Scenesby Marty Friedman
The second release from guitarist Marty Friedman revealed a level of depth and maturity that equally surprised Megadeth and guitar-shred fans everywhere. While his 1988 debut Dragon's Kiss eluded to some of what is heard here, it was essentially just another shred fest. The Eastern influence, which Friedman so embraces, is authenticated here by the excellent production of Kitaro and the dreamy contributions of Kitaro keyboardist Brian BecVar. Most of the selections are taken at a relaxed pace, including "Triumph," which is a reworking of "Thunder March," a Friedman staple. Megadeth drummer Nick Menza appears on a few tracks, but this is mostly an acoustic guitar/keyboard session. The compositions do not stand out as much as they later would on his masterpiece Introduction; rather, the allure here is the dreamy ambience. This recording marked the true arrival of one of the most important and original guitarists to emerge from the neo-classical genre.
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The title says it all: ''Scenes'' is full of gorgeous,silky playing which evokes faraway lands in Asia,full of myth and beauty. Marty is mainly known as Megadeth's most technically accomplished lead guitarist,able to perform mammoth chops, full of fire and arpeggios aplenty. On this album, made as a break from the metal of Megadeth,we have a lost gem of soaring, melodic, and never boring guitar instrumentals,utilizing keyboards as a bed for Marty's uplifting playing. This album is really more New Age in texture(Kitaro produced half the tracks)than anything else,and will appeal to you Enya fans as well as the virtuoso guitar crowd. Breathtaking stuff.