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Features all new recordings that feature Lynch tackling some of the best loved and musically complex compositions ever written including classical works by Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and more! --Official Press Release
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Firstly, be warned these are NOT by any means loyal to the originals. Instead of playing the classics with an electric guitar, Lynch opted for using them as a supportive canvas to jam over and show off his incredible guitar chops. Purists might consider this is a total sacrilege, but electric guitar aficionados will appreciate the freshness of Lynch's (dis)arrangements and his "go for it" attitude.
Secondly, why would Mr. Scary enter anyway in the land of Uli Jon Roth, Malmsteen and Blackmore? He's just into a less regimented, more relaxed style of playing; so he needed to do this his own way. Therefore, what you'll get here is no less than metal in its purest essence: a man relentlessly shredding around, ripping, burning, having fun... and even making "Fur Elise" sounding like anything but the original. Can one be more "metal" than that?
I say, if that's not metal enough for you, then I inform you Lynch not only "disgraced" the aforementioned Beethoven's classic, but also everything else he touched on this album. Frankly, if this album doesn't please the rebel in you, then you're certainly dead!
To conclude, I must say I enjoy this release a lot. It's full of great guitar licks and phrases, with the technique, feel, musicality, tone and attitude Lynch is famous for. To top it all, this wonderful and over-the-top lead guitar fest occurs over several proven, timeless musical pieces which endure the furious attack of Mr. Scary with grace and coherence --in spite of the apparently disparate blend of styles.
In few words, this "classical pieces butchery" is one of the best jobs George Lynch has ever accomplished.Read more ›
Lynch essentially solo's over backing tracks, for the most part they are very lush in the orchestral dept. So far so good. Lynch's playing is just sublime at times. His old style and expected quirks are all present and correct, mixed with his little known prowess a s neo-classical shredder. That said, whilst he's creative here and jams away. He still is senstive to the melody of the song and this is not a Malmsteen-esque widdle-twiddle-diddle blurb of notes, for the sake of playing notes! No, there is some tasty playing.
The big let down, and what perhaps ruins the listen is the drums! Good grief, who on earth mixed these drums tracks? Only one or two tracks have a drum sound / mix that sits well withing the music. Most tracks sound like there is a drummer in the room wth you, and your struggling to not let the drums dominate the tracks! So a record thats all about guitar playing is totally dominated by somewhat flat sounding drums.
Shame, this could have been a incredible release. Still could be! If I was Lynch, I would demand a re-mix in the drum dept.
So as a player, I love the paying. But I have to be in the mood to deal with the drum sound which completely swamps my listening experience. I can get passed it, but how many causal listeners will?
I don't think George's just is taking advantage of his fan base, the Scorpions cover track seem to me to hearken back to his history with that band which true fans would realize.
All in all if you like these classic songs this is a good album to listen to for Mr. Scary's unique voicing on them. If I could do half stars it would be a 3 1/2 the reason it is not a 4 1/2 or 5 star rating is for the reason I stated before, I think his original works are far better than these tracks and that is what I judge it by.
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Great album, great performer classical music on guitar. Cheap and fast delivery.Published 7 months ago by Renni Sixx
Freakin' AMAZING!!! George Lynch is a MASTER & GENIUS with a Guitar!!!Published 9 months ago by Deborah K. Baldwin
Long-time George Lynch fan, long time classical music fan, but...this was not really great for me. I listened to it twice and that's all.Published 12 months ago by Justin M. Graves
Good thing I like George's Lynch Mob. Good but not their best effort.Published 17 months ago by Ronald J Usselman
I love George's playing have been with him from the start. Yes I am that old . If you just want it to fill out your library go ahead but if you were hoping to be moved by this cd (... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by The Eclectic Mystic
I only buy a few CDs a year. This is the worst of 2010 so far. Lazy is the only way to describe it. George Lynch playing along to karaoke tracks? are your frigging kidding me? Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by RED ROCKER
Everything Lynch puts out is garbage and a way to milk more money out of his loyal fan base. If you continue to buy his half-baked attempts as music, then you deserve the crap you... Read morePublished on October 11, 2010 by CWilcox