Sam Coulson – Electric Classical
Asia guitarist and solo artist Sam Coulson will blow you away on his debut CD “Electric Classical”, with some well known classic cuts done with modern rock influenced guitar playing.
What is so mind boggling about this CD is that there is a total of ten classical songs played in 24 minutes. I am quite sure all these cuts individually are much longer than 2-3 minutes in their original classical form, but Coulson condensing this much classical music with a rock guitar style of playing in less than 25 minutes is totally earth shattering.
Now, I know why the guys in Asia picked Coulson to be their lead-six stringer, because of his sheer talent and drive to be completely different than the countless virtuoso guitarists out there. This is something, which is sure to make the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore and John Petrucci so proud of Sam.
What I find so unique here is, Sam’s unique approach to playing such complex musical patterns with, a progressive rock flair – damn, how do you do it so well and without flaws too?
“Electric Classical” is a must listen CD for all fans of progressive rock and good old rock and roll, as this is pure talent taken to the next level of extremism. I am simply speechless and textless at this point in my review of this tranquil played guitar work in the form of some well-known classic cuts by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Sor. Sarjoo Devani