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on 9 March 2018
This album is one of the most beautiful modern compositions I have ever heard. From start to finish.
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on 25 May 2017
Very pleased with purchase..Arrived sooner than expected..thank you.
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on 30 August 2015
An absolute inspiration.
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on 24 August 2013
To clarify: an earlier review that suggests Becker does not play guitar on any of these tracks is untrue. His guitar playing blesses 5 out of the 9 tracks on this album.

Two songs, including "Blue" and "Rain" may well be Jason's last songs as a guitar player, and what awesome compositions they are to go out on. This album is less of Jason's shred metal style as seen on his work with Cacaphony, but more the melodic psychedelic shred alike previous songs "Altitudes" and "Air". For listeners new to Jason Becker, I would recommend starting with the album Perpetual Burn.

Overall this is one of those albums that you could listen to over and over in an empty room.

(For fans of guitar masters such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Van Halen, Steve Vai & John Petrucci)
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on 18 July 2003
I feel it necessary to inform you that Jason acutally played on none of the tracks on this album for he is, and has been for a very long time the unfortunate victim of a degenerative muscle disease to which he was actually given little time to live. He is still alive today defying the doctors just like he challenged the guitarists of his time with his lightning fast technique. He did compose the tracks on this album and I recommend buying it for it contains a fantastic Electric Guitar Concerto style track in the form of "End of the Beginning."
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on 5 June 2001
This album is brilliant! The opening song "Primal" sets the scene for the album with an African natured theme, with recurring voice chants and a heavily distorted guitar underneath the melody. It also features some cool wammy bar dips. The second song "Rain" is a great example of Jason's style and control of his instrument with an amazing lead guitar section and his usual, superb distorted guitar tone. The third song "End of the Beginning" is where the album starts to get clasical. It opens with a fast piano part with abundant arpeggios. Then the string instruments come in and finally the brilliant guitar parts. "Higher" is an all voice song which is very interesting to listen to and very cool. Finally my favourite song on the album is played. "Blue" features a blues based intro with Jason's crying clean guitar tone and then descends into an amazing distorted guitar lead with a few well chosen harmonics. The next song "Life and Death" is another clasical piece which is very enjoyable to listen to, followed by the very oriental styled song "Empire." We then have "Serrana" which features some cool trumpet parts which are amazingly fast, finally leading to "Meet me in the Morning." This song was originally recorded by Bob Dylan but I prefer Jasons version more as Jason can really play the blues well, and that is the style of the song. It has a very good guitar solo and the voice of the singer reminded me a little of David lee Roth. So the culmination of a great voice and a great guitarist naturally leads to a great song. A great way to end a great album. Buy it!
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