Title - 'In Search of Higher Ground'
Artist - Neil Citron
Originally recorded in 1994, the digital versions of In Search of Higher Ground have been remastered from the original master tapes to further highlight the sonic beauty of this musical masterpiece. And, trust me, this album - whether it be the original release or this newly digitalized version (complete with three never-before-released demo tracks) - is incredible and a true visionary window into the man himself, Neil Citron.
Joining Neil on In Search Of Higher Ground is veteran keyboardist Erik Norlander (Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists), whose Hammond organ and lush synthesizer work, create the most perfect of soundscape backdrops for Citron's guitars to lay over.
The 13 track album also features Keyboardist Erik Norlander, Drummer Walter Garces, Tony Franklin on Fretless Bass, and one track with symphonic rock singer Lana Lane on vocals.
The soaring, semi-screeching guitar work of 'Channel 20' opens this incredible album, and that leads us perfectly into the heights-reaching title track, 'Brave New World.' The slightly more methodical '7 to 9' is next and is followed by the acoustic brilliance of 'C-12.' Perfection itself, it has to be said, it's hard to find - for my liking - a better song on the album.
The mid tempo soar of 'Feelin' Too Good (To Sing the Blues Over You)' is a stunning combination of rock guitar dipped ever-so-slightly in the muddy waters of the Blues, and that is backed by 'Rebel Rock,' the fun of 'Saturday Night,' and then 'Feet Don't Stop.' The operatic prog sound of 'Hard to Say Goodbye' is next, and is yet another perfect example of how Citron can make a guitar "talk," and that's backed by the melody bounce of 'Too Moody.'
Rounding the bend into the home straight, Citron - known for his amazing guitar work with such fantastic artists as BangTower, Quiet Riot, Lana Lane and others - next brings us the fast paced 'B-3 Waltz,' the albums one true ballad, 'Ballad #1,' and then rounds out the original release with the aforementioned symphonic rock singer Lana Lane singing on 'Why.'
But, and as mentioned before, here in 2015 we are being treated to three (3) extra bonus tracks, which come in the form of 'Brave New World' (Demo), 'Feet Don't Stop' (Demo), and 'Too Moody' (Demo). All digital only bonuses, it ensures that all fans of this debut release from Grammy Winning virtuoso Guitarist and Producer Neil Citron have something "new" from him to musically celebrate this year.
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