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Merry Axemas 2 - More Guitars for Christmas

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Celebrate the yule tide with a 'tude, and do up Christmas right with these rockers. Includes Deck the Halls Ted Nugent; White Christmas Zakk Wylde; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen John Sykes; Sleigh Ride Stu Hamm; Carol of the Bells Al Di Meola, and more.

1. The Christmas Song
2. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
3. Do You Hear What I Hear
4. Sleigh Ride
5. O Come All Ye Faithful
6. White Christmas
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
8. O Little Town of Bethlehem
9. Carol of the Bells
10. Deck the Halls

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Special Product
  • ASIN: B000B7HZS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Steve Vai is a lot of things, but "compilation producer" may not leap to mind. But that's just what Steve is in his spare time, and here comes volume two of his excellent Merry Axemas instrumental "guitars for Christmas" series. The first volume featured the expected shred kings (Vai, Satriani, Eric Johnson...) and the second volume brings in an array of other classic six-stringers (and one four- five- and six-stringer in session bassist Stu Hamm). Along with Stu we've got Steve Lukather, Neal Schon of Journey, Steve Stevens who you might remember from Billy Idol's 80s band, Trevor Rabin, erstwhile member of 80s Yes and the most prolific South African scoring movies today, Jersey cowboy Zakk Wylde from Ozzy Osbourne's band and Pride and Glory, metaller John Sykes from the Thin Lizzy/Tygers of Pan Tang/Whitesnake/Blue Murder, Robin Trower (second most famous utilizer of the Uni-Vibe), jam whiz Al Di Meola, and the master of fifth-chord mayhem -- and my namesake -- Ted Nugent. Every track works, even if some of them are relatively obscure Christmas songs since many of the obvious choices got used up on volume one. Standouts include Zakk Wylde setting aside his Les Pauls to play a beautiful arrangement of "White Christmas" on classical guitars; Rabin's highly-processed but lush and engaging guitar-synth take on "O Come All Ye Faithful"; and Nugent's wailing, wild, tongue-in-cheek explosion of "Deck the Halls". If you love Mannheim Steamroller you'll be made uneasy by most of these renditions...if you've always wondered how many harmonics can be fitted into a Christmas classic, or what Emmanuel would have done with a PRS and a Marshall half-stack, look no further. A guaranteed hit with any and every guitarist on your list.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Maier on December 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Overall a very fun CD to spin. Nice, fresh takes on the usuals. Some liberties taken but all in good fun and excellently executed and produced. Great solos, great playing all around and not a single track I skip over.

1 Christmas Song - Steve Lukather -Very vocal lead lines. Singing, soaring melody.
2 O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Neal Schon Somber, beautiful and crying lead line. He hits "those" notes that give you chills.
3 Do You Hear What I Hear - Steve Stevens gives us probably the most "jammy" tune on the CD. He starts off lovely then tears up his leads with balls and chunk.
4 Sleigh Ride - Stu Hamm KILLS this track with the bass replacing the vocal melody. This is probably my favorite track on the CD. The backing by Steve Smith on the brushes/drums and Tom Coster on organ is just sweet.
5 O Come All Ye Faithful - Trevor Rabin. Great layering and dynamic shifts. If you know Rabin's style, it's somewhat typical for him. But to hear a Christmas tune that way is a nice change of pace.
6 White Christmas - Zakk Wylde gives us the shocker of the CD. A light, pretty acoustic ZAKK WYLDE tune? "Simply" too cool. The ending gets more interesting without becoming busy or overdone.
7 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - John Sykes Another balls & chunk tune with his usual searing, gobs o' tone leads.
8 O Little Town of Bethlehem - Robin Trower The quiet tune. Simple, soulful and lovely.
9 Carol of the Bells - Al di Meola Somehow mysterious and obscure. But great playing and a lot of fun.
10 Ted Nugent - Deck The Halls - It's TED! What do you expect? A completely insane version that had me LOL. What a great way to finish the CD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jeffrey on December 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first CD was great. Almost everyone did a wonderful job in not losing the melody. Melody is the key part in christmas songs. I'm a believer in the fact that if you're going to do a song (where the melody is important)- you should be creative in ways to keep the melody going without playing the same thing over and over again. On the second CD, Al Dimeola, Mr. Wylde, and Stu Hamm all play examples of what I'm talking about. None of them lost the melody of the song. The rest of the tracks on the Vol. 2 CD also have tremendous musical ideas in them, and they sound great until whoever's playing goes off into his own world, and the melody get's trashed. The solos may show that they're gifted musicians, but it's almost like they forget what they're playing. I found the first CD more enjoyable because it had a lot less of the "losing the melody". Regardless, the CD is worth getting for Stu Hamm's track and Zach Wylde's White Chritmas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Herb on November 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It seems that I may be among the minority that found this one to be better than the first. This one does rock harder and does have a tendency to take wild rides that may clash at times with the main melody, but isn't that what rock is all about? It never gets boring. I would recommend this one to anybody for the first track alone. Steve Lukather proves himself as a master of the fretboard with his rendition of The Christmas Song. I am a fan of the production on this one as well. Another success for Vai. Pour some eggnog, turn your stereo up to 11 and enjoy the ride!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ed H on February 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Has some great tracks and others not so great. The good tracks emmulate Christmas, while others use it for another jam fest. Not nearly as good as Merry Axemas Vol 1.
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