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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mascot 2011
  • ASIN: B005DLBM5S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By guitarguy on October 2, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
OVERALL: Great catchy fusion rock songs in the vein of Jeff Becks classic "There and Back" album from 1980, but even better! This is due mostly to drummer Simon Phillips sharing the writing credits and production. Simon played on Becks "There and Back", and the influence of that album is all over this. Fun and easy to listen to, all songs are kept succinct in the 4 to 5 minute range, which is short by fusion standards, so there's no time for filler or meandering explorative solos. These songs groove right along with nice melodic hooks, harmonic development and burning solos which are kept to the point for maximum impact. No duds or boring moments. Gone is the overly metal approach of past sherinian albums, so the result is a more balanced rock/fusion sound, still with some metal edges but not all the time in your face, which is nice.

THE PLAYERS: All 5 guest guitarists here pull out Beck type melodic shadings and feel, but with more chops and intense solos. Great guitar all around. Perfect bass support from Jimmy Johnson (of Allan Holdsworth fame). Simon of course does his tasty precision beats and fills, double bass shuffles, and more. Seems he's the glue in the whole album. Derek needed someone of his caliber to bring out the best in him with this new more musical and classic direction.

THE KEYBOARD SOUNDS: Finally Derek seems to have embraced authentic vintage keyboard sounds more than in the past (which you can see on the cover) probably from getting used to them more while playing them in Black Country Communion. In the past he seemed to rely more on modern synth sounds associated with prog metal (dream theater, jens johannsen, etc) and downplayed the vintage ones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By masque on October 25, 2011
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one of the best instrumental albums i own......VERY guitar oriented!!!!!! but it's the perfect mix of awesome guitar playing and killer keyboard stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Strong on September 30, 2011
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Although I am more familiar with Derek through Planet X than through his solo albums, I perused samples of this album, mostly because of the people playing on it. Anyway, I am quite happy with the record, which seems to play musical chairs with an array of styles - blues, jazz, rock, and prog, rolling them into one cosmic ball of fusion. The album features many musical and virtuosic peaks, but the 2 standout tracks were Mercury 7 - partcularly, the marrow-boiling solo of Macalpine - and Euphoria, with its majestic, stellar melody and alien atmospheres; also, Steve Lukather's guitar sounds as huge and heavy and atmospheric as the planet Jupiter. Matter of fact, I like this record better than some of Derek's others, such as Utopia (?) and Molecular Heinosity. Derek's music is not only a feast for musicans; it's also a feast for anyeone's imagination.
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