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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Greg Carmichael has done more than merely survive the death of Acoustic Alchemy founding member and partner Nick Webb; the guitarist has turned the loss into an opportunity to create a whole new ensemble vibe by collaborating with formerly supporting members of the duo. The biggest differences on this label debut after nearly a decade with GRP is that Carmichael is more open-minded toward spontaneous interaction with other instruments, and doesn't mind laying back a bit on the strings. On "The Angel of the South," his and Miles Gilderdales' dark guitar lines snap along over Frank Felix's rolling samba bass groove and hypnotic percussion fills; Guy Barker's Latin trumpet...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Greg Carmichael has done more than merely survive the death of Acoustic Alchemy founding member and partner Nick Webb; the guitarist has turned the loss into an opportunity to create a whole new ensemble vibe by collaborating with formerly supporting members of the duo. The biggest differences on this label debut after nearly a decade with GRP is that Carmichael is more open-minded toward spontaneous interaction with other instruments, and doesn't mind laying back a bit on the strings. On "The Angel of the South," his and Miles Gilderdales' dark guitar lines snap along over Frank Felix's rolling samba bass groove and hypnotic percussion fills; Guy Barker's Latin trumpet flavors come in later in the tune than they need to. Despite its Spanishy title, "The Panama Cat"is a simmering retro-soul/blues, with a reflective acoustic easing over a constant, jumpy wah-wah click line throughout. The reggae beat of the title track will remind AA fans of the classic "Jamaican Heartbeat," but its moody ambience and occasional hypnotic Terry Disley piano swirls make it sound like a 3rd Force tune. "Hats of Magic" creeps along coolly with sound effects, a trip-hop groove and the dreamy interaction of guitar and Snake Davis' sax. For those averse to the exciting changes, "Big Sky Country" is typical, loping AA trademark stuff all the way. Another unique idea is having Steven Jones produce second versions of both that tune and "Trail Blazer" with an all-Nashville cast complete with appropriate steel guitar twangs, harmonica dobro, and violin. Webb would be proud of his compadre's tribute to moving on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2000
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724384894627
  • Catalog Number: 48946
  • Sales rank: 36,401

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angel of the South (6:41)
  2. 2 The Panama Cat (5:04)
  3. 3 Trail Blazer (5:00)
  4. 4 The Beautiful Game (5:16)
  5. 5 Hats of Magic (5:03)
  6. 6 Tete a Tete (4:43)
  7. 7 The Last Flamenco (4:20)
  8. 8 Kid Stuff (4:19)
  9. 9 Big Sky Country (4:34)
  10. 10 Hold on to Your Heart (4:11)
  11. 11 Jubilation (4:39)
  12. 12 Big Sky Country (4:17)
  13. 13 Trail Blazer (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Acoustic Alchemy Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Sam Bush Violin
Greg Carmichael Guitar
Snake Davis Saxophone, Human Whistle
Geoff Dunn Drums
Viktor Krauss Bass
John Parsons Guitar
Al Richardson Harmonica
Simon Hale Keyboards
Scooter DeLong Percussion
Technical Credits
Richard Bull Programming, Producer, Engineer
Greg Carmichael Producer, Liner Notes
Klaus Genuit Engineer
Matt Marshall Executive Producer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Rodney Dawson Digital Editing
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
Jamie Durr Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Acoustic Alchemy back big time!

    Admittedly, being a fan for over 10 years and owning all previous albums, there would be little arm twisting to get me to buy the latest album from Acoustic Alchemy. However, this album turned out to be an instant favorite. Alchemy have gone beyond the death of guitarist Nick Webb to new heights in music. The songs are big, bold, and full of life. The sound is amazing. One thing that has always been true of AA is that they are diverse and that really shows in this CD. They are able to roll Jazz, New Age, Country, and Reggae into one impressive album! Fantastic musicianship was plenty as well. I have no doubt that this CD will be among my favorites for a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beautiful Music

    I had just finished a mid-term and needed some sonic relief for a drive along a backcountry road in the southwest near the Rio Grande River. 'Angel of the South'was the perfect groove to set the mood for a drive among the pecan groves and chile fields. With the addition of Guy Barkers' trumpet, I felt like an angel of the southwest was guiding me. Sometimes when such a hard groove is laid out and you are bopping in your vehicle, others notice you're onto something smoking! This describes 'Panama Cat' to a tee. Snake Davis on the saxophone slithers in and out of the groove with the guitars seamlessly. The special effects underneath the acoustic lead line really put the melody out in front and says, 'Listen to me.' With 'Trail Blazer' I felt I had stumble on an Allman Brothers track hidden somewhere in the archival vaults. The lilting harmony guitar parts and the piano create a vivid soundtrack to go along with the pastoral sky and desert landscaped mountains looking towards the east on my reflective southwestern drive. For me, this was definitely a five star production. A job well done goes out to Greg Carmichael and rest of the players of Acoustic Alchemy.

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