This album was released in Japan for a reason and this reason is that the Japanese appreciate a good ass rocking guitar session. Their pop music is indicative of this as most Japanese pop songs have an average of 4 guitar solos per every 7 songs as compared to America where it is one guitar solo per seven pop songs.
Lynch and John Petrucci come out as the most technical guitarists on
this albums. Everyone else is stand by on rock and blues scales. Of
course that would have been Lynch as well if it were not for his recent
(1994) lessons at Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.
once we also get to hear John Petrucci go improv as most of the Dream
Theater series guitars have been mainly real hard studio work and
composing. You can tell the difference in each guitarist as each uses
his own unique sound on the album.
This is a must have both in
session creativity and unique guitar theory for the avid guitar
listener/fan. No, Greg Howe does not make a special appearance (though
in my opinion, Greg and his star pupil, Prashant Aswani, excel above
these sessioneers) in this album, but there is plenty to listen to
otherwise like Andy Timmons, Brad Gillis, and Al Pitrelli (virtual
unknowns in modern guitar).
Never before has there been such a collection of incredible guitarists on one album.
To find this record for me was
nearly impossible. But I managed to do it. And alll the searching was
worthwhile. But, apart of all the excellent guitar in the cd itself,
there is one man thar REALLY blew my brains. John Petrucci. That's why I
started to listen to progressive music, when I discovered the magical
music of Dream Theater. Really great record, it expands your horizons.
I have to tell you I had never
heard of this album and once I did I had to have it if not for only the
sheer need to have the opportunity to at least hear this album just once
just to have the chance to hear these amazing performers playing
Now that I have it I can't stop listening, the tracks
are amazing. And I have to agree, this is not a true Guitar Battle as
much as it just a bunch of the world's best guitarist jamming to some of
the best guitar songs ever written.
I believe it is Al Pitrelli
that deserves the credit for getting these guys together for this
fantastic album, and who better than Al who knows how to put together
monster shows whether he is lead for Megadeth or rocking the holidays
with the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the man has talent for guitar that is
only rivaled by his ability to bring together incredible talent on one
Train Kept a Rolling - Al Pitrelli, George Lynch, Michael
Lee Firkins, Reb Beach, Steve Morse - is probably the 2nd to least
enjoyable song on the entire album, but I still love it, just something
had to come in last. This is just a pure jam of multiple styles and
sounds that rock like a pendulum instead of colliding with one another.
- Al Pitrelli, Michael Lee Firkins, Reb Beach, Steve Morse, Brad
Gillis, John Petrucci - one of my all time favorite Beatles tunes and it
shines with these guys playing and effortlessly combining style and
sound to pay tribute to a truly masterful piece of music. Probably my
Favorite track on the album.
Memphis - Al Pitrelli, Michael Lee
Firkins, Reb Beach, Steve Morse, Brad Gillis, John Petrucci - this is
just a fantastic session of jams with the blues ringing through from the
very core to only transition to a wonderfully rocked out bad ass bit of
Purple Rain - Al Pitrelli, Brad Gillis, John
Petrucci, Andy Timmons - I am no prince fan, though I can acknowledge he
is a talented musician, just not my cup of tea. This track is the most
surprising one on the entire album for me and they do it better than it
was ever meant to be in my opinion. I now have a prince song that I
love to listen too, just without prince and this track just freaking
Mambo King - Al Pitrelli, Reb Beach, Brad Gillis, Andy
Timmons - My least favorite track, again this song is just not my cup of
tea. That said it is still a masterful work of blending the guitar
work of so many masters into a single song. It is just a bit slow to
start but he solos in the middle make it well worth the listen while it
slows down a again towards the end, the acoustic is well played as well
an interesting contrast to the solos in the middle.
Birdland - Al
Pitrelli, Michael Lee Firkins, Reb Beach, John Petrucci - Another good
track. this song sounds like the guys were just flat having fun with
it. the lick work is playful and you can really get a sense for the fun
the guys were having with it.
If, like me, you are addicted to
bad ass electric guitar you will not want to miss this one. I have to
tell you this 6 track CD is worth every penny you will pay for it. I
absolutely love it and regret not having found it sooner. The sound
quality is great, the playing is rich, pure fun and the talents shine in
it. I tell you it is not a battle aldum and has none of the feeling a
battle ought to have. This is pure fretboard, picking, hammer and
pulling fun all the way through. This is a bunch or just really
talented guys having a blast with their guitars and doing what they do
best and loving every minute of it.
I LOVE this CD and listen to it
all the time. There are a few times where I'm not sure who is playing
what, but generally you can tell by the style. I question that it always
follows the order listed on the cd. Pitrelli has no business being on
this CD, but is because he organized the whole thing. His solos are
fine, but he is not in the same league as the others.
One of the
biggest surprises is Brad Gillis. I've always been a fan of his playing,
but his solos are perhaps the most unique of the bunch. Petrucci and
Morse seem ton DEVASTATE the rest, even though they all are wonderful. I
think it's personal preference. Andy Timmons is also great along with
the mega under appreciates Michael Lee Firkins. Reb Beach is another
player I love, but his contribution seems buried, and his signature
sound not as dominant. Lynch is wicked and I wished he would have
Courtesy: Original uploader
1 Train Kept a Rollin'
featuring: Al Pitrelli, George Lynch, Michael Lee Firkins, Reb Beach, Steve Morse.
featuring: Al Pitrelli, Brad Gillis, John Petrucci, Michael Lee Firkins, Reb Beach, Steve Morse.
featuring: Al Pitrelli, Andy Timmons, Brad Gillis, Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Morse.
4 Purple Rain
featuring: Al Pitrelli, Andy Timmons, Brad Gillis, John Petrucci.
5 Mambo King
featuring: Al Pitrelli, Andy Timmons, Brad Gillis, Reb Beach.
featuring: Al Pitrelli, George Lynch, John Petrucci, Michael Lee Firkins, Reb Beach.
Bass – Danny Miranda
Drums – John O. Reilly
Rhythm Guitar – Al Pitrelli