Tony MacAlpine Collection: The Shrapnel Years

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Along with Greg Howe, Tony MacAlpine was the only other African-American guitarist on the Shrapnel roster in the '80s. As with the other artists on the label during this era, MacAlpine was certainly "fleet-fingered on the fretboard" -- in other words, he could solo extremely fast over a heavy metal accompaniment. MacAlpine has issued albums for the label on a somewhat regular basis over the years (save for 1987-1991), and that is precisely what the 2006 compilation Tony MacAlpine Collection: The Shrapnel Years focuses on. Although some passed him off as being too influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen on his early solo releases, MacAlpine later began specializing in Joe ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Along with Greg Howe, Tony MacAlpine was the only other African-American guitarist on the Shrapnel roster in the '80s. As with the other artists on the label during this era, MacAlpine was certainly "fleet-fingered on the fretboard" -- in other words, he could solo extremely fast over a heavy metal accompaniment. MacAlpine has issued albums for the label on a somewhat regular basis over the years (save for 1987-1991), and that is precisely what the 2006 compilation Tony MacAlpine Collection: The Shrapnel Years focuses on. Although some passed him off as being too influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen on his early solo releases, MacAlpine later began specializing in Joe Satriani-esque instrumentals, which is what Collection focuses on. Standouts include the title track from his 1986 solo debut, Edge of Insanity (which saw MacAlpine backed by a highly skilled rhythm section -- bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Steve Smith), as well as a pair of tracks from his 2001 release, Chromaticity -- the title track and "Christmas Island." While MacAlpine continues to issue solo albums on his own, he can be seen nowadays as a member of Steve Vai's solo band, where -- interestingly -- he usually favors playing keyboards over the six-string.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • UPC: 026245118423
  • Catalog Number: 1184
  • Sales rank: 17,331

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wheel of Fortune (3:43)
  2. 2 Agrionia (4:31)
  3. 3 The Witch and the Priest (5:00)
  4. 4 Edge of Insanity (4:20)
  5. 5 Champion (5:14)
  6. 6 Rats with Wings (5:25)
  7. 7 The Violin Song (6:00)
  8. 8 Tower of London (4:15)
  9. 9 The Sage (4:48)
  10. 10 Time Table (6:20)
  11. 11 Christmas Island (5:44)
  12. 12 Chromaticity (5:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony MacAlpine Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Grand)
Steve Smith Drums
Billy Sheehan Bass
Deen Castronovo Drums
Tony Franklin Bass
Jens Johansson Keyboards
Mark "Mooka" Rennick Overdubs
Mike Terrana Drums
Glen Sobel Drums
Barry Sparks Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Smith Producer
Robert Biles Drum Engineering
Brant Biles Engineer
Larry Bones Dennison Producer
Stephen M. Fontano Producer, Engineer
Steve Fontano Producer, Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
George Horn Mastering
Brian Levi Producer, Engineer
Tony MacAlpine Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Robert Margouleff Producer
Joe Marquez Engineer
Shawn Morris Engineer
Mark "Mooka" Rennick Mastering, overdub engineer
Mike Varney Producer, Executive Producer
Kenneth Lee Mastering
Dave Stephens Graphic Design
Tim Gennert Remastering
Glen Sobel Producer
Arjan MacNamara Engineer, Mastering
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