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Pretty good, but I've heard better elsewhere
on 6 April 2011
This isn't a bad listen, but I'm not convinced it's as good as the work by sometime New Model Army-collaborator Ed Alleyne-Johnson of Purple Electric Violin Concerto fame. Ed released a couple of albums of rock covers a few years ago, Reflections and Echoes, and some of the tracks on this CD were also in his collections, such as Kashmir and Smells Like Teen Spirit. The main difference is that instead of using a backing band as David Garrett has, Ed is completely solo with just a collection of delay pedals and other electronic boxes to accompany him and his hand-built electric violin, yet makes just as big a sound if perhaps a bit less polished than here. I've seen Ed playing his street shows on a few occasions over the years, they're probably a bit different to David Garrett's live performances but it's all a one-man show and for that I'm inclined to rate him about Garrett who's violin sometimes get lost amongst the other musicians on his CD.
But there is a lot to enjoy here nonetheless, with the mixture of classical and rock music, and whilst anyone wanting to hear a symphonic version of Metallica's Master of Puppets would be advised to listen to that band's own S&M cd (or to Scandinavian cello-metallers Apocalyptica's version) rather than the mish-mash of noise here, there are highlights such as the Mission: Impossible theme, and the take on Walk This Way is good fun too.
But it could have done without Rocking All Over The World at the end, as it just reminds me that Status Quo have become little more than a cabaret act in modern times!