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Peace Machine
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Already owning a copy of the latest offering from Philip Sayce - Innerevolution - and finding that he's certainly way up there with the current crop of guitar slingers, I had to delve back to try out the Peace Machine album.
Now, while I find Innerevolution a stunning album that broadcasts Mr Sayce's place on the blues map, Peace Machine is an altogether different trip, reminding me very much of the music that was around in the late sixties/early seventies and BOY, is it good!!
Heavily influenced by the style of a certain Mr J Hendrix, this album blisters along with fine vocals, riffs and solos that are all well recorded with some particularly strong and heavy bass undercurrents - this really is a treat and it beats me why on earth this man is not yet better known. But if quality will always out, then Mr Sayce is going to be big indeed!
Certainly, the material is excellent and at over 1 hour 15 minutes long, it's also great value as there are no "fillers" here. So, if you like your music fast, brash and bluesy with just a tinge of Hendrix then this is definitely for you - BUY!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Philip Sayce is an awesome guitarist and this really is an exceptional album.

He has a freedom of expression with his guitar that gives me the same feeling I get from listing to Robert Plant singing on early Led Zep albums. It's as if he is untethered by whatever constraints affect other guitarists. His playing is massively soulful.

I really like it when guitarists turn it up to 11, and you get a lot of that on this album, but it's not at the expense of technique - his note bends and skill at playing within the blues are insipiring.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2010
Not a duff track on it. 75 minutes of blistering, heavy blues that brings to mind Jimi, Stevie Ray and even a bit of Zeppelin. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
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The songs here grow on you,,one foot in the grave kicks off with a heavy ,catchy riff,then the outstanding save me from myself...onto slip away a mid tempo builder which starts with a black sabbathy feel,theres a really good version of neil youngs cinnamon girl, in fact a good variety and with 15 tracks album time 75 mins plus...you cant go wrong.A raw sound great vocals as well as guitar phillip sayce born in north wales moved to canada as a 2 yr old.Another talent I discovered while brousing through amazon,I also have his debut album and bonus dvd --inerevolution which is also exellent with a really polished production,but I find im now playing this album more as its grown on me.His band are exellent too so go check him out.
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on 22 February 2014
After getting Innerevolution I had to hear more of Philip Sayce and after the great reviews I decided on Peace Machine and it's brilliant. More straight up blues rock with elements of funk than Innerevolution, Peace Machine gets off to a great start with the Hendrix at his rockiest One Foot in the Grave and it just carries on from there. Good songwriting, good riffs and great solo's throughout and a cover of Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl to. Although, at 15 tracks, I wouldn't say every song is brilliant. But that's one or two, the likes of Save Me From Myself, Slip Away, Alchemy, All I Want and the title track are more than enough to make this a brilliant album from a very talented guitarist.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely staggering electric rock guitar, busy album, no duff tracks. Highly recommended. Where has this guy been hiding?
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on 20 April 2014
I was blown away with some live clips of Philip Sayce and bought this album based on the reviews. I actually find it hard to listen to as the production IMO is dreadful - way over the top with everything louder than everything else ;-) - and nearly all the tracks are so compressed that it be becomes painful to listen to at high volumes. Playing Free's Fire & Water is a breath of fresh air. I never understand why albums are done this way, so much processing that you can't actual pick out any of the playing. Some of the songs are very good and everyone can play well so why mess it up?
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 10 July 2010
Definitely agree with other reviewers about the Hendrix flavour, even the CD cover evokes the image - but it isn't just copying him, Sayce has a very distinctive style and a very good voice.

I bought this after having just discovered Innerevolution by accident, and, together with Chickenfoot (check them out), it is another CD of the most exciting new rock I have heard for years and years. There is a real depth to the guitar sound that just fills your ears, fills your whole head, I don't know how else to describe it. I always feel the true mark of really excellent music is when you never ever tire of hearing it over and over and over - Deep Purple, Led Zep, Lyn Skyn all have this elusive quality (that is by no means an exhaustive list, but you get the idea!). These two albums from Mr.Sayce are getting played over and over again on my Zen at the moment, and the sheer joy at each listening is not diminishing one iota.

How on earth has someone this good remained this unknown? He is an absolute master of the guitar. Philip Sayce is destined for greatness. Buy it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2011
cannot recommend highly enough...
difficult to understand why he isnt as popular as Joe Bonamassa (who is also brilliant!) I would suggest this guy is the current 'Strat' maestro imho. Just seen him in concert at 'Band on the wall' in Manchester 29/07/2011, superb performance and all round nice guy. unbelievably not even a sell out....
check out 'you tube' for some fantastic performances!!! not to be missed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2011
Stunning effort, every now and the the world spits a great guitarist out, strong Hendrix influence, wouldn't have been out of place in the late 60's / early 70's era, mind you this kind of talent is timeless....
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