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Chasing the Sun


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Grooveyard Records is a new independent record company dedicated to bringing you only the most outstanding "pure heavy guitar beauty for the new millennium". GUITAR IS KING IN THE GROOVEYARD!!!

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"..trading his thrash/jazz mélange for a broader spectrum of musical moods, makes "Chasing The Sun" a delectable treat for guitar fanatics everywhere." -- (Rough Edge -April 2000)

"All along, Chris has been one of the instrument's luminaries, and one of the ten most important and unique players in rock/fusion.." -- (Satan Stole My Teddybear -June 2000)

"Lovers of instrumental guitar albums should consider this potential purchase a no-brainer.."(Metal Maniacs Magazine (October 2000)) -- (Metal Maniacs Magazine -October 2000)

"Poland... is one of the strongest exponents of the rock/fusion genre and is sure to appeal to fans of Shawn Lane, Vai, Greg Howe, Brand X and the like." -- (Fuse Online -April 2000)

1. Chasing the Sun
2. Hip Hop Karma
3. Wendell's Place
4. Robo Stomp
5. Straight Jacket
6. Cosmo's Thumb
7. Lulu's Dream
8. Salvador
9. Interference Blues
10. Alphabet City
11. Mercy
12. Song for Paul (31 Summers)
13. Alexandria 99 (BONUS TRACK)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 11, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grooveyard Records
  • ASIN: B00004WCE7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Jacobs on February 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Chris' playing, along with Gar Samuelson's, is the most underrated aspect of Megadeth. This album is far from the speed metal of "Peace Sells..." or Chris' first solo album because it features Chris playing a variety of different styles from the funky "Hip Hop Karma" to the Spanish flare on "Salvador." His picking is clean, fast and precise, sort of like Eric Johnson, making the whole album smooth. The only problem I have with it is that it really is a slew of demos that Chris recorded over the years, so it doesn't exactly have the flow of his first solo album (ie: a theme that flows through the entirety of the album). The sound quality is excellent, however, so you're not just getting a bunch of tunes Chris put together in his garage on a Sony "my frist boombox." If you're familiar with his previous work, this could open the doors to new exciting things, but obviously, if you're a fan of top notch solo guitar, you already know this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RXCSLC on July 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Chris Poland is a truly underrated talent. His fluid guitar solos are incredible, and his playing on the 'Chasing the Sun' CD is a great example for any aspiring guitarist. I really dug his work in Damn the Machine and Megadeth, not to mention his last CD 'Return To Metalopolis'. This new CD bridges the gap between his heavy metal past and his new band Ohm, which is a jazz fusion trio. (Be on the lookout for Ohm! )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Harris on October 4, 2014
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Great album if you like OHM: or Chris Poland's prior solo album (Return to Metalopolis). This one in particular is somewhere in-between his work with OHM and his first solo album, with more fusion elements and a more improvisational/experimental nature, as opposed to the more straightforward riffing metal with jazz elements that was his first solo album.

I'm making the album 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons...

Firstly, while this album is very good and much better then 99% of music you'd find in a store or on the charts, I think Poland's fusion work with OHM is a bit better, and if you're looking for fusion music, I would recommend one of those albums first over this one. His prior solo album is more difficult to compare to this one, since the stylistic approach is more fundamentally different, but I would rate it evenly. You'd like the prior album better if you like more metal with fusion elements, and this one better if you prefer a more eclectic rock fusion mixed with blues jazz, latin, even elements of hip-hop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H. Eichen on February 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have never written a review on Amazon before but I am so impressed with this work by Chris Poland that I felt compelled to do so. I wasn't crazy about his other solo cd's. I do think his work with OHM is excellent. But "Chasing the Sun" is uniquely different! I own numerous works by Steve Morse, Joe Satriani and Jeff Kollman, to name just a few. Chasing the Sun is wholly different from these other stylists. It dislays uniquely different artistry. The songs are creative and expressive and Chris Poland's playing is superb! This is one of my absolute favorite cd's. I wish he would release another cd along the same lines. If you appreciate instrumental guitar, I HIGHLY recommend this title.
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First with Megadeth, with melodic bendy singing legato solos that really stand out against the bluesy lick-driven (or clueless whammy wanking) of most metal band solos. Then Metalopolis, which is both chunky and melodic. (My roomates at the time were sure it was Eric Johnson album with a metal band.) Then Damn the Machine, which I was fortnate enough to see live... prog-metal, I guess, though heavier on the prog and lighter on the metal.
Now this. Whoa, jazz fusion metal? Huh? But great! At times he sounds like Eric Johnson or Carlos Santana, tone-wise, but really, he has a distinctive style of his own, which not too many guitarists have. He doesn't sound like Allan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, or Steve Vai, but you know what I mean when I say that when you hear one of them you know who it is right away, and the same goes for Chris Poland. The benefit of this is shown on this album: he can change bands and play different styles from band to band and from solo album to solo album and it still sounds great.
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By Jamie on January 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I had first heard of Chris Poland through his time with Megadeth. His solos were so heavy, fast and mind blowing I had to hear more! So when I got this I was a bit surprised. It was more Jazz and Blues ryhtem then Poland first album "Return To Meatalopolis". So as I listened to it a secound time I really got into it! Poland is so original with his style of guitar playing. Creating a sort of Eric Clapton-Jeff Beck sound in his music. But somehow managing to make his musical sound all his own. Keeping you hooked till the end! After listing to his incredible guitar technique on this album it makes you wounder how come Poland never struck gold in the music bis after his Mega years. If you got the blues or like the funky sounds of jazz in your ears then grab this album!
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