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2010 - The Year Of The Guitar Wizard
on 17 June 2010
You know how it is with buses, none for ages then several all come along at the same time...well, 2010 is shaping up on the same basis on the guitar wizard front.
Having only just extricated the most recent and best offering from Jeff Beck from my CD player, now we get the latest set of tunes from one of the most under-rated musicians/songwriters that GB has ever turned out and again, (IMHO) this has got to be the best and indeed, most eclectic mix ever.
While I have sometimes been taken aback by Steve because of the variety of styles he can turn out in one album, one thing you cannot get away from is the man's originality and all here beautifully showcased. If heavy electric rock/blues is your thing, then "Tubehead" and "Still Waters" will have you tapping your feet particularly the latter with it's soaring, chattering, sometimes manic solos.
The closing track "Last Train To Istanbul" evidences Steve's ability to take evocative eastern music and turn it into a beautiful, soaring musical landscape. For the eclectic mix of styles, try "Nomads" which combines a flamenco opening and finishes with a rocking flurry and the classy "Ghost In The Glass" provides the slightly jazzier end.
The bonus album is simply that - some live renditions of some of Steve's concert favourites - although I have to add that I have heard better versions - it's just the singing that's a little shaky - but on top of that there is an extra studio cut too in the form of "Every Star In The Night Sky" which for some reason, didn't make the cut for the main album.........although it most certainly should have!
If you know the man's music, you don't need to be told - for everyone else, what on earth are you waiting for....BUY!