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Schon, Neal - 2001 Voice

ARTIST: Schon, Neal
ALBUM: Voice
LABEL: Higher Octave
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: Neal Schon - guitars * Gary Cirimelli - keyboards, drum programming, acoustic rhythm guitar * Scott Fuller - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Caruso * 02 Hero * 03 Everything I Do, I Do For You * 04 Killing Me Softly * 05 From This Moment On * 06 Why * 07 I Can't Make You Love Me * 08 Con Te Partiro * 09 My Heart Will Go On * 10 A Song For You


Journey guitarist Neal Schon began a solo career back in the late eighties, and continued on into the nineties. Displaying a different side to his guitar-playing than what most of us were familiar with, Neal released the beautiful 'Beyond The Thunder' CD on Higher Octave Records in 1995. Mainly an acoustic set, it displayed an at times ethereal sense of mood. Neal followed it up with two more albums 'Electric World' and 'Piranha Blues', both albums expanded his guitar sense even more. 2001's 'Voice' is different again. This time aiming at reproducing (in his own way) instrumental adaptations of songs that he thought would make good candidates for a (my words not his) 'covers album'.

The Songs
Many of these songs on 'Voice' you will have heard before. These are Neal's instrumental takes on them, using the guitar as his voice of expression. Reading an interview with Neal regarding this album, the songs chosen were ones that he really liked, and wanted to interpret in his own way. Well. the interpretation came out fairly well I would say. My favourites include the Andrea Bocelli rendition of 'Caruso', reminding me so much of his 'Late Nite' album, the simply divine version of Shania Twain's 'From This Moment On', and the breathy interpretation of the Roberta Flack classic 'Killing Me Softly'. Mariah Carey's 'Hero' also gets an overblown guitar workout and is perhaps the track which sounds least like the original.

In Summary
This was the last of Neal's solo albums for Higher Octave, of whom he was quoted as saying 'they really didn't get what I was about'. Schon pushed on with his solo career, releasing 'I On U' in 2005 on Steve Vai's label Favored Nations, all the while keeping his Journey career on the go.

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