Perspective

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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/.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/1996
  • Label: Jason Becker Music
  • UPC: 603147000126
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Primal (7:03)
  2. 2 Rain (3:14)
  3. 3 End of the Beginning (11:46)
  4. 4 Higher (5:28)
  5. 5 Blue (4:46)
  6. 6 Life and Death (9:11)
  7. 7 Empire (5:15)
  8. 8 Serrana (8:38)
  9. 9 Meet Me in the Morning (5:22)
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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
Billy Duffy Composer
John Lowry Engineer
Tony Mills Engineer
Chris Minto Engineer
Dave Collins Mastering
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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