We should not need to introduce Gary Lucas to anyone but if you have been hiding under a rock until now Gary Lucas has been hailed as one of the 100 Greatest Living Guitarists by ‘Classic Rock Magazine’ and a key part of psychedelic rock supergroup Gods and Monsters.
So far his career has resulted in Grammy nominations and touring around the world, now Gary has decided to release a new double CD retrospective compilation album. A 36 track album spanning 40 years of his music, the first CD will delight fans of Gods and Monsters as this is devoted to the songs Gary recorded with the group, but more intriguing is the second CD which is devoted to the solo and collaborations which Gary has collected during his time in the music world.
For us at Off the Hook Music we could not help but dedicate this review to the second section of the album as we had our eyes drawn to the star studded names who helped to create this album, the likes of Jeff Buckley, Alan Vega (Suicide), David Johansen (New York Dolls). Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers), Billy Ficca (Television), Nona Hendryx (Labelle) and many more.
‘All Along the Watchtower’ featuring Feifei Yang is the first track on the second side of the album, it’s a perfectly polished and absorbing entrance with a flowing guitar performance which blends wonderfully with Feifei’s mature and assured vocals. Then there is a massive contrast to the next song ‘The Wall’ featuring vocals by Gisbury, a hypnotic journey that paints a new vivid world in front of your eyes and ears.
Gary then throws an amassed amount of instrumental tracks within the mid-section of the album which grabs your attention and allows you to experience some of the things he has developed and absorbed along his career.
The track which shouted out the most to us has to be ‘Two Roads’ featuring Eniko Szabo, we can only describe it as a feast for your ears and mind, so many textures and layers which shake, flow, and mould into a fascinating temple of sound. If you are looking for an album to enrich your listening palette, or an album to show off your musical knowledge to friends then look no further!
Written by Kess Anthony