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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
To many, Jason Becker's tale is one of the more tragic in rock history (just as stardom came a-calling -- by replacing Steve Vai in David Lee Roth's solo band -- Becker was stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease). But Becker's tale is certainly one of the more inspiring as well, as he continues to write music via computer (by communicating with his eyes via a system developed by his father). And on the 2008 compilation Collection, all of his best bits are showcased, as the set is comprised of tracks from throughout his career, and includes a trio of new tunes. While there are quite a few ditties that show that Becker could shred with the best of them back in the good ol' days ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
To many, Jason Becker's tale is one of the more tragic in rock history (just as stardom came a-calling -- by replacing Steve Vai in David Lee Roth's solo band -- Becker was stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease). But Becker's tale is certainly one of the more inspiring as well, as he continues to write music via computer (by communicating with his eyes via a system developed by his father). And on the 2008 compilation Collection, all of his best bits are showcased, as the set is comprised of tracks from throughout his career, and includes a trio of new tunes. While there are quite a few ditties that show that Becker could shred with the best of them back in the good ol' days (namely "Opus Pocus" and Roth's "It's Showtime!"), quite a bit of Collection is comprised of new agey tunes, including "Images," "Air," and the piano-led "End of the Beginning." In addition, the number of renowned six-string heroes that appear on the album is quite impressive, as Michael Lee Firkins, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, and Vai all appear. Becker remains an inspiration to all -- beyond just guitar players -- and Collection is the proof.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • UPC: 026245119727
  • Catalog Number: 1197
  • Sales rank: 32,952

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rain (3:12)
  2. 2 River of Longing (5:54)
  3. 3 Images (3:45)
  4. 4 Opus Pocus (5:39)
  5. 5 Higher (5:30)
  6. 6 It's Showtime! (3:48)
  7. 7 Altitudes (5:41)
  8. 8 End of the Beginning (11:44)
  9. 9 River of Longing (Reprise) (4:16)
  10. 10 Meet Me in the Morning (5:24)
  11. 11 Air (5:39)
  12. 12 Electric Prayer for Peace (11:50)
  13. 13 Mandy's Throbbing Little Heart (3:54)
  14. 14 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Becker Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
David Lee Roth Vocals
Joe Satriani Guitar, Soloist
Steve Vai Guitar, Soloist
Greg Howe Guitar, Soloist
Michael Lee Firkins Dobro, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Marty Friedman Guitar, Soloist
Atma Anur Drums
Gregg Bissonette Percussion, Drums
Matt Bissonette Bass, Vocals, Soloist
Joey Blake Vocals
Deen Castronovo Drums
Marc LaFrance Background Vocals
Dave Lopez Guitar
Jimmy O'Shea Bass
Steve Rosenthal Cymbals
Brett Tuggle Keyboards, Vocals
Raz Kennedy Vocals
Melanie Rath Vocals, Soloist
Danny Alvarez Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Choir, Chorus, Synclavier
Mike Bemesderfer Flute, Throat Singing
Jennie Bemesderfer Alto
Caren Anderson Soprano
Anisha Thomas Soprano
Alison Lewis Choir, Chorus
Danny Griffin Throat Singing
Bryan Dyer Choir, Chorus
Salar Nader Tabla, Dhol
Cathy Ellis Soprano
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Jason Becker Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Greg Howe Producer, Engineer
Marty Friedman Producer
Matt Bissonette Producer, Engineer
Steve Fontano Producer
John Lowry Engineer
Bob Rock Producer
Dave Stephens Graphic Design
Danny Alvarez Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, keyboard arrangements
Mike Bemesderfer Producer, Engineer
Gary Becker Cover Painting
Tony Masterantonio Graphic Design
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