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Album Review

Since he's spent most of his career as either a hired gun or a session guitarist for a large and impressive list of renowned artists, Stevie Salas never truly got the recognition he deserves. But as evidenced throughout his first ever compilation, 2007's Sun and the Earth, Vol. 1, Salas is indeed one of the more versatile guitarists on the rock scene. For proof of this, all you have to do is take a look at the special guests who drop by: Jerry Cantrell, Bootsy Collins, Mike Garson, Sass Jordan, Ivan Neville, and Ronnie Wood, among others. Expectedly, the music is a smorgasbord of styles — "Tell Your Story Walkin" encompasses both funk and pop, "Cover Me in Noise" features some Jon Bon Jovi-esque vocals, "Hoochie Toad" would fit on a Red Hot Chili Peppers album, while "A Dedication to You" is a psychedelia-tinged tune. Elsewhere, you'll find a faithful cover of one of Led Zeppelin's most underrated rockers, "Hots on for Nowhere," while Cantrell's guest spot on "Soul Ecstasy" is a surprise (as it's a clean, laid-back Prince-esque pop ditty, not the detuned metal riffing you'd expect from the Alice in Chains' guitarist). Instead of having to sift through Salas' extensive discography, Sun and the Earth, Vol. 1 is a fine sampler/taster of this oft-overlooked guitarist.

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The Essential Stevie Salas

Beyond smokin'... if you love progressive, new and spankin guitar based rock/funk/soul, you are in for a treat with ANY Stevie Salas album... this guy rocks so hard you will be amazed with the range and depth... a MUST HAVE !!

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millions of Japanese can not be wrong! This dude knows hoe to jam.

Wow...There really isn't much more that can be said!

This is such a great album by an even greater artist. Stevie Salas is not just a musician, this man is a true artist. This album is my first time hearing him and I was absolutely blown away. I am not one to write reviews but I had to write one for this album. I have no idea why he is not a bigger star than Steve Vai, Satriani, hell, even Eddie Van Halen. I think he is that great. This album should go down as one of the greats of all time. I am very looking forward to buying and listening to his others. This is an album where you do not buy one or two songs, you buy the whole thing and tell your friends to buy it too. Because they'll tell two friends and they'll tell two friends and so on...and so on...


Genre: Rock

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

Although his name isn't as instantly recognizable as Steve Vai or Joe Satriani amongst the guitar masses, Stevie Salas is just as renowned as the aforementioned guitarists in other parts of the world (namely Japan), while he has also served as a sideman for the likes of Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger. A Native American, Salas was raised in San Diego, California, where he learned guitar and absorbed a wide variety of musical influences early on -- everyone from Earth, Wind & Fire to Van Halen and Led...
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