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American Matador

Marc BonillaAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Get Off The Fence 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. A Whiter Shade Of Pale 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Mephisto 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wake The Baby 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Vette Lag 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Prélude 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. In The Blue Corner 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Am The Walrus 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Whiter Shade Of Pale [Instrumental] 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NOBLE ROT
  • ASIN: B001O2ZVMA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Classic rock fans, take note you get not one but two covers of 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' (one instrumental, one with Glenn Hughes on vocals) plus a cover of 'I Am the Walrus'! The complete 1993 release!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME GUITAR - AWESOME CD August 5, 2004
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Another guitar virtuoso that combines awesome technique with the ability to compose stirring and emotional musik. The playing is second to none and shows restrain were it is called for. Bonilla doesn't decent into noodling and every note has a valid place that serves and enhances the composition. If you like HOEY / TIMMONS / FIRKINS / ZAZA or anything of that nature, you will love this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid 2nd effort, though "EE Ticket" is better November 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
First, please read my review of Bonilla's "EE Ticket" album - that one is a MUST buy. Now that you've read that review...
This is a good album, and if you liked EE Ticket you'll like this one. But after EE Ticket, Matador is a bit of a letdown - it feels like Bonilla had a half an album worth of stuff and needed to stretch it. The "good half" is just as fresh and inventive and invigorating and amazing as "EE Ticket". But the "other half" isn't quite as good, and feels like filler, and leaves you wishing he had been able to create more genuinely stuff. "I Am The Walrus" isn't as good as "Commotion", and we didn't really need 2 versions of "Whiter Shade of Pale" (in fact we didn't need EITHER version). Bonilla sings on one song ("Wake the Baby"), and he's surprisingly good. Glenn Hughes sings "Walrus", and I don't really care for him. In fact, despite Bonilla's strong work on "Wake the Baby" I would prefer the album to have NO vocals - one of the great things about "EE Ticket" was that it's purely instrumental, and "Matador" makes you realize that the instruments are so good that you don't want any vocals with his music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 -- Pyrotechnic rock and prog-rock guitar March 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Guitarist Marc Bonilla's second solo album, originally released in 1993, is reissued here as part of a four-CD set framing the works of Toy Matinee. Toy Matinee's self-titled 1990 debut spawned a touring company with Bonilla on guitar, and his relationship with Toy Matinee's songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kevin Gilbert led to the solo debut EE Ticket and a year later this follow-up. Bonilla would return to the Toy Matinee fold as part of the 1994 reunion (sans Gilbert) 3rd Matinee on the CD Meanwhile.

As on his solo debut, Bonilla sticks primarily to jazz-tinged heavy rock instrumentals that demonstrate his talent for shredding with blistering fusillades of rapid notes and his ability to lay back and create unusual atmospherics, such as the loping tempo and varied tones covering the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus." Though most of his playing is electric, there's an impressive flat-picked acoustic passage on "Mephisto" and a lovely dual-acoustic take on Ravel's "Prelude" that show Bonilla's range to extend well beyond prog-rock.

Bonilla's vocals on the original "Wake the Bay" and a cover of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (which is also offered in a purely instrumental version) are adequate, but don't compare in reach to the guitar playing. Fans of Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, the myriad progressive guitarists of the `70s and their more metallic '80s and `90s descendents will find much here to enjoy. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Graceful Rock September 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a solid piece of rock that lifts the listener through a variety of moods and textures. It isn't just Bonilla's virtuosic skill as a pure player that is so impressive; it is, even more, the range and scope of sheer sound that he coaxes, cajoles and rips out of his instruments.
Bonilla, who produced the release and wrote most of the songs, has a graceful, powerful hand that creates music at once moving, inspiring, and exhilarating. It's hard to pick a standout piece as the quality of the album is so high. His title track ("American Matador") shows Bonilla's remarkable range in a thrilling metal instrumental with prog rock and flamenco roots. "Get Off the Fence" (an ode to Harley-Davidson), "Mephisto" and "Vette Lag" fill ears with indelible sonic images. Glenn Hughes' vocals on "A Whiter Shade of Pale" mix well with Bonilla's deft delivery of rock-charged soul music; this blues metal mix is even more apparent in his haunting "The Vanishing Road." Bonilla himself steps up to the microphone for brutal insight into the insanity of societal violence ("Wake the Baby"). Would that all rock records were made with the same care, the same passion and invention. David R. Bannon, Ph.D.; author, "Race Against Evil."
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