In a Mellow Tone!
My first encounter with Sharrock was 'Monkey-Pockie-Boo' which was in its day rather off-the-wall. Then there was Last Exit, metal free jazz with Bill Laswell, Peter Brotzmann and Ronald Shannon Jackson. Coming to these tracks (I've just downloaded the first seven) with that background and the previous reviews, I am initially somewhat disappointed. The playing and effects are high quality, but the music is rather mainstream and unexceptional. Perhaps if you were expecting Joe Satriani or something it would sound free, but to me it sounds a bit banal. In fact (from my rather limited experience) I think Satriani has got a better melodic ear and imagination than Sharrock. This is OK, but then lots of people can do that sort of thing OK. A bit of 'freaking out' on a rather banal tune is not what made Sonny noteworthy.