Tony MacAlpine and George Lynch – Tears of Sahara

Maximum Security As I was shuffling around the iPod yesterday, I hit the song Tears of Sahara, a guitar duet that appears on the Tony MacAlpine album Maximum Security. This song is a duet Tony played with George Lynch. The reason I’m writing this is that I had forgotten how much I really liked Georges playing and this song showcases his really unique style of playing.

I never really quite understood why his playing hit me so hard, but he is another one of those guitarists that when you hear him, you just know its him. His style and sound is completely unique and unmistakeable.

While his playing with Dokken was good, it was his work outside of Dokken that really showed his uniqueness as a player. One exception to this was the instrumental Mr. Scary from the Dokken album Back for the Attack, which was the one instrumental he did in the band that showed off what he could do as a guitarist on his own.

Anyway, hearing this song reminded me of how much I really liked Georges playing. I think this is the coolest thing about the iPod since I got it and started filling it up. Hitting shuffle exposes you to a lot of stuff you’ve forgotten how much you liked.

Tears of Sahara was one of those moments. Such a great song by two really incredible guitar players.

For those with iTunes, you can download the song here. Amazon users can buy the MP3 here (DRM free) for the same price. Its worth the $0.99.

1 thought on “Tony MacAlpine and George Lynch – Tears of Sahara

  1. This is just one of many of George Lynch’s wonderful guitar participations. George has always been one of the most emotional players since the likes of Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix. Other high points are his solo album Sacred Groove (1991), and Will Work For Food (?). I saw George at an Atlanta guitar clinic and then at a performance in Atlanta that same night. I had the pleasure of talking with George at some length on both occasions. He impressed me as an excited individual (very humble for someone of such talent) who loves his craft and continually works toward improving it even today after all these years of playing. His playing at the clinic and the concert was flawless and very clean and polished, but with the emotional content many dream but cannot adequately express.

    In closing. If you have a chance to see George, do not pass it up. He is a genuinely nice individual and a very talented musician.

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