Champagne And Cocaine; Watch What You Say; Time Won’t Stop; I Want To Take You Higher; Millionaire; Dancin’ With Me; Don’t Pretend
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition / Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology / 1st Time on CD / 12 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, new interview with Randy, enhanced artwork and photos IT’S TRUE to say that Randy Hansen is one of the greatest rock guitarists of our time. Sure, his name and work, like that of Robin Trower and Frank Marino, has inevitably been associated with fellow Seattle native Jimi Hendrix, but Hanson is not a mere clone having recorded one of the most innovative hard rock albums of the early 80s, a record that pretty much set standards for electric guitar playing. Hansen first came to prominence in the 70s staging a sophisticated and hugely successful Jimi Hendrix tribute show going under the handle of Randy Hanson’s Machine Gun which attracted the attention of music producer David Rubinson and film director Francis Ford Coppola who asked Randy to provide musical interludes for the movie ‘Apocalypse Now’. Catching the ear of Capitol Records, Hanson was signed and given free rein on his debut album, a record that deliberately steered clear of obvious Hendrix comparisons but showcased a solid grasp of intelligent song writing an avalanche of guitar pyrotechnics. Originally issued in 1980, the album is packed with the sort of hard rock bravado that you might expect from a three piece power trio but thankfully steers clear of clichés. His style is fluid and fast with melody and muscle to the fore yet encouraging cool free-form jamming in tracks such as ‘Champagne And Cocaine’, ‘Time Won’t Stop’ and Millionaire’. If you like explosive guitar playing you’ll love this album
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