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In his earlier days Caswell played with a couple of British bands then, after joining Brian May for a South America tour in 1992, he became a revered session guitarist and played in May and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You. There’s a huge variety of music here with inspiring guitaristry that includes several soaring solos plus great slide work on Valley Cats and the appropriately titled, Slide Over Me. Friends For Life incorporates some neat whammy bar antics that may even surprise Jeff Beck. This album of instrumentals is a triumph of styles screams, legatos and bends with a precision few rockers can. Disc 1 closer is Whispering A Prayer; like Jeff Beck, Vai’s most emotive material always works best live and this piece is simply exquisite. As with disc 1, disc 2 is a fine variety of his old and more recent tracks so we get old classics like The Audience Is Listening (blasting) and Sisters (wonderfully filled with JImi-isms) next to Treasure Island (strumming frenzy) and the exotically tinged Pusa Road. By the time For The Love Of God occurs, Vai has pretty much ticked all the boxes his fans (and newbies) would expect from a guitar genius. Blinding stuff!
Valley Cat Records