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VARIOUS 'Drumnation Volume 2'
Mascot/Magnacarta PRDLE 7154-2 (2005)

This compilation is meant as a spotlight on several top drummers who are given free reign, with one track from each of their own albums. There’s several names here, some not so well known and a lot of good rock music. Opening with 'Meetings', featuring Mike Portnoy, it’s a slightly jazzy hard rock affair, but as much about the guitar as drums.

Pat Mastlotto’s 'Toccata' features an element of beefed up ELP, but again the anal guitar wizardry does skew the emphasis.

For the techie there’s Terry Bozzio (featuring bassist Billy Sheehan), while the album also features Simon Phillips ('The Barbarian' - another ELP influence) and the grossly underrated former Kiss / Ace Frehley drummer Anton Fig.

The music ranges form hard rock to jazz fusion, but sadly is all a little too technical, as is the guitar work that litters most of these tracks. For additional power, arrangement and all round enjoyment and fun, the real competition died several years ago.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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