Citron, Neil - Guitar Dreams

Year of Release: 1998
Label: Think Tank Media
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 40:35:00

During the Lana Lane shows, the mostly Rocket Scientists line-up is augmented by guitarist Neil Citron. Although this guy has been able to find an enthusiastic Steve Vai to write some liner notes on the inside of the CD booklet, we do miss the real compositions which would take Citron out of the twilight zone. We do know there's a great number of wonderful guitarists around, and even if Citron delivers a fair amount of fireworks, I am not totally convinced with this Guitar Dreams. With the help of ex-The Firm and Blue Murder bass player Tony Franklin, plus the omnipresent Erik Norlander, Neil can not soak off the necessary superlatives, even if he's called "the black belt of instrumental rock" by Steve Vai. The kind of music Citron delivers on this album lacks soul and should be catalogued in the folder labeled "demonstration," which means the album will mainly be loved by guitarists. Especially the acoustic excursions such as '"Channel 20" (with the help of Joachim Cooder, son of the legendary Ry Cooder) illustrate his craftsmanship.

So do put Neil Citron in the same league as Vai, Satriani and Gary Moore and wait for the sequel.

Cup O'Joe (5:49) / Feet Don't Stop (4:19) / 7 To 9 (3:29) / Channel 20 (3:00) / C-12 (0:43) / Ballad #1 (3:08) / Rebel Rock (3:31) / Brave New World (3:34) / Feelin' Too Good (To Sing The Blues) (3:36) / Hard To Say Goodbye (1:36) / Highland Girl (Bonustrack For Japan Only) / Saturday Night (5:01) / Too Moody (4:09)

Neil Citron - guitars
Tony Franklin - bass
Walter Garces - drums
Erik Norlander - keyboards

Guitar Dreams (1998)
Absolute (2002)

(Citron has numerous guest appearances - both behind the scenes and performing)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: March 1st 2000
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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Language: english


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