Artist/ Band: Riccardo Vernaccini
Title: ...At LAst!
Label: Self release
Year of Release: 2005
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- Wow, I must admit to being very surprised to get a copy of “..At Last!” by Italian guitar player, Riccardo Vernaccini I was honestly fearing that it was going to be yet another mindless ‘see how fast I can play” shredfest and upon listing to it, I found it to be a very nice and enjoyable mixture of hard & progressive rock and jazz styles.
Most of the songs on this instrumental album are straightforward with slight sprinkling of progressive and jazz music to give it an above the norm feel of most hard rock instrumental albums Another thing is on this album, Riccardo does every instrument like guitar, bass, keyboards with drum programming. Normally I’m turned off by programmed drums but it really fits the music perfectly. One can only imagine how a ‘real’ drummer would sound. Also I would think he’d make a bolder statement by bringing in other musicians to flesh out his musical ideas. Other than that this is one of the better guitar driven instrumental albums I’ve heard in years.
I’d recommend it to fans of Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and so many others . I really think Riccardo is on the verge of a promising recording future and I’m glad to have been able to hear his music before (here comes the hype) he becomes a world-wide guitar legend!
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on June 15th, 2006
- 01. Blind date
- 02. Endless journey
- 03. Worlds apart
- 04. Strange combination
- 05. Another one
- 06. Dreamtime
- 07. Mess in the farm
- 08. Hard to explain
- 09. Walking beneath the moon
- 10. Just on time
- 11. Secret side
- 12. Run for cover
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