CLAS­SIC AL­BUMS FEA­TUR­ING…

Mike Mangini

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

1 WAIT­ING FOR THE PUNCH­LINE

(1995) EX­TREME Af­ter the huge pro­duc­tions of their pre­vi­ous two al­bums, Ex­treme changed things up onthis 1995 record. There was also achange at the drum kit, with Mangini han­dling the beats on ‘Hip To­day’, ‘Leave Me Alone’ and ‘No Re­spect’.

Key Track: ‘Hip To­day’ 2 FIRE GAR­DEN (1996) STEVE VAI Mike Mangini holds his place among a im­pres­sive list of drum­mers to fea­ture on this 1996 al­bum from Steve Vai. He can be found on ‘Bangkok’ and the near-10-minute in­stru­men­tal won­der that is ‘Fire Gar­den Suite’.

Key Track: ‘Fire Gar­den Suite’

3 A DRA­MATIC TURN OF 3 EVENTS

(1996) DREAM THEATER The knives were out for Dream Theater’s first al­bum with­out Mike Port­noy – but Mangini’s thought­ful play­ing on ‘On The Backs Of An­gels’ was enough to show that there was plenty of life left in the band. Key Track: ‘On The Backs Of An­gels’

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