Endless Roadby Tommy Emmanuel
Originally released in 2002 in Tommy Emmanuel's native Australia (where he's a jazz and folk guitar legend) but not available in the States until 2005, Endless Road is a solo acoustic album that in its revamped form adds a pair of unimpressive vocal numbers. Emmanuel's fingerpicking style is heavily influenced by Chet Atkins, who appears here on a genial but melodically flimsy duet called "Chet's Ramble" that, truth be told, sounds like it was probably an outtake from their 1997 duet album, The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World. Emmanuel fares much better on his own, but he's at his best when he's working with songs that have stronger melodies than his own competent but unexciting tunes. For example, on the increasingly moldy standard "Over the Rainbow," Emmanuel offers a hint of John Fahey's diffused, abstract style in its intro before moving into a more traditional iteration of the familiar melody. Even better is Emmanuel's flashy but effective reworking of the nearly as hoary "Mona Lisa," which Emmanuel turns into a shimmering, kaleidoscopic version of itself. Not all of the recastings are quite so effective: Emmanuel simply is a far better guitar player than he is a singer, and the a cappella take on Jerry Reed's "Today Is Mine" does neither singer nor song any favors.
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- Favored Nations
Performance CreditsTommy Emmanuel Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Elizabeth Watkins Background Vocals
Technical CreditsChet Atkins Composer
Jerry Reed Composer
José Feliciano Composer
Tommy Emmanuel Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Kim Person Producer,Audio Production
Ray Evans Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Jerry Reed Hubbard Composer
Henno Althoff Engineer
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I've been a TE fan for 3 years. Played guitar for 40, and as Garrison Keillor said on Prairie Home Companion "Thousands of Guitars are being broken tonight." Why? Tommy belongs up there with all the other gods of guitar. "Endless Road" is just another superb effort from this CGP. His cover of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" should bring any guitarist, or anyone, to tears.
Wow... what a stunning album! Emmanuel's finger-pickin style combined with flawless song structures and emotion make for a most heartwarming experience! Just read that he closed the Syndey Olympic games, which absolutely makes sense after hearing this! Vai and Favored Nations deliver once again with this stunning release!
Emmanuel’s name is not nearly as well-known as his playing. As a session picker in the 70s and 80s he lent his nimble fingers to many hit recordings; as a solo artist, starting in the late 80s, his name has become best known in his native Australia, especially to those who’ve had the opportunity to hear his awe inspiring live shows. His notoriety among the smooth jazz crowd for 1997’s “Can’t Get Enough” is well deserved, but barely telling of the range to which he applies his playing. ¶ As a master of both the electric and acoustic guitars, Emmanuel’s taken the latter route for this disc – originally released in Australia mid-2004 and just now finding U.S. reissue. His study of Chet Atkins can be heard on tunes like “(The Man With the) Green Thumb” and “Chet’s Ramble,” but he’s also capable of hot-picking (both with his fingers and rhythmically with a pick) at a pace that sounds like multiple guitarists playing at once. Most impressively, he plays with both precision and grace, showing off technical virtuosity without sacrificing the music’s soul. ¶ Emmanuel is equally comfortable with the hoe-down styled “Tall Fiddler,” the jazz-pop of the title track, and a variety of country, blues and pop sounds in between. His cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” opens with his guitar evoking the strings of a harp before settling into the wistful verses, and his cover of Jose Feliciano’s “Pegao” ends the album with percussive Flamenco flourishes. Years of solo tours have forged a playing style that is full and complete, with bass runs supporting melodies on the high strings, and strummed rhythms underneath syncopated picking. It’s truly hypnotic to hear how much music Emmanuel can get out of a single guitar.
Yes,it's true.. I could never believe that TE could release something better(or even as good) as "Only." Garrison Keillor from "Prairie Home Companion" had it right when TE last performed on the show. "I'm sure guitars are being broken all over the world." It's true. TE has a gift like no one else. Any serious guitar lover MUST listen. I'm in awe. Thank you TE for returning me to my passion.."The guitar"