Dave B, the creator of the Guitars Suck video series has started the InstruMental Case podcast, a podcast dedicated to instrumental guitar music. The pilot episode (episode 0) has been posted and I have to say, I like it!
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.
Today on the way to take Kelsi home we stopped at the mall and as I was browsing through CD’s I came across Yngwie J. Malmsteens Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E flat minor – Op.1.
Needing a change of pace, I picked it up.
This album is extremely cool. Its a full concerto, written for an orchestra with the electric guitar as a solo instrument. Before you shrug it off as just another orchestra CD like Kiss Symphony or Metallica S&M, it isn’t. This is a completely different animal. This is an actual classical piece of music, written by Malmsteen himself, with the guitar as the lead solo instrument — not a rehash of existing songs with an orchestra behind them.
The only albums I’ve really liked from Malmsteen are his first, Rising Force and Trilogy. All of his other albums seemed “more of the same”, where you are essentially beaten over the head by how fast he can play and how much he can dominate the song. This album, however, is amazing, and its quite obvious that this is the type of music Yngwie was meant to play. I think this is by far his best album to date.
If you see this in the store, pick it up. It is, dare I say it, a masterpiece. On a scale from one to five in both originality and just plain beautiful music, I give it a seven.