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Alvin Lee was always criticised for replacing the feel and rawness of the Blues with empty flash and speedy fretboard work. Didn't stop him from becoming a bona-fide guitar hero, alongside Clapton, Peter Green, Hendrix and others. Now well into a four decades long career, 'Saguitar' shows an Alvin Lee who still acknowledges his fifties rock and roll / rockabilly roots (check out the rollicking 'Midnite Train'), as well as the Blues (sometimes played with a jazz edge) and a couple of new slants -'Rapper', despite the rather grim prospect of a sixty-year old tackling a contemporary Hip Hop / Dance style, is actually quite (intentionally) funny, with some amusing wordplay and the usual excellent guitar. 'Saguitar' is pretty good, all in all, and well worth checking out. Purists might yearn for a TYA reunion, but in truth, Alvin and his old band are both doing quite nicely in their own right.
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on 29 September 2007
This is a brilliant collection of 14 new songs in multiple genres - blues, rockabilly, even a rousing interpretation of "rap", but all have the common thread of Lee's emotive mastery of the guitar. There are several standouts here, including the thoughtful and melodic The Squeeze; the melancholic Motel Blues that is heart wrenching in its deeply personal delivery, and the Texas driven Rocking Rendezvous (which also features an incredible vocal performance). Lee also nails it with The Rapper, a daring and forceful song with great drum rhythms and soaring guitar. Filled with understated and elegant performances, this album deftly showcases the musical growth of exceptional talent.
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on 3 September 2007
I hadn't heard this guy since the seventies, but saw this album in HMV this morning. I bought it because of the great cover and in memory of the fact that I once spoke to him on the telephone. I played it in the car and then at home; I'm really impressed. I even liked the track where he fused his usual rock/blues style with some rap - Now that was brave! The song, 'education' is my favourite so far. Whether you get it from amazon, or like me have to get it today even though it cost more (£13); buy it and enjoy some beautiful rock/blues guitar work.
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on 28 September 2007
Alvin Lee was great in the past. He was the famous woodstock star, best known as the guitarman from TYA in the early and glory days of rock.
But this album is only the "over and over again" from songs in the near of "a space in time" and "free fall", "detroit diesel" and "zoom". Made in small homerecording sound and with spare ideas. Sometimes is the old genius from Alvin Lee`s wonderful guitarwork there, but the most time it`s sounds not so good like many years before with his MASTER and LIFE BAND Ten Years After. Sorry Mr. Lee, but I think for "SAGUITAR" are three stars enough! And for the next album in the studio please come back with a good band, not with drumcomputer and programming! What you play is handmade music and for that we like to hear wonderful musicans like Tim Hinkley - he`s keyboard work is a light of some tracks on saguitar!!!!
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on 2 July 2015
back on top form -the man
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on 10 June 2015
Wonderful
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on 21 January 2015
Excellent
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on 30 July 2015
Real fine cd with a great guitarist . Everything was as deschribed by the seller
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