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4.0 out of 5 stars Virtuosity, 23 Mar 2001
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In terms of guitar playing, this album, like all of Eric's, is a masterpiece. Though Eric does show us what he can do with a guitar, it doesn't come across as just showing off, since every guitar lick Eric plays fits in perfectly with the song as a whole, be it a lightning fast solo or a finger-stretching array of chord work. My favourite tracks are the rock-based instrumentals at the beginning and end of the album ('Soulful Terrain' and 'Victory'), which include loads of different riffs and hair-raising solos. The songs that include Eric on vocals are good too, though I feel that Eric excels more as an instrumentalist, his voice at times sounding a little on the thin side (though if that's what you like...), which is why I don't rate this album 5 stars. Having said that, I think Eric's voice still conveys emotions very well, and 'Friends' and 'Emerald Eyes' are extremely catchy vocally-driven pop songs. 'Desert Song' is a solo acoustic guitar piece that challenges the listener since it doesn't adhere to the normal western conventions of melody, though it it is impressively played. In contrast, 'Zap' is immediately accessible as a rich, melody-driven explosion of rock and jazz-orientated guitar mayhem. All in all, I think this album is of the sort that will appeal mostly to listeners who enjoy rock and pop, and perhaps have a special interest in virtuoso guitar playing. It is worth remembering, however, that the album was recorded in 1986, so to some people it might sound somewhat dated in style. Just check out Eric's hairstyle on the album cover as a guideline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start, 23 May 2009
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Eric's first record, and a fine start to his recording career. His famous tones and techniques are already on show here, and this is a very good guitar album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tones cd, 6 Dec 2013
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This is a great cd from Eric one ov his first albums some really nice instrumentals shows his superb playing off to a t and some nice vocal tracks well worth buying if your a fan of his music ,
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