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Calvin, Misha - 1993 Evolution

ARTIST: Calvin, Misha
ALBUM: Evolution
LABEL: Vienna Records
YEAR: 1993
CD REISSUE: 1993, Zero Corp, XRCN-1059 * 2004, Majestic Rock, MAJCD042


LINEUP: Misha Calvin - guitars * Tony Martin - vocals * Ian Parry - vocals * Steve Dunning - bass * Martin 'Wedge' Lister - keyboards * Pete Barnacle - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Strangers * 02 Ready Or Not * 03 Put A Little Faith In Me * 04 Valhalla * 05 Reaper * 06 Don't Let It Go * 07 Can't Hold Me * 08 Evolution * 09 Here I Am * 10 Heaven Only Knows

'Evolution' is the first outing by Yugoslav guitarist Misha Calvin, who has enlisted the vocal talents of Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) and Ian Parry (Vengeance, Elegy) to help him out. Amongst the ten tracks on offer there are two instrumentals, with the vocal duties being divided five-three between Martin and Parry respectively.

The Songs
It is Martin we hear first on the monster opening track 'Stranger'. Calvin tears it up with a combination of heavy riffing and delightful acoustic passages, while Martin shows us why he is so highly regarded. The same formula is used for 'Ready or Not', this being a little more aggressive than the previous. 'Put a Little Faith In Me' slows the momentum. On this lovely keyboard based ballad Tony Martin's voice is simply breathtaking. Misha also excels with a very tasteful solo. 'Valhalla' emerges as the first instrumental, an acoustic tune which combines the subtle moods of Dire Straits with the pace of Yngwie Malmsteen, only Misha shows a little more control than Yngwie. 'Reaper' is the heaviest track, and it smokes. A strong Black Sabbath influence here, with Calvin switching styles between Iommi and Malmsteen while Martin's vocals soar into the heavens. Ian Parry finally appears on 'Don't Let It Go' and the following 'Can't Hold Me'. Parry's strong vocals are complemented by some great crunching guitars and forceful keyboards. The chorus's aren't half bad either. Next in line we hear Calvin venturing into a slightly new-age feel on 'Evolution', the title track. Very Tommy Emmanuel sounding. 'Here I Am' has an interesting feel to it, with the verses being very relaxed while the bridge and chorus move in a more aggressive direction. The album closes with the ballad 'Heaven Only Knows', a great showcase for the talents of keyboardist Martin Lister. Along with Lister, Parry is in fine voice. This song allows the album to finish on a great note.

In Summary
Throughout 'Evolution' Misha Calvin has shown himself to be a virtuoso guitarist and song-writer. Being a fan of both heavier and acoustic guitar, I really enjoyed the way Misha combined the two in many of his songs. The inclusion of two top-notch vocalists and a huge production has added to the class of this release. Simply superb heavy melodic rock with enough shred to appease all you air-guitarist's out there.

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