Aj Barrett

"Mechkov"
(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (25 of 34)
Location: Marlow, England
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,439,750 - Total Helpful Votes: 25 of 34
The Man From Utopia ~ Frank Zappa
The Man From Utopia ~ Frank Zappa
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Steve Vai, erstwhile student of Joe Satriani, was looking for his break and decided to plug himself to Zappa by sending him a transcription of one of Zappa's guitar solos.

Zappa was impressed and called young Vai to the studio. As it says above, Zappa entrusted the new guitarist with nothing so mundane as transcribing further solos, but instead, transcribing Zappa's improvised vocal "melodies" (Dangerous Kitchen & Party Hats). Thus the guitaring on these tracks. Not only did Vai transcribe them, he played them, too.

Technical ability above and beyond... Just what Zappa liked from his musicians.

There is some good music on this album, but, as hinted at, this… Read more
What A Bunch Of Sweeties ~ The Pink Fairies
What A Bunch Of Sweeties ~ The Pink Fairies
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
After my impromptu review, I saw Slime's and it is much better.
However, I think it is worth pointing out that Larry Wallsi (the guitarist whose name I forgot in my review, the Fairies' replacement for Paul Rudolph) never played for Motorhead, and, to my knowledge, Paul Rudolph never played for Hawkwind. Being a bassist, it is more likely that Sandy (Duncan Sanderson) played in the absense of Lemmy, although, again, I doubt it...
I saw the Fairies in 1976 in Maidenhead, Russel was still on drums and Sandy still on bass.
I saw Motorhead a couple of years later in Slough and there was a band supporting called Radio Stars (I think) and Sandy was playing bass for them. I would… Read more
What A Bunch Of Sweeties ~ The Pink Fairies
What A Bunch Of Sweeties ~ The Pink Fairies
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Pink Fairies second release, this album, while perhaps lacking the vast inventiveness of the first, Never Never Land album, is far more representative of the Fairies' live act — raw and highly energised. A pure rock album, with a couple of passing nods to the psychedelia of the time and of the first album's magnificent Uncle Harry's Last Freak Out, What A Bunch Of Sweeties gives us no nonsesnse rock, a few killer hooks and the staggering guitar prowess of Paul Rudolph.
The actual recording quality is low, and one assumes that the band spent a couple of days at most in the studio, but the raw talent of these three guys comes through again and again.
In many ways,… Read more