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Martin Barre Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Electric and Acoustic Delight July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
For those who enjoy instrumental guitar albums, this album deserves a place in their collections. I can't quite give it five stars because Barre has indeed assembled a delectable assortment of riffs and tonal variations which will make the listener nod in appreciation - however, riffs and killer tones cannot in themselves assure great songs. However, the excellence of so many other things makes the CD warrant four stars. The recording is great, the afore-mentioned variety of sounds (acoustic and electric) is superb, and Barre has pulled out all stops to offer a little bit of everything. Does it always work? Not in my opinion . . . but when it does, the results are excellent. "Spanish Tears" features a beautiful interplay between steel-string Latin romance and Satriani-like electric chops that come together perfectly. "Murphy's Paw" has some great riffs, and "Favourite Things" features the very thing that I think is missing in some of the other fusion experiments - strong melody. The guy's playing cannot be faulted - he has not allowed himself to be confined to the Tull sound alone; neither has he remained in a 70's guitar stagnation. He weaves comfortably around a musical tapestry of acoustic beauty and electric vitality while delighting the listener with touches of classical and jazz influences in addition to the blues-based rock playing that he so humbly claims as his primary forte. I guess the only thing that keeps me from giving the CD five stars is that, though every song has superb playing, the tasty licks and modal phrases sometimes crowd out the melodic aspect which I think is Barre's real strength. There's even a Tull-like rocker in here called "Don't Say a Word" which neatly finishes the album as a pleasantly unexpected vocal offering. Jethro Tull fan or not (which I am, by the way), you'll find way more to like about this album than not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding musicianship, emotive melodicism June 24 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Long ago I gave up buying albums by guitarists. But hearing two tracks from this album - "Count the Chickens," a concise, energetic rocker, and "Winter Snowscapes," a beautiful, melodic piece - convinced me to give it a go. And I was not disappointed. Barre consistently delivers melodic compositions with emotional content. He's not just playing to prove he can. The songs are quite varied stylistically, including rock, classical, and jazz influences, but Barre puts a unique touch on each one. The supporting players deserve credit, too. Two of Barre's Jethro Tull bandmates play on this album: Jonathan Noyce, bass, and Andrew Giddings, keyboards (but it really doesn't sound like a Jethro Tull album). Noyce's bass work deserves special mention. He has referred to himself as a "stealth" bass player, and that's well represented on this album. It's the kind of bass playing that you're rarely conscious of, unless you listen for it, but if it's taken out, you miss it.
Barre has delivered a terrific CD, not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Diversity! Dec 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
Jethro Tull's guitarist releases an excellent instrumental (one vocal track) CD. The CD demonstrates some remarkable versatility moving effortlessly from electric rock to acoustic jazz and folk. Not many guitarists can pull this off and Barre seems to do so in stride. Some of the tunes retain a minstrel like quality, sans flute, that is very reminiscent of the Tull's heyday most notably in French Connection. Overall, a success by any ones measurement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Barre Finally Delivers Oct. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
Since 1969 Martin Barre has been Ian Anderson's right-hand man in Jethro Tull, standing "stage-left." Long known as a guitar-player's guitar-player, he has steadfastly refused to tout his own talents or succumb to rock star posturing. And he has now delivered a solo album that showcases the wide-range and tastefulness of his playing. The songs are tight and well-crafted and there is no grandstanding from this modest craftsman. While nothing leaps out to grab the listener's attention, the end result is a pleasurable set packed with superb licks and great passion. And typically Martin uses his liner notes to praise the individual guitars used and the people who helped him find those guitars. For too long Martin Barre has been criminally under-valued. We can all rectify this situation by buying and enjoying this excellent record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. Sept. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
I admit I don't love every track on this CD, but I think it's a fine effort overall. The acoustic pieces are uniformly lovely, and the electric pieces -- while not quite as consistent -- still deliver the goods. Probably the best solo guitar album you're likely to hear this year.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BARRE JAMS ON NEW ALBUM !!! Sept. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
NOT seeing Martin Barre on the Rolling Stone's top 100 is further proof the BS that is that magazine. His guitar contribution to Jethro Tull, a yang for Ian's yin, if you will, is indissolubly united with our one-legged fourfingered bard; 21 studio albums (with the Tull Xmas album #21!), 500 million copies sold? OK; he didn't reinvent rock and roll; but an A-list player is an A-list player. He came up out of that Clapton's Creem style but quickly opted into a nice mold for Tull; perhaps even a bit heavy metal in his scalework and style, intermingled with a keen hand and above all: A GIANT HEART. Martin's style, more than almost anyone, is about the heart he puts into his performance and playing. This new album, if nothing more that something to throw on with the girlfriend over dinner, is a chance for us fans to appreciate this gentle, superb solist. For $13, it's not a bad deal...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praising the Barre
This is a great album, and after several listens two things are made abundantly clear. Martin Barre is such an integral part of the Jethro Tull sound. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Shill
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let this one pass you by!!
OK, I admit that I'm possibly a little biased....I'm a huge fan of Jethro Tull and have loved Martin Barre's playing for all of his 30 (plus)year tenure as guitarist-in-chief for... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Rick Truax
1.0 out of 5 stars Exit, Stage Left, before the hook grabs you, Marty.
I know Martin Barre must be extremely talented on the
guitar. I have heard him all of my life on Jethro Tull
ablums and he is the consummate guitar player and I... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2003 by BruceK
1.0 out of 5 stars Exit, Stage Left, before the hook grabs you, Marty.
I know Martin Barre must be extremely talented on the
guitar. I have heard him all of my life on Jethro Tull
ablums and he is the consummate guitar player and I... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2003 by BruceK
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Martin,
This is a solid guitar presentation with many styles and sounds - acoustic, electric, spirited and tough, casual and frenetic (but always under control - amazing that). Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by "slag_bandoon"
5.0 out of 5 stars The album we've been waiting for!
I'm about to make a confession that may permanently ostracize me from the ranks of Tull fans; While Martin's first two solo albums both had some wonderful songs, on the whole - I... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by G-Dexter
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin shows off his true talent and more!
At times it seems that Martins talents are held back a bit while recording with Tull. On previous solo ventures vocals seem to get in the way, NOT THIS TIME! Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by E. Fisher
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