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At the end of the 20th Century, few guitar virtuosi were as respected and revered as MARTY FRIEDMAN. After first rising to prominence alongside fellow six-string whiz Jason Becker in the influential band Cacophony and via his well-received solo debut "Dragon's Kiss," FRIEDMAN joined Megadeth, with whom he soon wrote and recorded the thrash landmark "Rust In Peace." His ... Read more in Amazon's Marty Friedman Store

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • ASIN: B000MGVBMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Marty Friedman began his career as a Shrapnel solo recording artist and later joined forces with guitar virtuoso Jason Becker to form seminal progressive metal pioneers, "Cacophony." Amassing worldwide acclaim as a guitar virtuoso, Marty came to the attention of Megadeth who were looking for a guitarist and the rest is history. Racking up sales of over 10 million records with Megadeth, Friedman continued to record solo records for Shrapnel, often embarking on musical forays far removed from his work with Megadeth. "LOUDSPEAKER" is exactly the kind of record that Friedman fans have been waiting for. It is heavy, melodic and digs down deep to his roots, reminiscent in style of his best selling Shrapnel solo record "Dragon's Kiss."

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Really cool album.
Paul Glen Stein
This just came out but I already cant wait for the next one!
J. K. Reece
And most of them are at breakneck speed.
takethekman

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By WillieB on May 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A lot of guitarists release instrumental music that displays technical prowess and speed but lacks melody. That ain't the case here. "Loudspeaker" is a heavy, forceful, metal influenced instrumental guitar album with melody (there are some vocals on one tune).

"Elixir" blasts forth with abundant energy, an in your face slamming quality that continues throughout the entire disc. Marty's chops are all over the place and he goes all out with lots of overdubbed guitar parts that create a thick beefy sound. Many songs segue into each other effortlessly so it's like listening to one 47-minute tune. Marty gets a little help from guest guitarists Steve Vai and John Petrucci. Ryuichi Nishida, Jeremy Colson, and Tetsu Mukaiyama handle the drumming. Billy Sheehan, Masaki, Marty, Mick Karn and Ikuo manage the bottom end, Jens Johanssen plays keys, and Geri Soriano-Lightwood sings on one tune. Great disc if you like heavy melodic instrumental music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Meredith on July 25, 2007
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Marty has totaly spoiled music for me now. I can't stop listening to Loudspeaker. I have Dragon's kiss, and perpetual Burn by Jason, return to Metalopolis by Chris Poland, Some Vai, Some Macalpine which i love one and all, but loudspeaker is so powerful, and beautiful, I can't decide which track I like best.
I love instrmental metal. Who compares? Where can I find more like this? not jazz (Ohm), or even rock instrumental (Vai), But Heavy metal (without the cheesey cookie-monster vocals). Help!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Reece on July 10, 2007
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Marty Friedman never ceases to amaze me at his guitar work. This disc is a far cry from "Speeding".... alot faster and heavier and loaded with in your face riffs and solos. Marty continues to be one of the premier guitar virtuosos of the last 20 years. Havent heard this kind of shredding since Cacophony. This just came out but I already cant wait for the next one! \m/
CHECK THIS OUT IF YOU LOVED LOUDSPEAKER:

Speed Metal Symphony
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Israel on December 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Marty Friedman, Megadeth's "hired gun", and yin to Dave Mustaine's yang, has always seemed to lack the respect he deserves here in the states. Despite contributing some of the most cutting-edge, technical guitar work ever written to several Megadeth albums ("Rust In Peace", in particular, is widely regarded as one of the most progressive metal albums ever recorded), he is more or less unknown.

After becoming an expatriate and moving to Japan, where he now resides, he became more involved in sound production and J-Pop and moved away from his association with heavy metal.Fortunately for us, Marty Friedman has since blown the dust off of his guitar and blessed us with his prodigious talents on instrumental releases, many of which are available here in the states.

Although in-your-face at times, "Loudspeaker" benefits from Friedman's deft touch and exotic sensibilities, and as such can not really be called a metal album in the traditional sense. I suppose I would refer to it as smart prog rock, with challenging rhythmic tendencies that avoid many of the cliche's of instrumental guitar albums, and featuring his trademark lighting-fast flourishes and impossibly fluid soloing technique. This album reveals layer upon layer over time, like many good progressive albums do. Also featuring an all-star lineup of other great players, the feel of this album actually reminds me of the avant-garde post-modern style of Buckethead. Recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donal J. Bassett on May 24, 2007
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Well, I can't decide which I like better, Music for Speeding, or Loudspeaker, but I might lean towards Loudspeaker! Every song is awesome, the production is AMAZING, and as usual, Marty Friedman dazzles with his incredible guitar playing. Marty's signature voice is definitely heard throughout the album, giving us a combination of American and European shred, Japanese voice nuances, and exotic note choices.

Overall, BUY THIS ALBUM.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By XiNo on July 15, 2006
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Marty's just brilliant, hes such an underrated guitar player, thats why he left to japan...he gets all the credit he deserves there...this album is pretty heavy with the exception of 2 or 3 songs, and one of them has some spanish samples, kinda like the ones he usually uses in japanese, and thats just a plus 'cause Im from Peru...the melodies are great, he has the best feeling ever, and some crazy riffs too! so buy it you wont regret...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Fretwell on October 18, 2007
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Take your lame self and lock yourself in a room, and listen to this cd, and then feel free to hang yourself after realizing just how sadly you rank in. Or maybe drown in your vomit. Anyway, this album makes most heavy metal (and always rap) I heard this year sound drab and uninspired in comparison. There's no substitution for talent....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bowman on July 17, 2007
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This is a killer example of Marty Friedman. A little heavier than his last few, this CD has shades of his Cacophony years with his trademark melody style. Like all Marty's music, the more I listen to it the better it gets. A must have for any guitar fan.
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