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on 21 July 2011
This is a bit of a challenge; one disc - split into 2 "volumes"; volume 1 is 6 studio tracks, volume 2 is 9 live.

Looking first at the live tracks, can almost exclude the 1 minute "Helios" intro but from the start of "One Foot In The Grave" to the close of "She's So Heavy" Phil and the gang give it the full beans. "Powerful Thing" - does what it says on the tin. "Slipaway", for me is the weakest "live" take, it's heavy, but it plods a bit too long before there's a slight shift in the bass riff, one of the best 5-finger vibratos I've heard for a while then he's off like his hair's on fire. That would almost compensate for the plodding, but the vocals a touch too close to Glenn Hughes, again, personal taste. "Alchemy" rescues the situation showing a more "delicate" side, but technically brilliant and fires things up for "Take You Away". "Angels Live Inside", good, then the 60's pastiche that is "Cinnamon Girl", very Donovan-esque. Rounding off with "She's So Heavy" with a riff Tony Iommi would be proud of. Drawbacks? Well, personal taste aside, the tracks are excellent but maybe not enough from Innerevolution. I'm taking it the tracks were drawn from his support spot with Deep Purple last year, and maybe songs like "Scars" were dropped from the set compared with his headlining tour in the UK, certainly the blues standard he did isn't present.

That brings us to "Volume 1". Opening is an anthemic, stomping duet with the ol' boss Melissa Etheridge, "Let The Love In". Next up, "Set Us Free", had he lived another couple of decades, this is the sort of track Hendrix would have done collaborating with Jeff Beck. "Daydream Tonight" is a slice of pure West Coast, a "live" studio take. "King of New Mexico" starts with a thundering drum opening, and monster riff, but goes nowhere for too long. "Were You There" (When They Crucified My Lord) is stripped of its gospel roots making it an interesting take. Title track, "Ruby Electric" should have been the length "King of NM" is. It just gets going something interesting, then stops. Sad thing is, NONE of these tracks are new - you can trace them back to a little known, earlier album, "Silver Wheel Of The Stars", which Sayce has plundered previously for Peace Machine and Innerevolution. (Actually, there's one track left from this source he hasn't reused, "Do You Believe".) I don't even think these have been re-recorded, but remastered at least.

In essence, this could have been so much more, but maybe for financial reasons Provogue held back: Even the packaging is disappointing - very hard to read. For me, a totally "live" album, with the extra Innerevolution songs and the studio tracks from the "lost" Silver Wheels album as a bonus disc would have been the optimal issue. As it stands, a bloody good album, especially if you haven't heard Philip Sayce "live" and unrestrained but a missed opportunity to be a great album. I don't like being critical, especially when it's someone I admire, but there's a time for tough love.
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VINE VOICEon 19 July 2011
So, to the latest offering from the wonderful Mr Sayce and, although a very good album indeed, it worries me in that it is half studio and half live, after only two previous studio albums, which begs the question as to whether or not he is running out of steam on the songsmith front...?
That said, the studio side is recorded with a "live" feel and therefore the run across to the live section of the album is pretty much seamless and all amply showing this man's fluid guitar style and his excellent vocal style - even though he is showing signs of coming out of his blues orientation and coming up with a style not unlike Jonny Lang or the powerful Richie Kotzen. But, even in that kind of company, this man has also plenty of his own originality too, witness "Were You There" to see what I mean - the album being worth the purchase price for this track alone! Brilliant! And, going over to the live material itself, we find Mr Sayce in his true element rounding out with a wonderful rendition of Cinnamon Girl/She's So Heavy with a haunting version of Alchemy, thrown in for good measure - would have been good to have been there on the night to witness it all!
It will be interesting to see what his next release will be like - hopefully a full studio bash with some of his sublime songwriting too.
Meanwhiles, Ruby Electric is a fine, fine album and well worth parting with your hard earned for a copy!
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on 2 August 2011
I looked forward to receiving this album for many months. Brillant guitarist, and this is a good introduction into his progression. I found the varying track quality and order of play a little uncomfortable.
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Once again, Mr Sayce and his incredible band (expanded from the usual bass player and drummer) do it with great aplomb. Fans of ' Hendrix ', 'Stevie Ray Vaughn ' and ' Robin Trower ' will all find something to enjoy here. I'm going to the Borderline in LONDON on Monday 25th (July) to see him again, and I would strongly urge you to catch him live as that's when he's at his best. There's no point in me talking about the tracks on the album, just listen too the short tasters on the website and that will tell you enough. However, what I will say is that the Live second half with blow yer Freakin' head off!!! Crank it up to ELEVEN!!!.... ENJOY!!!...P.S. Just thought I'd add that after seeing Sayce perform the other day, he announced that he had ANOTHER album due for release "soon". Which, in some ways explains the " schizophrenic " nature of Ruby Electric,[a reference to the Half Studio/Half Live recording], suggesting to me that it was probably the Record Companies idea to release this album.
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on 22 July 2011
OK, the title says 'almost' and yet I gave 5 stars. Because the Live volume of this cd is what you get when you see Mr Sayce display his obvious talents in the flesh. Buy this for this volume alone, it is truly superb and deserves the highest possible rating. There are a couple of good studio tracks, but overall I feel the studio volume does not do Mr Sayce justice. Track 1 is good and got me thinking 'YES', but then it just falls apart for me until we get to track 8 and blimey does this cd come to life!
A message to the management of Mr Sayce, bring out a Live Blu Ray of one of his gigs and see this guy shoot to where he belongs, up with the very best.
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on 14 September 2011
Having seen Philip Sayce live I can totally recommend this CD. It is a part live and part studio recording with the live songs recorded while supporting Deep Purple in France last year. Sayce draws heavily on Jimi Hendrix in terms of his guitar playing while the songs are funky and heavy. I thoroughly recommend this as an introduction to Philip Sayce who for me deserves the same success as Joe Bonamassa.Ruby Electric
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on 24 July 2011
This is not a totally new Philip Sayce album. It consists of a (shorter) studio part featuring a handful of new tracks, and a longer "live" part containing excellent live performances of songs from his two previous studio masterpieces. The minor gripe is they should much more clearly announce that on the cover, although a look at the track list makes it clear. Otherwise I can't give anything less than 5 stars anyway, because Philip is outstanding throughout and, although too few, the new songs are quite good. I agree with previous reviewers it may be worrisome on the song-writing front, but only time will tell ... Excellent guitarist, singer, who will hopefully go far. Recommended.
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on 9 January 2017
Half live, half studio album by the very talented Philip Sayce. You can clearly hear the guitarists who inspired him. particularly Jimi Hendrix! Recommended to guitar lovers!
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on 8 October 2014
The live side is simly electric!
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