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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Greentrax
  • ASIN: B001J0PMLC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The latest offering from guitar wizard Tony McManus, now based in Canada and working with some of North Americas top musicians. This is a most unusual album because each track has been recorded on a different guitar made by the American company Dream Guitars. There is wonderful mix of Traditional Music, Americana, Celtic, Jazz and more.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic / clueless VINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Original, varied and lyrical acoustic guitars ; why the plural ? Because the album showcases the work of a variety of luthiers, including star names such as Paul Reed Smith and Linda Manzer. Many guitar albums are of interest only to other guitarists, but this is emphatically not the case here. There is some technically dazzling work here on the jigs and reels, and he has an enviably precise way with triplets, but rich sonorities, taste and lyricism are much more in evidence than speed for its own sake. A lovely version of 'The Maids of Mitchelstown' is a stand-out, familiar to many from the fine Bothy Band version, but he ranges beyond the purely Celtic, with N'Kosi Sikelele Afrika, for a start, and a Balkan-sounding track too, with a Manzer guitar which produces a sitar-like sound thanks to an unusual bridge.
There is much here which will remind you of the best of Martin Simpson's work on 'Leaves of Life', but McManus is no copyist. Clearly another king of the DADGAD tuning, but he sounds like himself rather than Bensusan or Dav(e)y Graham. Something of a treat, so why did I not give it five stars immediately ? Possibly it's because even those of us who are besotted with the sound of the guitar will rarely listen to a fifteen-track instrumental album on a loop, and I wanted to give it time, but this is all the same a richly varied and rewarding selection from a very fine guitarist. Almost five, then, on the first 2-3 hearings, with many a gem and a variety of sounds, guitars and tunings; well-programmed, well-balanced, beautifully played.
PS - Afterthough ; delighted to be able to promote this one to five-star review category after a few months of regular listening. Varied,rich and inventive enough for even non-guitarists to give it a five.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thamesis on 2 April 2010
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I am astonished that this beautiful CD from such a truly supreme guitarist has only received one previous review. The musicianship is, as usual with Tony McManus, astonishing but it is the sheer beauty of his arrangements which set him apart. I bought his first CD some years ago purely on recommendation and couldn't believe my ears. What I heard was a unique sound with the most unimaginably complex technique which, to my mind, captures the spirit, beauty, and excitement of Celtic music to perfection. "Maker"s Mark" is of the same standard. If I was forced to choose, I would throw out most of my guitar CDs as long as I could keep Mr McManus's. I think any lover of acoustic guitar would prize this recording. Give it a try - and then buy his others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Rc Atkinson on 8 April 2011
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great cd! great guitars! great player!
Tony gets excellent tones from the selection of top instruments that he has access to for the recording. Highly recommeded for all guitar lovers and Irish music lovers as well. Buy it if you want great consistant playing of very musical tunes!
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