California Guitar Trio – Echoes

by TW on October 1, 2008

Many times, guitar albums seem like they’re recorded for other guitarists only. But The California Guitar Trio’s latest release, Echoes, has plenty for the non-guitarist to enjoy. Trio members – Hideyo Moriya, Paul Richards and Bert Lams – dip into a dazzlingly diverse songbook, taking tunes from Ludwig Van Beethoven (“Pastorale”), Pink Floyd (“Echoes”), Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells”), Queen (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Freebird”), among others, and giving them a very fresh and compelling six-string treatment. In this context, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” sounds like a long-lost Mozart composition. And with the bass, percussion and vocals stripped away, the brilliance of Freddie Mercury’s melodies and arrangements can be fully appreciated.

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