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Album Review

To many, Jason Becker's tale is one of the more tragic in rock history (just as stardom came a-calling — by replacing Steve Vai in David Lee Roth's solo band — Becker was stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease). But Becker's tale is certainly one of the more inspiring as well, as he continues to write music via computer (by communicating with his eyes via a system developed by his father). And on the 2008 compilation Collection, all of his best bits are showcased, as the set is comprised of tracks from throughout his career, and includes a trio of new tunes. While there are quite a few ditties that show that Becker could shred with the best of them back in the good ol' days (namely "Opus Pocus" and Roth's "It's Showtime!"), quite a bit of Collection is comprised of new agey tunes, including "Images," "Air," and the piano-led "End of the Beginning." In addition, the number of renowned six-string heroes that appear on the album is quite impressive, as Michael Lee Firkins, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, and Vai all appear. Becker remains an inspiration to all — beyond just guitar players — and Collection is the proof.

Customer Reviews

JASON BECKER'S MUSIC IS TIMELESS!!! hero is on iTunes. Before I begin my review, let me just say that I am a female guitarist; I had been playing for 29 years when, three years ago, my neck literally fell apart. Three discs slipped and inpinged my spinal cord and crushed three nerve roots. I have been left with severe chronic pain and permanent motor and sensory nerve damage in my left arm and (fretting) hand. I cannot lift up my Les Paul. Last year, I made special arrangements to be able to meet Master Steve Vai. I told him my story, and how I was trying to play guitar, but that I had to approach the guitar in a totally new way to accomodate my physical limitations, which included playing my Baby Taylor exclusively because of the size of the fretboard. He told me to "do whatever you have to do to make music"; then, he proceeded to tell me about Jason Becker's long plight with ALS. I have a room full of guitar magazine back-issues, so I read as many articles on Jason as I could find. And now, I finally get to buy this compilation. You should check out the incredibly heart wrenching vibrato work on "Rain"--reminiscent of Beck; the great melody of "Electric Prayer for Peace"--right up there with Vai's great melodic triumphs; and my all-time favorite, "Altitudes". Remember, he wrote this music when he was a teenager! SO TALENTED!! If you love Satch, Vai, Friedman, Yngwie, Gilbert, will LOVE this album. JASON'S MUSIC IS TIMELESS. THIS ALBUM COULD HAVE COME OUT TODAY AS A NEW RELEASE!!! Jason's guitar tone is in line with today's modeled tones--quite an accomplishment for the late '80s and early '90s. "Air"...classical? maybe. Neo-classical? don't think so. What I think the song "Air" IS is the heart and soul of a young guitarist reaching out through the musician's fingers onto the fretboard into the amp...and into my lucky ears. THANK YOU JASON, FOR YOUR COURAGE, TALENT, AND LOVE OF LIFE. YOU ARE MY HERO. LET JASON BE YOUR HERO, TOO. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!!


Jason becker is truly a guitar HERO. His attitudes on life should be a lesson for everyone.

Amazing Album

This album is phenominal! Itis absolutely Jasons work as his best. Every single song on the album has that Jason flair, even when it is Satch or Vai playing the parts. Simply the best guitar album you can buy. Amazing!!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Jason Becker is an American hard rock guitarist who formed the band Cacophony in the late '80s with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman and recorded two albums with it, Speed Metal Symphony (1987) and Go Off! (1988). He made the instrumental solo album Perpetual Burn in 1988. In 1989, he left Cacophony and was hired by David Lee Roth to replace Steve Vai in his backup band, appearing on the album A Little Ain't Enough (1991). Shortly after he joined Roth's band, however, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic...
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