If you own a copy of Are You Experienced?, Led Zepplin II, Van Halen, Montrose, Bridge of Sighs or Blow by Blow then you should own Child of the Novelty too. It's that good. Maybe not as good a seller but definitely on the short list of guitar driven rock masterpieces. And yes there are some similarities between his playing and Jimi's. Number one, it's not a problem for me. It's heavy guitar and it's funky and it's far out. But it's style is uniquely Mahogany Rush. In some ways it's even more brash than any Hendrix studio album. IMO Frank deserves the Hendrix comparisons more for his live performances than his studio albums anyway. And if you were introduced to Mahogany Rush with the landmark first live album and stopped there then you missed the best parts. Number two, perhaps the reason the nickname of "the Reincarnatiom of Jimi Hendrix" stuck with him was because only he succeeds where others have failed. Frank Marino brings it. I have never seen anyone with more of a command of the instrument than Frank and he's not afraid to use it. But when you consider he was still a teenger when this album was made then you start to understand the hype.
Child of the Novelty is a very solid album, more so than any of his other albums and can stand up to most any classic rock album. It is my favorite Mahogany Rush album and I listen to it often. The songs are well written and well produced but the main attraction are the guitar solos. They are perfection. This isn't your typical blues based rock . It can get a little weird at times but that's what's cool about it. Mostly it just rocks! His other albums contain many wonderful songs and are all worth owning. But I can see where some of his music isn't really everyone's cup of tea. But not this one. This one is a must.
If you wanted my opinion of the best FMMR albums then here are my Top 5 : Number 1 Child of the Novelty 2 Real Live 3 Eye of the Storm 4 Tales of the Unexpected 5 What's Next The other albums have some truly great songs on them that must be heard and owned by any serious fan of electric guitar driven rock. And if you ever get the chance to see the truly amazing FMMR then take my advice and go. Just be prepared to have your mind blown.