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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2008
To be honest, I got more than I was hoping for when I bought this album. I thought I'd get more or less a collection CD of old songs, but this album has a few new ones as well!

His compositional skills have gotten more influenced by Indian music, and "Electric prayer for peace" really shows this. It's a fantastic track, and I've found myself going to sleep to that track more or less every single night for a couple of weeks now.

Rain, River of Longing (and the piano reprise later on) and Higher are also fantastic tracks. I've heard some of the other ones (like Altitudes and Air) a ton of times before, but they're also fantastic tracks.

All in all: You should buy this album. It's fantastic!:)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2008
It's been 12 years since Jason has released any material (for obvious reasons of ALS), but it was so worth the wait for these 3 new songs!! The Rivers of Longing are amazing songs which could have easily fit on Perspective. They are very melodic & deep, just like any Becker fan is used too. Electric Prayer for Peace is another amazing song which has ssoooo much going on. It's sort of like mixing Tribal with a movie score. As for the rest of the songs, they're all great picks; though honestly every song by Becker is amazing and deserves to be on here. My only quarrel is that there should be more than 13 tracks! That & Concerto is not on here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2008
Jason Becker has a new album, with some kind of "best of" compilation plus three new songs. Also the CD has a bonus material if you play it on a computer.

Jason Becker is a true master. With all the bad things he is going through, a new release is a victory over the destiny and a new example of his incredible talent.

Two more things: Jason is an example of the will for life and music like no other, and, by the way, he's still better musician and player than you and me.

Thank you Jason. Thank you for teaching us how to live the life and for the everyday inspiration.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2008
This is an incredibly beautiful and diversified mostly instrumental album. A must have for electric guitar fans. There are some tunes featuring the prodigious Jason Becker playing before he came down with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Although now paralyzed, he still composes with the use of technology and his music is majestic, passionate and uplifting. To perform his compositions he has vocalists and symphonic strings as well as some of the best guitarists around. Contributing guitarists include Steve Hunter, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani and Michael Lee Firkins. These monumental artists do a wonderful job conveying the soulfullness of these compositions. Every number is a gem. A very impressive album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2008
Jason has been a favorite of mine for years. His music is beyond inspring, and this is no exception.
Die-hard guitarists will be delighted to discover the extras included with the disk
This is a must have for anyone who finds any enjoyment in Jason's music
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2014
I had never even heard of Jason Becker until the recent Ice Bucket Challenge. His is a story that will captivate you even if you spent the 1980s hating metal hair bands. But no matter how amazing and inspiring his personal journey is, even that pales in comparison to the astonishingly beautiful music that continues to pour out of his sharp and naturally talented brain. This is a challenging album that takes a few dozen hearings to really "get" the depth of this man's talent, vision, and sheer gift. It's virtuoso guitar work recorded years ago, but it's so much more. Listen closely and you'll hear influences as diverse as Bach, Paganini, Beethoven, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howard Shore's thematic music scores, Sufi meditation music, the classical traditional music of India, and Robert Fripp. The haunting repetition of "The End of the Beginning" and the choruses of "River of Longing" and "Higher" will make you weep with joy.

I would not wish ALS on anyone, but when fate took away Becker's ability to be a virtuoso guitarist, it gave him insight into his own rare and astonishing talent. This man isn't just an inspiring story or someone who used to be a great guitarist. This man is a great musician and composer whose music will be listened to for many generations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2008
This new CD was my first experience with the guitar of Jason Becker. Most of the CD is mellow and without lyrics, so I find it nice to study to. Jason has an interesting style and is an excellent rock composer, despite his disability. This CD includes a letter from Jason Becker and a few hidden tracks if you check it out with a computer. All very impressive! If you haven't given him a chance yet, make sure you hear Jason Becker's work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
Knowing the situation Jason is in, being a long time ALS patient, it is incredible to see what masterpiece he and his musical companion Dan Alvarez have created. The 3 new songs on this recoprd are among the best songs Jason has ever written an recorded. For people that are not that familiar with Jason's previous work, this Collection CD offers a great overview of Jason's career ! Buy it !! Long live Jason Becker !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2009
This is a great cd. If you are a Jason Becker fan, you should definitely buy it. Jason Becker is such a talented guy and if you know his condition and you are a musician, you will appreciate this cd even more. I think they should have put Concerto among the collection songs but other than that, this is a cd that you have to owe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2010
Jason Becker is someone I really admire, he became seriously ill in the 90's and he was noted for his outstanding guitar shredding work in Cacophony and David Lee Roth as well as his own trademark solo album , 'Altitudes'. This CD is a collection of various pieces, like a family album. You can hear always brilliant musical ideas scattered through the CD.
He still inspires me and many others as a guitar player. Higly recommended!
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