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  • Audio CD (9 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wayward Records
  • ASIN: B000051JQQ
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"Desert Road" is the first release from one of England's most distinctive guitarists. Its swaying grooves and parched tones invoke Desert landscapes, Arizona or Sahara, an ancient / contemporary take on the blues - a Moorish Blues with echoes of the call to prayer and African trance. In Mali at the beginning of 1999, Adams bought a 3 stringed African lute - (an ngoni) - from a Tuareg musician. Its dry sharp tone has been around 4,000 years before the banjo. This magical instrument of hide and wood set the album in motion, providing rolling grooves which Adams has set against explosions of blues guitar and electronics in the spirit of Lee Perry or the early experiments of Pink Floyd or Roxy Music. Alone in a tiny lo-tech studio, Adams has created sound atmospheres which teeter on the edge between darkness and celebration, where the guitar is used not to show off pyrotechnics but as a supremely emotional instrument.

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Guitarist Justin Adams has spent most of his career as a hired gun, working for folks like Sinéad O'Connor, Robert Plant, Jah Wobble and Peter Gabriel. Finally making his solo debut, Adams does his own bit of genre bending on Desert Road, drawing upon the blues, north and west African music and electronic ambient music. Put together in his home studio with only a little help from longtime collaborator and percussionist Salah Dawson Miller, Desert Road is a successful amalgamation in which panoramic electronic shading leaves plenty of room for Adams's postmodern blues licks and vivid musical imagination. More than simply a guitarist who knows how to programme, he plays a multitude of instruments here as well (ngoni, bendir, finger cymbals, Hopi shaker, Mali scraper, electric organ and even cardboard box), flavouring various parts in each song like a master chef preparing an elaborate meal. Highlights include the hypnotic and mellow "Wallahee" and the jumpin', blues-based "Wayward" and "Runway". --Tad Hendrickson

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My only sighting of the Wayward Sheiks was at Bishopstock 2001 when they were projected from the lunchtime snooze slot to virtual top billing at 10pm when Johnny Winter was too unwell to play. (Good to hear he is now much better).
My first impression was that players from four different groups on the way to other gigs had been hijacked and pushed on stage to perform. This was their appearance not their playing. Admittedly the Nigerian brothers on drums and bass were similar, but Salah Dawson Miller looked straight out of the Wild West, Justin Adams a biker and Andy Cox on a rare outing from his daytime job at the undertakers.
However, the music soon took over and went from interesting to fascinating, as well as entertaining. Justin's playing of various types of stringed instruments, some of which were guitars, was excellent and Salam Dawson Milller's percussion breathtaking.
I was therefore delighted that this CD faithfully relected the range of their performance, with Wayward and Majnoun the highlights.
This is a CD to chill to late at night with the last bottle of claret or the first of brandy.
Buy it quickly and enjoy it now in this context, before Wayward becomes the backdrop to Goal of the Month!
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Wow, what a great musician!! This album is definatly a lost jewel. Each time you listen to it it just gets better. As a guitar player myself I have to say Justin Adams is simply brilliant, refreshing. Just buy the CD. Go on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Sound of the Desert 8 July 2008
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One could be forgiven for being shocked that a westerner managed to do this. After all, its very rare for outsiders to grasp a foreign culture so deftly, but Justin Adams does just that. He shows a real understanding and sensitivity to the cultures of Africa, but at the same time he's not afraid to improvise and throw in other influences. The result is magnificent. Long a fixture on the so-called 'world music' scene, this is Justin Adams first solo release, and if its any indication of his talents and leanings, then I eagerly await more.

The hypnotic, 'desert blues' sound will instantly be recognizable to fans of Tinariwen, the late Ali Farka Toure and other artists from the Sahara. Accompanied by a wide variety of strong, multi-cultural percussion instruments, Adams maintains skillful playing of his guitar throughout. Its the West African Tuareg sound meets rock'n'roll and Delta blues, with a bit of trance, bellydance and Middle Eastern music thrown in for good measure. And I'm not even sure THAT does an adequate job describing his music. Ultimately, if your a fan of the so-called 'African desert blues' coming out of Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Niger, northern Nigeria and that area, then you won't want to miss out on this CD. This is as good as anything to come out of the Sahara, and Adams clearly has a grasp on the cultures of the region.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Sound of the Desert 8 July 2008
By Zekeriyah - Published on Amazon.com
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One could be forgiven for being shocked that a westerner managed to do this. After all, its very rare for outsiders to grasp a foreign culture so deftly, but Justin Adams does just that. He shows a real understanding and sensitivity to the cultures of Africa, but at the same time he's not afraid to improvise and throw in other influences. The result is magnificent. Long a fixture on the so-called 'world music' scene, this is Justin Adams first solo release, and if its any indication of his talents and leanings, then I eagerly await more.

The hypnotic, 'desert blues' sound will instantly be recognizable to fans of Tinariwen, the late Ali Farka Toure and other artists from the Sahara. Accompanied by a wide variety of strong, multi-cultural percussion instruments, Adams maintains skillful playing of his guitar throughout. Its the West African Tuareg sound meets rock'n'roll and Delta blues, with a bit of trance, bellydance and Middle Eastern music thrown in for good measure. And I'm not even sure THAT does an adequate job describing his music. Ultimately, if your a fan of the so-called 'African desert blues' coming out of Mali, Senegal, Algeria, Niger, northern Nigeria and that area, then you won't want to miss out on this CD. This is as good as anything to come out of the Sahara, and Adams clearly has a grasp on the cultures of the region.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Piece 21 Jan. 2010
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I am not a big lover of current pop music - in fact, I didn't like pop music in the old days. But this is an CD out of the ordinary, not exactly pop and not quite ethnic. A combination, totally unique. Instrumentation is excellent. You can feel Lawrence cameling into camp. In fact, I bought the CD as a gift for my niece. Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 May 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendental Desert Music 21 Aug. 2005
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I am really enjoying my Desert Road cd by Justin Adams. It's not every day you come across a cd that takes you on a trip with Middle Eastern flavor, tribal beats and the overtones of Blues and Rock.

Anyone who is a fan of Robbie Robertson would most certainly be impressed with Justin Adams.
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