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Memory Crash

Steve Stevens

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Album Review

The 1980s were littered with six-string shredders who pushed the instrument to the max in the realm of hard rock/heavy metal. But Johnny Thunders look-alike Steve Stevens (who gained great success and acclaim as the guitarist in Billy Idol's band) was the king six-stringer of the pop genre. And while he had reunited with Idol during the early 21st century, Stevens also managed to continue issuing solo albums on his own, as evidenced by the 2008 release Memory Crash. The mostly instrumental album certainly showcases Stevens' instrumental prowess, but also touches upon styles not usually associated with this mile-high-haired guitarist, including his love of vintage prog rock (namely, Yes). And there are flashes of Yes-like déjà vu, such as the Steve Howe-esque acoustic guitar included on the track "Prime Mover" (before leading into a carbon copy groove of Billy Cobham's "Stratus," off his classic 1973 release Spectrum). Elsewhere, you'll find a tune that would make Joe Satriani proud, "Hellcats Take the Highway," a kickass cover of Robin Trower's "Day of the Eagle" (which features a cameo by Doug Pinnick of King's X on vocals), and an album-closing acoustic ballad/love song, "Josephine." While he may not have racked up the amount of guitar magazine front covers as Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen in the big '80s, Steve Stevens could certainly keep pace with the rest of the pack in the solo department. And this is proven once and for all with Memory Crash.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant album from a brilliant guitarist

This album is a must-buy for guitar fans and rock fans in general. There is pretty much something from all the major rock genres on this release that is guaranteed to please everyone into acoustic rock, through to blues rock, and rock, and hard rock - Stevens is THAT versatile. There are even the flamenco touches that Stevens afficiandos have come to expect. He is perhaps the most under-rated of all the rock guitar legends - kind of an irony that!! This is partly because as Billy Idol's guitarist, he has typically tended to allow Idol the centre stage. Here, he is able to shine in ways that has not often been seen by the general public - perhaps partly explaining why he has never had the widest appeal as a guitarist. But those in the know, know that Stevens is one of the very best guitarists of the past 25 years and deserves to be mentioned along side the Van Halens, Vai's, Satriani's and Petrucci's. This album proves it. Highlights include, Water on Ares, Small Arms Fire and Prime Mover. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.

Biography

Born: 05 May 1959 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the flashiest guitarists (both visually and instrumentally) to emerge from the '80s rock scene was Steve Stevens. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 5, 1959, Stevens first picked up the guitar when he was only seven years old, and later became an avid prog rock fan, especially the likes of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Yes. Honing his craft while playing in Manhattan, Stevens recorded an unreleased album with his band, Fine Maribus, and also played as a session guitarist on Peter...
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Memory Crash, Steve Stevens
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  • $16.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 21 February 2008

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