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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Timberline Music
  • ASIN: 5552894456
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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I was immediately lost, immersed in the music.
Dennis Leahy
I love my CDs by Leo Kottke, Don Ross, Adrian Legg, Tommy Emmanuel, Willy Porter, and especially Michael Hedges.
Jay Parmenter
Gulezian's compositions are interesting, intense, and beautiful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jay Parmenter on November 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I came to Amazon.com on the rumor there's a new concert CD from Michael Gulezian (haven't found it yet), and noticed someone from Austin already wrote a review for "Language of the Flame" - I was at that Cactus Cafe performance also, and remember it well. It was an incredible thing to witness. Gulezian was the opening act at a sold-out rock-oriented concert ... it took all of maybe twenty seconds into his first song before every eye was glued to the stage. Forty minutes later the entire audience was blown away - something you rarely see in this town.

Michael Gulezian plays with such power, ferocity, and unrestrained passion, such complete authority, such dazzling technique, such clarity of tone, and with such a distinctive voice (did I mention power, ferocity, and passion?), it leaves absolutely no doubt this guy is one of the greatest solo instrumental acoustic guitarists alive today. His guitars sounded huge. Monstrously huge. Yet for all the firepower, Gulezian's music also happens to be gorgeous - there's always a sense of gracefulness, even when the music screams. Michael Gulezian is a sophisticated and talented composer disguised as a guitarist with superhuman chops. He embeds melodies into harmonic voicings that move and build through each piece, with rhythms that seem to shift and turn in ways you never expect. This is one intense musician. The only other guitarists I've witnessed on this level are Stevie Ray Vaughn and Michael Hedges (more on Hedges later).

"Language of the Flame" is a major statement. I love my CDs by Leo Kottke, Don Ross, Adrian Legg, Tommy Emmanuel, Willy Porter, and especially Michael Hedges.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Leahy on September 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
(Just in case you do not have time to read this entire review, I heartily recommend Language of the Flame as a superb collection of acoustic guitar music, from one of the most creative, innovative, evocative, and listenable acoustic guitarists of all time. Buy 2 copies, and give one to your best friend.)
And for those of you who do have a couple of minutes...
I discovered Michael Gulezian one day when I turned on my radio, and heard Michael performing as an in-studio guest at KUMD radio. He played three selections from Language of the Flame, flawlessly, and with an extraordinary depth of passion. I was instantly floored, and knew I had not heard anything like this since the last time I had seen the late great Michael Hedges perform live. The luck of the Irish was with me; Michael Gulezian was to play the following night at a local venue.
I arrived early the next night, and sat directly in front of the stage, just a few feet from where this superb guitarist would be performing. This would give me an excellent opportunity to watch his hands. I have been toying with guitar playing for over 30 years, and hoped to pick up some technique. After decades of listening to and watching many of the world's greatest guitarists, from Atkins to Zappa (and Montgomery, King, Tedesco, Pass, Benson, Ritenour, Carlton, Page, Clapton, Freeman, Beck, Buchanan, Guy, Hedges, Bensusan, Ross, Santana, Knopfler, Hendrix, Vaughan, Gilmore, Kottke, Cooder, Gatton, McLaughlin, Fripp, Andress, Reed, etc.), I can pretty well visualize what the guitarist is doing with their hands as they play. And I knew this would be a treat, because I could "see" that Michael had to have his hands all over the guitar to achieve all of the many timbres he employs in his beautiful creations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ali Damon on March 24, 2005
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I will try not to be long winded or sentimental, but when Michael Hedges died in 1997, I thought that new acoustic music died with him. Thankfully, I was wrong; thank god for Kaki King, Gulezian etc.

I could wax rhapsodic about the whole CD and its wonderful composition and melodic beauty. My favorite track has to be "Michael Hedges Goes to Heaven". What a beautiful piece of music! It is haunting (additionally I listened to it the other day as I was driving through the canyons of Nevada on my way to LA and it was a wonderful compliment to the landscape).

The thing that makes me happiest about discovering Gulezian is that I am not left in darkness after Hedges death. I am very happy to have found this wonderful talent to comfort my ears. This CD is the answer to an guitar-lover's prayer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joel Stjernholm on March 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like most of the reviewers, I had heard nearly nothing of Michael Gulezian before I saw him perform at my college. I knew he had performed at St. Olaf before (it was actually his 12th time), but I knew nothing of him or his music. Between the free guitar clinic he gave a few nights before the performance, and the stunning, non-stop 2 and a half hour performance, along with an afternoon of hanging out (as I am a sound technician at the concert venue, and I also worked the show), I definitely fell under Michael's spell. I sat down the next day with a guitar, and I was at a loss--I had no idea how to ocmmunicate like he did--either live, or (as you most likely care about more) his Language of the Flame CD. His guitar vocabulary is so unique and so evocative, it is amazing. Even after its 20th spin in your cd player, it still is fresh, and still touches your heart. A must for anyone who cares for any guitar music. Plus, a song is called the Room of Doom. Honestly. How much does that rock?
(P.S.:I ran into Michael two days later, and he recommended [...] as a starting place for learning that vocabulary.)
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