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Pepper cake announces the new CD of Carl Verheyen ex supertramp guitar with a new album called Trading Eights. He recorded 10 songs and singled out 6 of them to feature 6 of his favorite guitar players actually trading solos, and in many cases 8 bar phrases with him. The result is an inspiring mix of styles and musical energy. Robben Ford playes a blues, Joe Bonamassa an up tempo instrumental, Albert Lee a country style song and Steve Morse a soulful ballad. Rick Vito turned in some beautiful slide playing and Scott Henderson tore up our version of George Harrison s Taxman. Some special guests on that record which was recorded in 2008. Carl is on tour through Europe on more than 40 shows in 2 months! Please welcome a guitar hero!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Guest musicians help make this a gem! 13 April 2009
By HCarlH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're worried that having guest guitarists would transform this album into a shredfest with little regard to the music, think again. All of the musicians are playing tasty licks to complement the tunes and also bring out the best in Carl's playing.

Carl is a master guitar player and musician. He not only plays well, he has great TONE and feel. A must for those who appreciate quality music.

Another benefit...the CD is NOT over compressed like a lot of today's CDs.
It sounds great!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"Trading 8's" is AWESOME ! 2 April 2009
By J. D. : - ) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Turn up the volume and get ready to enjoy a must have album for your music collection. Carl Verheyen has assembled an all star cast for this guitar blazing CD. Tremendous vocals and guitar artistry make "Trading 8's" sound like a greatest hits package. Yes, it's that awesome! Each and every song is without a doubt a gem. Song one "Highway 27" starts with the sounds of a Les Paul '61 Stratocaster, '66 Rickenbacker twelve string guitar and more. I hope to see this album up for a Grammy award, it's that good! Buy this sensational CD today and you won't be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
UNFREAKINGBELIEVABLE 13 Dec. 2010
By D. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Without a doubt this is the most amazing recording I have ever heard yet to date. I have only become familiar with Carl Verheyen recently. I had never heard of him a month ago. He is now my favorite guitarist, PERIOD. All of the other reviewers have got it right, and I'm almost speechless right now as I am listening to it. Buy it or miss out on possibly the most amazing recording ever, enough said.

Update: As I look back upon this review I have to laugh at myself a little. Understandably, I was excited about listening to this album, but to call it the best of all time, well, that was overdoing it a bit. I don't feel the need to subtract any stars, however, because it is an excellent recording. Note to self: Allow the music to sink in a bit before writing a review and your comments will most likely be more helpful and objective. Thank you, self, I will try to take that into account from now on.

As I am listening to it again right now I am rediscovering it's true beauty. Part of what makes this album so excellent is that it is a great showcase of many different musical styles. I find the diverse approach he took here very refreshing. Carl Verheyen is one of those musicians who is more than willing to take risks and is at home exploring new territory. All of his albums reflect this, as they all contain stylistic variety but none more than this one. From the opening blues/rock instrumental, "Highway 27" with Joe Bonamassa, to the beautiful final reflective tune, "Eastern Slopes" with his band, it is always fresh and new. The driving rock song "Constant as the Wind" and "Eastern Slopes" are the most typical of his overall sound (not that anything he does is typical), as those are really the only 2 on the album that do not showcase a guest musician. As another reviewer put it already, the guest musicians really cause this album to shine in that it is clear that all musicians are really enjoying what they are doing and putting themselves 100% into this project, finding themselves a bit off the beaten path much of the time but always nailing everything with precision. The fact that they were all really on during this session should be of no surprise when you take into account who the guests on this album are. You know... Joe Bonamassa, Scott Henderson, Steve Morse, Rick Vito, Robben Ford, Albert Lee, and Jim Cox... do any of those names sound familiar? I must admit, I did not recognize a few of the names and had to do some online research to discover who they were. I had heard Scott Henderson before with Chick Corea Electric Band, but didn't immediately recognize the name. Turns out he was selected as guitarist of the year in 1991 and 1992 in two separate magazine's reader poles. The song "Taxman" here, showcasing Scott Henderson with CV, has remained my favorite from the first time I heard this album. This song combines elements of rock, reggae, and jazz. Every thing about this song is awe inspiring. From the excellent groovin' bass line to the intricate and perfect drums, this track soars. As the two guitarists trade licks during the guitar solo it launches the song into orbit.

I hope this update is helpful. If I can inspire just one new person to check this guy out then my writing is not in vain. Buy this, turn up the volume, and let the music take you to a "Higher Ground".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sensational 15 Mar. 2010
By Kevin Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I never even heard of this man before. I read an article in guitar player magazine about him and decided to give him a try. This CD is far better than anything I could have expected. JUST BUY IT. I hope he comes to Colorado some day so I can check out his live performance.
Kevin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic CD! 5 Feb. 2011
By John Krier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I listen to it all the time. Carl is a fantastic guitar player. Touch, tone, finesse, killer chops. You name it, he's got it! All around great CD!
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