Title - 'Electric Classical'
Artist - Sam Coulson
For those not in the know, the young, and yet uber talented Sam Coulson is an English guitarist who after becoming noticed on the video hosting website YouTube, went on to replace Steve Howe on guitars in the prog rock band Asia in January 2013; after the latter decided to pursue other projects.
Indeed, it's Coulson's tremendous following online through his extensive Youtube tuition and performance videos (since 2007) that has already allowed en mass of viewers to view these tracks in video form for a long time now. And now, in the rounded shape of an actual album, Electric Classical has been brought to the fore, and allows Coulson's first solo album to breathe new life into some dusty classical works.
Featuring guitar interpretations of famous compositions none to us all for a long time now (or, at least they should be), included on this breathtaking debut solo album are so choice reworkings of titles such as the opener, "Ava Maria" (Bach/Gounod), "Op. 35 No. 22" (Sor), "Vals Venezolano No. 2" (Lauro), and both "Bwv Anh 114" (Bach) and "Moonlight Sonata Blues" by Beethoven.
As Sam himself says, "I'm very proud of my first solo album, Electric Classical. It's ten of my favourite classical pieces played on a couple of Fender Stratocasters. I really enjoyed recording these tracks. I hope you enjoy listening to them!” Having now, myself, listened to this CD back-to-front twice, I can concur with Sam and say that it truly does sound like he enjoyed recording each of the ten tracks. I would also hope you enjoy this CD when you yourself go out and buy it as, to be quite frank, I've never heard anything quite like it before - and it left me wanting much more!
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