Perspective

Perspective

by Jason Becker
     
 
Between the release of his first solo album, Perpetual Burn, in 1988 and the making of this, his second, speed metal guitarist Jason Becker suffered one of the most devastating blows a human being can: he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), the incurable ailment that gradually renders its victims paralyzed. Perspective was recorded during the

Overview

Between the release of his first solo album, Perpetual Burn, in 1988 and the making of this, his second, speed metal guitarist Jason Becker suffered one of the most devastating blows a human being can: he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), the incurable ailment that gradually renders its victims paralyzed. Perspective was recorded during the period when Becker was losing his ability to move, much less play the guitar, and thus marks a transition from his days of frantic fretboard work to less speedy playing and to writing music that is played by other musicians and by computer; much of the album was written on a Macintosh and then executed by guest performers. The result is that Becker, being unable to produce his usual heavy metal performances, has turned to a more varied musical palette, allowing in a wide range of musical influences. "Primal," the lead-off track, for example, has a Middle Eastern feel, while "Empire" is distinctly Oriental. The lengthy "End of the Beginning" displays classical influences, as does the Bach-like "Serrana." Becker's musical imagination is unfettered even if his body is disabled; he stuffs his tunes with different musical ideas, often taking them in surprising directions. In this sense, the most notable track is also the last written for the record, "Life and Death" ("The title speaks for what was on my mind at the time," he notes), which sounds like a group of musical cues for the soundtrack of an adventure film. Jason Becker is enduring a catastrophic fate physically, but he is using it to explore musical passages he might not have otherwise. Originally released on his own label in 1996, Perspective was reissued by Warner Bros. in 2001. Part of the proceeds goes to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation (als-tdf.org/).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Jason Becker Music
UPC:
0603147000126
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Becker   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Perry   Percussion,Vocals
Steve Hunter   Guitar,Rainstick,Harmonic Chant,Vocal Harmony
Michael Lee Firkins   Guitar
Gregg Bissonette   Drums,Fretless Bass Guitar
Matt Bissonette   Fretless Bass Guitar
Joey Blake   Vocals
Steve Rosenthal   Cymbals,Snare Drums
Brett Tuggle   Vocals
Rick Walker   Percussion
Raz Kennedy   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Melanie Rath   Vocals,Soloist
Danny Alvarez   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Synclavier
Mike Bemesderfer   Flute
Jennie Bemesderfer   Alto (Vocal)
Gary Schwantes   Bamboo Flute
David Stuligross   Trombone
Gary Becker   Classical Guitar
Caren Anderson   Soprano (Vocal)
Anisha Thomas   Soprano (Vocal)
Ehren Becker   Bass
Cathy Ellis   Soprano (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Jason Becker   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Graphic Design,Art Direction,Cover Design
Steve Hunter   Producer,Contributor
John Lowry   Engineer
Tony Mills   Engineer
Chris Minto   Engineer
Annie Calef   Graphic Design,Art Direction,Cover Design
Dave Stephens   Graphic Design,Art Direction,Cover Design
Danny Alvarez   Producer,Engineer,keyboard arrangements,Digital Enhancement
Mike Bemesderfer   Producer,Engineer,WX7 Wind Controller,Digital Enhancement
Glen A. Frendel   Engineer
Gary Becker   Executive Producer,Illustrations,Paintings,Introduction
John Lowery   Engineer

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