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Goodbye To Romance (Euro-Release)

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Detroit Rock City
Dream On
No One Like You
Goodbye to Romance
Still Loving You
Skol Blues
Pinball Wizard
War Pigs
No One Like You - Live
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 79:50

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absolutely outstanding


What makes Skolnick so impressive is not necessarily that he made the jump from metal to jazz (he clearly had the talent to do it), it's that he gives himself over to jazz guitar so completely. I might like a little more low frequency in his tone, but that's quibbling. What's obvious is that you have a fantastic guitarist and an excellent band running through tunes that Skolnick has an obvious connection to. It's well worth your emusic credits! Then, go somewhere else to get the next two (since emusic doesn't have them). The version of The Trooper on Alex's second disc, Transformation, is well worth the price of admission.

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I'd listen to Alex Skolnick play a damn Banjo.


Just saw Testament in New Orleans; Skolnick is a mega-talent and it's not often you get to hear an talented person make such a seriously radical shift and still succeed (you listening, Michael Jordan?). Expand your mind; buy this and slip these joints into your Testament and Savatage mix CD. Now THAT'S whiplash.

They Say All Music Guide

Pat Boone’s In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy was a tongue-in-cheek affair that few were willing to acknowledge. How else was one to explain a 63-year-old pop singer (who hadn’t had any hits for over 30 years) suddenly covering ’70s hard rock classics? By contrast, guitarist Alex Skolnick, who had enjoyed considerable success as lead guitarist for Testament and later Savatage, deserves kudos for essentially scrapping his rock & roll career to study, learn, and play jazz. Upon leaving Savatage after Handful of Rain Skolnick enrolled in the jazz department of New York’s New School University. It was there that he began to formulate his notion of applying jazz arrangements to hard rock songs by Kiss, Aerosmith, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, and the Who. After all, since pop songs from past decades were accepted into the jazz vernacular and have since become standards, why should rock & roll pieces from the ’70s and ’80s not be treated similarly? Skolnick has a point. In fact if you hadn’t heard the original versions of “Detroit Rock City,” “Dream On,” and “War Pigs,” chances are you’d never suspect that they originated as hard rock songs. While Goodbye to Romance is, by and large, a straight-ahead jazz effort recalling the genius of Wes Montgomery, John McLaughlin, and Stanley Jordan, Skolnick unfurls his former rock & roll-isms on a couple of instances; on both the Ozzy Osbourne-penned title track and the Skolnick original “Skol Blues,” he reminds you of his previous lifestyle with some lightning-fast guitar solos, however, more in the lines of McLaughlin than the metal tendencies of Testament. A young, empathetic rhythm section of John Graham-Davis and Matt Zebroski on bass and drums was enlisted to assist Skolnick in his ambitious undertaking. They, too, perform impeccably, contributing dutifully to these “standards for a new generation.” – Dave Sleger

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