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The Calling

19 Oct 2012 | Format: MP3

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4:41
2
6:24
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3:34
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1:13
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6:18
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5:21
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3:59
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6:49
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3:37
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4:39
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3:11

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 19 Oct 2012
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Frontiers Records
  • Total Length: 53:36
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  • ASIN: B008JNZC8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,750 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bottle on 3 Nov 2012
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I rate Neal very highly as a guitarist. From his early days with Santana when he nearly overthrew the maestro through to his amazing (and continued) tenure with Journey.
However, his solo output has been a little unreliable in many ways.
I love "Electric World", an eclectic collection but surprisingly focused and "Beyond The Thunder" a fine album.
With the likes of "I On U", "The Voice" and "Piranha Blues" - he seemed to waver. These still have some excellent fret work but do not seem to have the same impact.
I had some doubts about "The Calling" until I noticed the drummer!!! He is reunited - once again, with old Journey partner; the amazing Steve Smith. I didn't hesitate - I went for it!
Smith is a superb drummer - now better known for his exquisite Jazz drumming, he is able to revert to rock with ease. Here he steams away, with perfect timing and pure power!
As for the man himself, I have rarely heard sound better. Although, interestingly, he also plays bass. Nothing remarkable, but a good solid bass to support Smith's onslaught.
This is largely "rock instrumental" with a little bit of variety here and there to add extra flavour and a little extra spice.
Keyboards are provided by Igor Len(?) who seems more than able and keeps them subtle - AND, another former cohort; none other than Mr Jan Hammer!
I did wonder whether or not 5 stars might be a little OTT, but I LIKE this! My doubts were swept aside!
Neal is great - his guitar work here is superb, but the icing on the cake here, (for me), is Steve Smith.
At the end of the day, YOU must decide; but I am pleased with my buy. Pennies well spent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ramses on 22 Dec 2012
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I am always waiting for anything Neal does with trepidation. His recent Journey work is great and his solo called "I on U" is one of my favourite guitar CDs ever. This album is ok but is more of a mixed bag (as another reviewer said). Nothing like "I on U", it is more "back to the basics" - no problem as such but I find the songs of uneven quality, a few things I don ' like in there. So 4 stars only, although any guitar fan shoul dgive it a listen. Neal Schon is one of the best guitarists in this world, don't forget this. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JohnT on 28 Nov 2012
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OK. I am approaching this review from a Journey/rock fan perspective and not someone with a particularly long interest in instrumental guitar music. I have every Journey album (and I mean every one) although I have recently become interested in Joe Satriani's work on the strength of his live albums. I got into JS because of his rock credentials i.e. Chickenfoot and worked backwards.

Now Neal Schon I have followed for over 30 years and I notice that he and Satriani have a similar ability to move from prime melodic riffing to first order shredding to touching emotionally moving tunefulness all in the space of one track. This powerful and engaging style of playing is the only thing interests me in these two and on this album Neal hits this spot dead centre.

This is a musician at the top of his game. The variety, texture and pace of this album is breathtaking and inspiring. (Neal if you ever read this - what more could we ever want?) Having a real talented drummer and keyboard player (as opposed to programmed, which is what his I on U album seemed to sound like) makes a hell of difference and really bring this to life. Frankly it is as charged as a Satriani live album. Every single track has something to offer (yes really). It is almost all rock based power guitar and none of that lightweight nonsing around as on earlier albums. In fact this guitar work sounds mostly like Journey but with the singer replaced by extremely melodic guitar.

Ok, now the er, jazz bit. Well every Journey fan knows that NS is heavily influenced by jazz and it is that (somewhat obvious) influence on the song writing that has probably made Journey music stand well apart and above all other bands in the melodic rock genre and made them the most successful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Watts on 5 Nov 2012
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As a long time Journey/Neal Schon fan I was looking forward to this new effort from Neal, particularly as drummer Steve Smith was hitting the skins. I have to say, though, I'm a little disappointed overall. It's good - and Steve Smith is excellent - but I expected much better. I just don't get the 'new' style of playing that Schon is using at times (or maybe it's the effects he's using). Occasionally it sounds like he's intentionally playing out of tune while slurring the notes like a warbled strangled cat! I just can't take to it. It's really noticeable on the title track, but thankfully it's not on all of them. He did something similar on the last track of Journey's Eclipse album, called Venus. I'm sorry, but as much as I like good hard-rocking electric guitar and all sorts of styles and gutsy riffs, Neal can produce far better melodies than this. Some of his solos in concert have been better. Maybe I've just got sensitive hearing that likes hearing all the right notes in the right place!
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