Acous­tic Sa­mu­rai (2003)

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6 Play­ers of any style can ab­sorb a great deal from Gil­bert’s tech­nique thanks to the raft of tu­to­ri­als avail­able from his on­line school, but some­times you need to sit back and sim­ply lis­ten in won­der: this live al­bum, recorded as an acous­tic duo in Tokyo, fea­tures gui­tar work that verges on the im­pos­si­ble. The set in­cludes ren­di­tions of beau­ti­fully-melodic solo tracks such as Three Times Rana and Sui­cide Lover, not to men­tion a sparkling cover of Abba’s Danc­ing Queen, all per­formed on an Ibanez elec­tro-acous­tic. He also pulls off two Racer X clas­sics, the afore­men­tioned Scar­i­fied plus Heaven In ’74, and there are barely three fudged notes dur­ing the en­tire show.

Rec­om­mended track: Three Times Rana

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