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Guitar for Mortals


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Audio CD, January 28, 1992
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1. Coging's Glory
2. The Netsman & The Laird
3. Mrs. Jack's Last Stand
4. Nanci
5. After The Gig
6. 7 Year Ache
7. A Candle In Notre Dame
8. Pieta
9. Anu
10. The Gospel According To O. Henry
11. Waltzing With Jesus
12. Chicken Licken's Last Ride

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B000003BVZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My introduction to the music of Adrian Legg came just last month when I purchased Guitars and Other Cathedrals. While Guitar for Mortals is not quite as good as its predecessor, it is nonetheless an impressive follow-up.
The London-bred Legg plays with extraordinary skill and grace. Songs like "Mrs. Jack's Last Stand" and "After the Gig" are hauntingly beautiful, while "Waltzing with Jesus" displays the playful side of Legg's music. This collection opens and closes with the two most uptempo songs on the album: the chugging rhythms of "Coging's Glory" and the Dick Dale-meets-Leo Kottke stylings of "Chicken Little's Last Ride."
For anyone who enjoys the acoustic guitar, this album is a welcome addition. RECOMMENDED
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was driving home from work on Sunday night, when on National Public Radio, Adrian was being interviewed. Then they broke into Mrs. Jack's Last Stand. 20 seconds later I was pulling off the road to listen. I thought it incredible. The next morning I went out and bought all that I could find of his work, and always get his new stuff within a week of issue. I enjoyed the rest of the album as well. This and Mrs. Crowe's Blue Waltz are in my opinion his finest. Nice for a mellow time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This disc is not as powerful as "Guitars & Other Cathedrals" or the disc that follows it, but it contains some truly beautiful songs. There is a universe of emotion in his playing, but he's at his most powerful when playing slightly sad, hummable melodies ("Mrs. Jack's Last Stand,"A Candle in Notre Dame"). The intricacies in his music are as engrossing as the Shrapnel stuff of the 80s (sorry, I liked the assembly line of masturbatory players they churned out...ummm, some of them). Check out "...Cathedrals" first, though. "The Irish Girl" and "Cloud Stomp" are so exuberant and knowing and unique; they're worth being heard beyond the guitar nerd sector. Local radio station played them once, and I had a friend over whose face sort of warmed up when one of his more bouncy songs came on (if that other reviewer's claim that he's unappreciated in the UK is true, 'tis a damn shame).
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First, let me get out of the way that I am a big fan of Adrian. He is a fantastically good guitarist, and I pretty much have
all of his releases. This was my first acquisition, and it holds a special place for me in his catalog.

While he is a virtuoso, all of the skills he uses are in service of the music, and his rapid fire picking, use of alternate
tunings and Scruggs pegs to change tunings mid-tune are there for the tune's story.

I love "Netsman", and "Mrs. Jack" and they are all just joyful (and jaw-dropping) to listen to again and again. It is a
release I never get tired of. Buy it! You will not be disappointed.
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