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Mr Lightning Fingers with a few new wrinkles...
on 3 October 2007
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.