CD REVIEW Neal Schon

Band : Neal Schon
Album title : The Calling
Label : Frontiers Records
Distributor : Rough Trade Benelux – Tone Entertainment
Release date : 19/10/2012
Release : CD

This is the sevent solo album by Journey guitarist Neal Schon. It took him only some four days to record all tracks on this album, aided by Jan Hammer and Steve Smith (ex-Journey).

If Mr. Schon  plays more or less with the brakes on when playing in Journey, on this album he lets himself go. That however does not mean that the songs are less melodic. On the contrary, on this album you find a variety of styles and influences, and Mr. Schon shows how good a guitarist he really is. It’s a completely instrumental album though, and as you already might know that is not really something I’d buy myself. This album is more something for fans of Satriani or Vai, and maybe some Journey fans will also like it. There are however some real gems on the album, that even I like very much, like the opening track "The Calling" or "Irish Field" or even "Fifty Six", which has some Asian influences (at times his guitar almost sounds like a sitar).

75/100

Erik Morren.