is handmade music and for that we like to hear wonderful musicans like Tim Hinkley - he`s keyboard work is a light of some tracks on saguitar!!!!
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Collection! 24 Sep 2007
By Truthinblues - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a stellar collection from a matured and brilliant guitar player. 14 new songs showcase Lee's strengths in multiple genres - blues, rockabilly, even a rousing interpretation of "rap", but all have the common thread of Lee's emotive mastery of the guitar. There are several standouts here, including the thoughtful and melodic The Squeeze; the melancholic Motel Blues that is heart wrenching in its deeply personal delivery, and the Texas driven Rocking Rendezvous (which also features an incredible vocal performance). Lee also nails it with The Rapper, a daring and forceful song with great drum rhythms and soaring guitar. Filled with understated and elegant performances, this album may not please those listeners stuck in 1969 and unable to absorb and delight in a tastier and more controlled Alvin Lee, but it will be their loss. Saguitar is a proud progression of an exceptional talent.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Collection of Songs from the Master Guitarist 23 Sep 2007
By Herb Staehr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a rather eclectic mix of songs from Alvin Lee as it includes an assortment of Rockabilly, Memphis, "Midnight Blues" and more (even Rap). It sounds as though some were leftover material from past projects, resuscitated here on "Saguitar". The mood changes frequently from track to track. But no matter, taken individually this is a fine collection of songs with Alvin's voice and guitar playing in great form throughout. There is a lot of stuff here and it sounds better with each listen!
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genius masterpiece of one man music melting pot 27 Sep 2007
By P. Kentrop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
And here it is the brand new Alvin Lee CD Saguitar,from the legendary frontman who was the reason why the now from-departed Ten Years After became so very famous and successful,Alvin Lee with his breathtaking guitar play and signature song writing talents, wich made him an icon in the eyes of many guitarist all over the world ,who look up to him as a guitar school example and "cover" his written famous classic rock songs, like Love Like A Man,Hear Me Calling,Im Going Home etc etc etc.
Now over to the New Alvin Lee CD Saguitar.
On the artwork cover picture . the legendary "Big Red " Gibson Es 335 guitar wich has been with the maistro since the beginning of his carreer.
His "warm" new!! mixed and mastered collection of fresh cristalclear sounded songs ,goes from the blues into Rockabilly ,Memphis,Rap and drivin Rock,wrappes arround you like a blancket,wich does not distords even if you turn up the volume very loud,ready for your rockin dancing shoes.
Alvin Lee decided to produce and record this brillant masterpiece alone, by playing during those long hardworking hours in his own studio serroundings, all the instruments ( guitars.Basses,drums etc) impressively by himself,alowing onley a few guest musicians like Tim Hinkey (keyboards),Trevor Morais,and Eugen Fritz (harmonica),to participate on a few tracks.
The opener Anytime U Want Me sets the standard with the great Rockabilly/Rock inspirated riff song, including Alvin`s welknown signature guitarplay wich is spinning the song together like a RockSpider in his web with his very strong and clear vocals, and easy to understand lyrics.
From the "heartbreaking" sad quitting-the-music great blues song Motel Blues ,to the happy in the dancing mood musician again who is ready and wants to go on playing his music,on It`s Time To Play.
Alvin is not Alvin if does not have some messages to tell us on the album like on the slow but powerfull floating The Squeeze with beautiful guitarsolo`s and the Southern inspirated "slide" acoustic ( on the background Eugene Fritz on second harmonica) Smoking Rope, warning the listener about the danger of gambling drugs,and alcohol abuse on those brilliant songs.
Close your eyes,put your earphones on ,lay back and listen while you dream away during this wonderfull Blues Has Got A Hold On Me with Alvins floating guitarplay combined with Tim Hinkleys on the organ .A real balm for one`s soul.
And wow!! do we hear Alvin play the soul-inspirated-trompet on It`s All Good.
Naturaly one wil also find Alvin lee`s "drivin" guitar sound solo`s on songs like; Onley Here For The Ride,Got A Lot Of Living To Do,Education,were one can sit imagionary in the car and hear those songs take you for a rockinguitar- drivin spin .
And the "time maschine" song; Memphis wich sound like the 50ties ,hearing Alvin laying down the the double bass and the bruches drums rithmm as a base for his accoustic guitar solos and strong clear vocals.
Wich takes us to an imagionary dark strobo-scope-lamp. loud dancing place were they play loudly Rapper and hearing Alvin singing in his very recognisable Nottingham accent, this suprisingly, weldone danceable rap song in a funny "ironic" i told you so fasion. (note).. On other musicians rap songs one can hardly understand what the songs are about.
The great texas drivin Rocking Rendezvous closes this 14 tracks brilliant album,full of different exiting style songs ,wich one can hear easely over and over and over and over again
Bravo ,hatts off, and thank you for this genius music melting pot masterpiece Alvin Lee.
Pieter Kentrop.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Over It, PLEASE! 23 Jan 2009
By Songster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am amazed...no, make that DISMAYED by the vitriol spewing from lamedicks who would denigrate this fine offering from an even finer guitarist, because they dont like, especially, the song "Rapper".

Personally, I detest Rap, and the poisoning of our culture by the so-called "Hip Hop Lifestyle"; but those who would slam this disc because of "Rapper" are blind guides leading the blind. They lament the "diminished?" rock-ability of Mr. Lee, when they need to clean out their ears and listen to that guitar! On Rapper, it's SMOKIN', clearly on a par with anything he's ever produced, in my not-so-humble opinion.

This album rewards repeated listening. Currently, I'm spinning Saguitar, while cruising one bourbon, no scotch, no beer, and no rope; it sounds better than ever.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly killer late-period collection from Alvin Lee 1 Sep 2011
By J. pascale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first happened to listen to this about 4 years back. I was then encouraged to look up some Ten Years After online. Unfortunately, the music there sounded far too much like slow-paced rootsy blues-rock, not to mention it was kind of it's time(exception being "I'd Love to Change the World") If Saguitar is any indication however, Lee's solo career represents something certainly similar to TYA, but blending in lots of other styles to make something that feels far more energetic.

As other reviewers have stated, this is largely a mix of rock, blues, blues-rock, and rockabilly. "Anytime you Want Me" makes a great rockabilly opener and "It's All Good" will make you think it's all good. The keyboards might add nonessential flavor, but totally understandable if you lived in the 70s.
So Lee's lyrics (in a similar manner to the godawful beyond repetitive 2004 album Alvin Lee in Tennessee) undoubtedly kinda suck, The old blues cliche of repeating each verse at least twice. "Rapper's" an entirely different story however. Lee plays the guitar to a funk-rock type rhythm, all while rapping some surprisingly clever lyrics that are probably either about some self-obsessed celebrity or (more likely)an ex. I actually think he's probably poking fun at rap with this little gem. Though I'll s

In the end, I just can't believe Lee would put out something so energetic and so rocking when what I've heard of contemporaries(Gary Moore and Joe Cocker come to mind)suggests they don't mind slowed-down(and consequently somewhat boring) kind of rock prefer to take it easy. This is something entirely different. Hail this old guitar master!
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