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What a guitar was made to play!
on 1 July 2001
This album is a simple proposition. One song away from perfection as a Ygwnie Collection, i.e my own personal favourite, Rising Force. However, don't let this put you off, as the tracks included are all there on merit, from the roaring refrain of Deja Vu to the sweet sentiments of Queen in Love. How Ygwnie Malmsteen is not more widely regarded is a mystery to me, as anyone who can extract pure emotion from an instrument in the way this man can deserves nothing but worldwide recognition for his genius. Interestingly included here is a cover of the Hendrix classic, Spanish Castle Magic, where Ygwnie lives up to the true test of any axe-maniac, matching Hendrix riff for riff. In fact, I would argue that in many ways what any guitarist lacks emotionally in comparison to Hendrix, Ywgnie makes up for in sheer technical genius, perhaps inspired by his religious study of classic music, which indeed, filters through onto many of the tracks on this album. In short, as an introduction to the guitar genius that is this man, or as a continuation of the obsession, this album works brilliantly.