Album Review

Imaginational Anthem Volume Two

cadilliac margarita   2/21/2007   A Library

This compilation featuring such artists as James Blackshaw, Michael Chapman, Fred Gerlach, and Robbie Basho, is for the most part is full of rich, layered 12-string guitar instrumentals. some of the tracks were recorded live, while others are studio cuts, but all of them give you the feeling of a really intimate concert. Many of these pieces run seven plus minutes and are so delicate that you can hear every subtle nuance, strum, and chord change. There is even some banjo thrown in the mix when on track 10, “New World Coming”, Billy Faier lets loose and provides the cd with it’s only vocal. The original recording of the song was from his 1973 album, ” Takoma”, but the vocal was omitted. Many of the tracks are by masters that have influenced other muscians. For example, it says in the liner notes that Jimmy Page has listed Fred Gerlach, heard here on track 7, “Devil’s Brew”, as an influence. Track 12, “Kowaka D’ Amor” by the late Robbie Basho, recorded live some time between 1967-1969 at Stanford University, is an impressive ten minute opus, that just gets better and better as the minutes pass.?? There are so many outstanding tracks, but my personal favorites are 1,2, 5, 7, 10, and 12.
Really, really nice.

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