Neil Citron - Guitar
This was a surprise, it actually is British blues rock n' roll
music. Lana Lane's guitar player, Neil Citron's solo album that was
produced with Lana Lane band members, Erik Norlander (keyboards) and
Tony Franklin (bass) along with Walter Garces (drums, ex-Brand X) was
completed as an intense all-guitar instrumental album. Neil
continuously plays powerful and emotional phrases and Erik plays
sorrowfully along with the songs that are structured with brawny
riffs. This album also can be viewed as a technical guitar
instrumental album, but I cannot help to be moved by the fact that
his guitar phrases remind me of Jeff Beck and Gary Moore. I was
certainly unaware of how talented he was. Be aware. #11 is a bonus
track for the Japanese release.
[Yajima, Burrn Magazine --translated from Japanese by Toni
"Neil has produced a wonderful piece that ... is carefully
constructed with a variety of very emotional high quality songs.
Along with bass player Tony Franklin, Neil proficiently plays a
guitar in his own world, just as a fish finding water. His emotional
and thrilling style, and sophisticated talent will be sure to keep
your attention throughout this album."
[Hiroshi Kaneko, Euro Rock Press Volume One -- translated from
Japanese by Toni Rampley]
"This album is thirteen tracks of unrelenting guitar instrumental
music that highlights a real talent. That talent is recognised by
Citron's longtime friend and fellow axe hero Steve Vai. The ultimate
American guitar maestro even takes time out to write some extremely
complimentary things in the sleeve notes. And why not ... Citron is
that good. The music is extremely positive and generally power clad
with sonic support from Rocket Scientists' Erik Norlander and Don
Schiff, Tony Franklin on bass, Walter Garces on drums and percussion
from Greg Ellis and son of Ry, Joachim Cooder. Virtuoso rock that
creates its own electricity and when the electric isn't a necessity
Citron can case down to a touch of acousticity."
[Martin Hudson, Wondrous Stories, January 1999, UK]
"As the title eludes, we have here a guitar god in the genre of Steve
Vai and Joe Satriani. Vai writes in the liner notes lovely words
about Citron and he is correct. The man plays fantastic guitar ...
and it's varied and daring. Sometimes with riffs, but most often
with sharp solos. Interesting is also the band that accompanies him.
Tony Franklin (fretless bass), Walter Garces (bass), and Erik
Norlander (keyboards --"Lana Lane" and "Rocket Scientists").
Percussion is played by Joachim Cooder, son from Ry." [iO Pages,
Holland, February 1999]
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