Black Light Sonatas

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
In the early '90s, six-string whiz kid Michael Lee Firkins was getting widespread praise in all the guitar publications at the time -- especially with the release of his self-titled debut album from 1990. And despite releasing several other albums throughout the remainder of the decade, guitar shred albums abruptly took a backseat to other rock styles -- hence affording Firkins a cult following, but certainly not on the scale of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, or Yngwie Malmsteen. And after 1999's Decomposition, fans patiently waited for Firkins' next solo released. And waited...and waited. Finally arriving in 2007, Black Light Sonatas is exactly what you'd expect from Firkins -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
In the early '90s, six-string whiz kid Michael Lee Firkins was getting widespread praise in all the guitar publications at the time -- especially with the release of his self-titled debut album from 1990. And despite releasing several other albums throughout the remainder of the decade, guitar shred albums abruptly took a backseat to other rock styles -- hence affording Firkins a cult following, but certainly not on the scale of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, or Yngwie Malmsteen. And after 1999's Decomposition, fans patiently waited for Firkins' next solo released. And waited...and waited. Finally arriving in 2007, Black Light Sonatas is exactly what you'd expect from Firkins -- bluesy and country-based licks abound, without sacrificing any of the rock. Featured are tunes that showcase Firkins' soloing capabilities, especially the album opener, "One Big Punch (Crying Stacks)," as well as a tough, rockin' cover of "Black Betty," and some sweet n' soulful guitar work on the album-ending title track. The wait was certainly a tad too long between albums, but all of Firkins' expected sonic components are well represented throughout Black Light Sonatas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • UPC: 614286230626
  • Catalog Number: 2306
  • Sales rank: 365,662

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Lee Firkins Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Matt Abts Drums
Michael Bland Drums
Andy Hess Bass, Bass Guitar
Chuck Leavell Keyboards
Thomas Pridgen Drums
Danny Alvarez Keyboards
John Purtle Bass
Steve Evans Bass
Kai Eckhardt Bass, Bass Guitar
John Purtle Bass Guitar
Danny Alverez Keyboards
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Michael Lee Firkins Composer, Engineer
Marty Strayer Engineer
Jason D'Ottavio Engineer
Dennis Gully Engineer
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