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STEVIE SALAS The Sun & The Earth: The Essential Vol 1 (2CD) Invisible Hands Music (2007)

A man of many talents and long history; think Parliamant, Funkadelic, Was Not Was, Rod Stewart, Fame (TV Show), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Then you have 20 off years of solo work and other work, which are covered in this 26 track compilation.

The guitar-work kicks of in blistering fashion, and a broad range of hard rock is covered. Some of the tracks here nod towards the sleaze of the 80s, but there's a large element of funk; not surprising when you've played with Bootsy Collins and Glenn Hughes and their ilk.

So much so that 'Free Up' kicks off in almost urban/alternative style.

Much of the work is groundbreaking in the fusing of styles, and the guitar work is excellent.

That said, 2 discs worth, it's a little samey, the jagged edge guitar is there throughout.

Annotated by Salas himself, it's as good an introduction as you'll ever need.

Worth a listen, and guitar players really should check him out.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** 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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