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Purple Electric Genius
on 11 October 2000
This is a repackaged version of an album originally released in 1992. Most people might remember Ed as the violin player for New Model Army, although the music here is rather different.
The most amazing thing is that this album was recorded totally live, without overdubs and feratures just ONE electric violin. Ed Alleyne-Johnson provides his own backing through an electronic system using digital effects ... unless you have actually seen him do it live, you cannot quite comprehend how he does it.
The album is a showcase of what an electric violin is capable, from calm pseudo-classical music such as the 'Oxford Suite' to the 'Improvisation' piece, which features a distorted (!) violin sound. It is quite impossible to describe the whole experience, and only listening will suffice.
Interested or intrigued? Then this CD is must-have.